With what may be their final pick on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Demarcus Lawrence 34th overall.
The Cowboys traded up from the 47th position after sending that pick and the 78th overall selection to the Washington Redskins, per College Football 24/7:
Lawrence addresses what was Dallas' biggest need coming into the draft: pass rushing. He can get after the quarterback. In addition to that, the Boise State defensive end possesses all the physical traits necessary to excel in the NFL.
He could help himself by adding a little bit of muscle so he isn't overpowered by opposing offensive linemen. Right now, Lawrence's a bit undersized for a defensive end. That shouldn't be an issue, though, once he gets into an NFL strength-and-conditioning program.
What you really have to like about Lawrence is the sheer amount of havoc he managed to create on the field in college:
Lawrence had 20 sacks and seven forced fumbles the last two years at Boise State. Playmaker— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 9, 2014
Cowboys fans will also like to hear that the former Broncos star dreamed of seeing this day come, per Pat Doney of NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth:
"Words can't even explain it... I wanted to be a Cowboy all my life." - Cowboys 2nd round pick Demarcus Lawrence— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) May 9, 2014
One of the bigger knocks on Lawrence is his propensity for running into trouble off the field. He was suspended three times by Boise State. He acknowledged the problem, though, and wants to move forward:
"I've put all my childish behaviors behind me." - Cowboys 2nd round pick Demarcus Lawrence, who was suspended 3 times (breaking team rules).— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) May 9, 2014
Some might wonder if drafting Lawrence was worth giving up a draft pick, with guys like Kony Ealy, Timmy Jernigan and Louis Nix still on the board at the time. The Cowboys don't have a ton of picks, so a third-rounder was a valuable commodity.
Lawrence has a ton of potential, though, and if he follows through on it, he'd be well worth what is essentially a second and third-round pick. At the very least, Dallas got the edge rusher it so sorely needed.