The Steelers are hosting Boise State LB Demarcus Lawrence and Georgia Southern RB/QB Jerick McKinnon today. Lawrence is a disruptive pass rusher who could very likely be gone by the time the Steelers pick in round 2.
Demarcus Lawrence mainly lined up with his hand in the dirt, but he was also moved around and rushed from a 2 point stance at Boise State. The 6’2″, 251 lb edge rusher finished his 2 year career with the Broncos with 20 sacks (10.5 in 2013), 7 forced fumbles, and 3 blocked kicks on special teams.
Those stats are over 2 years and 23 career starts as Lawrence went the JUCO route out of high school due to poor grades. I think the main determining factor for his draft stock will be character concerns. He was suspended 3 times at Boise State due to unspecified violations of team rules. Here are a couple of his games from last year.
Jerick McKinnon is a 5’8″, 209 lb RB/QB who ran a 4.38 40 yard dash at the combine. He’s a tough, explosive runner who played many of his snaps at QB in Georgia Southern’s triple option offense. He was very rarely a passing target in college with only 10 catches during his career. His lack of experience as a “traditional” running back will not help his draft stock. He could be a great pick up in the later rounds. Here is McKinnon vs. Florida last year. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing on the web.