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Carl Lawson named to PFWA All-Rookie Team

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Carl Lawson gets a nice honor for NFL rookies.

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Carl Lawson was easily one of the biggest bright spots of the 2017 Cincinnati Bengals.

For his efforts, Lawson was named to the 2018 Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team. He was the lone Bengal to make the list.

The fourth-round pick via the Auburn Tigers had a very productive rookie season that’s paved the way for a bright NFL future. Appearing in all 16 games (1 start) Lawson racked up 16 total tackles and 8.5 sacks, which was actually one shy of the rookie franchise record previously set by Carlos Dunlap (9.5).

Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, Lawson was someone hyped up as a second-round prospect that could possibly sneak into the end of Round 1. However, Lawson’s injury history in college, along with his tweener frame, led to him slipping all the way into Round 4.

That’s where the Bengals scooped him up, and they wound up getting a first-round talent who showcased as much as a rookie.

2017 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense

Defense

Special Teams

2017 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

2017 CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

2017 DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints