Former scout and current NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah puts out a new mock draft about every two weeks. His eye for evaluation and his connection to the industry makes his predictions particularly noteworthy.
Who does he like for the Atlanta Falcons? Clemson DE Shaq Lawson. Lawson is a familiar name around here, and was Mel Kiper's pick for the team back in February. Kiper had this to say about the young pass rusher.
Lawson is well-coached and has more size to stay on the field and hold up as a three-down defender in either a 3-4 or 4-3 look, thanks to a versatile skill set.
While Jeremiah does not give much about Lawson in his mock, he does say his mock draft is based on what he is hearing around the league.
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Lawson dominated last season, finishing up his junior season with 55 tackles, 22.5 for a loss, and 10.5 sacks. There is not much to dislike with Lawson. He is good rushing the passer and against the run, has nice size, good production, good motor, and has been well-coached. He needs a bit of polish, and perhaps lacks an elite first step, but that is pretty modest criticism.
The selection is interesting, as Jeremiah has the Falcons passing over both Reggie Ragland and Darron Lee. The mock has Atlanta drafting too late to grab Leonard Floyd and Kevin Dodd. Karl Joseph is the only safety taken in the first round.
Thoughts on the latest mock?