Confident Auburn Edge Carl Lawson Confirms Combine Meeting With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly met, or will meet, with quite a few edge rushers on Saturday and one of them will be Auburn’s Carl Lawson.

Lawson, who recorded 30 total tackles and 9 sacks last season, confirmed his formal meeting with the Steelers during his Saturday interview with the media. He also indicated that he has no issues if ultimately drafted by the Steelers

“Since I’ve been a kid, I’ve watched every NFL team and every NFL pass rusher, so it wouldn’t be a travesty for me to go there [Pittsburgh],” Lawson said. “I watched LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison go feast on the quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense, when they had Kevin Greene back in the day, that’s not a bad thing.”

The medical check-up portion of the combine will likely be huge for Lawson being as he missed quite a few games during his college career because of a torn ACL and a cracked hip. With that said, Lawson claimed on Saturday that those injuries are now behind him.

“I played a year and a half injury free and so it’s been a while,” Lawson said.

The cracked hip that Lawson suffered during the 2015 season-opener against Louisville wound up forcing him to miss the next six games and on Saturday he sounded proud that he was able to return to action as quickly as he did.

“It sounds serious, but how many weeks did I miss and then I come back and play? That’s the question. It sounds serious, but it wasn’t that serious,” Lawson said of his cracked hip injury.

Lawson enviably was asked who he compares his style of play to on Saturday and while he ultimately rattled off the names of 10 current NFL players that included LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison, he also believes he has some individuality to the way he plays.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m like this guy, but I think one of the things that makes me unique is that I can do a bunch of different things like other people and I have my own things that I add on to that,” Lawson said.

Lawson measured in at Indianapolis at 6’2″, 261-pounds and while he does have 10 3/8-inch hands, his arms are only 31 1/2-inches long. Those short arms, however, helped him on the bench press as he reportedly did 35 reps of 225-pounds on Saturday. Lawson also said Saturday that his hands and explosiveness are his two big traits that stand out for him.

One thing is for certain when it comes to Lawson and it’s the fact that he doesn’t lack confidence that he can play in the NFL at a high level.

“If you look at all of my game film, I consistently win the one-on-ones and I’m a great pass-rusher,” Lawson said.

Lawson and the rest of the defensive linemen and linebackers who were invited to this year’s combine will go through the on-field drills on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

You can watch Lawson’s Saturday combine interview below courtesy of

  • Pat Knotts


  • CP72

    I like Lawson but…..

    Derek Rivers said he hopes to run at least 4.6 tomorrow.

    Size: 6″4″ 248….check
    Strength: 30 reps…check
    Speed: 4.6 (est.)…check

    Was maybe the best pass rusher at the Senior Bowl. Hell even his combine press interview was darn impressive. Unless there’s something crazy tomorrow I think this is my guy @ 30.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Lawson sound so pretty good to me.

  • Gautama Om

    No thanks. With T-rex arms those OT’s with long arms will feast on him.

  • renoir

    It is a relief that he is ok with the Stillers drafting him…

  • falconsaftey43

    Marqus Golden has shorter arms and is a very good pass rusher. Dont let one measurement out weight what the tape says. Lawson has fantastic hand use that keeps OTs from getting hands on him.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I agree with him, he does use his hands well as a pass rusher, unfortunately when you watch him play in context to the game, when he isnt rushing the passer he isnt involved in any play period, because he stands and watches the play unfold, and I am not talking 15 yards away, I mean 5 yards away he is literally just standing on the damn field watching someone else make a tackle. Its a joke that he compares himself to James Harrison.

    Played in 33 games with 20 starts in college and had 67 tackles his entire career, about 2 tackles a game.

    This interview is telling, he is a diva pass rusher in his own mind, thats the only part of the game he gives max effort towards on film.

  • H.K. northern cali

    How long are JH arms?

  • Sean Ralphio

    Yeah his comments came out a bit rough but watching the video I feel like that wasn’t his intention. Watching the vid, he misheard the reporter and thought he was asking him if it would be a travesty to be drafted by us and Lawson answered based off that. When I read the quote I had the same reaction tho lol

  • renoir

    I am just being difficult, would be happy to welcome him here…

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    If what you’re saying is true,we already have a guy who tends to stand around and watch in Bud.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I like his strength, his punch, and his ferocity. But I dislike just about everything else. Opinions on these guys are like you know what…. They often stink and everyone has one. This is one of those guys where if you ask 10 different people, you get 7 or 8 different responses. I’ve read his draft profile on literally 10 different sites. And each one either falls into the love him or hate him column, for varying different reasons. Sadly for some, I’m closer to the latter. I could list the negatives but that would take all night.

