Washington uses Cowboys' picks to draft a pass rusher and offensive lineman

BY foxsports • May 10, 2014

The cost of trading up for Demarcus Lawrence ended up being an outside linebacker and an offensive guard.

The Dallas Cowboys moved up to the 34th overall spot by trading Washington their second (47th overall) and third (78th overall) round picks.

Washington used No. 47 on Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy and No. 78 on Nebraska offensive guard Spencer Long.

Had the Cowboys kept those selections, Lawrence would likely have been gone by 47. That would've left them possibly picking between Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton in the second round.

The most likely fits in Round 3 would've been Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin and West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke.

All six players mentioned visited Valley Ranch before the draft.

Did the Cowboys make the right choice? They landed a starting defensive end, a significant position of need, but could've possibly added two solid defensive linemen had they not traded.

"[Lawrence] was the last guy that we had in terms of the right end spot," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday night. "There was one other player [available] that we thought could really help us on the defensive line, so there were two guys, and we thought there was a pretty good difference because of the right end flexibility that he can do.

"After going over it last night after the draft and going over it again this morning, we really felt like we wanted to help the defense, and we knew that we might have to give up a little more than the charts read out.

"The biggest thing was we wanted to get up there at the top because we thought that he could go because of his unique quality. We didn't want to take a chance on losing him."

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