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jeffa
03-23-2006, 10:53 PM
How do you all feel about drafting Manny Lawson as an OLB in our 3-4 scheme. Instead of paying all that dough to Lavar, draft Lawson and then we can grab a Safety or Cornerback later on.

What do you think?

mia4ever
03-23-2006, 11:00 PM
Bio

In 2004: A second-team All-ACC performer after ranking sixth in the conference with seven sacks for the season ... Former linebacker who ranked third on the team with a dozen tackles for loss and second with 17 quarterback pressures ... Named the Walter Camp Foundation's National Defensive Player of the Week after tallying three sacks in the win over Virginia Tech ... Also earned the ACC's Defensive Lineman of the Week honor for that performance ... Tallied a career-high 10 tackles against Florida State, including three tackles for loss and a sack ... Tied for second in school history with six blocked punts, that mark ranked sixth among current players nationally at the end of the season ... Co-recipient of the 2004 Cary Brewbaker Award, given to the most valuable defensive lineman ... Named the strength index champion for the Wolfpack linemen, he bench pressed 385 pounds, power cleaned 340 pounds, posted a 11'7 broad jump and a 37-1/2" vertical jump.

In 2003: Blocked a punt against Texas Tech and another against Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl ... A demon on special teams, he also scored a touchdown on a blocked punt against UNC ... Saw action at outside linebacker in every regular season contest, starting the Texas Tech and Georgia Tech contests ... Moved to right end in practice prior to the bowl game, he started at that position in the win over Kansas and tallied a seaon-high eight tackles, including a stop behind the line of scrimmage ... In for a season-high 50 snaps versus Texas Tech, he had a season-high seven tackles in that contest as well ... Competed on the track & field squad during the winter and spring, winning the ACC title in the indoor long jump with a mark of 24' 3-1/2 ... Finished second in that event outdoors with a 24'1/2 mark, he finished fifth in the outdoor triple jump (41'1/4) and fourth with the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 41.25 ... Named the Wolfpack's Special Teams Player of the Year .. Named Most Improved Defensive Lineman following 2004 spring drills, he also earned the Defensive Leadership Award ... One of the fastest players on the Wolfpack squad, his vertical jump is higher than the device used to measure that stat.

In 2002: Led the nation with three blocked punts in 2002, that total tied as the third-best single-season mark in school history ... Finished the season strong, with a season-high nine tackles in the win over Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl, he was in for just 21 snaps in that contest ... Had a key stop on a goalline stand, keeping the Irish from scoring any touchdowns ... His best game of the regular season was at Virginia, when he tallied seven tackles, including two third-down stops ... Blocked his first career kick versus UMass, he blocked a punt versus Clemson that Terrence Holt returned for a TD ... Also blocked a punt versus Florida State that was returned for a safety ... Co-winner of the Pack's Most Valuable Specialist award ... Competed with the Wolfpack track squad in the spring of 2003, in his first meet, he won the long jump and the triple jump in the Patroit Games ... Also captured first in the Carolina Heels Challenge in long jump and second in the long jump ... Posted the fastest time in the 60 meter hurdles (indoors) for NC State that season (8.55) ... Earned the Most Dominant Award for defense after spring workouts in 2003.

Prep: Recorded 54 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior for Coach Joe Mitchell... Also rushed for 456 yards ... Named his conference's defensive player of the year following his senior campaign ... Qualified for the state indoor track and field meet in four events: long jump, triple jump, 55-meter dash, and the 55-meter hurdles ... Majoring in industrial engineering ... Born 7/3/84.


2003 Lawson Game-by-Game Stats



Lawson Career Stats
Year GP-GS Pl Hit Ast Tot TFL-YD Sk-Yd FC/FR PBU Blk
2002 14-0 144 20 15 35 1-5 0-0 1/0 4 3
2003 13-3 392 33 20 53 7-29 3-25 2/1 3 2
2004 11-11 473 39 11 50 12-74 7-55 1/2 5 1
Totals 38-14 1009 92 46 138 20-108 10-80 4/3 12 6

Silverphin
03-23-2006, 11:06 PM
How do you all feel about drafting Manny Lawson as an OLB in our 3-4 scheme. Instead of paying all that dough to Lavar, draft Lawson and then we can grab a Safety or Cornerback later on.

What do you think?

I always wanted Manny Lawson. So why not.

mia4ever
03-23-2006, 11:09 PM
Manny Lawson (DE - N.C. State) - Sunday, February 26, 2006:


Q: Would you feel most comfortable as a outside linebacker or a defensive end?
Lawson: Wherever a team wants to put me, so long as I can play.


