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Trevor Laws DT 61 296 Notre Dame

By: Robert Davis

Laws has shown to be a player capable of making an impact since his freshman season. As a reserve, he had 17 tackles, two for loss, and a sack. He improved upon those numbers as a sophomore, finishing with 33/3/1.5 on the year. As a junior, Laws had his best season to date, finishing with 62 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He had a tremendous senior season, leading the team with 112 tackles, eight for loss, and four sacks on the year.

Laws is a versatile defensive lineman, capable of playing in both the 3-4 and 4-3. He has been a tackle in a 4-3 scheme, showing the ability to take on blockers and clog running lanes in the middle but also having the ability to slip through blockers and get into the backfield. This season, he has moved outside to end in a 3-4 alignment and will be counted on to provide leadership and consistency from the defensive line.

Laws lacks ideal size for the defensive line, especially a 3-4 end. He is on the short side, and can get controlled by bigger lineman. He also has never shown the ability to be a major force as a playmaker, and teams want more than just run stopping ability in high draft picks.

Laws should provide run stopping ability and versatility to a defense. His ability to play in both schemes, hold his ground and stop the run will be attractive to teams needing him to fill a role. He had a huge season in the 3-4 defense, which should make him attractive for teams that utilize that role. He lacks ideal size, but the production he had will get him a shot.


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