Manny Lawson DL North Carolina State 6050 240 9 3/4 35 3/4 Weigh-In Notes: Cut and well built....not much room for a lot of growth. Monday Practice Notes: The most athletic player along the defensive front here in Mobile. His drops in punt protection were VERY smooth and could give an indication as to his comfortability as possible linebacker. Explosive off the line. Does a great job getting across the face of lineman on all downblocks which leads him to make more than his share of plays in the running game. Uses his hands effectively. One point even showed his strength by blowing Marcus McNeill into the backfield on a bulrush. Tuesday Practice Notes: Speed, speed, and more speed. Lawson registered two practice sacks using nothing by his explosiveness off the edge. No pass rush moves, just blew right past the left tackle. Another example would be when Lawson was not ready for one play, actually was still on a knee, the lineman came off the ball on a zone block, and Lawson got off the knee to stop the back five yards in the backfield Also uses his hands very well which is underrated on the defensive line side of things. The one knock for the day was that he allowed himself to be hooked at one point by the offensive tackle. Wednesday Practice Notes: Quickly becoming apparent one of Lawson’s strengths is his recognition. By recognizing a screen and reacting to it, Lawson picked off a pass. Later in practice Lawson was not fooled by any boot actions. He recognizes blocks and scrapes hard down the line of scrimmage. What a lot of scouts will love is his hustle on and off the field. Manny continues runs on and off the field. Also displays a nasty streak to his game.