Oct 19, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (8) during the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: The Dallas Cowboys Select Demarcus Lawrence


After a relatively “boring” first round, the Dallas Cowboys shook things up right away in the second round, moving up to the 34th overall pick after completing a trade with the Washington Redskins. The teams swapped second-round picks and the Redskins also received the Cowboys third-round pick, 78th overall.

The Cowboys surprised some by using their first-round pick on Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, but they began addressing what most see as their biggest need, the defense, by selecting defensive end Demarcus Lawrence from Boise State.

Lawrence is a great, natural pass-rusher and the Cowboys likely envision him stepping in to replace another DeMarcus, the departed DeMarcus Ware. Lawrence does have some off-field concerns (three suspensions), but the Cowboys clearly saw the pure talent that Lawrence brings to the table and felt that it outweighed any other concerns, deeming him worthy of two picks. Lawrence led the Mountain West with 10.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2013, and it wouldn’t have been shocking if he was selected in the first round.

He isn’t without his problems, of course. He could stand to get stronger, and at Boise, he was often moved into positions to create the best match-up for him. He’s going to have to learn how to win battles at the line of scrimmage more often in the NFL. His aggressiveness can also work against him at times, and he will overrun some plays. But, with proper coaching, Lawrence could be terrifying opposing quarterbacks for years.

Overall, I very much like the pick, although you could argue that the Cowboys gave up a lot, given all of the holes they currently have. But if Lawrence becomes a perennial double-digit sack monster, it’ll be hard to argue the move.

The second round of the NFL Draft hasn’t been particularly kind to the Cowboys recently. After hitting a home run with linebacker Sean Lee in 2010, they haven’t quite been able to match that level of success. Bruce Carter certainly hasn’t been bad, but most classify him as a disappointment. 2012′s second-round pick was used to move up and select Morris Claiborne, who has struggled with injuries and failed to live up to expectations so far. Last year’s selection, Gavin Escobar, was mostly a non-factor in his rookie season. If the Cowboys are going to contend for a championship anytime soon, they don’t need to hit on a star like Sean Lee EVERY time, but they are going to need to find more starting caliber players in the second round. Hopefully, Lawrence proves to be such.

Although Dallas doesn’t currently have any more picks tonight, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they tried to once again move up, and acquire another selection in the second or third rounds, so don’t tune out yet!

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  • Chad

    Not worth losing that 3rd round pick.

  • David

    Dan,

    This is why Dallas is constantly average to terrible. Dallas just way overpaid for a guy who may have been there at their pick. I am beyond pissssed…

    • PaulTX

      They must have had a 1st round grade on Lawrence. They definitely overpaid. Should have got a 5th from the Redskins.

      • David

        They needed two legit starters with their 2nd and 3rd picks. Now they better hope they get huge value with Lawrence.

        • PaulTX

          I’m curious if they trade back into the 3rd. I’m guessing since they picked up Byrd from Arizona, they must not be planning on drafting a WR.

          • David

            They better. I am just beyond pissed about this trade.

          • PaulTX

            JJ probably figured since his name is DeMarcus that he would be able to replace Ware.

          • Old Frog

            That’s just plain scary to think about. I know they like Crawford. Maybe they have faith in Boise State’s program, but I was hoping for more like yesterday; sit still and let the players come to you. With so many holes to fill certainly we could get two quality players.

          • PaulTX

            David and I were talking earlier. Unless Crichton, Ealy, or Lawrence went off the board, there was no reason to move. Maybe Washington was the only team wanting to deal. Still, should have stayed put. We needed that third.

    • Krupinsky

      They had a first round grade on him, and Lawrence was a guy who could’ve gone in the first round. They DID overpay, and Jerry admitted as much in his press conference, but look at it this way: how often do you get three starters out of your first three draft picks? Not as often as you’d think, and that’s true of any team. Essentially, they used three draft picks to draft two “first rounders” and two guys who will both start from Day 1.

      As with anything, we’ll truly know in two or three years, but I don’t think anyone would consider this a reach pick at all.

      • David

        Dan I hope their grade is spot on. Because they needed to pull two starters with their 2nd and 3rd picks. They cant afford to overpay and miss.

        • Krupinsky

          I don’t disagree. But I really do think that they got a starter with this pick, and I’m not as sure that they would’ve gotten two (or even one) if they had kept their other picks. I’m not convinced Ealy will be a full-time starter in the NFL.

          • David

            I was never big on Kony.

