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Could Shaq Lawson be a meaningful addition to the Bears?

Could Shaq Lawson be a meaningful addition to the Bears?
Published On: Tue, Jul 10
Dec 11, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Shaq Lawson was the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. And since the Buffalo Bills selected him with that pick, there have been many reports stating that the team may be interested in moving on should he not show some improvement.

In a recent Q&A with The Athletic, Bills GM Brandon Beane saidA "Shaq is a guy that this franchise put a lot of stock in with a first-round pick [in 2016].....Ita€™s no secret he hasna€™t lived up to that."

Lawson's struggles in the NFL have been linked to problems picking up the playbook, issues with weight and a general lack of production. He has six sacks through 21 career games. But after only having seven tackles in 2016, Lawson more than doubled that total last year with 17 tackles. So he has already proven that the production can catch up to his impressive physical profile.A 

There is a belief that front offices around the leagueA know that they can offer low-ball trades for Lawson, as he may be on his way to being released. While this is fairly routine in the "what have you done for me lately? NFL", it is important to keep in mind that Lawson is just 23-years old, entering his third season in the league. And again, the talent is clearly there. LawsonA led the nation in tackles for loss in 2015, and was a part of some truly special teams in his three years at Clemson.

Positional fit may be the biggest issue for Lawson, who played DE in all three years at Clemson, but played LB in his first year in the NFL, before switching back to DE last season.

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