It didn't take long on the NFL Draft's second day for Demarcus Lawrence to hear his name called...or his phone ring, as the Dallas Cowboys snagged the talented pass-rusher with the 34th overall pick of this year's draft. The cool part for Bronco fans being that Lawrence will join Bronco alum Tyrone Crawford in Dallas as well as Los Alamitos alum Orlando Scandrick /ba-dum ching. To add to the compelling-o-meter, Lawrence led of charge of three straight MWC draftees—beating UNR tackle Joel Bitonio and Fresno's Derek Carr by one and two picks, respectively.
ESPN's instant analysis:
With many people upset the Dallas Cowboys did not help their defense in the first round Thursday, they made sure they got their guy in the second round by trading up with the Washington Redskins, of all teams.
Lawrence is a pure right defensive end. He had 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State and he had 20.5 tackles for loss last season. With the loss of DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys needed a right defensive end. They just turned to another Demarcus. Lawrence has speed. He has long arms. He can get around the edge, and he should benefit greatly from the coaching of Rod Marinelli.
Before adding Lawrence the Cowboys had plenty of left defensive end types in George Selvie, Anthony Spencer, Jeremy Mincey and Tyrone Crawford.
Lawrence had three separate one-game suspensions, but the Cowboys met with him at Valley Ranch before the draft and were able to get a handle on him.