Cowboys Move Up for Boise DE Lawrence in 2nd Round

The Dallas Cowboys didn't waste any time addressing the league's worst defense on the second day of the draft.

Dallas moved up 13 spots to get Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence with the 34th overall pick in the second round Friday night. The Cowboys gave their selections in the second and third round to NFC East rival Washington.

The quick move came a day after the Cowboys picked an offensive lineman in the first round for the third time in four years, grabbing Notre Dame's Zack Martin.

The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Lawrence had 20 sacks in two seasons with Boise State.

The Redskins got the 47th and 78th overall picks from Dallas.

Not only did the Cowboys finish last in the NFL in total defense, they signaled an overhaul of their defensive front by releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware as soon as free agency opened in March.

Dallas switched to a four-man defensive front last year and moved Ware and Anthony Spencer from linebacker to defensive end. The Cowboys are bringing Spencer back, but he missed 15 games last season with a left knee injury and probably won't be ready when training camp starts in July.

The Cowboys added free agents Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain to their front four. Mincey has the most career sacks among current Dallas defensive linemen with 20.

That's 97 fewer than Ware, who is coming off the worst season of his nine-year career and signed with Denver a day after the Cowboys released him.

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