Nevin Lawson
CB #24
Utah State
Lauderhill, FL

Quick Stats (2017):

Career Stats
TOTAL 109 93 16 0.0 0 17 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2017 DET 2 2 4 4 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2016 DET 16 16 57 46 11 0.0 -- 9 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 DET 15 9 47 42 5 0.0 -- 7 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 DET 2 0 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
1 ARI W 35-23 3 3 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @NYG W 24-10 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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A speedy and tenacious corner, Lawson joined a blossoming crop of young Lions defensive backs in 2014 after coming to Detroit as the team’s fourth-round (133rd overall) draft pick following a successful four-year career at Utah State.


  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on September 16, 2014.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

A speedy and tenacious corner, Lawson joined a blossoming crop of young Lions defensive backs in 2014 after coming to Detroit as the team’s fourth-round (133rd overall) draft pick following a successful four-year career at Utah State.

2016: Totaled four tackles in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Contributed three total tackles in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18) and added a career-high two pass defenses.
  • Totaled three tackles (two solo) in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Tied a career high with six solo tackles in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • Tallied two solo tackles and a career-high two pass defenses in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9).
  • Recorded two solo tackles in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16).
  • Totaled six tackles (five solo) in a 20-17 Week 7 win vs. Washington (10/23).
  • Recorded three tackles (one solo) and one pass defense in Week 8 at Houston (10/30).
  • Had four solo tackles in Detroit’s Week 9 win at Minnesota (11/6).
  • Totaled three solo tackles in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20). Added two pass defenses against Jaguars QB Blake Bortles.
  • Contributed seven total tackles (six solo) in a 28-13 victory over New Orleans in Week 13 (12/4).
  • Tallied four total tackles (two solo) and two pass defenses in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11).
  • Recorded two solo tackles in Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18).
  • Totaled three tackles (two solo) in Week 16 at Dallas (12/26).
  • Had three total tackles (two solo) and broke up one of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' passes in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1).
  • Recorded a combined seven tackles (five solo) in the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7). 

2015: Inactive in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).

  • Saw action in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Appeared in a special teams role in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • Recorded three special teams tackles in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5).
  • Contributed one total tackle in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • Tallied one special teams tackle in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18).
  • Garnered one special teams tackle in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Made his first career start and registered a team-high seven total tackles and recorded one pass deflection in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • Totaled six solo tackles and one pass defense in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15) in a great individual effort filling in for injured CB Rashean Mathis. Lawson was targeted by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 14 times and limited WR Davante Adams to just 79 yards despite hauling in 10 catches.
  • Recorded four total tackles and one pass defense in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22).
  • Tallied a team-high six total tackles in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26).
  • Made two total tackles in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3). Also recorded one pass defense.
  • Contributed five total tackles in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Recorded six total tackles and one pass defense in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21).
  • Started at CB in Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27). Netted two tackles and one pass defense on the day.
  • Started at CB in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), had two solo tackles and one pass defensed. Tipped Bears QB Jay Culter’s pass in the end zone that set up an interception for S James Ihedigbo.

2014: Began the 2014 season in a backup cornerback role and had one solo tackle vs. New York Giants (9/8), filling in for injured CB Bill Bentley.

  • Played in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14) in a backup corner role but left the game with a foot injury in the third quarter.
  • Was placed on Reserve/Injured with a foot injury on September 16.

2013: Concluded his career at Utah State by playing in all 14 games (13 starts) and earning his first-career First Team All-Mountain West selection. His 57 tackles (33 solo), four interceptions (65 yards) and 13 pass defenses earned him the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week award twice against Boise State (10/12) and UNLV (11/9).

  • Finished the year ranked first on the team in pass defenses (13), and his 13 pass breakups and four interceptions ranked first and second on the team, respectively.
  • Picked off a career-high two passes in the game against Boise State, returning one 65 yards for his first-career touchdown, while adding a career-high five pass defenses and nine tackles.
  • Forced a fumble against Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship game.

2012: As a junior, earned Second Team All-WAC honors after starting in all 13 games for the Aggies and finishing the season with 63 tackles (47 solo), two sacks (17 yards) and 10 pass defenses.

  • Recorded his first two sacks of his career at San Jose State (10/13) as Utah State went on to set a single-game school record with 13 sacks in the contest.
  • Had five or more tackles in nine games during the season, including a season-high eight at San Jose State.

2011: Started 12-of-13 games in his sophomore campaign as the anchor of the secondary. Ranked fourth overall on the team with 73 tackles, 11 pass defenses and one interception.

  • Hauled in his second-career interception that clinched the team’s win at New Mexico State in the game’s waning minutes.
  • Logged a career-best nine tackles at Nevada (11/26).

2010: Appeared in nine games with two starts as a true freshman, finishing the year with 12 tackles (seven solo), one interception, a half sack and one pass breakup.

  • Posted a season-high three tackles on two separate occasions in road games at Nevada (10/30) and San Jose State (11/13).
  • Nabbed the game-clinching interception in the end zone vs. San Jose State, earning him a nomination for the WAC Defensive Player of the Week.

A two-year starter at both cornerback and running back at Piper (Fla.) High School, Lawson was named Second Team All-Broward County in his final prep season. As a senior, posted 68 tackles and three interceptions on defense, as well as 41 carries for 526 yards and eight touchdowns on offense. Also had two punt returns for touchdowns on special teams.

  • Named team MVP as a senior and was selected to the Broward County North-South All-Star Game, where he recorded eight tackles and did not allow a pass reception.
  • Also lettered in track as a sprinter in high school.
  • Graduated from Utah State with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, emphasizing in health and wellness.
  • Son of Clive and Jennifer Lawson.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Lawson on defensive unit performance

    Posted Aug 19, 2017

    CB Nevin Lawson talks about how turnovers are essential this season.

  • Lawson on personal growth

    Posted Jun 1, 2017

    CB Nevin Lawson talks about how he has progressed since the start of last season as well as his desire to secure more turnovers going forward.

  • Lawson on facing Bryant

    Posted Dec 26, 2016

    CB Nevin Lawson talks about the challenge of facing WR Dez Bryant as well as what the Lions need to do better after a Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

  • Lawson on turning attention to Cowboys

    Posted Dec 18, 2016

    CB Nevin lawson talks about the Week 15 loss being a missed opportunity as well as how the team is already turning their attention to the Cowboys.

  • Christmas caroling with the Lions

    Posted Dec 9, 2016

    Glover Quin, Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson go Christmas caroling around downtown Detroit and hilarity ensues.


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