Future Watch: Carl Lawson Rookie Football Cards, Bengals – Carl Lawson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Originally thought of as a first-round talent, his injury history plunged him deep into the draft, on day three, and on the draft board of the Bengals.
He attended Auburn University as a Freshman in 2013. That season he had 20 tackles and four sacks. He missed all of 2014 with a torn ACL. In 2015, he played in seven games getting 17 tackles and one sack. That wasn’t enough of a sample size for a lot of NFL teams.
The Bengals may have initially drafted him to use as a linebacker but he instantly showed that great pass rushing ability, so he stayed at defensive end.
In 16 games he recorded 8.5 sacks. Earlier in the season he recorded 2.5 against the Green Bay Packers, that would be his best game of the season.
At 6-2, 260 he was the right stuff to terrorize the best NFL quarterbacks for foreseeable future.
Here’s a look at him in action:
Lawson was known for not wearing a mouthpiece. The rookie paid for that when he lost some chicklets against the Cleveland Browns early in the season. Since then he’s been protecting his choppers.
The NFL draft is a funny place. The Bengals were rewarded by taking a chance on a player who had an injury and missed games leading up to his draft year. Now they have a potential leader on the defensive side of things and a player who could lead the AFC in sacks someday. Lawson was named to the 2017 PFWA All-Rookie team.
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