Lawson, who’s 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, sort of breaks the mold of the taller and longer cornerbacks the Lions have drafted and signed recently, but he’s got a muscular build at 190 pounds and plays bigger than his size.
“My height never bothered me, you know what I’m saying?" he said in a conference call after the selection. "It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play.”
Lawson was a first-team All-Mountain West selection last year starting in 13 games. He led the team with 17 passes defended and added four interceptions.
“They definitely say they like my man-to-man skills,” Lawson said. “They like the way I play and they like the way I compete.”
There’s also the option Lawson plays a big special-teams role in Detroit. He played on both cover and return teams at Utah State.
He’s a man-cover cornerback who was productive on the ball – 34 pass breakups in college. He’s also physical, finishing his Aggies career with 205 tackles (19 for loss) over 40 starts.
Lawson could have the ability to play both outside and in the slot for the Lions.
“I like to do everything,” he said. “I feel like I can blitz, I feel like I can tackle, I could play off, I could play press, I could play zone, whatever I’m asked to do, I think I can do it as a corner. I want to be a complete corner.