DeMarcus Lawrence
DeMarcus Lawrence
27-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Dallas Cowboys
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Offseason shoulder surgery figures to take Lawrence's recovery to Week 1 - drop him lower if risk is a concern. Lawrence is the kind of rare pass rusher who could hit double-digit sacks even if he misses a few games - his 25 sacks the last two years occurred on just 1,439 snaps, a rate that translates to about 16 sacks on a 950-snap projection. He piles up tackles at a healthy rate, too, offering a 60-tackle baseline even while playing fewer than 750 snaps. Lawrence is capable of finishing first among DL IDPs, though probably not in his first year back from surgery. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $105 million contract with the Cowboys in April of 2019.
Will play against Packers
DEDallas Cowboys
October 4, 2019
Lawrence (knee/shoulder) was a full participant in Friday's practice and will play in Sunday's game versus the Packers, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Lawrence started off the season without a sack in his first two games, but he has notched one in each of the last two games. The 27-year-old will now look to get to Aaron Rodgers, who has been sacked just eight times this year despite taking an average 2.92 seconds to throw, the third-highest rate in the league according to Next Gen Stats.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do DeMarcus Lawrence's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.80 sec
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
Cone Drill
7.46 sec
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
Broad Jump
113 in
Bench Press
20 reps
Hand Length
11.00 in
Arm Length
33.75 in
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring DeMarcus Lawrence
IDP Analysis: Week 3 Matchups
29 days ago
Jim Coventry says Washington’s lack of a quality offensive line means Akiem Hicks and the Bears’ pass rushers will have a busy day.
IDP Analysis: Week 2 Matchups
35 days ago
Jim Coventry says that once Washington QB Case Keenum finds himself playing from behind, DeMarcus Lawrence and the rest of the Dallas pass rushers are sure to have him on his heels.
IDP Analysis: Week 1 Matchups
44 days ago
Jim Coventry begins the season pointing out players whose value is elevated for the upcoming week, including Fletcher Cox, whose Eagles could be playing with the lead against the Redskins.
IDP Analysis: Last-Minute Injury News and Updates
50 days ago
In preparation for late drafts and week 1 lineups, Jim Coventry gives an update on various IDP players including DeMarcus Lawrence, who will be a must-start if he’s on the field Week 1.
IDP Analysis: Players Who Will or May Miss Time
58 days ago
Jim Coventry runs down the list of IDPs who likely will miss time this season, whether it be to injury or suspension, as is the case with Patrick Peterson who is suspended for six games.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
It's fair to worry a bit when a player breaks out in a contract year, but Lawrence's ascent correlates just fine with the skills growth that was projected all along, so it's probably best to presume this is merely a case where a 25-year-old prospect turned a corner in his development. If injuries hadn't messed up his 2016 season, when he posted just one sack after finishing the prior season with eight, then no one would have found anything surprising about Lawrence totaling 14.5 sacks last year. Lawrence probably can't approach the top tier and plenty of young guns are on his heels, but it's hard to see how Lawrence disappoints if healthy.
Big things were expected from Lawrence last year after he racked up eight sacks and 55 tackles in 2015, but a suspension and back injury limited him to nine ineffective performances instead. January back surgery -- the second straight offseason in which he's gone under the knife to correct back problems -- could finally restore him to full health, but heading into his fourth NFL season, Lawrence can no longer be considered a secure foundation piece for any future Cowboys success in the pass rush.
After failing to record a sack as a rookie, Lawrence stepped up with a team-leading eight in 2015 and seems poised to provide the Cowboys with the impact pass rusher they've been lacking since DeMarcus Ware left town. A four-game suspension for a violation of the league's drug policy will sideline him for the first month of the season, but once Lawrence returns to action he might still have enough time to lead the team in sacks once again given Dallas' lack of established options at defensive end.
Lawrence was a second-round pick last year after 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in his final season at Boise State, but a broken foot in summer sidelined him most of the year. He impressed when he returned, posting a sack in each of Dallas' two playoff games. An athletic player with the ability to bend the edge, Lawrence steps into a lead role on the Dallas defense this year. He's unproven, but he will be the Cowboys' best defensive end (perhaps even best lineman) while Greg Hardy is suspended the first 10 games.
The Cowboys traded up to the top of the second round to grab Lawrence as their newest pass-rush threat off the edge, but without an established veteran sacker to take some pressure off Lawrence he could find it tough to make a big impact as a rookie. Lawrence has the physical tools to be a constant thorn in the sides of opposition QBs once he gets his feet wet, but a foot injury in camp badly slowed his development and will delay his pro debut until the second half of the season.
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Heel injury surfaces
DEDallas Cowboys
October 3, 2019
Lawrence (knee/shoulder) will be limited in Thursday's practice due to a heel injury, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Limited participant Wednesday
DEDallas Cowboys
October 2, 2019
Lawrence (knee/shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Helping Cowboys pass rush
DEDallas Cowboys
October 1, 2019
Lawrence picked up a pair of tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's loss to the Saints.
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Nabs first sack of 2019
DEDallas Cowboys
September 23, 2019
Lawrence recorded two tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
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Jars ball loose in win
DEDallas Cowboys
September 9, 2019
Lawrence recorded two tackles (one solo), a half-sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Sunday's win over the Giants.
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