3. Carl Lawson, DE
Carl Lawson is a former 4th-round pick out of Auburn and at the time of the 2017 NFL Draft, some believed Lawson could be a 1st-round pick.
The drop wasn’t completely unexpected though as injury concerns were a major reason for Lawson’s fall, so any pick spent on him was going to be a gamble. Unfortunately, Lawson has had his fair share of injuries since entering the league and it turns out that despite being effective, he hasn’t been able to become a cornerstone of this team.
Lawson has only played a full 16 game season once: his rookie year in 2017. The 2017 season is why I would be a fan of Lawson coming to Nashville. In his lone fully-healthy season, Lawson finished with 8.5 sacks and 21 QB hits.
What this proves to me, is that if Lawson is healthy, he has all the potential to be a stud pass-rusher. Granted, that may be a big “if”, but why not take a chance?
The Bengals currently have Sam Hubbard and Carlos Dunlap on the edge, and also added DJ Reader to their d-line this offseason. Because of this, and also because of his injury history, Lawson could be deemed expendable.
Lawson also wouldn’t force the Titans to break the bank. He will be a free agent after this season, and probably wouldn’t cost more than a mid-round pick and like Vic Beasley or Jadeveon Clowney, the Titans could get that value back in the form of a comp pick if he has a big year.