The phrase "their best football is ahead of them" to describe a prospect is often tossed around among inner scouting circles who deal with prospects who usually have ideal measureables and physical traits and are just starting to scratch the surface with their potential. During my recent tape study in the past few weeks, a pair of prospects caught my eye and may end up being better pros than college players.
Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence is the one of the most intriguing prospects I have watched on tape this offseason. The 6-foot-3 and 251-pound Lawrence is an above-average athlete that possesses excellent length (33¾) along with active and heavy hands (11 inches). While he is a bit linear in his lower body, Lawrence plays with quality leverage and uses his length well to lock out blockers when setting the edge.
His biggest upside comes as a pass-rusher. Lawrence has ideal length, above-average first step quickness, active hands and most important displays tremendous flexibility throughout his torso. This allows him to not only transition speed-to-power but also provides him the ability to bend the edge and finish at the top of his rush which is not often seen at the collegiate level.