PFF scouting report: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Mike Renner and the PFF draft analysts breaks down Clemson's Shaq Lawson ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

(AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

PFF scouting report: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Here is the PFF draft profile for Clemson’s Shaq Lawson, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

Ideal fit for 4-3 defensive end, but could be worked into a 3-4 scheme at linebacker or end

Stats to know:

Second-highest run defense grade among edge defenders

What he does best:

• Power end. Tosses around tackles and tight ends when he two-gaps
• Relentless rushing the passer. Rarely gets washed past quarterback and can win with a secondary move if his initial rush fails
• Bull rush almost always squeezed the pocket
• Can win with his hands against both the run and pass. Doesn’t rely solely on strength
• Similar rate of production sophomore year in 329 snaps
• Devastating spin move


Biggest concern:

• Lacks first step of a pure pass rusher
• Little ability to counter inside outside of a spin move
• Played on a stacked Clemson line that pushed a handful of cleanup sacks his way
• Profiles to an interior rusher on 3rd downs, but took very few snaps on the interior

Player style comparison:

James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bottom line:

The junior has prodigious strength that should only improve in an NFL weight room. His discipline against the run will translate well to the NFL, but his skillset doesn’t profile to a feared third-down pass rusher.


  • Tim Edell

    IMO Lawson will be a very good base end in the NFL who will be an above average player vs. the run but hes not that player that is going to give you double digit sacks a year. I love his hand use and his power at the point of attack. I think he is a player who gets drafted somewhere in the late 1st round.

    • mrmxyz

      To hell with top ten sack #’s, players like the youngster Atlanta let loose this season showed these sacks just need to be timed right, and it impacts an entire game. Lawsons ability, pedigree, and tape show me a player that can help many up and comers…