Shaq Lawson said he wasn’t concerned Thursday at the draft as 18 players were picked before him.
“I just kept a smile on my face,” he said.
It does seem like destiny that he’s a Buffalo Bill.
Lawson met Rex Ryan before ever playing a down at Clemson.
He and Rex’s son, Seth, were moving into a dorm together. Rex commented that he coached two first round picks from Hargrave Military Academy, where Lawson attended one year before a transfer to Clemson.
That day, Ryan said maybe Lawson could be the next one… and now he is.
With Bills GM Doug Whaley announcing that Lawson steps in as a starter opposite Jerry Hughes on the defensive line, it sure seems like this draft pick is a perfect fit.
“I’m very prepared. I’m ready to bring what I bring to the table. A guy who’s going to set the edge on the run, a guy who’s going to get after the quarterback. I’m just ready to play football,” Lawson said. “They’re going to do a lot of different things with me. I can play either-or, so I’m just ready to get on that field and help this team out. Coming in day 1, coming in there to play and make an impact and get this team back to the playoffs.”
Adam Schefter reported during the 1st round that Lawson will eventually need surgery on his right shoulder and that it could force him to miss 4-6 months during next year’s offseason.
Doug Whaley said Lawson was cleared by the Bills medical staff and Lawson says, after the combine, a lot of teams told him his range of motion was great.
Does he expect to need surgery at any point?