Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence suffered a left leg injury during his first attempt at the 40-yard dash Sunday, according to a report from the NFL Network.
Lawrence was seen by Kim Jones, of the Network’s reporters, icing his left quadriceps following the sprint.
Even with the injury, the 6-4, 342 pound run-stuffer was credited with an eye-popping 5.05 second time in the 40-yard dash after leading all defensive linemen with 36 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press yesterday.
He is not expected to take part in any further athletic drills at the Combine, including his positional workout.
If Lawrence suffered nothing more serious than a quadriceps strain, he still might be able to compete at Clemson’s March 14 Pro Day, as Jones reported.
A proven difference-maker since earning All-American honors as a true freshman, Lawrence’s size, strength and underrated (in the media) athleticism is already well known among scouts and so his exceptional numbers this week won’t surprise many of them. More important to his evaluation this week was how he was perceived by teams during his interviews following his well-documented suspension due to testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance prior to this year’s college football playoffs.