Say what you want about the trade. Whether you love it or hate it, "it" happened, and now we justify "why". After hearing about the three seperate suspensions, I assumed Mr.RKG would lobby to take DLaw off thier draft board altogether (or at least drop him into into the "steal" or "low risk" bin like they did with Jernigan). What happened instead was the 'Boys moved up 13 spots and gave up 70 more points than the value of the pick to get him.
Once the value chart showed the disparity in the pick value, and the players who rated comparable to Lawrence at thier pick, would be available, you could hear the collective groan of Cowboy fans' frustration saying,
"Trader Jerry has been "had" again!!!".
And to be honest, after watching the Nevada , Boise St game, (where he had three or four sacks) I was underwhelmed for a lot of snaps, where his size betrayed him or he didn't motor through the play (where effort could have impacted the play). But the flashes I did see reminded me of someone whom we should be all too familiar with. He looks alot like Anthony Spencer and I believe that the Cowboys think with a full camp, and if he gets stronger, Marinelli will mold him into something special.
The impressive thing about Spencer, coming out of Perdue, was the tackles for loss (32 his last 2 years). Lawrence was better with 36, and 20 sacks in the same amount if time (Spencer had 12 sacks). That tells me Marinelli, who has done wonders with less (see Selvie), will be able to mold him into a monster. He WIll get stronger, and I believe the natural pass rushing ability can be maximized in this system. Marinelli is a technique/motor guy, which is why he has so much success with groups of linemen, not just one or two dominate players.
The DLaw pick shows Jerry's belief that what he saw (albeit in flashes) from Selvie, only will be magnified with better "clay" for Marinelli to MOLD, TEACH and TURN LOOSE!