A closer look: CB Nevin Lawson

Posted May 10, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara share their thoughts on the Lions' fourth-round selection of cornerback Nevin Lawson

Round 4, Pick 133

CB Nevin Lawson, Utah State

CB 5-9, 190, 4.48

College career: He’s a man-cover cornerback who was productive on the ball – 34 pass breakups in college. He’s physical, finishing his Aggies career with 205 tackles (19 for loss) over 40 starts.

Lions offensive line depth chart: Chris Houston, Rashean Mathis, Darius Slay, Chris Greenwood, Jonte Green, Bill Bentley, Aaron Hester, Nate Ness and Cassius Vaughn

Scout’s quote from “Muscular build with nice arm length. Plays with his eyes. Reads and reacts quickly. Has skills to man up receivers. Soft-footed with flexible hips to pedal easily and transition smoothly. Good zone awareness and reactions. Effective blitzer. Has special-teams experience as a gunner and jammer. Durable three-year starter. Press technique needs refinement.”

Mike O’Hara’s take: I’d like bigger cornerbacks. Lawson’s short – 5-9 ½ -- but he’s not built like a small cornerback. At 190 pounds he has a sturdy frame, and he was a playmaker at Utah State. One pre-draft report on Lawson highlighted his ability to play with his eyes. In other words, he sees plays and has instincts to get to the ball. He adds another development player to a group that needs someone to emerge as bona fide contributor in 2014.

Tim Twentyman’s take: He’s a little smaller than the cornerbacks we’ve been used to the Lions signing recently, but that’s just from a height standpoint. He weighs 190 pounds and plays more physical than his size. He can play on the line inside and outside and can run.