Q: If you went to a 4-3 team, what weight do you think you come become eventually?
Lawson: The way I look at it, my weight can hold a lot, but I don't want to substitute weight for speed, so I'll probably stop adding weight whenever I start slowing down.

Q: What's the most you've ever weighed?
Lawson: The most I've ever weighed is 247.

Q: Are you going to do all the workouts at the Combine?
Lawson: Yes.

Q: Who all have you met with here at the Combine?
Lawson: The Falcons, Jaguars, Dallas, New York Giants, Tampa Bay...I can't remember all of them. I had eight interviews last night.

Q: How about the Dolphins?
Lawson: I have not met with them. I actually met with them at the Senior Bowl.

Q: Is there a certain way to block punts like you did so much in college?
Lawson: There is a specific technique. Really, I think the knack is ‘want to,' as coach [Chuck] Amato would call it. If you want to get back there, you'll do anything or whatever it takes to get back there.

Q: How do you feel about being compared to linebacker/defensive end tweeners like Willie McGinest?
Lawson: It's crazy because they've done things I have not yet done, so I don't know what to say.

Q: Do you think Mario Williams complemented you as much as you were a complement to him at State?
Lawson: I think it goes both ways. When you see one guy coming around the corner, you're definitely not going to run his way, so you're automatically going to go the other way and into the next guy, who you don't see. I think we both complemented each other.

Q: Are you faster than Mario?
Lawson: By far. It's not even close. Not even.

Q: You did jumps for N.C. State track?
Lawson: Yes. Long jump and triple jump. I ran track all the way up until my junior year. I stopped before my senior year so I could focus more on football and get closer to [weighing] 400 pounds [laughs].

Q: How many reps did you do in the bench?
Lawson: I did 23 reps.

Q: Is that the most you've ever done?
Lawson: Actually, that's the only time I've ever done it.

Q: Where are you training?
Lawson: Phoenix, Arizona. Fisher Sports wish Brett Fisher.

Q: Did you put 25 pounds on before your senior year?
Lawson: Yes.

Q: How?
Lawson: Baked potatoes. Baked potatoes and right after I ate baked potatoes, I went to the gym. Just constantly eating and then working out rather than eating and running and then working out.

Q: How much have you played standing up like a linebacker?
Lawson: I played probably two years to a year and a half.

Q: As a starter?
Lawson: I started against passing teams standing up whenever my talents were needed to cover a tight end or a receiver.

Q: So do you think playing outside linebacker for a 3-4 team would be a huge adjustment for you?
Lawson: I don't feel it will be new to me at all. There may be a technique I have to learn or re-learn or improve upon, but as far as covering somebody, as far as dropping back in zone, I feel I can do it.

Q: So you're very comfortable in dropping into pass coverage?
Lawson: Very. I've been dropping into pass coverages all throughout my years even as a defensive end.

Q: How accomplished of a pass rusher do you feel you are?
Lawson: I'm pretty much still learning. I'm going to always be learning. I feel I have a variety and array of pass rushing moves that I can use and that will work, but if you really want to look at it, I've only been playing defensive end at the collegiate level for two years. So I'm still new to the game.

Q: Would you liken your abilities to anyone currently in the NFL, or is there anyone you model your game after?
Lawson: The guy who I look up to is a guy about my size, my height: Jason Taylor. And another guy is Dwight Freeney, because I wish I had the spin move to where I could keep spinning and spinning and somehow end up at the quarterback. I just can't do it.

Q: Who's the better end, you or Mario Williams?
Lawson: Better end? Better looking is me hands-down. We both have our days. Sometimes I'll end up with a good day and sometimes he'll end up with a good day. I've been rated as an athlete ad he's your prototypical end.

Q: You were voted your team's most valuable defensive lineman the past two seasons. Who votes on that?
Lawson: The team votes, the coaches vote.


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mia4ever
03-23-2006, 11:13 PM
Q: You were voted your team's most valuable defensive lineman the past two seasons. Who votes on that?
Lawson: The team votes, the coaches vote.


NS never shows his hand
Ronnie was not brought in for a interview last year as well

jeffa
03-23-2006, 11:17 PM
NS never shows his hand
Ronnie was not brought in for a interview last year as well


Great point! I just think he may be selected before our pick. Alot of mock drafts have Cleveland taking him.

Philter25
03-23-2006, 11:43 PM
How do you all feel about drafting Manny Lawson as an OLB in our 3-4 scheme. Instead of paying all that dough to Lavar, draft Lawson and then we can grab a Safety or Cornerback later on.

