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Kenny Lawler
No. 89 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-06-25) June 25, 1994 (age 26)
Pomona, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Upland (CA)
College:California
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 7 / Pick: 243
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 2016 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Kenneth James Lawler, Jr. (born June 25, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round, 243rd overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

Early yearsEdit

Lawler attended Upland High School in Upland, California. He had 53 receptions for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior and 42 receptions for 887 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. Lawler was rated by Rivals.com as four-star recruit and committed to the University of California, Berkeley to play college football.[1]

College careerEdit

Lawler redshirted his first year at California in 2012 after he was ineligible the first six weeks while NCAA looked into some independent-study classes he had taken. He considered transferring in the offseason due to the firing of head coach Jeff Tedford, but chose to stay at California after meeting with the newly hired head coach Sonny Dykes.[2]

In 2013, he played in 11 games with five starts and had 37 receptions for 347 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore, he again played in 11 games with five starts and led the team with 54 receptions for 701 yards and nine touchdowns.[3] As a junior, Lawler had 52 receptions for 658 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games. After his junior season, Lawler entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[4][5]

Professional careerEdit

Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, Lawler had been projected by NFL scouts and analysts to be a middle-round pick.[2][6] Lawler slid in part due to his leaner frame and his slower 40-yard dash time.[2]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 203 lb 4.64 s 4.20 s 7.13 s 31 in 9 ft 3 in

Seattle Seahawks Edit

On April 30, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks selected Lawler with a seventh round pick, 243rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.[7][8] On May 6, 2016, the Seahawks announced that they had signed Lawler to his rookie contract.[9] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Seahawks as part of final roster cuts and was signed to the practice squad.[10][11] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Seahawks on January 16, 2017.[12] On September 2, 2017, Lawler was waived by the Seahawks and was later signed to their practice squad.[13][14] He was released by the team on September 13, 2017.[15]

BC Lions Edit

On May 9, 2018 the BC Lions announced they had signed Lawler to a contract along with four other wide receivers.[16] On October 22, 2018 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Lawler to their practice roster

Personal lifeEdit

Lawler Jr. recently had a son, Kenneth James Lawler II. Lawler's siblings; Perri, Sydney and Kenzel. Younger brother is a Junior at Roosevelt High School, QB on Varsity. Lawler's mother, Patricia Hicks works in the medical field and his father is Kenneth Lawler Sr.,who played college football as a cornerback at Oregon and later became a coach at Mt. Sac Junior College, went on to coach at Boise State and now at San Bernardino Valley College. With his wife, Mary, combined have six children.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Kenny Lawler". Rivals.com. https://sports.yahoo.com/smu/football/recruiting/player-Kenny-Lawler-120875. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Condotta, Bob (June 8, 2016). "Kenny Lawler not taking easy plays, or status with Seahawks, for granted". Seattle Times. http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/kenny-lawler-not-taking-easy-plays-or-status-with-seahawks-for-granted. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  3. Letourneau, Connor (September 10, 2015). "Cal’s Kenny Lawler matures into prized target". http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-s-Kenny-Lawler-matures-into-prized-target-6497550.php. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  4. Faraudo, Jeff (January 5, 2016). "Cal receiver Kenny Lawler entering NFL draft". http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_29346701/report-cal-receiver-kenny-lawler-headed-nfl. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. Letourneau, Connor (January 5, 2016). "Cal’s Kenny Lawler to declare for NFL draft". http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-s-Kenny-Lawler-to-declare-for-NFL-draft-6738461.php. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "WR - Kenny Lawler - California, Pac-12", NFL.com, http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/kenny-lawler?id=2555471, retrieved May 6, 2016
  7. "2016 NFL Draft Listing" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2016/draft.htm.
  8. Kelly, Danny (April 30, 2016). "NFL Draft Results: Seahawks select Kenny Lawler with 7th round pick, 243 overall". SBNation. http://www.fieldgulls.com/2016/4/30/11494514/nfl-draft-results-seahawks-select-kenny-lawler-with-7th-round-pick. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  9. Henderson, Brady (May 6, 2016). "Seahawks sign 9 of 10 draft picks; 13 UDFA signings announced". ESPN. http://sports.mynorthwest.com/123980/seahawks-announce-udfa-signings-all-but-one-draft-pick-under-contract. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. "Seattle Seahawks Set 53-Man Roster, Trade For Defensive Backs L.J. McCray And Dewey McDonald". September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170806021632/http://www.seahawks.com/news/2016/09/03/seattle-seahawks-set-53-man-roster-trade-defensive-backs-lj-mccray-and-dewey.
  11. "Seahawks Make Roster Moves And Sign Eight Players To Practice Squad". September 5, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20180213221709/http://www.seahawks.com/news/2016/09/05/seahawks-make-roster-moves-and-sign-eight-players-practice-squad.
  12. "Seahawks Sign 10 Players To 2017 Future Contracts". January 16, 2017. http://www.seahawks.com/news/2017/01/16/seahawks-sign-10-players-2017-future-contracts.
  13. Drovetto, Tony (September 2, 2017). "Seahawks Make Three More Trades, Set 53-Man Roster". Archived from the original on October 9, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171009153425/http://www.seahawks.com/news/2017/09/02/seahawks-make-three-more-trades-set-53-man-roster.
  14. "Seahawks switch Cyril Grayson with Kenny Lawler on PS". September 9, 2017. http://sea.247sports.com/Bolt/Seahawks-switch-Cyril-Grayson-with-Kenny-Lawler-on-PS-107127863.
  15. Drovetto, Tony (September 13, 2017). "Seahawks Make Practice Squad Roster Moves". https://www.seahawks.com/news/seahawks-make-practice-squad-roster-moves-193176.
  16. "Kevin Elliott among five receivers signed by Lions - CFL.ca" (in en-US). CFL.ca. 2018-05-09. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/05/09/kevin-elliott-among-five-receivers-signed-lions/.

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