By Matthew Postins
Meet DeMarcus Lawrence
The Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State Defensive End Demarcus Lawrence with their second round (No. 33 overall) selection on Friday night. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot-3, 251 pounds
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Lawrence as the No. 32 overall prospect and the No. 3 draft prospect at defensive end.
The skinny: Lawrence had 10.5 sacks in 2013, tied for the 10th-most nationally, the second-most in the Mountain West and tied for the fifth-most in a single season in Boise State history. His average of 1.0 sacks per game was eighth-nationally. Additionally, his 19.5 tackles-for-loss ranked ninth-nationally, and his average of 1.8 per game was second in the country and led the MW. Lawrence had sacks in six-consecutive games at one point in 2013, recording 9.5. He had sacks in 14 of his 22 career games entering the Hawaii Bowl. His 20.0 career sacks were tied for the seventh-most in school history, and ranked 15th amongst active players in the NCAA. Lawrence recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks against Nevada (Oct. 19), tied for the fourth-most in a single game in the NCAA in 2013. (Boise State bio)
What Cowboys are getting: Their new starting right defensive end, so there will be expectations attached to this pick. Scouts love his overall size and expect him to gain a bit more weight. They don’t love his quickness, as it’s not at an elite level, but he does have speed and knows how to use his body in space. He only ran a 4.76 at the combine, but that’s not indicative of what he’ll do in short spaces. One thing that he does have, according to NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang, is an array of pass rush moves, so he’s not completely reliant on just one move. Scouts also like the way he uses his hands. The Cowboys must have been sure that Lawrence’s two suspensions during his time at Boise State were a one-time only thing.
Postins’ Take: First, Lawrence will be “replacing” DeMarcus Ware, which frankly is impossible. Second, the Cowboys will be looking for him to step forward and play immediately because it’s necessary. Not only do they not have much on that right side, the Cowboys gave up a third-round pick to move up to get him. So the Cowboys have attached some expectations to Lawrence’s arrival in Dallas. The Cowboys need options on the edge and inside and Lawrence moves in to a situation in which he’ll be asked to play the majority of the snaps from Day 1. Jeremy Mincey and Kyle Wilber move to backup status and will compete to be Lawrence’s primary backup. In fact, for a tweener like Wilber, it could put his roster spot in question.
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