Data Scout Notes: 2019: 01-08-19 - Announced Early Entry into 2019 NFL Draft...2018: Coming off Jan Suspension/Failed PED Test...1stC...2017: 1stC...PBednarik...**2016: DROYC/DROYM/2ndC
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02/16/19 - As Clemson continues its investigation into how three football players tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug before the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl, Dexter Lawrence is looking on with particular interest. Perhaps no one has more invested in the answer to that question than Lawrence, the Tigers' former star defensive tackle and one of the three players who tested positive for ostarine, a banned PED. Lawrence, who was suspended for both the Cotton Bowl and the national championship win over Alabama, is projected as a first-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The 6-4, 350-pounder knows he'll face questions about the failed drug test at the NFL Combine, which starts Feb. 26.
"I do want to know how it got in my system and where it came from," Lawrence said Saturday before an appearance at the Fan Zone in North Charleston. "But right now, they are still doing their research to see where exactly it came from, and they don't know where right now." Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged last week that the banned drug could have been given to the players by the school itself, by mistake. Lawrence said his plan for questions about PEDs from NFL teams at the combine is simple. "Just tell the truth," he said. "That's all I can do. It was heartbreaking when I heard about it, but it's just life. You've got to be tested sometimes just to bring out your character, and that's how I'm going about it." - Charleston Post Courier
01/09/19 - Suspended Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is headed to the NFL. Lawrence is the 350-pound, 6-foot-4 lineman who missed the Tigers' College Football Playoff games after he and two teammates tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. Lawrence attended both games and celebrated with teammates Monday night after a 44-16 victory over Alabama in the national championship game. Lawrence announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday. He was a three-year starter and is considered a first-round NFL pick in next spring's draft. He is the third Clemson starter on defense to give up his eligibility to go pro. Earlier, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar said they would enter the NFL draft. Mullen was the defensive MVP of the championship game. - AP College Football
12/02/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DT Dexter Lawrence, So., Clemson, 108 Votes,...Six Clemson interior linemen, three on offense and three on defense, were named first-team All-ACC on November 27. It marked the first time Clemson had six linemen earn first-team all-conference honors. The previous high was just four set eight previous seasons, including 2016. Wilkins and Lawrence were second-team selections last year on defense, while Ferrell was named for the first time as a red-shirt sophomore. Ferrell leads the team in tackles for loss and sacks. - Clemson Football
11/11/17 - Clemson starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is out of the game with Florida State due to a foot injury that's hampered him the past few weeks. Lawrence, the 6-foot-5, 340-pound sophomore, was in sweats and a walking boot on his right foot during warmups. Lawrence had started the previous nine games, making 33 tackles. Jabril Robinson and Nyles Pinckney are listed as Lawrence's backups. Lawrence was the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive freshman of the year in Clemson's national championship season in 2016. He finished the year with 79 tackles and set the school freshman record with seven sacks. - AP College Football
07/20/17 - DT Dexter Lawrence, a true sophomore who isn't eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, should be one of the top prospects in 2019. The 340-pounder made 79 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, as a true freshman for a Tigers team that won the national title. He was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. "I've had some guys leave our program that looked like him," said coach Dabo Swinney, "but I haven't had many show up that looked like him."