It was reported early on Friday the Dallas Cowboys were planning to trade up in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to take a surefire pass-rusher and that’s exactly what they did. While they may have given up too much in the trade, they got the ideal player to revise their pass rush in Demarcus Lawrence.
To move up from the 47th to the 34th pick, Dallas gave up its third-round pick, No. 78 overall, to the Washington Redskins. Assuming Lawerence wouldn’t have been there at No. 15 in the second round, this is a great move. Thinking that he would have been available at the Cowboys’ original pick, the trade is questionable. Either way, the team made a tremendous pick to shore up its defensive line for the foreseeable future.
With the departure of DeMarcus Ware and the pick of guard Zack Martin in the first round of this year’s draft, the Cowboys desperately needed a player who could step in right away and make plays off the edge. Lawrence is eerily similar to Ware as a 4-3 defensive end and almost the exact same size as Ware was as a draft prospect in 2005.
Obviously, Dallas’ work on defense is far from over as depth among the front seven is still a pressing need, but the Cowboys do have one player on whom they can hang their hats in this draft. Lawrence would have been a lock as a first-round pick had he taken one of his scholarships from larger schools, so he’ll undoubtedly turn out to be a steal for the Cowboys in the second round, regardless of the debate on the trade.