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Justin Blaine Lawler (born December 23, 1994) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU.

Justin Lawler
No. 53 – Los Angeles Rams
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-23) December 23, 1994 (age 24)
Pottsboro, Texas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Pottsboro (Pottsboro, Texas)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:6
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Lawler attended Pottsboro High School in Pottsboro, Texas. Justin is also related to Los Angeles Clippers hall of fame commentater, Ralph Lawler[1]

College careerEdit

While only ranked as a two-star prospect from Texas, Lawler's first-team all-state selection (124 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 13 sacks; 44 catches, 719 yards, 11 touchdowns receiving) portended a good career at SMU. The former high school power lifter was ready to play right away, earning time in all 12 games as a true freshman (23 tackles) and getting some time on offense (three-yard touchdown, two-point conversion). Lawler earned the starting job as a sophomore, lining up for every game and leading the Mustangs with 64 tackles, nine for loss while compiling five sacks. His break-out season came in 2016, garnering first-team American Athletic Conference accolades, racking up 65 stops and leading the team with 15 tackles for loss and six sacks. Lawler gained first-team all-conference recognition as a senior, as well, racking up 74 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three blocked kicks for the Mustangs.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 18 in
(1.93 m)
263 lb
(119 kg)
5.06 s 1.78 s 2.88 s 4.46 s 7.44 s 30 12 in
(0.77 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
22 reps
All values from Southern Methodist Pro Day[3]

Lawler was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round (244th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[4] During his rookie year in 2018, Lawler played in six games and recorded six tackles.


  1. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Justin Lawler, DE, SMU". CBS Sports. March 20, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
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  4. ^ "Los Angeles Rams select SMU EDGE Justin Lawler". April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 11, 2018.

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