    But the gist is this… If we are looking for a guy who may be able to have a relatively short career, rush the heck out of the passer, but be a liability in other phases, and be a reach where we draft him, then this is our guy. Given the talent at DE/OLB in this draft, I believe, and it’s just my opinion, that this guy goes in the 2nd or 3rd round. Now, because the run on guys may come fast and furious, he may go right at the beginning of the 2nd, but to me, he is NOT worth a first round pick. And not even at pick 30, down at the end of the 1st. I just don’t see it. I’ll be interested to watch him the rest of the time pre-draft, just to see if he can change my mind. Which has been known to happen. But his turnaround, would be unexpected to be sure.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Yeah but I suspect he isnt close to Bud athletically in terms of his speed and lateral movement.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Do u like the kid from temple better? If OJ-Howard is there at 30. Will the steelers take him??

  • Jason Vancil

    His lack of tackles and involvement in the play concerns me too.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Overall, I like Reddick from Temple better. But they are totally different specimens. Though Reddick doesn’t have a locked down position, his speed and athleticism would give us a lot of options where to play him. Inside Linebacker, Outside Linebacker, a Rush End, a hybrid/LB/S spot occasionally. He is a bit of an enigma. And I guess that is part of his allure. I also think Reddick LIKELY deserves to be a 2nd Rd. guy, but we’d have to take him at 30, as he won’t last to 62, IMO.

    I guess, overall, gun to my head, I’d try to fit him in at ILB. Which means if we resign Timmons, he doesn’t have an immediate starting spot. He kinda would though, as we could rotate him with Harrison, and even use him in Nickel and Dime in place of Timmons every so often. He’d definitely act as a chess piece. And would be the future replacement in a few years, if not 2018, for Timmons. Reddick is NOT at the top of my list as guys I want at 30, but I’d honestly like him much more as a piece than I would Lawson. If I drafted Reddick, I’d likely double-dip at LB somewhere in the next 2 or 3 picks for sure. So that way I’d have Timmons replacement AND Harrisons replacement, on the team, and learning and growing, and ready to go.

    Howard is an interesting case as well. Although I think he is very good. I actually think the drop-off between him and the next 2 guys in NJoku and Engram, isn’t great at all. All 3 guys are quality TE’s. So assuming a TE hasn’t been taken yet at 30, would we pounce on the pick of the litter? We very well might, given our current pre-draft interest. Would I? No. And in that case, especially not if I felt I could come back at 62 at the end of the 2nd Rd and get Njoku or Engram just as easily.

    Now, the one caveat I’ll say is this: If we already know for SURE that we are planning on dropping Green, then YES, I absolutely would all of a sudden be very active and excited to be in the TE market. And many on here will say that we obviously can’t trust Green already so we need to draft a TE high. I’m just not there yet, based on Green’s ability when healthy, the cost we are paying for him, and the fact that he’s a good TE who is already on our roster. But saying all of that, if I’m Colbert, I’d LIKELY be very tempted to cut Green as a post-June release, save the 5 million, and use that money elsewhere, and go ahead and draft a TE. And if I knew that was the plan, I’d probably grab the pick of the litter at 30. As whichever one we like between the top 3 guys, all look pretty darn good, and I’d be terrified of striking out if there were to be a sudden TE run there in the end of the 1st, top/mid of the 2nd.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think Rivers then Bowser, or Reddick then Rivers, would be a phenomenal double-dip LB scenario for us.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I tried to like this comment multiple times, but it only let me like it once. 🙁

  • Mike Lloyd

    Kevin Greene back in the day? Holy cow these guys are just babies. Lol ‘Back in the day’?
    I remember the Steel Curtain, I must be before ‘Back in the day’ lol

  • H.K. northern cali

    The steelers offense. Would look a lot more explosive with O.J Howard at te. And a return of M.B wouldn’t it.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Edge first and maybe a CB/S in 2nd and TE 3rd.

  • capehouse

    I think my favorite part about Carl Lawson is the variety of moves he brings as a pass rusher. While most EDGE players have one go-to move and struggle with counters, Lawson can do it all. I think he’s going to test well tomorrow too and prove he can drop into coverage.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    hes my pick in the 1st

  • Darth Blount 47


    Though a healthy Green is no slouch.

  • Steelers12

    1 – EDGE
    2 – CB
    3 – EDGE
    3 – CB
    4 – WR
    5 – RB
    6 – TE
    7 – DL

  • Zuami Montanez

    Who you think would be the first 4 we pick.

