The next move that has people frustrated is their day two acquisition. Needed to get a good pass rusher, they Cowboys traded their 2nd and their 3rd round pick to move up and get the Redskins’ pick. They used it to draft defensive end Demarcus Lawrence out of Boise State. The so called “critics” wanted other defensive ends like Kony Ealy or a defensive tackle like Timmy Jernigan.
The reasoning the Cowboys gave was that Lawrence was the best remaining right defensive ends in the draft. While the price was high to get the player, it seems the front office was willing to pay to get a player like Lawrence. “Lawrence is a quarterback hunter,” Will McClay, Cowboys personnel boss, said. With the loss of current Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware, they Cowboys will love the production that Lawrence will bring to try to offset what they lost with Ware.
The rest of the draft was dedicated to finding guys who could play special teams and build depth on the defensive line and secondary. That is necessary when your team has been riddled with injuries the last two years.
While there was no flash, this draft shows us that Jerry Jones has really changed the way he wants to conduct business. No longer will they overreach and try to pick up something because it looks good on paper. They want to save money, build up the lines, bring in leaders and get players that will have an impact, not sit on the bench. Like it or not, Jones is doing it right and it is time we give him his due. At least give him credit for resisting Manziel, which was like an addict trying to resist a bunch of free drugs that just landed on his lap. Kudos Jerry!