The first pick is Utah State cornerback Nevin Lawson with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round. This is a fantastic pick.
Lawson is a slot corner, but what makes him a great pick is that he’s already played in the slot. Most times, the slot corner is a guy who played outside in college but has to learn how to play inside. Not Lawson.
It sets up an interesting competition with Bill Bentley. Lawson is a more natural cover man, though like Bentley he can be grabby. Both are aggressive against the run, though Lawson rates as a more effective tackler in my book.
Here’s my scouting report on Lawson, where I gave him a late 2nd/early 3rd round rating.
To reinforce that, here’s my skinny scouting report from ******.com:
Notes: Cat-quick ballhawk with long arms and excellent burst in any direction. Steadily improved his route recognition and technique thru his four years, shows savvy and coachability. Productive with 24 PDs and 9 TFLs in ‘12/13. Stood out in both Shrine and Senior Bowl weeks for his quickness and ball skills, although he doesn’t catch well. Ideal slot corner with rare experience pressing and blitzing from there already.