Give me Manny!! NC Most Valuable Lineman

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  1. rags747

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    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.
  2. RealCowboyfan

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    LINK?:banghead: :starspin
  3. rags747

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  4. Wolf2k5

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    I know id have 2 actually see him to know how that interview was but he sounded like a good guy. made a couple jokes but seemed like he knows his stregths and want s2 work them more along with his weeknesses. I liked him b4 tho lol
  5. rags747

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    Put him opposite Ware and our defense will be a terror. I'm reading the Giants boards and they are praying that we dont get him. Anyway enjoy:

    Manny Lawson DE 6’5 240 North Carolina St.
    By: Robert Davis

    NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.43, vertical jump - 39.5"

    Manny Lawson is one of the truly elite athletes in college football. Not only has he found time to play both end and linebacker, he’s also a track standout having competed in the long jump and hurdles during his time at NC St. As a linebacker in 2002, Lawson had 35 tackles, with one of them coming for loss. As a part time starter in 2003, he improved on all his numbers. He totaled 53 tackles, seven for loss, with three sacks. Lawson made the switch to DE in 2004, and became a full time starter for the first time in his career. On the year, he finished with 50 tackles, 12 for loss, and seven sacks. As a senior, Manny put it all together. He finished the season with career highs across the board: 58 tackles, 19.5 for loss, and 10.5 sacks.

    Lawson is an absolute freak of an athlete. He has excellent agility, closing speed, and jumping ability. Pound for pound, he may also be the strongest player in the draft. There is not a single physical trait he lacks. On the football field, he is an emerging talent. He did not make too many plays early on, but once he moved to defensive end, he started to show his pass rushing ability. His upside is tremendous, and he could be a standout pass rusher at the next level. Lawson is also a standout special teamer.

    With all his athletic gifts, he is prone to relying on them too often. A major part of that is due to his inexperience on the defensive line. As an end, he lacks the bulk to be a player against the run. Lawson carries the tweener tag, but that has not been a negative lately. Still, he may only fit for certain teams.

    Manny Lawson has tremendous upside. As a pass rusher, he has as much pure talent as anyone in the draft. He is listed here as a defensive end, but he has the ability to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. Lawson is the type of player that makes team drool about his potential because of his physical talent. Pass rushers are put at a premium, so do not be surprised to see him crack the first round.
  6. Rack Bauer

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    I don't like that his own coaches talked about how he has no real football intincts.

    The physical part is obviously appealing, but I want a football player that's athletic. Not "just and athlete".

    Wouldn't complain if we drafted him though.
  7. dcboy

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    I agree with Rack about wanting a guy thats an athletic football player and not an athlete playing football, but I thought he was the former. I have never heard his coaches say that he wasn't instinctive, so thats news to me. Since I have never seen him play in college, I can only base my opinion of him on predraft reports. The ones that I read said that he was instinctive and this was the main reason that I wanted him over some of the other fast OLBs. If his coaches are saying that he lacks instincts, I don't know that we wouldn't be better off taking a guy slightly slower that is more instinctive.
  8. Crown Royal

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    I don't want him to lose speed, but if he is to play strong side he needs another 15 lbs or so.
  9. Haley94

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    I really like Lawson, but if were going to go Linebacker in the first, I think we need to take a long hard look a Carpenter if he's there.
  10. CrazyCowboy

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    I would love for us to pick Manny Lawson.....
  11. Canadian BoyzFan

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    I think Ware could move to SOLB.
    Lawson we start at WLB.

    Absolutely scary good bookends for our LB corps!
  12. tyke1doe

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    If he could just teach Ware the "spin" move imagine what we'd have on the outsides of our defense. :eek:

    I'm on the Manny train now, though I doubt he falls to No. 18.
  13. theogt

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    They'll switch during games to disguise blitzes, etc.
  14. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    There's only two teams ahead of us who would be interested in a tweener OLB, Browns at #12 and Miami at #16. Miami is likely looking at safety and #12 would be a reach for Lawson. I doubt both of them would take an OLB, but if one does it might well be Manny or Wimbley. Either way we can get one or the other.
  15. Clove

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    I like Carp, but I keep thinking about how hard it will be for teams to cover both speed strong rushers coming off the edge. I also see this guy (Lawson) blowing up screen passes, and intercepting balls and taking them to the house.

    I can see him on special teams just causing havoc up the middle. He has too many levels to his game not to notice. His athleticism is so out there, it's hard to look away. But if we came away with Carpenter or Wimbley, I would not shed a tear.
  16. cleverusername

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    I like all three of these guys, but since we passed on "the athlete" last year, (and he turned out to be DROY), Maybe we'll take a chance him this year.

    PS. I love Ware!
  17. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    If Manny Lawson gets taken before Dallas picks, I would like Thomas Howard to be taken. He is faster than Lawson and is the same exact weight. He has also played linebacker and FS so his coverage skills are much better.
  18. Rack Bauer

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    We didn't pass on the athlete. Ware is more athletic then Merriman. He put up better numbers. He even put up as many reps as Merriman.
  19. PacoReloaded

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    I'm all for drafting Lawson if he's there and Winston Justice isn't.

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