    • Krupinsky

      For me, it really comes down to believing that Lawrence was not only much better than Ealy or any of the guys that went behind him (and I do) and also that he will be better than Dee Ford, who went to Kansas City last night. I REALLY don’t think he would’ve been there at 47, either. But that’s impossible to know now. Sometimes, you gotta pull the trigger to get your guy. It wasn’t the greatest trade and pick ever, no, but I also don’t think it was any type of disaster or anything to hate or be mad about. Just sleep on it!

  • Old Frog

    Doesn’t sound like RKG to me. Not a big fan of giving up the 3rd pick but I guess the Boys decided they needed a guaranteed starter on the D line and bundling 2 and 3 for this kid was the only way to do it.

    • David

      Its truly patheitc to draft out of desperation..

    • PaulTX

      I would argue that Ealy or Crichton could have given similar production.

    • aprado

      I actually like reading your comments. You are the only one with any type of reason behind your statements. Wasn’t a big fan of the trade but the way they have been drafting , I’m going to give them the bandit if a doubt. The kid can pay, It’s that simple. I see about of one techs getting passed on. That gives me a reason to believe that this was a good move.

    • Krupinsky

      Like with any trade and pick, we won’t know if it’s “worth it” for a few years, when we see the type of player that he turns in to. Yes, right now, they “overpaid,” but if you look at the Draft so far, they’ve used three picks and have gotten two guys they had first round grades on who will most likely both be starters from Day 1. Is it better to have that, or to have three players, but two of them are lesser players than the player you think Lawrence will be?

      My biggest thing is that I think there’s a lot more separation between Lawrence and Ealy (the next best pass-rusher, in my opinion). Plus, let’s be honest…what were the odds of them hitting on THREE players in a row?

  • Rich

    Freaking Idiots running this team. I am not even convinced he would not have been there at 47. A rd rd pick in this draft would have been a starter.

    • PaulTX

      I like how they were smiling like that had performed a miracle.

      • Old Frog

        I know. They all seemed more stoked about this trade than they did about Martin who was a much better pick…unless Marinelli and McClay see something we don’t. If he can get 7+ sacks his rookie year maybe he’s worth it.

        • PaulTX

          He seemed better than Barr against the run when I watched film on him.

          • Old Frog

            Hope you’re right. Barr was pretty high on the list. If true it makes the trade more palatable.

      • Rich

        Leave it to these idiots to think they won when this is the deepest draft ever and they need to win the draft because they can afford few free agents because they pay Romo like he is the greatest ever. Just idiotic!

        • PaulTX

          They can still get back in. Jernigan, Ealy, and Crichton are still on the board.

  • PaulTX

    There went Joyner. David is going to sh** a kitten.

    • David

      Haha Im sure Dallas will draft a safety in the 7th round out of Northwestern Alaska State.

  • Bill Smith

    Wow, I thought I seen it all, been on several fan sites of other teams, and those fans continue to Laugh at Cowboy’s management, Giving Away a 3rd rounder, in a very Deep draft is an Absolute No No. Lost for words

  • Bill Smith

    PS Just think, Dallas Cowboys, When a hated Rival makes a trade with you, you just Know that you are getting Fleeced.. Duuhhhh..

  • Old Frog

    I know they overpaid but on the value table their 2nd and 3rd is worth somewhere around the 30th pick I think so maybe it’s not that big a reach for a player they need. Many said they reached last year for Frederick and that worked out OK. Trying desperately to find a silver lining here.

    • David

      No offense bro but your silver lining is a mess..

      • PaulTX

        They should have got at least a 6th & 7th preferably a 5th.

  • David

    Demasrcus Lawrence makes sense tho because when JG gets fired next year and the new coach goes back to the 3-4, he can play OLB.

    • PaulTX

      I call these moves “escobars”, similar to a fubar.

  • Andy

    Sean Lee a “home run” in the 2nd round? Really? Dude’s never on the field and wasn’t even the best linebacker from Penn State drafted that year!

    • Krupinsky

      I think most people would consider Sean Lee to be the best player on the defense, so…yeah. “Home run” seems accurate.

      • andy

        Lees injury history at Penn State and missing 18 games since being in the NFL makes him unreliable. Bowman was picked a round later than Lee in the same draft and so far has outperformed gim which is why you can’t exactly call him a home run. When healthy, yes he may be the best player on the field but he’s not big enough to last in the NFL and play consistently.

    • PaulTX

      The defense is noticeably better when he is on the field, I’d call that a home run.

  • David

    JJ said they are open for business in trying to trade back into the 3rd round..One can hope. And they could have had Kony or Crichton but JJ said they had a 1st round grade on Lawrence. He better play like a 1st rounder.

    • PaulTX

      I think the 49ers have a bunch of picks.