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Tar Heel cornerback Des Lawrence signs with the Detroit Lions

Although he didn’t hear his name called in the draft, Des is headed to the Motor City.

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Tar Heel cornerback Des Lawrence didn’t hear his name called on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, but he will get an opportunity at the next level anyway. The Detroit Lions have brought on Des as an undrafted free agent.

As Banks said in Lawrence’s profile, Lawrence played Defensive Back for his first two years as a Tar Heel, but it was after he switched to Cornerback before his junior year that he really began to shine. He had 43 solo tackled in 2015, and 59 total tackles. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Des’ senior year wasn’t quite as good, as was mentioned above, in which he had 28 solo tackles, 37 total tackles, two tackles for loss, and no interceptions. During his entire UNC career, Lawrence had 123 solo tackles, 175 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three interceptions in 42 total games.

Lawrence is rather speedy, with a UNC Pro Day 40 time of 4.55 seconds, only 0.04 seconds more than the quick Ryan Switzer. He had a 20 yard dash time of 2.67 seconds, and a 20 yard shuttle time of 4.23 seconds. Also, he is ranked as the 38th overall DB and 30th overall CB (as he played both positions in college) prospect in the NFL draft.

Best of luck to Des at the next level!