DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence
29-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Dallas Cowboys
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Lawrence's floor and ceiling both are likely harmed by his modest workload — Dallas has aimed to keep him at or below 700 snaps per season his whole career — but on a per-play basis he's one of the league's better defensive ends, and he should have ample pass-rushing opportunities if Dallas' offense remains uptempo and high-scoring. Now in his second season healthy from a shoulder surgery before the 2019 season, Lawrence should be in position for his best IDP output in roughly three years, especially if he plays more snaps with Aldon Smith and Everson Griffen gone. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, voidable contract extension with the Cowboys in September of 2020.
Another lackluster season
DEDallas Cowboys
January 17, 2021
Lawrence recorded 58 tackles (34 solo) while adding 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two passes defended and a fumble recovery over 16 games in 2020.
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The veteran defensive end once again gave it his all on the field without seeing much in the way of IDP production. Lawrence did have his moments -- 4.5 of his sacks came during a seven-game stretch in the middle of the season -- but he doesn't get enough help in the pass rush to avoid extra attention from opposition blockers. Randy Gregory did have a couple of big games in the second half, however, and if he can take a step forward and present a consistent threat, Lawrence could be freed up to get after the QB more often in 2021.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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#% of Team Snaps

80873%
66660%
28125%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
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.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
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
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Lawrence took a back seat to Robert Quinn in the Dallas pass rush last season, a disappointing return on the first year of the mammoth contract extension he received in April. There were extenuating circumstances, however, as his recovery from shoulder surgery kept him sidelined through camp and may have impacted his fitness level and ability to handle the consistent double teams he faces. Lawrence recorded a decent 4.5 sacks through the first eight games of 2019 but faded down the stretch with only half a sack in the second half, resulting in the lowest total over a full 16 games in his career. The 28-year-old should be healthy right out of the gate this time around, and a return to double-digit sacks seems like a safe bet. However, the Cowboys will need him to step back up with Quinn now in Chicago and only reclamation projects Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory coming in to give Lawrence support.
Offseason shoulder surgery figures to take Lawrence's recovery to Week 1 - drop him lower if risk is a concern. Lawrence is the kind of rare pass rusher who could hit double-digit sacks even if he misses a few games - his 25 sacks the last two years occurred on just 1,439 snaps, a rate that translates to about 16 sacks on a 950-snap projection. He piles up tackles at a healthy rate, too, offering a 60-tackle baseline even while playing fewer than 750 snaps. Lawrence is capable of finishing first among DL IDPs, though probably not in his first year back from surgery.
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.
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 50 tackles
DEDallas Cowboys
December 21, 2020
Lawrence made five tackles (three solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.
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Confirmed clear for Week 11
DEDallas Cowboys
November 22, 2020
Lawrence (illness) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings.
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Good to go Sunday
DEDallas Cowboys
Illness
November 21, 2020
Lawrence (illness) remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, but he traveled with the Cowboys to Minnesota and has been cleared to play, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Questionable after missed practice
DEDallas Cowboys
Illness
November 20, 2020
Lawrence (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.
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Dealing with ailment
DEDallas Cowboys
Illness
November 19, 2020
Lawrence didn't participate in Thursday's practice due to an illness, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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