Lawson, a 5-foot-10, 186-pound corner, is projected to be drafted in the third or fourth round in this year’s NFL Draft. The corner is a physical back who was assigned to cover opponent’s top receivers during his three seasons with the Utah State Aggies.
The Browns, who already have one shutdown corner in Joe Haden, are looking to upgrade on the other side to help their Pro Bowler out.
The other corner, Buster Skrine, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Browns and had a rough first season getting exposed in numerous situations throughout the year. Although he had a better performance in 2013, the Browns can always use another shut down guy.
While at Utah State, Lawson started 39-consecutive games recording 53 tackles, four interceptions, 13 pass deflections and a forced fumble. At the combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds with a 33-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump.
Cleveland, who cleaned house yet again after last season’s 4-12 finish, is looking to make a splash in this year’s draft. First time GM Ray Farmer and the team have 10 overall picks, five of which are in the top 100. With five of six returning Pro Bowlers and a couple nice free-agent pickups, if the Browns can grab a few key pieces in the upcoming draft, they might find themselves climbing out of the basement of the AFC North.