Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

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Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

Postby Pudge » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:48 pm

Arizona State Junior
40: 4.96


Has a quick first step and is able to split the gap between the guard and tackle. Uses speed to be a disruptor and can make plays in the backfield. Quickness off the ball allows him to get leverage in short yardage. Has good strength and shows the ability to shed blocks using it. Has nice range and can make plays in pursuit with a decent motor.


Has limited technique. If he doesn't beat you with his first step, he struggles to disengage using his hands. Doesn't really have any developed pass rush moves. Has trouble anchoring at the point of attack, and gets pushed off the ball vs. the run. Struggles against double teams. Will lose balance and needs to do a better job keeping his feet when trying to get leverage.


Guy is a promising disruptor that didn't have the consistency or dominant performances as his collegiate career wore on to really be mentioned along with the other top tackles in this class. But he has potential to develop and could be a sleeper down the road. His production didn't take off after a promising start as a freshman with 44 tackles, 10 for loss, and 2 sacks. Came back as a sophomore and had 37 tackles, 7 for loss, and 4.5 sacks. But his production dipped as a junior with 41-6-1.5 his final year.


Guy fits well as a one-gap penetrator in a 4-3 scheme. He has the sort of size and frame that he could also project in a 3-4 scheme at defensive end. But because he's so less effective as a stack and shed guy and anchorign, he'd be very raw in that scheme and would have a longer length until impact. Instead, he can come in right away in a 4-3 scheme, and be a factor in the rotation as a situational player. He's probably a few years from making an impact because he needs to get bigger and stronger and polish up his technique and develop some moves. But he can be a good disruptive presence down the line. More than likely, he'll be closer to being an above average starter like a Barry Cofield. He's a bit of a boom/bust prospect that in most drafts would be a near lock to go in the Top 50 picks, but thankfully because of the strength of this tackle class, he'll slip a bit more in this draft and a team can get a much better value with him later in the draft where the risk is a lot lower. That way, if he only winds up being a good No. 3 tackle instead of starter, you won't feel like he's a bust. In that way, he's a player like current Texan Shaun Cody in terms of what he might be in the pros if he doesn't develop. I don't think he'll ever be an elite defensive tackle because he'll be limited vs. the run, but he can be a guy that can give a team 3-5 sacks a year, make plays in the backfield and be a good player, albeit not a great one.


Guy can play in Atlanta because he's a disruptor, but he was used almost exclusively in a 3-technique at Arizona State, and is raw in terms of being able to play multiple techniques and use his hands to get off blocks. He can immediately help the Falcons rotation, and has better athleticism and upside than either Peters or Jerry going forward. But unless he polishes up his technique, he may not be able to supplant them on the depth chart in the near future. But if he isn't the full-time starter by his third year, he'd at least be a good No. 3 guy that adds quality depth going forward.


Guy has the talent and potential of a solid second rounder, but because of how raw he is, he might be a much better value in the third round.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.5
Point Of Attack: 3.0
Quickness: 4.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Motor: 3.0
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