NFL Draft Musings: Defensive Ends

Oct 19, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (8) during the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe I just have not noticed, but in all of the talk about the NFL Draft, I see little if any talking about DeMarcus Lawrence.  Outside of Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack, Lawrence might be the best defensive end in the upcoming draft.  He is an impressive technician and is the best stack and shed end I have watched to this point.

It is amazing to me how rarely Lawrence was ever rushing the passer from the jump.  He always seems to go through the process of playing the run honestly, taking and beating his opponent before going after the quarterback and he still found a ton of success.  The grounding and education he has from college combined with athletic upside suggests he should have early success but should only get better with time.

Dee Ford got a ton of press for his performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl and he was a star on the field and off the field because he is an incredibly charismatic player with a magnetic personality.  Nevertheless, Chris Smith had a great week as well and really looked good as a pass rusher, where he should make an early impact.  Short with long arms and a great burst, he was tough to beat in pass protection drills.

IK Enempali was not in Mobile long, but he made a nice impression in the short time he was there.  And he is even more drastic than Smith as a short and wide player with long arms.

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  • Jimmy DeMarco

    Sorry that I’m a little late to the party on this one, over a week lol.

    I couldn’t agree with you more about Lawrence. I think he’s going to be an absolute stud on the next level.

    I’m a Cowboys fan and would absolutely love to grab this kid. Do I think we will, no. I don’t think he’ll be there when we pick 81st in the 3rd round. But if we did, we could move Crawford to tackle and put him on the end immediately. Crawford’s lack of superior pass rushing ability would lead me to believe he’s better served as a DT. Especially since he’s so physical and gets a good push off the snap. That bodes well as a run stopper. And I’m hoping they draft a DT in the first round, Donald, Hageman or Jernigan.

    I understand the screaming for Cowboy Nation about the need for a true elite safety. But I would rather give Marinelli as many weapons up front as possible. And if Jerry does this right, only in my dreams that is, we could end up with a really good defensive draft. I was thinking along the lines of:
    1) Donald/Hageman
    2) Daquan Jones
    3) Demarcus Lawrence