Everyone’s favorite sack master, Carl Lawson, was drafted by the Bengals with the 9th pick in the fourth round.
Despite being a first round talent, as agreed upon by pretty much everyone, Lawson slipped a lot due to concerns about his injury history. I guess. I don’t know why he fell this far. It’s not clear yet if he’ll be a true defensive end, or if he’ll end up as more of a rush linebacker, but I have no doubt Lawson will be terrorizing NFL quarterbacks for years to come.
Lawson left Auburn after four seasons, but injuries prevented him from really seeing the field in 2014 and 2015. I was at the 2015 opener against Louisville, and it was a treat in the first half watching him just terrorize the Louisville offense. Once he got hurt, the entire defense looked different. It takes a special talent (and leader) to be able to elevate a defense so much just by being on the field, and he was a big part of why the Auburn defense played so well in 2016, recording 9.5 sacks and 14 TFL.
Most importantly, though, Lawson was a BIG part of the 2013 story as a true freshman. Let’s take a look at these gems...
We’ll miss you, Carl! War Eagle and good luck in Cincinnati.