Demarcus Lawrence's dad big Cowboys fan

IRVING, Texas -- Demarcus Lawrence grew up in Aiken, South Carolina, and while there wasn’t a NFL team in the city, there was just one pro team to root for: the Dallas Cowboys.

When asked why the Cowboys are his favorite team, Lawrence said simply, “my dad. He’s the head of the household and somebody can’t stay in this house unless they are a Cowboys fan.”

Lawrence and his family got their wish when the Cowboys traded up in the second round to grab him with the 34th overall pick.

The Cowboys ranked Lawrence as the third best right defensive end in the draft behind No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina and UCLA’s Anthony Barr, who went to Minnesota at No. 9 overall.

“I felt like the Cowboys liked me a lot, but in the draft you never know where they’re going to go,” Lawrence said. “I’m just thanking God for everything and thinking Jerry (Jones) and the staff for trusting me.”

Despite only two seasons at Boise State, Lawrence was a playmaker. In 23 starts at Boise State, Lawrence had 20 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

For his efforts last season, he earned a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection.

The Cowboys like his pass-rush skills and the potential to replace DeMarcus Ware as the right defensive end. Lawrence played both end spots in college, but he's more suited as the pass-rusher in the Cowboys 4-3 scheme.

"I know it's some big shoes to fill, but I'm going to work my butt off and give it my all," he said. "I'm going to do all I can do to become the best and fill those shoes."