After bypassing on addressing the defense on Day 1, the Dallas Cowboys made it their goal to address the defensive line early on Day 2. When I mean early, I mean ridiculously early too. The Cowboys owned the 47th overall pick in the second round and there were teams ahead of them that needed pass rushers. Knowing that, the Cowboys traded all the way up to the 34th pick to select Demarcus Lawrence out of Boise State. A first-round talent, Lawrence has the perfect size and speed to step right in and be an impact pass rusher at the left defensive end position.
The trade was a costly one for the Cowboys, as they had to give up their third-round pick in addition to their second-round pick. Regardless of the trade, if you find a player you like, you nab him no matter what. This was the case last year with Travis Frederick and he turned out to be a star on the offensive line. While I didn’t get a chance to scout Lawrence entirely, I’m a big fan of him and his potential.
At 6’3″, 251 pounds, while running a 4.69 40-yard dash, Lawrence has the measurements to be a good player off the edge for the Cowboys. With his 35″ vertical jump, Lawrence also is explosive and he will be able to bat downs balls at the line of scrimmage. He has good quickness off the ball and he has an arsenal of go-to moves that he uses to his advantage.With Rod Marinelli coaching him up, Lawrence has a chance to be a star in this league. With the addition, Jeremy Mincey becomes a rotational player and Lawrence will become a starter across from Anthony Spencer.