Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Lawrence signs deal, rookies wrapped up
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' draft class is all signed, sealed and delivered.
Second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys on Wednesday morning, his agent, David Canter, tweeted, becoming the final member of the nine-player class to come to terms. First-round pick Zack Martin signed on Monday.
The Cowboys picked Lawrence, a defensive end, with the 34th overall pick after giving up their third-rounder to the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys viewed Lawrence as the third-best right defensive end in the draft behind Jadeveon Clowney and Anthony Barr and were willing to make a trade with a divisional rival to get him.
In two seasons at Boise State, Lawrence had 20 sacks and 34 tackles for loss, and the Cowboys hope he can grow into a premium pass-rusher on a defense that needs pass-rushing help. He has taken most of the first-team reps at right defensive end since the rookie minicamp.
“He’s made progress,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “Good progress in the drill work and all those things. Right now you’re just trying to get him ready for pads.”