Demarcus Lawrence speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys looking to trade up, also interested in Demarcus Lawrence

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The Dallas Cowboys did well to pick up top offensive line prospect Zack Martin with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the former Notre Dame standout is an excellent technician who can play well at either guard or tackle. He’s better at guard and will most likely start there as a rookie before figuring to move outside if Doug Free leaves next offseason. The Cowboys priority now is to add a top-flight player on defense in the second round, and they will focus on adding a top pass rusher.

There are several good options to choose from in the second round, and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys are eyeing a trade up in order to make sure that they land a top prospect on the defensive line. There are a number of possibilities as to whom the Cowboys will snatch up after making a trade, but two names Rapoport mentioned as drawing interest from the Cowboys are Kony Ealy and Demarcus Lawrence.

Both pass rushers would be excellent picks for the Cowboys, and Ealy used to be mocked to the team in plenty of mock drafts during the spring. Now, the Cowboys have a chance to snag either the high-upside Mizzou product in the second or the athletic Boise State product. Lawrence received plenty of pre-draft interest from the Cowboys, so both players are definitely worth watching closely, as well as any other top pass rushing prospects that come to mind (Ealy seems to be the favorite). There seem to be plenty of teams interested in moving up to scoop up top prospects early in the second round, so there will be plenty of more intrigue today.

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  • Michael Davis

    I like DLaw over Ealy but would be OK with Either. If we stay at 47 I like Crichton there.

  • David

    It better not cost them to much to move up. They cannot afford to lose any picks with so many holes to fill.

  • Rich

    NO way with the trading up nonsense. Deep draft. Need more picks not less.

  • Dave

    I actually like Crighton over both these guys. I was on the Ealy bandwagon early in the draft season, but for someone that’s supposed to be a “freak” athlete, the numbers just aren’t there to me, either production or measurables. I would probably rank them Crighton, Lawrence, Ealy on my own board, but I also, admittedly, haven’t seen a ton of tape on any of them, and I’ll trust the draft team. Contrary to what often gets written, the drafts since Garret took over have actually been pretty good.

  • nope

    It’s possible they might not need to move up to snatch either of these guys. They need Lawrence more than Ealy. Ealy is more of a LE and Lawrence a RE. They need RE more than anything on the line at this point.

  • Old Frog

    Like the player. Don’t like giving up the 3rd.