As you can see, I am absolutely fine with this type of player.  But, would I rather have Timmy Jernigan or Jeremiah Attaochu at #47 added to Will Sutton or Louis Nix at #78?  I think you know my philosophy on adding many quality bodies to the mix over placing all eggs in the basket of one guy.  I think Attaochu is the only other edge rusher comparable to Lawrence (but maybe a step down) so their careers will be linked in my mind.

But, I do like Lawrence plenty.  So, while over-payment and lack of depth are significant issues, at least it is a player who is well regarded.

And then the very well-known and controversial safety from Baylor, Ahmad Dixon.

Here is Dixon's review from February 19th:


Ahmad Dixon - Baylor - 5'11 - 205 - 4.56 40
Let me confess that one of the players I really became fascinated with over the last few years is Dixon from Baylor.  He does things to get noticed and he has many of the things I prefer in a safety, including confidence, force, and intimidation skills. 
When he hits you, and then tells you about it, you will be well aware that he has been there.  He leaves a mark, no doubt about it. 
All of that tells me he will continue to achieve and play many years in the NFL and likely do things to get his name noticed at that level, too. 
But, when we break down his skill set, we see all of the features of a strong safety - which is a close relative to a small linebacker, rather than a free safety - relatives of the cornerback.  And if there is something this particular NFL outfit doesn't need, it is another safety that is a biscuit or two from playing LB.  And, in today's game, strong safety is less interesting because of the idea that at some point, he is going to have to man-up in space against a world-class athlete and hold his own.

Stats INTs Tackles FF's
2013 1 81 1
2012 2 102 0
2011 1 89 0
2010 0 16 1
Totals 4 288 2

I love Dixon's effort and his makeup to a certain extent.  To watch his head to head battle with Texas Tech's Jace Amaro was entertaining and they both got their licks in.  But, Amaro won the day (Dixon won the game, of course) and was able to get open with a fair bit of ease.  Dixon would hit him and hit him hard, but that seems to be his one answer to a lot of problems, looking for the huge hit.  But, I just don't think that works long term against complicated pass offenses, and I certainly don't see him as a free safety candidate.  He is uncomfortable in man coverage and surely can't be a free safety solution. 

I watched plenty more than that one game (also Texas and TCU), but the Texas Tech game did really scare me about what happens when he has to deal with the athletic tight ends of the NFL. 
At the right price, I would take him here, but like several other safeties in this draft, I just don't think Dixon is a particular fit in Dallas.
My summary here is not flattering, but that is back when people were asking about him as a Top 100 player.  To get this guy at pick #248 is what I would consider exceptional value and while I don't think he can be an every down safety in the NFL, he will now have every chance to prove it.  But, am I excited about having a hitting machine on my special teams for the reasonable price of a 7th?  Absolutely.
Well played, there.
I don't have a draft grade for you, because as I said, I need to spend at least an hour on each of these players I don't know and even then I only studied the Top 100 players so to act like I know what was on the board relative to what they picked is both disingenuous and silly.
But, when asked what I think about the 2014 draft, I believe a lot of it will rest on the Cowboys ability to evaluate JJ Wilcox as a fine option at free safety so they can ignore Calvin Pryor, improving the line with Zack Martin to give depth and options when Doug Free is out, assuming Tony Romo will be fine health-wise, and that they have done enough to keep from being susceptible to injury attrition in the upcoming holiday season.  
That is a lot of "ifs", but hopefully fewer of those questions than when they entered this offseason.