DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence
26-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Dallas Cowboys
Injury Shoulder
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It's fair to worry a bit when a player breaks out in a contract year, but Lawrence's ascent correlates just fine with the skills growth that was projected all along, so it's probably best to presume this is merely a case where a 25-year-old prospect turned a corner in his development. If injuries hadn't messed up his 2016 season, when he posted just one sack after finishing the prior season with eight, then no one would have found anything surprising about Lawrence totaling 14.5 sacks last year. Lawrence probably can't approach the top tier and plenty of young guns are on his heels, but it's hard to see how Lawrence disappoints if healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $17.14 million contract with the Cowboys in March of 2018.
To undergo surgery
DEDallas Cowboys
January 24, 2019
Lawrence will undergo shoulder surgery this offseason, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Lawrence didn't appear slowed by injury much this season as he tallied 64 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 16 games. He said he's setting a date with his doctor now and will have the surgery in the near future. It's unclear if the defensive end will miss any offseason work, but the procedure isn't expected to impact the 26-year-old's availability at all once the 2019 season rolls round.
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How do DeMarcus Lawrence's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.80 sec
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
Cone Drill
7.46 sec
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
Broad Jump
113 in
Bench Press
20 reps
Hand Length
11.00 in
Arm Length
33.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Big things were expected from Lawrence last year after he racked up eight sacks and 55 tackles in 2015, but a suspension and back injury limited him to nine ineffective performances instead. January back surgery -- the second straight offseason in which he's gone under the knife to correct back problems -- could finally restore him to full health, but heading into his fourth NFL season, Lawrence can no longer be considered a secure foundation piece for any future Cowboys success in the pass rush.
After failing to record a sack as a rookie, Lawrence stepped up with a team-leading eight in 2015 and seems poised to provide the Cowboys with the impact pass rusher they've been lacking since DeMarcus Ware left town. A four-game suspension for a violation of the league's drug policy will sideline him for the first month of the season, but once Lawrence returns to action he might still have enough time to lead the team in sacks once again given Dallas' lack of established options at defensive end.
Lawrence was a second-round pick last year after 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his final season at Boise State, but a broken foot in summer sidelined him most of the year. He impressed when he returned, posting a sack in each of Dallas' two playoff games. An athletic player with the ability to bend the edge, Lawrence steps into a lead role on the Dallas defense this year. He's unproven, but he will be the Cowboys' best defensive end (perhaps even best lineman) while Greg Hardy is suspended the first 10 games.
The Cowboys traded up to the top of the second round to grab Lawrence as their newest pass-rush threat off the edge, but without an established veteran sacker to take some pressure off Lawrence he could find it tough to make a big impact as a rookie. Lawrence has the physical tools to be a constant thorn in the sides of opposition QBs once he gets his feet wet, but a foot injury in camp badly slowed his development and will delay his pro debut until the second half of the season.
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Reaches double-digit sacks again
DEDallas Cowboys
January 19, 2019
Lawrence finished the regular season with a career-high 64 tackles, including 10 sacks, while also recording two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and his first career interception.
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Adds another sack
DEDallas Cowboys
December 24, 2018
Lawrence posted three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
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Has three tackles
DEDallas Cowboys
November 30, 2018
Lawrence had three tackles (one solo) and a QB hit in Thursday's 13-10 win over the Saints.
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Bags first career pick
DEDallas Cowboys
November 23, 2018
Lawrence recorded three tackles, including half a sack, and his first career interception in Thursday's win over Washington.
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Records 1.5 sacks in win
DEDallas Cowboys
November 18, 2018
Lawrence logged five tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks during Sunday's 22-19 win over the Falcons.
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