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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive end Demarcus Lawrence speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Did The Cowboys Overpay To Draft Demarcus Lawrence?


The Dallas Cowboys desperately need to address their biggest team need: edge rusher. They needed a young player to replace former All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware. So on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cowboys moved up from the 47th overall pick to the 34th pick to draft Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. But did Dallas overpay to get their man?

The Cowboys traded their second round pick (47) and their third round pick (78) to their NFC East rival the Washington Redskins for their second round pick (34). According to the Trade Value Chart, the Redskins pick was worth 560 points. The Cowboys picks were worth 430 and 200 points respectively. According to the chart, Dallas overpaid by 70 points. That left over point total is worth a fourth round pick!

But Dallas’ front office appears happy with the results as they got their man in Lawrence. In fact, it might be more of a case of overvaluing the player as the Cowboys apparently had a first round grade on the Boise State prospect. (Note: Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones has now said Lawrence was rated exactly where they got him, top second round)

But what do you think? Did the Cowboys overpay to get Lawrence at No.34? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.

Did The Dallas Cowboys Overpay To Draft Demarcus Lawrence?

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  • jayhwk01

    Like this pick way better than our first one.

  • Sergio Surroco

    Heck ya they over paid.. We may have still got him at 47 but if not definitely ealy or chricton… Enabling us to get a decent safety in the 3rd round.. Preferrably Terrance Brooks

    • Black Irish

      Yes they overpaid, but he is worth it. They had a FIRST round grade on a right DE. They have plenty of left DE on the team already and everyone else behind Lawrence are left DEs. Dallas HAD to get in front of Atlanta, because they where going to take him. Atlanta wanted a pass rusher in the 1st, but had to take the tackle for the value. Atlanta wanted Lawrence in the 2nd. Only way Dallas was going to get him was to jump Atlanta and take him. Yes the price was too steep, but it was either overpay or not have enough “chart points” to make the deal. Washington was not going to take a 4th. So make the trade and take the guy the Cowboys wanted and desperately needed. Good player and good pick.

  • Alex Darden

    Ealy and Crichton aren’t weakside pass rushing DEs. That is what Lawrence is and regardless how much we paid for him he wasn’t making it to 47. Great first 2 picks in my book. Lets keep the momentum goin tmw!

  • Old Frog

    I would have said maybe. I hate giving up the 3rd but if he really is the #2 edge rusher behind Clowney then a case could be made that he’s worth it. He’s only 21 so that’s worth something. JJ and company haven’t gone home so they must think there is something for them trading back up into the 3rd round.

  • PaulTX

    If you gauge pick value, I say no. If you valued Lawrence as a first round grade, then yes it was a good trade.

  • PaulTX

    Here’s a question. Does Jerry get back in? And if so, what does it cost us?

  • Bill Smith

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • ronnie g

    Might have overpaided needed a rush end bad

  • ronnie g

    Needed a DE

  • David

    This is a stupid question.

  • David

    What a dumb question. Of course they overpaid for him. He better be the 1st round graded player they think he is.

  • Rich

    Of course unless you know nothing.

  • SteveinHNL

    I don’t think we overpaid. Cowboys sorely needed a pass rusher, and if they had Demarcus evaluated as a first round talent, then in my view they scored. We supposedly should have Tyrone Crawford coming back from the land of the dead this year, so let’s just consider him this year’s 3rd round pick. I love our draft so far. Intelligent, and an appropriate risk taken on DLaw.

  • true cowboys fan

    NO plain and simple they got what they wanted and did what they had to do now lets just hope he ends up being a great player GO COWBOYS ! ! True Fan for Life