Oct.13, 2012; Boise,ID, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence (8) forces a fumble from Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) during second half action at Bronco Stadium . Boise State defeated Fresno State 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Cowboys Explain Why They Overpaid For Demarcus Lawrence

When the Dallas Cowboys moved up from the 47th overall pick to the 34th to select defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, they knew that they were technically overpaying by also giving up their third-round pick, but they believed that Lawrence will prove to be worth it.

“There was one other player [available] that we thought could really help us on the defensive line, so there were two guys, and we thought there was a pretty good difference because of the right end flexibility that he can do,” said executive VP Stephen Jones. “After going over it last night after the draft and going over it again this morning, we really felt like we wanted to help the defense, and we knew that we might have to give up a little more than the charts read out. As we all know, that can happen sometimes when you want some guy, and we really wanted this guy. The biggest thing was we wanted to get up there at the top because we thought that he could go because of his unique quality. We didn’t want to take a chance on losing him.”

In the end, it seemed to come down to the fact that the Cowboys felt Lawrence is more likely to make a bigger impact than any two players that they were going to get later in the second round and also in the third.

“What we really look at is what we are giving up for that particular player,” Jones explained. “In this case it was a third round pick. We certainly knew looking at our board, and we were looking at our defense, that we really wanted to help, and we thought this guy was unique in terms of being one of the few guys on our board that could play the right end. We felt like to get a young guy coming at the spot that we really feel meets all the things you want in a right end it was worth it for us to give up that pick.”

Head coach Jason Garrett noted that the Cowboys had a plan to get a certain type of player, and Lawrence fit the bill perfectly.

“We just really liked him. He is a right end candidate for us,” said Garrett. “There are only a handful of right end guys in this draft. We felt like we needed to come up with an impact player in the front seven in this draft, and those impact players are high.”

While Stephen Jones and Garrett primarily handled the talking duties in the press conference, Jerry Jones did reveal what he likes the best about his newest employee and also the type of company that they ranked Lawrence with.

“I like the way that he…his instincts regarding getting to the passer,” Jones said. “We were able to get a good look at that, evaluate that, and at the end of the day that put him in a group of three players that were unique. They had [been drafted] well before he did. We certainly had him high. We basically, as you know, grade by, and have our board, by position. In the area of putting pressure on the passer, he certainly was a first round pressure player for us.”

Did the Cowboys give up “too much” to move up? Technically, yes. But, the Cowboys didn’t get “fleeced.” They knew what they were doing, and made the move for a guy they think has a chance to be truly special, and perform like a first-round pick.

Only time will tell if they were right.


Tags: Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence Jason Garrett Jerry Jones NFL Draft

  • James

    I Think It’s Going To Blow Up Back In Their Dumbass Faces!!

  • David

    Thats a bold strategy Cotton, lets see if it pays off.

    Pepper Brooks – Dodgeball

  • guest

    I like the pick. I like the guy. I like the thinking. But if you were to give up a third round wouldn’t been for STL and Donald. He needs to explain. He can say the Rams wanted a second but he won’t because he know we got screwed. He knows it we know it everyone else knows it. we should’ve got Donald.

    • Michael Davis

      I’m not sure Dallas was as high on Donald as the fans were. I think they rated Barr ahead of Donald because he was one of the 3 players in this draft this draft that was a RDE. When the missed on Barr there focused shifted to Lawrance but 16 was too high. They felt like they couldn’t take the chance of loosing the last RDE that could make an impact on our defense.

      I hate not having a 3rd round pick but after last year’s Fredrick in the first round controversy. Dallas seemed to be the only team that was correct in Fredrick valuation. I’m trusting them with this 2nd round pick as well.

      • guest

        they gave up too much. you have kmart available late later round you have jernigan. get jernigan then kmart and give up less. why would you give a third to move up in the second? who does that? OK you need a pass rusher, then move up and get Barr or get Donald who will be an all-pro dt and replace melton but jerry believes in injured players doesn’t he? he believed we had a stud front four last year too.

        • PaulTX

          Neither Martin nor Jernigan plays right defensive end.

          Easley had ACL surgery on both knees and the Pats drafted him in the 1st. Melton is a proven player in the NFL who had ACL surgery on one knee.

    • Michael Davis

      Oh and we would have had to trade to 12 not 13. Why would the Rams trade with us to draft the guy the Rams wanted.

  • guest

    still i understand i want defense, i want them to elaborate why they f up donald move the night before. i mean if you know you want to help the defense, wouldn’t be better if you moved up for first round talent like barr or donald for THREE spots?

    • PaulTX

      We didn’t need Donald. Why use a 1st round pick on a guy that won’t be on the field every down?

  • PaulTX

    I think what people see with the 2nd round pick is trading 47th & 78th for the 34th doesn’t add up. 47th & 78th add up to 630 points, where 34th is only worth 560 points. But, if Dallas had a value of say the 26th pick set on Lawrence, then it is not such a bad trade. If the kid turns out to be great, no one will ever praise Jerry, but if he sucks, everyone will surely whine.