Desmond Lawrence
CB #46
North Carolina

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Joins the Lions defense as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of North Carolina.


  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on August 9, 2017.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2017.


Joins the Lions defense as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of North Carolina.


Played four seasons at North Carolina as a prominent force on defense. Played in 47 games and finished his career with 27 career pass defenses, fourth in UNC history.

2016: Started in all 13 games at cornerback. Assisted North Carolina in leading the ACC in pass defense. Recorded 37 tackles on the season. Finished second on the team with 10 pass defenses.

  • Selected as All-ACC honorable mention.

2015: Started in all 14 games at cornerback. Recorded 59 tackles (43 solo), finishing fifth on the team.

  • Finished second in the ACC with 14 pass defenses.
  • Posted 16 pass defenses, finishing third in the ACC.
  • Named to the ALL-ACC second team (coaches).
  • Named to the ALL-ACC third team (ACSMA).

2014: Finished with 71 tackles, finishing third on the team.

  • Recorded a career-best at East Carolina with 11 total tackles (five solo).
  • Posted a career high with eight solo tackles at Notre Dame.

2013: Appeared in eight games, and contributed on defense and special teams.


Attended Charlotte Christian High School (Charlotte, N.C.).

  • Selected to Prepstar All-Atlantic Region.
  • Ranked the No. 8 player in North Carolina.
  • Awarded all-conference and all-state honors twice.

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