American Football Database
American Football Database
Nevin Lawson
No. 26     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-04-23) April 23, 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Career information
College: Utah State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 133
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2014 2018)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
*First-team All-MWC (2013)
  • Second-team All-WAC (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     205
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     1
Pass deflections     25
Interceptions     0
Defensive Touchdowns     1

Nevin Andre Lawson (born April 23, 1991) is a Jamaican-born American football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah State.

High school career

Lawson attended Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida, where he started at both cornerback and running back. As a senior, he recorded 68 tackles with three interceptions for the Bengals, while offensively, he added 41 carries for 526 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had two punt returns for touchdowns, and was named team MVP.

He was considered a two-star recruit by[1]

College career

Lawson attended Utah State University, where he played for the Utah State Aggies football team from 2010 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2010, he appeared in nine games, making two starts for the Aggies. He made 12 total tackles, while breaking up one pass and intercepting one. In 2011, he started all 13 games, finishing fourth overall on the team in tackles with 73, while adding 10 pass break ups and one interception. In 2012, he started all 13 games, earning second-team All-WAC honors after recording 63 tackles, four for loss, two sacks and ten pass break-ups. As a senior in 2013, Lawson recorded 57 tackles, while breaking up 13 passes, and intercepting a career-high four interceptions, returning one 65 yards for a touchdown against Boise State. He earned first-team All-MWC honors following the regular season.[2]

Professional career

Coming out of Utah State, NFL draft experts and scouts were conflicted on Lawson's draft projection. Some analysts and draft experts projected him to be drafted anywhere from the third or fourth round, while others projected him to be a seventh round pick or priority undrafted free agent. He received an invitation to the NFL Combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. On May 1, 2014, Lawson attended Utah State's pro day and opted to perform all of the combine drills, except for the bench press. He made progress on all of the drills except for the three-cone drill. He was ranked as the 17th best cornerback available in the draft by Scouting reports said Lawson was a durable and productive player who has a muscular build, good man coverage skills, and the ability to read and react quickly. His biggest flaws were said to be his inconsistent play and mediocre press technique and ball skills.[3]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 190 lb31½ in9 in 4.48 s 1.63 s 2.66 s 4.23 s 6.99 s 33 in 10 ft 0 in 16 reps

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions selected Lawson in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[4]


On May 18, 2014, the Detroit Lions signed Lawson to a four-year, $2.52 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $300,584.[5]

During the training camp in his rookie season, Lawson competed for the starting cornerback job against Bill Bentley, Rashean Mathis, Aaron Hester, Jonte Green, and Cassius Vaughn. Head coach Jim Caldwell named Lawson the Lions' fourth cornerback to begin his rookie season, behind Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis, and Bill Bentley.[6]

He made his professional regular season debut during the Detroit Lions' season-opening 35–14 victory over the New York Giants and finished with one solo tackle.[7] He became the second cornerback on the Lions' depth chart after Bill Bentley tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve. On September 14, 2014, Lawson dislocated multiple toes during a 7–24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. After receiving immediate surgery in North Carolina, he was placed on injured reserved, effectively ending his rookie season.[8][9]


Lawson entered training camp competing with Crezdon Butler, Chris Owens, and Quandre Diggs for the third cornerback position. He was named the starting nickelback to begin the regular season.[10]

On November 1, 2015, Lawson earned the first start of his career and had a season-high seven combined tackles and a pass deflection during a 10–45 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He started in place of Rashean Mathis who was unable to play after suffering from recurring symptoms from a concussion he received during a Week 7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He remained the starter for the remainder of the season after Mathis was diagnosed with a brain injury and placed on injured reserve three days later.[11] In Week 10, he made a season-high seven solo tackles and defended a pass as the Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 18–16. He finished the season with 47 combined tackles (42 solo) and seven pass deflections in eight starts and 15 games.[7]


Throughout training camp in 2016, he competed with Quandre Diggs, Crezdon Butler, and Alex Carter for the starting cornerback job.[12] Lawson was named the Lions' starting cornerback, along with Darius Slay, to start the season.

He started the Detroit Lions' season-opener and made four combined tackles in a 39–35 win against the Indianapolis Colts. On October 2, 2016, he recorded a season-high seven combined tackles during a 14–17 loss to the Chicago Bears. He finished 2016 with 57 tackles (46 solo) and nine passes defensed in 16 games and 16 starts. The Detroit Lions received a playoff berth after finishing the 2016 season with a 9-7 record. On January 7, 2017, Lawson started the first playoff game of his career and collected seven combined tackles as the Lions were defeated 6–26 to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wildcard game.[7]


Lawson received competition during the Detroit Lions' training camp in 2017. He was named one of the starting cornerbacks with Darius Slay after winning the job of free agent acquisition D. J. Hayden and rookie Teez Tabor.[13]

He started in the Lions' season-opening 35–23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals and recorded three solo tackles and one pass deflection. In Week 4, Lawson made four solo tackles and two pass deflections in a 14–7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.[7] During Week 10 game against the Cleveland Browns, Lawson forced a fumble from Seth DeValve and returned it 44 yards for his first career touchdown.


On March 13, 2018, Lawson signed a two-year, $9.2 million contract extension with the Lions.[14] He played in 15 games with 14 starts, recording 53 combined tackles, one sack, and five passes defensed.

On March 10, 2019, Lawson was released by the Lions.[15]

Oakland Raiders

On March 19, 2019, Lawson signed with the Oakland Raiders on a one-year $3.05 million deal.[16] He was suspended the first four games of the 2019 season due to a failed drug test.[17]


  1. Nevin Lawson – Yahoo Sports
  2. Aggies load up on MW postseason honors
  3. "NFL Draft Profile: Nevin Lawson". Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  4. "Lions address secondary concerns, draft CB Nevin Lawson". May 10, 2014. Archived from the original on October 20, 2017.
  5. " Nevin Lawson contract".
  6. " Detroit Lions depth chart: 08/01/2014".
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "NFL Player Profile: Nevin Lawson".
  8. SI Wire (September 15, 2014). "Lions CB Nevin Lawson likely out for season with dislocated toes".
  9. Detroit Lions put cornerback Nevin Lawson on IR after surgery on dislocated toes
  10. " Detroit Lions depth chart: 10/01/2015".
  11. Kyle Meinke (November 14, 2015). "Rashean Mathis' season over due to brain injury; future uncertain".
  12. " Detroit Lions depth chart: 08/01/2016".
  13. " Detroit Lions depth chart: 08/01/2017".
  14. Williams, Charean (March 13, 2018). "Report: Lions keep Nevin Lawson with two-year, $9.2 million deal".
  15. Hagemann, Andie (March 10, 2019). "Lions parting ways with starting CB Nevin Lawson".
  16. "Raiders sign CB Nevin Lawson". March 20, 2019.
  17. "Raiders CB Nevin Lawson suspended for 4 games due to substance abuse". Raiders Wire. USA Today. August 5, 2019.

External links