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Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft — Seventh Round, No. 233: DE Lawrence Guy

With the 233rd pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Arizona State 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.

College history

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..

Commentary

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.”

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14 Responses to “Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft — Seventh Round, No. 233: DE Lawrence Guy”

  1. PackerPete says:

    Dude has a tramp stamp… ’nuff said…

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  2. Wiscokid says:

    All in all, I think Thompson got a number of “value” picks in the draft. You really have to be pulling for someone like this who has had a pretty tough hill to climb. I hope he makes it.

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    • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

      To Ted, I’m sure EVERY pick was a value pick. We just don’t know enough about some of these guys to really be able to say that.

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  3. Tlvince says:

    I had him rated as a solid third round pick for a 3-4 team, he is every bit as good as CJ Wilson right now and to get him in the 7th at a position where they really kind of needed somebody, great pick, at worst this kid will be a serviceable and competitive backup, only 21 so with some coaching he could blossom. Give this pick an A.

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    • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

      Every scouting report I’ve seen mentions how he has a long potential upside from where he is now.

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    • Pete Kliman says:

      Agree, he could be mildly involved in our rotation.However, it’s nice to have that type of physical talent on the bench just in case, 4.96 in the 40 at 305 is something the coaches can work with.Another draft pick to root for that everybody passed on because of handicap.It should help Guy to be around a veteran like Picket.

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  4. Bearmeat says:

    The biggest concern I have with GB’s team is the potential for lack of DL depth. I hope this ‘Guy’ works out well and TT resigns Cullen for a hometown discount….

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  5. Bearmeat says:

    That being said, GB’s roster is still going to be the best in the biz come Sep 1st 2011

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  6. Tarynfor12 Taryn says:

    The kid is dedicated to improving himself and others.This kid will learn the playbook and we can only benefit from his drive and big upside.Working on two degrees while being Dyslexic combined with A.D.D,he’s Packer people in my book.

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  8. [...] the combination of size, speed and strength he flashed in college. After the Packers drafted Guy, I wrote at the time that all he needed was a year in the weight room. Well, although not as he would have planned, he [...]

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