Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft — Seventh Round, No. 233: DE Lawrence Guy
He measures in at 6-4, 305 pounds. At the NFL Combine, he posted a 4.96-second 40-yard dash, 28 bench-presses, 4.43-second 20-yard shuttle and a 29″ vertical leap.
Highly recruited out of High School, Guy turned down offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska and other big-time programs to play for the Sun Devils. Guy has played every position on the defensive line for the Sun Devils, but mostly played tackle in a 4-3 defense. Guy was a three-year starter and is leaving ASU with one year of eligibility left.
In 12 games in 2010, Guy ended the year with 41 tackles (14 solo), six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pair of pass break-ups..
Here’s what I wrote about Guy in the CheeseheadTV Draft Guide: ”Guy could be this year’s Mike Neal – an under-the-radar player with below average stats but a ton of potential. Where Neal’s best asset was his strength, Guy’s is the athleticism he displays for a man his size. He shows an explosive first step and never stops coming. Perfect body type for a five-technique end but needs to hit the weight room. The Packers make him Neal’s workout buddy – that should do it.”
I had him pegged as a fourth round pick, and so did most draft boards. He thus draws comparison to C. J. Wilson, another DL who was expected to go much higher than where the Packers drafted him. I was excited about the Wilson pick at the time (called it a steal) and I feel almost as good about this Lawrence Guy pick.
Guy has had to overcome dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. After a shaky start in college, Guy has worked hard to better himself in the classroom and as a person in addition to his play on the football field.
The official scouting report on Guy states, “Known primarily for his pass rushing skills, his size, strength and athletic ability make him a prime candidate to move to the ‘five technique’ defensive end position in a 3-4 alignment at the next level.” Then, from NFLDraftScout.com, “Guy’s statistics are solid (122 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 35 games), but not spectacular, leading to some discounting his talents. Don’t be surprised when this Sun Devil defensive tackle proves to be anything but just another ‘Guy’” and hears his name called among the top 100 selections.”
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.