DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence
26-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Dallas Cowboys
Questionable
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.
Gets franchise tag again
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
March 4, 2019
The Cowboys are using their franchise tag on Lawrence (shoulder), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Lawrence played under the tag last season without complaint, but he already has said he won't sign it a second time, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. The Cowboys now will try to work out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline, with their standout pass rusher recovering from offseason shoulder surgery in the meantime. Between the contract situation and his injury, Lawrence presumably won't step on a practice field any sooner than the start of training camp.
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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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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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Won't sign another franchise tag
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
February 21, 2019
Lawrence (shoulder) is unwilling to sign a second consecutive franchise tender, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports.
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To undergo surgery
DEDallas Cowboys
Shoulder
January 24, 2019
Lawrence will undergo shoulder surgery this offseason, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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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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