Dexter Lawrence
No. 97 – New York Giants
Position:Nose Tackle
Personal information
Born: (1997-11-12) November 12, 1997 (age 22)
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:342 lb (155 kg)
Career information
High school:Wake Forest (NC)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* 2× First team All-ACC (2017, 2018)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Dexter Lawrence II (born November 12, 1997) is an American football nose tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). In 2015, he concluded his high school football career at Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest. He was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in college football's incoming Class of 2016.[1]

High school careerEdit

Lawrence played his whole high school career at Wake Forest High School. During his high school career, he had 28.0 sacks, 204 tackles, 6 forced fumbles and 1 interception.[2]


Lawrence was seen as the best prospect to ever come out of the state of North Carolina.[3] He considered multiple schools, including Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Alabama Crimson Tide and NC State Wolfpack. In the end he signed with Clemson.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Dexter Lawrence
Wake Forest, North Carolina Wake Forest High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 340 lb (150 kg) 5.00 Dec 14, 2015 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (DT); 2 (East); 1 (NC)   Rivals: 2 (DT); 2 (Natl); 1 (NC)  ESPN: 3 (DT); 4 (East); 1 (NC)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

In 2016, Lawrence played in 12 games for the Tigers at defensive tackle. Throughout the regular season, he recorded 55 tackles and 5 sacks. The 5 sacks he recorded in his freshman year is a Clemson record. Lawrence beat the previous record of 4 set by William Perry, Ricky Sapp, and Shaq Lawson. Lawrence was subsequently named the 2016 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.[5] Lawrence was part of the Clemson team that defeated Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35–31. In the game, he recorded four total tackles.[6] Dexter was ruled ineligible for the 2019 College Football Playoff after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.[7][8] After the season, Lawrence decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[9]

College statisticsEdit

Clemson Tigers
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2016 Freshmen DT 14 22 40 62 8.5 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 1 2 0 0 0
2017 Sophomore DT 11 13 20 33 2.5 2.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2018 Junior DT 13 15 21 36 7.0 1.5 1 0 0.0 0 3 1 0 0 0

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 12 in 342 lb34 34 in10 12 in 5.05 s 36 reps

Lawrence injured his left leg during his attempt at the 40-yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine.[10]

Lawrence was selected by the New York Giants with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[11] The Giants originally acquired the selection as part of a trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.[12]


  1. "247Sports". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. "Dexter Lawrence's Football Stats". CBS Interactive.
  3. " - Top 10 North Carolina recruits in history". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. "Dexter Lawrence, Wake Forest, Defensive Tackle". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  5. "Lawrence Named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year". Clemson University Athletics. November 26, 2016.
  6. "College Football Championship - Clemson vs Alabama Box Score, January 9, 2017". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. "Sources: Clemson expects to be without Dexter Lawrence, 2 others after failed drug tests". ESPN. December 25, 2018.
  8. Hale, David M. (December 27, 2018). "Suspensions of three Clemson players upheld after B samples test positive". Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  9. "Clemson's Dexter Lawrence to enter NFL Draft" (in en-US). 2019-01-09.
  10. Legwold, Jeff (March 3, 2019). "Clemson DT Lawrence hurts leg in 40 at combine".
  11. Salomone, Dan. "New York Giants draft Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence with 17th pick". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  12. Rapp, Timothy. "Giants Draft DL Dexter Lawrence Using Browns Pick from Odell Beckham Jr. Trade" (in en).

External linksEdit

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