Friday, April 11, 2014
Boise State's Lawrence visits Falcons
By Vaughn McClure
The Atlanta Falcons are continuing to do their homework on a variety of pass-rushers in preparation for the NFL draft.
Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence, a defensive end/outside linebacker prospect, is in Atlanta for a visit, according to a league source. Lawrence is projected as a second-round pick, although his strong workouts have earned him first-round consideration.
The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Lawrence is a South Carolina native who attended Butler Community College (Kansas) before transferring to Boise State. Last season, he led the Mountain West Conference with 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. He then declared early for the draft.
Lawrence has impressed scouts with his aggressiveness and instincts. At the combine, he showed the ability to drop into coverage while performing linebacker drills. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds at Boise State's pro day.
Lawrence's agent, David Canter, recently tweeted that his client had 10 visits lined up in 14 days.
The Falcons sorely need pass-rush help and are looking into a number of first- and second-round-caliber talents to possibly fill the void. Most expect them to consider Buffalo's Khalil Mack in the first round if he's still available with the sixth overall pick. Trading up for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney seems to be a long shot at this point, with Clowney projected to go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans.
ESPN Draft expert Todd McShay has Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford falling to the Falcons in the second round of his latest mock draft.
BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy is visiting the Falcons next Wednesday while UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr is visiting the week of April 21. Mack, who already had a private workout with the Falcons, doesn't have a visit scheduled with the Falcons just yet.