The NFL Draft is one month away and the 49ers are making sure to do their due diligence on all top prospects. 

In Chip Kelly's first draft with GM Trent Baalke, will San Francisco snag an offensive player or defensive player when they are on the clock with the No. 7 overall pick? Recently, they reportedly had a front row view of one of the top pass rushers to enter the draft. 

The 49ers put Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson through a private workout with Baalke in attendance, according to

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"When I found out the GM was coming, that told me something about how serious they are about me. He makes the decisions on the team, he's going to draft guys, so with him there, it was more pressure, but I liked that," Lawson told

Lawson, 6-foot-3, 269 pounds, was a consensus All-American for the Tigers in 2015. 

Over three seasons, he racked up 123 total tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, one pass deflection and a forced fumble.

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Lawson's final seasons was his best across the board, as he finally reached double-digit sacks (12.5), an ACC high, while also finishing with an NCAA-high 24.5 tackles for loss.


At Clemson, Lawson stood up and his sole purpose was to rush to the passer. The 49ers wanted to see how versatile he could be at the next level. 

For nearly two hours, San Francisco put Lawson through defensive line drills and linebacker drills. Not only did they watch his ability to the quarterback, but also tested his coverage skills as well. 

The 49ers ranked 29th out of 32 teams last season with 28 sacks as a team.