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Dallas Cowboys Post-Draft News & Notes: “Lawrence Is A Quarterback Hunter.”

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys have high hopes for Demarcus Lawrence; Cowboys carpet-bomb defensive line; Cowboys nearly traded back into third round.

Tom Pennington

We had you covered yesterday:


Meet Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys ‘QB Hunter’ - Mike Fisher, CBS DFW
Just before selecting Demarcus Lawrence, Will McClay expressed what he thought the Cowboys would be getting in Lawrence:

"Lawrence," McClay said matter-of-factly, "is a Quarterback Hunter."

Cowboys attack 'bankrupt' defensive line with strength-in-numbers approach | David Moore, DMN
The primary objective of this draft was to address a defensive line that owner Jerry Jones has called bankrupt, David Moore writes.

There are 16 defensive linemen on the roster, with more to come. The Cowboys trust that coordinator Rod Marinelli will be able to whip this group into a feeding frenzy.

Quantity never trumps quality. Anyone who enjoys success in the NFL, regardless of the position, must play with a certain level of talent and expertise. But an argument can be made that it’s easier to manage the defensive line with numbers than other position. Energy, temperament and tenacity can often make up for a lack of technique.

Scouting Report: Broaddus’ Take On All 7 Day 3 Picks -
After spending almost the whole day on the radio, Broaddus still finds the time to knock out a lengthy (1.834 words) scouting report on all seven Day 3 additions, and laments that one of the selections is "not a trained killer."

Jones says Iowa LB Hitchens is insurance for Sean Lee injury, didn't mind using fourth-round pick for backup
Jerry Jones said the Cowboys drafted Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens because he can step in for middle linebacker Sean Lee if needed.

Cowboys didn't take a safety high; Stephen Jones says he's 'pretty comfortable' with what they have - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
When Jimmie Ward went late in the first round, the Cowboys didn't see players who they felt would be an upgrade over what they already have.

"After that, we felt like we were getting a lot of what we had," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "We like J.J. We like Church. We like Heath. We will see how these guys play out," Jones said. "We got a little on the come in Jakar Hamilton, and we’ll see what Matt Johnson does. "We mixed in a few guys with them tonight, and let them go out there and compete. I feel pretty comfortable there. More comfortable than people from the outside looking in."

Pitt receiver Devin Street: 'Dallas was my No. 1 choice' - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Devin Street liked his private workout with the Cowboys so much, they were his top choice as a potential NFL destination:

"Going through this whole process, Dallas was my No. 1 choice," he said. "I know I didn’t have any say in it, but just getting a feel for them, I felt like they had a lot of faith in me at the combine."

"Coach Dooley had me run routes as an outside wide receiver, but then also put me in those quick, short and intermediate routes," he said. "I ran those at Pitt as well. I can remember running a slot route and ended up stumbling a little bit because I over-strided, and Coach Dooley told me to shorten my stride up. I shortened my stride up, and he said I ran one of the crispest routes he’s ever seen."

Did the Dallas Cowboys nearly trade into the third round and draft LSU offensive guard Trai Turner? | Jon Machota, DMN
The Cowboys had a deal in place to move back into the third round, but their target was snatched up right before they were ready to make make the deal.

"We got the rug pulled out from under us about two picks away from it there yesterday in the bottom of the third," the Cowboys executive vice president said Saturday night. "We had a neat little deal set up. It was going to be a nice pick for us too, that I think would have worked out."

All indications are that six-time Pro Bowl OG Brian Waters won’t be re-signed by Dallas Cowboys | Brandon George, DMN
With the selection of Zack Martin, the odds of Brian Waters returning to the Cowboys just took a hit, nevermind that he would still need surgery before he's able to play again.

"He was thinking about retirement last year and he has to start by having surgery," Stephen Jones said. "When he has that surgery, it’s going to be a long time before he’s well. "I would never underestimate Brian Waters. He’s a man’s man. I don’t know that he’s planning on playing, but I don’t want to speak for him."

Could Miles Austin return to the Dallas Cowboys? | Rainer Sabin, DMN
The title of this article seems to infer too much from a non-committal quote by Jason Garrett:

"We love Miles Austin," Garrett said. "We really do….Miles has been a really good player for us and the economics of his situation really factored into the decision we made with him coupled with his injuries."

Charean Williams’ NFL Draft grades: 4 teams get A’s - Charean Williams, Stare-Telegram
The Cowboys get a "B," the best grade in the NFC East.

Grading the NFC East in NFL draft - Rainer Sabin, DMN
The Cowboys get a "B-," only the third-best grade in the NFC East.

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