Scouting Report: Demarcus Lawrence And Why The Cowboys Stole Him

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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

Early on Friday night, the Dallas Cowboys made a move that will be talked about for years to come when discussing the 2014 NFL Draft. The Cowboys traded two valuable picks (#47 and #78) to the Washington Redskins to secure a pass rusher from Boise State. Were they impatient? Did they reach? Did they give up too much? All these things can be argued, but I believe the Cowboys stole Demarcus Lawrence in the second round on Friday night.

Today, I’m going to talk about the player and tell you what made Dallas trade up in the draft to get their pass rushing right defensive end. But first, it should be known that the Cowboys should feel very fortunate that he was even available in the second. In fact Demarcus Lawrence should probably be furious with Boise State University. The defensive scheme that was used when he played may have cost him millions of dollars and a definite spot in the first round. Had he been used in a similar way to Anthony Barr or Dee Ford, I’m convinced he would have been taken ahead of both of them. Lawrence was asked to be a “Four Technique.” And for people who don’t know what this means, It means that he lined up on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard. He was part of a 3-4 front that rarely let him rush the passer from the defensive end spot (or known as the 7 technique.) In Dallas, he will primarily be asked to rush from the end, which is a much better fit given his skill set.

As always, let’s first check out what kind of athlete Lawrence is and how he compares to a few pass-rushers in the NFL:

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Demarcus Lawrence

Lawrence isn’t an amazing athlete and that worries me some, but he’s good enough that it probably won’t hurt his career. His long arms and first step help compensate for his lack of elite athleticism. He has extremely long arms for his height (nearly 34″ long) and that added length helps him mask some of his less-than-desirable physical traits.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    hope this trade works well, not like cb guy 2 seasons ago, morris claiborne, who should be traded becouse he is not a zone scheme guy

  • Bill Smith

    The consensus around the league is that ever since the Overpay for Claiborne, how Little we got by trading Down last year in order for the Niners to move up, and by giving away a Third rounder to move up in the SECOND round, when a Fourth rounder would have been the logical thing to do, no wonder teaams are always Fleecing Jerry Jones at the draft..And, when a team has Many needs, not just one or two, you Never overpay and give up a valuable pick like a 3rd rounder especially in a very deep draft.

  • Ranger

    I don’t why they keep saying that the cowboys gave two picks for one, when in reality they only gave the third round pick.

    • stylz1996

      And the 2nd rounder the used to pick him. Get it?

  • brian basile

    This trade needed a 5th rounder coming to us to make sense..what we picked up was great but again, we get hosed on value…Chart says we left a 4th rounder on table