Lawson is the second straight defensive end the Bengals have selected and the second straight great value pick. Lawson reportedly slid down draft boards due to some injury concerns as he tore his ACL in 2014 and had a hip injury in 2015.
Lawson is well known by many in Who Dey Nation. For starters, he was college teammates with Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah from 2013 to 2014 and also knows both Willie Anderson and Takeo Spikes, both of whom he has spent time training with.
Anderson seems VERY excited about the pick and even Tweeted last night that the Bengals should select him today.
Here are the social media reactions to Lawson’s selection by the Bengals.
#Bengals are used to getting GREAT value at DL in the 4th round: Geno Atkins, Andrew Billings, Domata Peko and now Carl Lawson.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 29, 2017
WDE!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to @carllawson55 Carl Lawson on being Drafted By the Cincinnati Bengals!!— Jeris McIntyre (@JerisMcIntyre) April 29, 2017
Lawson missed all of 2014 due to ACL injury, half of 2015 with hip injury. Was a team captain last year. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) April 29, 2017
Carl Lawson says he's good friends with former #Bengals Willie Anderson and Takeo Spikes.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) April 29, 2017
@JamesRapien Lawson my favorite pick. Great value. I think he'll do very well.— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) April 29, 2017
Carl Lawson says as long as he rushes off the edge, he’s good with wherever he lines up (hand on the ground, standing up, etc.) #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) April 29, 2017
@andreperrotta13 Willis was a LE in my eval, I think he'll develop well there. He ain't shooting any A-gaps with a hand in the ground at 255.— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) April 29, 2017
Lawson may project to LB rushing in nickel situations— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) April 29, 2017
Seems like the Bengals have gotten really great value with their picks in this draft— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) April 29, 2017
Carl Lawson describing Bengals DL coach Jacob Burney perfectly in how he handled working out Lawson at Pro Day: pic.twitter.com/Mb2ykb3LdC— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) April 29, 2017