ARIZONA CARDINALS

LSU DL Rashard Lawrence selected by Cardinals in 4th round of NFL Draft

Apr 25, 2020, 10:41 AM | Updated: 2:36 pm

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)...

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Seventeen picks after taking Utah defensive tackle Leki Fotu in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals doubled down along the defensive line by selecting LSU Tigers product Rashard Lawrence with the 131st overall selection.

“We’re building the trenches up in Arizona,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence recorded 28 tackles, six for loss, and 2.5 sacks for the national champion Tigers as a senior in 2019.

His most productive season came in 2018, when he posted 54 tackles, 10 for loss, with 4.0 sacks.

Lawrence is familiar with Arizona, having earned the defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl in LSU’s 2019 win over UCF at State Farm Stadium.

“Arizona was special to me and it’s kind of crazy how I had my best game in there, enjoyed it so much and now I get to play 10-12 times a year in there,” he said. “It’s pretty special to go back to Phoenix and be a part of the Cardinals.”

He said that LSU receivers coach Mickey Joseph, the brother of Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, helped promote him to Arizona’s staff in the draft process. Lawrence knew the Cardinals graded him strongly and that he could be an option with one of their fourth-round picks.

The 6-foot-2 and 308-pound lineman joins a young defensive line for Arizona that includes Fotu, 2019 picks Zach Allen and Michael Dogbe, as well as last year’s undrafted free agent tackle Miles Brown.

Midway through the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was probably feeling good about his defensive line depth.

Arizona signed defensive end Jordan Phillips to join veteran Corey Peters this offseason and also brought back veteran Jonathan Bullard.

The Cardinals have two more picks left in the 2020 draft, if they do not make any trades.

They select again in the sixth round at 202nd overall and in the seventh round at 222nd.

Presented By
Western Governors University

Arizona Cardinals

Marvin Harrison Jr....

Nick Borgia

Marvin Harrison Jr. remains Cardinals top pick in latest ESPN mock

With the 2024 NFL draft just around the corner, ESPN's latest mock draft details what could be in store for the Cardinals' first six picks.

12 hours ago

Rome Odunze...

Kevin Zimmerman

Peter Schrager’s NFL mock draft has a surprising Cardinals trade-down with Giants

Peter Schrager believes the New York Giants could trade with the Arizona Cardinals, who move down to the No. 6 pick to select Rome Odunze.

19 hours ago

Trey McBride works out...

Tyler Drake

Tweaked process, same message: Cardinals begin strength and conditioning program

Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon isn't the biggest believer in picking up where you left off, especially on a year-to-year basis.

1 day ago

Rome Odunze high fives a fan...

Tyler Drake

Budda Baker backs Rome Odunze, Marvin Harrison Jr. as top WR prospects this NFL Draft

If Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort was waiting for Budda Baker's thoughts on the top wide receiver prospect this NFL Draft, he's got them.

1 day ago

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kyzir White trains...

Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Kyzir White progressing, ‘feeling pretty good’ with his rehab post-bicep injury

Arizona Cardinals MIKE linebacker Kyzir White is taking the appropriate steps forward in his continued rehab from a torn biceps injury.

1 day ago

Dallas Turner to visit Arizona Cardinals...

Nick Borgia

Alabama edge Dallas Turner set to visit Arizona Cardinals, per reports

The Arizona Cardinals will host Alabama edge Dallas Turner for a top 30 NFL Draft visit on Monday and Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

2 days ago

LSU DL Rashard Lawrence selected by Cardinals in 4th round of NFL Draft