Draft Focus: Demarcus Lawrence

Draft Focus: Demarcus Lawrence

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Oct 19, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (8) chases down Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Cody Fajardo (17) at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

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by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 8:16 PM

A new DeMarcus will man the 4-3 defensive end position for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas needed a pass rusher, and grabbed one in the second round in Boise State's DeMarcus Lawrence. Dallas traded with the division rival Washington Redskins to move up 13 spots and draft Lawrence. The team sent it's 2nd round pick (no. 47) and third round pick in this draft to Washington to move up.

Get to know the newest Cowboy:

Position: Defensive end   

College: Boise State

Height/weight: 6’3”, 251 lbs.

Experience: Junior

The essentials

The selection of Lawrence at no. 47 in the 2014 Draft completes an ascension through the ranks for the South Carolina native. Lawrence began his college career at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas before becoming a Boise State Bronco. He played just one season there, as he redshirted in his first year. Lawrence earned All-Mountain West honors in both of his seasons with Boise State, and recorded 20.5 tackles for loss (ranked sixth in the country) and 10.5 sacks (12th nationally) in his redshirt junior campaign.

Why he’s a good fit for the Cowboys

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said last month that Lawrence is a good fit for Dallas after the first round, and that he would work well in the 4-3 scheme.

“I think Demarcus Lawrence is a starting defensive end or a starting 3-4 outside linebacker,” Kiper said. “It wouldn’t shock me if he went in the late first or early second round.”

Lawrence has the athleticism (34.5-inch vertical, 4.69-second 40-yard dash) to be an explosive pass rusher at the next level, something Dallas is lacking on it’s current roster with the departure of DeMarcus Ware, and the uncertainty of Anthony Spencer’s effectiveness. Lawrence has decent size despite a leaner frame at 6-foot-3, 251 lbs., long arms (33 ¾”) and enormous hands (11”) to create space and push through and around blocks. To put his hand size in perspective, Jadeveon Clowney, the no. 1 overall pick in the draft, has 10-inch hands and he stands two inches taller than Lawrence at 6-foot-5.

High priority

Dallas clearly thought highly of Lawrence and had him high on its draft board. A team official told WFAA before the draft began that the team planned to move up.

"If we stay put [at no. 47], I think we lose," the source said.

Dallas has a fifth round pick and six 7th-rounders left.

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