The Dallas Cowboys traded up in round two of the 2014 NFL Draft to snag DeMarcus Lawrence, the former defensive end from Boise State. Some fans believe that the Cowboys gave up a little too much for his services. Lawrence has to prove himself to make the critics go away, and that’s exactly what he is going to do.
Lawrence made his home in the opposition’s backfield while in college. He totaled 20 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, 120 total tackles, and forced seven fumbles in just two seasons. He acknowledges that he studied DeMarcus Ware thoroughly and stole some of his moves. After using him as a model, Lawrence reassured fans and management that he is trying to be the best version of himself he can be.
He showed some confidence in himself by saying, “I’m trying to put on a show.” That shouldn’t be tough if he continues to play with the motor and desire he displayed while at Boise State. The only cause for concern for the Cowboys is his ability to stay on the field. He was suspended a couple times in college for violating team rules. Lawrence admits that he made some childish mistakes, but they are a thing of the past.
Dallas relinquished a third-round pick to the Washington Redskins for the ability to move up for Lawrence. The front office acknowledged that Lawrence was the highest-rated pass rusher on the their board behind JaDeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr. Unfortunately, we don’t know if he would have fallen to the Cowboys without the trade. One thing is for certain: the Cowboys weren’t willing to take the chance.
Lawrence isn’t trying to be Ware, but he has the potential to follow in his footsteps. If he comes anywhere close to Ware’s numbers, the fans won’t remember what pick they gave up to get him.