Dallas Cowboys, 2nd Round Pick: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

The Cowboys traded up to select DE Demarcus Lawrence.

The Cowboys traded up to select DE Demarcus Lawrence.

The Dallas Cowboys have a new Demarcus on their defensive line.

Needing to upgrade the worst defense in the NFL last year, Dallas traded its second- and third-round picks this year to Washington to move up 13 spots in the second round to take Lawrence.

The video below provides a good review of Lawrence. Here are the pros and cons:

Positives

  • ┬áHas not missed playing time in two years.
  • Career at Boise State: 20 sacks, 7 forced fumbles
  • Plays with leverage
  • Is always around the ball
  • Has natural pass-rush ability

Negatives

  • Served three one-game suspensions for off-the-field issues
  • Can lose containment because he is overly aggressive
  • Is somewhat small for a DE

Bottom Line (from NFL.com):

A loose, explosive, long-limbed athlete, Lawrence consistently pressurizes the edge and harasses quarterbacks. His pass-rushing ability rates among the best in this year’s class, and he holds mass appeal. Lacks ideal stoutness at the point of attack, but could thrive as a 4-3 right end or 3-4 rush linebacker, and should contribute readily on passing downs.

 

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Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.
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