Clemson DE Shaq Lawson is entering 2016 NFL Draft

Shaq Lawson is one of the top defensive ends in the 2016 NFL Draft class and, rather than returning to the Clemson Tigers for another season, he has decided to take his talents to the next level. Late Tuesday, Lawson announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the draft.

“It was a tough decision,” Lawson said, via FOX 26 in Houston. “I sat down with my family, sat down with the support staff at Clemson. I enjoyed being at Clemson, but it’s time. I’m ready for the next level.”

Lawson also talked about the fact that his goal coming into the season was to put himself in a position where he could potentially be drafted.

“I had planned on [the NFL being] I wanted to do,” Lawson said. “That was my goal throughout the season, to possibly get drafted.”

Throughout the course of the 2015 college football season, Lawson compiled 54 tackles, 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble. As one of the most prolific sack artists in the ACC, Lawson should draw plenty of interest throughout the draft process.

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