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Breaking down potential Titans' target Kenny Lawler

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If Jon Robinson wants to add another receiver, Lawler would provide an interesting skill set.

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Wide Receiver

School: California

Size: 6-2, 205 pounds

Production: 2015 season: 52 rec, 658 yards, 13 TDs

Positives

  • Polished route runner with an above average first gear.
  • Light on his feet and quick enough to create separation.
  • Shows a nice ability to go up vertically and win a jump ball.
  • Huge hands (10.5") and long arms (33.75") to pair with his 6-2 frame.
  • Good body control. Shows a nice ability to adjust and haul in off target passes.

Negatives

  • Lean, slight frame. Got pushed around when pressed. Will struggle at the next level with physicality.
  • Noticed a couple of focus drops.
  • Lacks a top end gear. Clocked in the 4.6s at the combine.

Examples

Here's some of that body control I was talking about. It's kind of a broken fade route, but Goff trusts Lawler here.  He pushed the corner inside then darted outside, creating plenty of separation. The ball is too wide, but Lawler adjusts and uses his length to control it. Lawler maintains control to the ground, capping off a very impressive rep.

This next rep shows off some of Lawler's craftiness and first gear explosion. Lawler freezes the corner with an inside sell then bursts up the field. He immediately creates separation with this hesitation.  The throw is high, but Lawler's vertical ability shines through. He makes it look easy, hauling in the touchdown.

Overview

Kenny Lawler is a crafty receiver that should have a chance to contribute early. His light feet, big hands and body control create an interesting skill set. I'm a little concerned with his overall play strength.  Lawler was listed at just 185 pounds during the season, but bulked up to 203 for the combine. Will he be able to handle tough, press corners in the NFL game? Whoever selects Lawler will likely have him living in the weight room.

Per Tony Pauline, Kenny Lawler visited with the Titans during their visit to the Cal pro day. I think Lawler could be in play for Jon Robinson as early as the top of the third round.

Projected draft slot: 3rd-4th round

Round Grade: 3rd round