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Dexter Lawrence II (born November 12, 1997) is an American football defensive end for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). In 2015, he concluded his high school football career at Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest. He was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in college football's incoming Class of 2016.[1]

Dexter Lawrence
No. 97 – New York Giants
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1997-11-12) November 12, 1997 (age 21)
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:342 lb (155 kg)
Career information
High school:Wake Forest (NC)
College:Clemson
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2019
Total tackles:18
Sacks:2.0
Interceptions:0
Pass deflections:0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

High school careerEdit

Lawrence played his whole high school career at Wake Forest High School. During his high school career, he had 28.0 sacks, 204 tackles, 6 forced fumbles and 1 interception.[2]

RecruitingEdit

Lawrence was seen as the best prospect to ever come out of the state of North Carolina.[3] He considered multiple schools, including Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Alabama Crimson Tide and NC State Wolfpack. In the end he signed with Clemson.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Dexter Lawrence
DT
Wake Forest, North Carolina Wake Forest High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 340 lb (150 kg) 5.00 Dec 14, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (DT); 2 (East); 1 (NC)   Rivals: 2 (DT); 2 (Natl); 1 (NC)  247Sports: 2 (Natl); 2 (DT); 1 (NC)  ESPN: 3 (DT); 4 (East); 1 (NC)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Clemson Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "2016 Clemson Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.

College careerEdit

In 2016, Lawrence played in 12 games for the Tigers at defensive tackle. Throughout the regular season, he recorded 55 tackles and 5 sacks. The 5 sacks he recorded in his freshman year is a Clemson record. Lawrence beat the previous record of 4 set by William Perry, Ricky Sapp, and Shaq Lawson. Lawrence was subsequently named the 2016 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.[5] Lawrence was part of the Clemson team that defeated Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35–31. In the game, he recorded four total tackles.[6] Dexter was ruled ineligible for the 2019 College Football Playoff after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.[7][8] After the season, Lawrence decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[9]

College statisticsEdit

Clemson Tigers
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2016 Freshmen DT 14 22 40 62 8.5 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 1 2 0 0 0
2017 Sophomore DT 11 13 20 33 2.5 2.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2018 Junior DT 13 15 21 36 7.0 1.5 1 0 0.0 0 3 1 0 0 0

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 12 in
(1.94 m)
342 lb
(155 kg)
34 34 in
(0.88 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
5.05 s 36 reps
All values from 2019 NFL Combine

Lawrence injured his left leg during his attempt at the 40-yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine.[10]

Lawrence was selected by the New York Giants with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[11] The Giants originally acquired the selection as part of a trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.[12]

In week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lawrence recorded his first career sack on Jameis Winston in the 32-31 win. [13] In week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings, Lawrence recorded a sack and a forced fumble on Kirk Cousins in the 28-10 loss. [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "247Sports". 247sports.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dexter Lawrence's Football Stats". maxpreps.com. CBS Interactive.
  3. ^ "Rivals.com - Top 10 North Carolina recruits in Rivals.com history". n.rivals.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dexter Lawrence, Wake Forest, Defensive Tackle". 247sports.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Lawrence Named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year". clemsontigers.com. Clemson University Athletics. November 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "College Football Championship - Clemson vs Alabama Box Score, January 9, 2017". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Sources: Clemson expects to be without Dexter Lawrence, 2 others after failed drug tests". ESPN. December 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Hale, David M. (December 27, 2018). "Suspensions of three Clemson players upheld after B samples test positive". ESPN. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Clemson's Dexter Lawrence to enter NFL Draft". WNCN. January 9, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Legwold, Jeff (March 3, 2019). "Clemson DT Lawrence hurts leg in 40 at combine". espn.com.
  11. ^ Salomone, Dan. "New York Giants draft Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence with 17th pick". New York Giants. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Rapp, Timothy. "Giants Draft DL Dexter Lawrence Using Browns Pick from Odell Beckham Jr. Trade". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jones sparkles in his start, Giants rally past Bucs 32-31". www.espn.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant win over Giants". www.espn.com. October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.

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