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.