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2016 NFL Draft: Clemson DE Shaq Lawson drafted No. 19 by the Buffalo Bills

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The string of Tigers defensive ends to go in the first round continued on Thursday.

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Add Shaq Lawson to the list of first rounders to come out of Clemson, as the star defensive end from Central, SC. He is the second defensive end in a row to go in the first round from Clemson after he was drafted in the first round at No. 19 by the Buffalo Bills.

This is also the fourth consecutive year Clemson had at least one player go in the first round.

Lawson was always going to be a star on this Clemson defensive line and he delivered in 2015. His explosive pass rush was a disruptive force to opposing offenses and few offensive linemen could stop him. About the only way anyone had success against Lawson was to literally tackle him, and even then it didn't always work.

Moving into the NFL we'll likely see Lawson move between putting his hand in the dirt and standing up. Lawson has said he is comfortable either way, and that versatility could be extremely helpful to Lawson continuning his career. It gives him the ability to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense fairly easily. With his speed, a 4.47 40, and quality pass rushing moves he should contribute immediately.

For a full breakdown of Lawson's strengths and weaknesses check our our draft profile here.