With the Cowboys first round pick they went with Norte Dame captain offensive lineman Zach Martin. It was arguably the safest pick in the first round. The Cowboys got a physical, smart, and athletic leader with Martin. He will solidify an offensive line that was vastly improved last season.
However, the Cowboys got their best player in the second round with the 34th pick. DeMarcus Lawrence, a 6-foot-3, 250 pound defensive end from Boise State.
Lawrence has more potential than Martin. He has more of a “wow” factor with his freakish athletic ability. He ran a 4.80 at the combine but he plays faster than that in pads. His forte is getting to the quarterback and he does that a whole lot. He finished with 20 sacks in his career at Boise State. He has a good swim move to get away from pass blockers and he’ll hit the quarterback unexpectedly.
He’s the type of player Rod Marinelli will love because he has a high motor. He can thrive in Marinelli’s 4-3 system if he stays focused on and off the field. Lawrence has had some issues off the field as he’s been suspended couple time at Boise State. Hopefully realizing the privilege of being an NFL player will keep him out of trouble.
The Cowboys need instant play-makers on the defensive line after the loss of DeMarcus Ware. If Marinelli can bring the best out of Lawrence he should be a solid replacement and an impact player his rookie season.
He forces turnovers which is always good. He will bring back swagger to this defense, which they need badly. He will help take off some of the load and pressure on Sean Lee to be an impact player. Lawrence was worth moving up in the draft and trading two picks for. He will be a consistent 10 plus sack guy in this league for years to come.
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