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Clemson's Shaq Lawson Will Declare For NFL Draft: "I'm Ready For The Next Level"

Shaq Lawson interviewed ahead of FSU game.

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After losing superstars like Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett from last year's top Clemson defense, many expected a big slide for the Tigers on that side of the field. After finishing first nationally in total defense in 2014, Clemson repeated in the top 10, currently ranking seventh in that category. A big reason: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who has 55 total tackles, an eye-popping 22.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks on the year. After the upcoming College Football Playoff, though, he will be off to the pros. 

">@ClemsonFB DE Shaq Lawson: "I’m going to declare for the draft, "It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson"

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26)

.@ClemsonFB DE Shaq Lawson: "I’m going to declare for the draft,
"It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson"

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 9, 2015

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At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Lawson should be a pretty exciting prospect for NFL teams after his breakout season. He'll have a chance to improve his stock on the sport's biggest stage on New Year's Eve.