The Dallas Cowboys knew what they had to do in the 2014 NFL Draft. It wasn’t a question, nor was it an option. They had to find a way to somehow get a player who could step in and fill the massive void that losing defensive end DeMarcus Ware would leave. The Cowboys cut Ware when they couldn’t get a deal done that involved a pay cut, and it ended up saving them $7.4 million immediately. Some Cowboys fans hated it, and others loved it.
Regardless of how you felt about it, it was time for the fans to move on and for the organization to move on as well. Move on they did, as they had their eyes on a key target in the second round who they were 100 percent sure they wanted. This player was Demarcus Lawrence from Boise State. The Boise defensive end has a knack for getting to the quarterback and making plays, which is what the Cowboys needed.
The Boys didn’t wait to make their move either, as they traded up with division rival Washington Redskins in order to get the second pick in the second round and draft Lawrence. The Cowboys had to give up their second and third-round picks, but for a player they wanted this badly, it was worth it for them.
This puts a lot of pressure on Lawrence and also puts a lot of pressure on the Cowboys for making such a big trade in order to get him. So what should we expect from the rookie defensive end? Asking for him to immediately replace Ware is just asking far too much, but I think we could see him do what he did in college and get to the quarterback consistently.
Pressure on the quarterback is something that the Cowboys badly need, and you can bet that through training camp he’ll remain on the field often to get as much work as he can with new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. There is a ton of talent in Dallas on defense, but can they get it all together? Lawrence may be a big part of their defensive success in 2014.