Even if some weren’t happy with the Cowboys trading up in the second round to take Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, at least the Panthers were.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told a conference call of season ticket holders that if they hadn’t traded their third-rounder to move up 13 spots to get Lawrence 34th overall, the plan was to take Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy at 47 and then come back with LSU guard Trai Turner in the third.
The Cowboys attempted to move back up into the third round to get Turner, but the Panthers took him 92nd overall after getting Ealy in the 60th spot.
“I would say that Ealy was probably our next pick,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Sometimes what you read isn’t always true in terms of the [Timmy] Jernigans of the world and people like that. We really didn’t have him in that mix. . . .
“Obviously we would’ve fortified our line for the next 10 years.”
Jones said the Cowboys had Lawrence rated as a “much better” pass-rusher than Ealy, and time will tell if he’s good enough to make it worth a potential pair of starters.