What do you think?

Ive never heard of this Manny Lawson guy..... good original idea.

Geforce
03-23-2006, 11:55 PM
How do you all feel about drafting Manny Lawson as an OLB in our 3-4 scheme. Instead of paying all that dough to Lavar, draft Lawson and then we can grab a Safety or Cornerback later on.

What do you think?
Manny Lawson has been discussed here quite a bit since the combine when he ran that 4.41 40. Combine that with a 39 1/2" vertical, a 4.18 short shuttle and you have an amazing athlete with tremendous upside. He has been on the Dolphins radar for several months now.

NeuPower_Draft
03-24-2006, 12:21 AM
How do you all feel about drafting Manny Lawson as an OLB in our 3-4 scheme. Instead of paying all that dough to Lavar, draft Lawson and then we can grab a Safety or Cornerback later on.

What do you think?

I love the idea of drafting Manny as an OLB!!!! He has the size and speed that you look for out of a LB. I was so suprised when he ran that quick 40 time.

Mike
www.NeuPowerDraft.com

Canadi-Phin
03-24-2006, 01:07 AM
Would love to get Manny. Whoever gets him is getting one hell of an athlete who I think is going to be the Demarcus Ware or Shawn Merriman this season. Instant impact pass rusher.

playmaker1
03-24-2006, 02:39 AM
Iv been saying this for quite a while, I would love him

motioncityhifi
03-24-2006, 04:04 AM
lawson would basically be JTs replacement in a few years. can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up. if he is drafted by us....would have a fairly big smile on my face

dominizzo
03-24-2006, 04:22 AM
That depends on Arrington Signee

phinfan_1
03-24-2006, 01:38 PM
If we don't pick up Lawson in the 1st we could get Parys Haralson in the 3rd. He's an awesome pass rusher and he played on the left side. He'd be awesome opposite Jason. And he has the feet to play OLB in the 3-4 D.

twix2500
03-24-2006, 01:49 PM
Manny Lawson is definitely an option. The draft is remains a big question mark as it was before free agency.

Pennington's Rocket Arm
03-24-2006, 02:06 PM
sign lavar arrington

if that doesn't work out

trade down

if that doesn't work out

draft lawson

Miamifin23
03-24-2006, 02:53 PM
Would love to draft a guy that hasn't shown everything he has because he's not yet fully developed. He'll be a good one. Has the potential to be great.

playmaker1
03-25-2006, 04:43 AM
sign lavar arrington

if that doesn't work out

trade down

if that doesn't work out

draft lawson

Amen!! Juan knows whats up. :D If we do trade down and dont get LaVar, then get Carpenter

playmaker1
03-25-2006, 04:44 AM
Ive never heard of this Manny Lawson guy..... good original idea.


:sidelol: :sidelol:

Skeet84
03-25-2006, 05:58 AM
Ummm If we don't get Lavar and we can't trade down then........ DON'T draft Manny Lawson. I don't wanna draft someone who is gunna ride the bench we we can get another LB thru FA who would be a better fit. Manny Lawson is like Jason Taylor and we don't need him. I would be much happier with a WR ( Jackson or Holmes ), But I would Love to Draft Winston Justice or Ko Simpson. If Saban does not like our cb's than Draft on of them.

playmaker1
03-25-2006, 06:02 AM
I dont think Jackson or Holmes will be there at 16 with Phily and Denver picking in front of us

Skeet84
03-25-2006, 06:04 AM
I dont think Jackson or Holmes will be there at 16 with Phily and Denver picking in front of us


Well if a QB falls than Denver will take him unless its Vince Young. Besides Denver loves CB's maybe they have there eye on Tye Hill

playmaker1
03-25-2006, 06:06 AM
Well if a QB falls than Denver will take him unless its Vince Young. Besides Denver loves CB's maybe they have there eye on Tye Hill

Denver took 2 CBs last year in the draft. I see them targeting a WR sence they lost out on the Owens deal. They need a QB, but I dont think they look at one in the first. Maybe if one falls, but I dont see one falling outta the top ten

Skeet84
03-25-2006, 06:09 AM
Denver took 2 CBs last year in the draft. I see them targeting a WR sence they lost out on the Owens deal. They need a QB, but I dont think they look at one in the first. Maybe if one falls, but I dont see one falling outta the top ten


They still could take a CB and they do alot of strange things ( Maurice Clarrett in the 3rd ). They very well could take a WR and they will take a QB if he is there over anyone else except maybe Vince Young