A speedy and tenacious corner, Lawson joins a blossoming crop of young Lions defensive backs in 2014. Lawson comes to Detroit as the team’s fourth-round (133rd overall) draft pick after anchoring the Utah State secondary for four seasons.
2013: Concluded his career at Utah State by playing in all 14 games (13 starts) and earning his first-career First Team All-Mountain West selection. His 57 tackles (33 solo), four interceptions (65 yards) and 13 pass defenses earned him the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week award twice against Boise State (10/12) and UNLV (11/9).
2012: As a junior, earned Second Team All-WAC honors after starting in all 13 games for the Aggies and finishing the season with 63 tackles (47 solo), two sacks (17 yards) and 10 pass defenses.
2011: Started 12-of-13 games in his sophomore campaign as the anchor of the secondary. Ranked fourth overall on the team with 73 tackles, 11 pass defenses and one interception.
2010: Appeared in nine games with two starts as a true freshman, finishing the year with 12 tackles (seven solo), one interception, a half sack and one pass breakup.
A two-year starter at both cornerback and running back at Piper (Fla.) High School, Lawson was named Second Team All-Broward County in his final prep season. As a senior, posted 68 tackles and three interceptions on defense, as well as 41 carries for 526 yards and eight touchdowns on offense. Also had two punt returns for touchdowns on special teams.
Dre Bly can speak straight from the heart – and eye to eye – with Nevin Lawson on the challenges he faces and responsibilities he has to meet as a rookie cornerback with the Lions.