  • Conserv_58

    Therein lies the ultimate question regarding, Green. The Steelers signed him knowing he’s had issues with concusions along with the fact that he was recovering from a serious ankle injury. I’m not concerned with his ankle injury being fully healed, but I am deeply concerned about the fact that he sustained another concusion and is still under observation. Therefore, it’s reasonable to assume that Green’s future in the NFL is tenuous at best. IMO, if he sustains one more blow to his mellon it could end his career.

  • Conserv_58

    I like a confident player, but I really like a confident player that has a full repertoire of skills that can translate to the NFL. What I don’t like is cocky, arrogant and overconfident players that have a limited skill set. Lawson may have good hands and a quick first step as a pass rusher, but how is he at dropping in coverage, especially since the Steelers ask their OLB’s to drop back in coverage a lot? How is he as a run stuffer? Does he have good field vision? Can he diagnose plays quickly? Is he a team player or is he all about padding his stats?

    I don’t like his answer to being drafted by the Steelers either. By the sound of it, it’s seems that he would rather he not get drafted by them.

  • Conserv_58

    Bear in mind that he’s going to go up against a quantinum leap in talent at the NFL level. Those alligator arms can also be a detriment in that they would allow offensive tackles to use their long arms to get their mitts on him before he can get his hands on them.

  • Conserv_58

    We are of like minds on this topic.

  • Applebite

    Confidence is not something Lawson lacks, lol

  • Applebite

    You’re an old foogie at this point. But not to worry, the Classics die hard.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yep. So that leads us down three likely paths as I see it…

    Door 1. Don’t draft a TE till mid/late, since you still have Outlaw and Grimble and can resign Johnson. Therefore whichever one you draft, won’t likely in year 1, be any better than those guys. But it puts a healthy body on the roster, and you wait to see on Green. Though, you’re basically counting on Green for the year, and likely dumping back off Mallek.

    Door 2. Draft a TE in the 1st or 2nd. If it’s the 1st, you get a stud (Howard, Njoku, Engram, the top 3 guys in my opinion), if it’s the 2nd, you HOPE it is one of these 3 – but maybe it is the best of the rest. Either way, you are planning on dumping Green at some point in the very near future, if you haven’t already (Like post June cut, saving the 5 million owed).

    Door 3. DON’T draft a TE at all, plan on having the trio of Green, Outlaw, and Grimble. And either resigning Johnson for depth, or some random TE if you don’t see anything else in Mallek, who is also already here (and who I think could be a fine no.3 TE for us).

    2 out of 3 of those scenarios involve us keeping Green, at least for this year, and rolling the dice. Now yes, there ARE other ways you can go, like Keep Green AND draft a stud TE early, but that just seems unnecessary and superfluous to me, when we have other needs that could be filled early in the 1st and 2nd rounds (And I firmly assume, my top 3 favorite guys, will be long gone by our pick in the 3rd) Or you can dump Green and NOT draft a TE but, that seems equally unlikely as we sit here today, as anything else.

    So which way to go??? Choose your own adventure.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ll answer that…

    No, he has no clue as to how to drop. He’s not that great of a run stuffer. Not terrible, NOT great. He has terrible field vision. He doesn’t diagnose plays easily. And he’s likely NOT a great team player, and more apt to try to pad his rushing stats, as he doesn’t seek out the random tackles that could be available with extra hustle, grit, vision and determination. And no, his answer wasn’t ideal either.

  • Steve

    Really don’t matter how long James’s arms are, cause they are OOO – so strong. James says he is 6 foot. Have stood next to him and I was taller than him and I am 5-10. But his legs and arms are Hugh.

  • Steve

    Have noticed you don’t have a QB there. If Ben retires next year, you’ll be wishing we had taken a QB. The 80’s and 90’s were long dry years without a Franchise QB. History will repeat itself and then you youngins will yearn for a Franchise QB again.

  • Steve

    God has his way of reversing things.

  • SilverSteel

    We almost have to double dip at CB in the first 4 now because of the questionable moves we just made with Gilbert and Cockrell. We just made a thin unit depleted if things go wrong and we lose both permanently. No starter, no depth. Right back where we were two years ago. No rookie can beat out Cockrell at this point until at least a half a season has gone by and we hung him out there.

    We were ok at the position, and could have doubled up at OLB/edge and still taken BPA. Now we need to double at both positions which prevents us from taking BPA. I was afraid this would happen because of the AB MEGA deal. We now have to cheap out on everyone else. (Harrison, Cockrell just for starters) I sure hope we get Reddick in the draft cause he could be a factor right away.

