RAY LAWRY SCOUTING REPORT

March 28, 2018

 

RAY LAWRY | RB | OLD DOMINION 

Height: 5090 | Weight: 205 | 40YD: 4.51 | 3Cone: 6.84 | Broad: 117" | Vertical: 33.5"

 

Ray Lawry is a four-year starter in the Monarch's offense whose Senior season was derailed by injuries. Lawry's seasoning is validated by being one of the most productive runners in Conference USA history and has accrued over 4,000 rushing yards (6.6 ypc average) with 45 rushing TDs, earning him the title of all-time leading rusher in Virginia FBS history.

 

Lawry is a short, squat player who boasts a thick base and strong upper body that allows him to grind out yards with power between the tackles. Up until tearing his hamstring during his senior season in 2017, Lawry was extremely durable, and he only missed four games due to the hamstring injury.


Lawry primarily operated out of the Shotgun formations and had to rely on his vision to anticipate holes opening up on Draws. Lawry is a short-strider with roadrunner feet who can elude the first tackler in the backfield accelerates quickly into the second level upon hitting the hole. Lawry is an efficient, patient runner whose low center of gravity affords him outstanding balance and shows very good maneuverability if he can beat the edge on Stretch plays and turn up on the sideline. Lawry's strong quads allows him to get low and move piles to churn for extra yards after contact and he is a deliberate decision-maker in making his cuts and playing within his athletic means. When healthy, Lawry shows good elusiveness and his slippery play style causes him to break a lot of tackles. Ball security is a concern for Lawry with five career fumbles, including spilling a hand-off during a crucial in-game situation that sealed a loss against Western Kentucky this season. Lawry showed he was capable of contributing as a receiver in the passing game on Swing passes and Screens and also proved to be a willing blocker in 2 RB sets as well as sacrificing his body to pick up blitzers.

 

Overall, Lawry is a player who resembles former Ravens RB Ray Rice in body type and play style and while Lawry seemingly does everything good, he does not possess any elite trait that would warrant burning a draft choice, especially in a loaded RB class. However, Lawry should be a high-priority free agent and stands a very good chance of making an NFL roster as the 4th RB as a one-cut runner in a zone blocking scheme. Worst-case scenario, Lawry hangs on to a practice squad in 2018 and is a priority add if a RB gets injured.

 

Overall Grade: 70

Athletic Ability: 5

Physical: 3

Play Strength: 4

Play Speed: 5

Competitive Toughness: 6

Power Running: 3

Elusiveness: 4

"Home Run" Ability: 4

Ball Carrier Vision: 4

Ball Security: 2

Pad Level: 3

Catching Ability: 4

Run After Catch: 4

Route Variety: 2

Pass Pro Technique: 3

Pass Pro Willingness: 4

Maturity: 5

Production: 5

 

Player Comparison: Ray Rice

Projected Round: PFA

 

 

 

For information on our grading criteria, click here.

 

 

 

 

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