  • Jonas

    When you look at edge setting, I agree. Pass rushing is a different thing, as he doesn’t have to square up against them.

  • Steelers12

    Ben will play out his contract

  • SilverSteel

    Agreed, I would hate to take a TE in the 1st but we may have to. If Green stays healthy (BIG if) and we draft TE- we can’t keep everyone and if he does not, we are lacking a dynamic playmaker at the position. His questionable health has put us in a bit of a bind, which is why I am still scratching my head over the offseason decisions to gamble with Cockrell and Gilbert.

    Now we have serious holes to fill in more places and can’t take BPA even if we wanted to. (RB, TE, CB, OLB/edge, QB) I wish we would just cut Green and start over but that will not happen. He will not make it through a whole season. AB got a bloated contract that will push Bell’s contract up so we can’t fill any holes with FAs – too expensive, so this better be a draft for the ages. We have our work cut out for us indeed.

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, but I would rather have Bud any day. He will break out this year – perfect one new move and be a star IMO.

  • SilverSteel

    Give me Reddick and we may not have to double dip at the position. He is going to be so versatile and will play 1st year. That is the guy I want in the 1st. You can keep Lawson. Reddick can rush the passer, and drop in coverage. We need that now.

  • Steelers12

    well now im seeing the Steelers are interested in Kilpatrick so if they sign him or any other CB that obviously changes things. i would then go

    1 – LB Riddick
    2 – S Melifonwu
    3 – EDGE Mathis
    3 – EDGE Rivers
    4 – CB Kazee

  • popsiclesticks

    I feel so old when a guy talks about how he grew up watching James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

  • popsiclesticks

    Woodley himself made 2.45 tackles per game in Pittsburgh, not counting his first year. At his best in 2009, he made 3 per game. Von Miller rushes the QB a ton and makes about 3 tackles per game. I’m not denying your post, but I don’t like citing tackles with pass rushers. They all play different roles.

  • Steelers12

    i just don’t see a franchise QB in this draft, next year draft will be loaded at QB

  • Darth Blount 47

    Cutting Green and designating him a post June cut saves us a cool 5 million. I could DEFINITELY think of a few ways to spend that kind of money. *Cough Cough* … A Free Agent CB.

    I’d think long and hard about going that route and taking OJ Howard, David Njoku, or Evan Engram. And especially if we are confident we can get one of those guys in the 2nd round, after we go Edge/LB or CB/S in the 1st.

  • Darth Blount 47

    NO WAY Rivers makes it to the 3rd round late.

    Just wait till he lights up the combine today…

  • Ike Evans

    No……just no

  • Ike Evans

    Id take him

  • Joseph Shaw

    Why not draft a guy built like James Harrison to learn from James Harrison to replace James Harrison?

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    He’s blowing things up today so Unfortunately it’s looking like he’ll be long gone before 30.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Aye, that’s the $64,000 question. Can he develop an alternative move.

  • SilverSteel

    Man, that is bad news indeed. I think he is the missing chess piece we need right now out of this draft more than any other OLB type.

  • Steelers12

    he ain’t really lighting it up

  • Darth Blount 47

    That may be a good thing…. for us….

  • Xclewsive

    Reminds of the Rashard Mendenhall and by that I mean looks the part, but has some questions.

  • Steelers12

    yep im liking it

  • Steve Johnson

    Bud Dupree has 1.5 years experience. I think if he stays healthy, Dupree will take a huge leap in year three.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Yeah, he might have been healthy for a while but those injuries do scare me. Those things tend to reoccur sooner or later ala Gronk with all of the back surgeries.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The funny thing is that I get the feeling that while there is potential with him on the outside, his forte seems to be getting from sideline to sideline so he could be an absolute star on the inside.

  • MC

    What about Harris if he is there at 30?

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    James Harrison is 6′ 260 LB’s. A short squatty beast of NFL linebacker. Short arms don’t mean squat if you have an indomitable spirit and know how to play the game. Not saying he’s the “Man,” but don’t rule him out if he’s there at 30 because he has 31″ arms. Just MHO.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m on the fence about him. I liked some things I saw today. But he measured out pretty mediocre. He’s someone I’m going to go back and study tape on. I wouldn’t say no to taking him at 30, depending on how the board/draft fell. But I’m not rushing to the podium as we sit here today either. If we took Harris at 30, I do believe I’d likely double dip still at some point in the next few picks. Someone else to come in to compete who was a bit more athletic.

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    Why is he rated so highly? Didn’t have much production in college also one of the smaller OLB’s.