05/11/2014 - The Cowboys paid "a little extra" to move up in the second round and take defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence in a trade with the Washington Redskins. But they believed he was a player they had to have even if it meant they didn't win on the trade chart. The Cowboys gave up the 47th and 78th overall picks to get the 34th pick from the Redskins to get the pass rusher from Boise State. "It's always painful to give up a pick. I mean, you don't like it. I don't like it," vice-president Stephen Jones said. "But you know, you also got to look at reality -- a little bit between not having a ton of cap space for free agency and then, you know, having a limited number of right ends. And, you know, we a little bit felt motivated to go get the guy we liked. "He fit right in. I mean, in terms of where we had him, he fits perfectly. But in terms of having to give up an extra pick, that part is a little tougher. But we felt like it was worth it. Especially a pass rusher."
The Cowboys began working on the trade Thursday night after the first round was complete. Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys believed the best pass rushers available were going to go quickly. Jones said it required giving up "a little more than the charts read out." "As we all know, that can happen sometimes when you want some guy, and we really wanted this guy," he said. Jones said the Cowboys and Redskins talked about the trade all day on Friday. "We have a good relationship with the Redskins," he said. "We worked through the day on some things, and it eventually got time to start, and we sweetened the pot a little bit and got the deal done." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 32/3. *Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State, 6-3, 251, 4.76, 1-2...Lawrence may have come out a year too early as he tries to cash in on a 2013 season in which he led the Mountain West Conference with 20.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. That followed a similar 2012 with 13 TFL and 9.5 sacks, which followed one year in junior college. He has good explosion and closing ability, but is not as fast, strong or refined as scouts prefer. Frankly: Interesting package of goods. College scheme found ways to create mismatches with him, which showed is versatility, but revealed no single trait that would be transcendent in the NFL. He will need to show that the sum of his parts can consistently add up to more than face value. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 24. Demarcus Lawrence DE, Boise State (6-3, 251, 4.80, JR)...An athletic, fierce pass rusher, Lawrence has the get-off burst and smooth acceleration to get past blocks and finish in the backfield. He is still raw in several areas, but pass rushers with his ability are hot commodities on draft weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Dallas' draft radar: DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State: Whether the Cowboys stay at No. 16 or look to trade back a few spots, I think Lawrence could be high on their wish list in the first round as Dallas looks to give a suspect defensive line a legitimate edge rusher. After starting at the JUCO level due to academics, Lawrence started 23 games the past two seasons at Boise State and put together an impressive resume, including First Team All-MWC honors the past two seasons. He can be controlled when blockers get their hands on him, but he has strong and fast hands himself, ripping and setting up his moves while tracking the ball. Lawrence projects highly to any scheme due to his athletic prowess and undeniable pass rush upside. He isn't highly talked about as a first round player, but talents like this usually don't make it outside the top-32. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the New Orleans' draft radar: DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State: In Rob Ryan's first season as defensive coordinator, the Saints ranked fourth in the NFL last season in sacks. And with Victor Butler returning from injury, pass rusher isn't the top need on New Orleans' wish list on draft weekend, but a talent like Lawrence might be too good to pass up in the first round. The former Boise State rusher has a few character flaws (three separate one-game suspensions the past two seasons), but he has quick, active hands along with the natural athletic pass rush skills to create pressure. Disruptive talents like Lawrence usually don't make it out of the top-32 picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Seattle Seahawks' draft radar: DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State: The Seahawks released former starting LEO defensive end Chris Clemons and have Cliff Avril signed for just one more year. Lawrence, who led the Mountain West with 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 2013, is a gifted pass rusher just scratching the surface of his potential. The 6-foot-3, 251 pounder is earning some first-round buzz and might even be in play for Seattle at No. 32 overall if the Seahawks plan to keep 2012 first round pick Bruce Irvin at linebacker. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - Boise State DE Lawrence opts for NFL Draft...Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence decided to forgo his senior season at Boise State and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to an ESPN report on Friday. Lawrence, who led the Mountain West Conference this season with 20 1/2 tackles for loss, is ranked the 12th-best prospect at his position by NFLDraftScout.com and projected as a third- or fourth-round pick. Lawrence finished the 2013 season with 72 tackles (39 solos), 10 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Broncos' season ended on Christmas Eve with a 38-23 loss to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
12/24/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence, a junior, may be playing his final game. He'll need to get some pressure on Mannion to disrupt the Beavers' offense. He leads the team with 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. - The Sports Xchange
12/18/2013 - 2013 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DL Demarcus Lawrence, Jr., Boise State,...Lawrence, who was also named first-team all-league in 2012, ranks tied for 10th-nationally with 10.5 sacks, and his 1.0 per game ranks eighth in the country. His 1.8 tackles-for-loss per game is the country's second-best mark, and he had 19.5 total in 2013. His 67 tackles (34 solo) on the season were tied for the second-most by a Bronco in 2013. - Boise State football
12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State, 6-3 245, Jr., Aiken, SC...Lawrence, from Aiken, S.C., is the Broncos' first All-American since offensive lineman Nate Potter earned consensus All-America status in 2011. Earlier this week Lawrence was named first-team All-Mountain West for a second-straight season. At the conclusion of the regular season Lawrence ranked tied for 10th-nationally with 10.5 sacks, and his 1.0 per game ranked eighth in the country.
His sack total this season is already tied for the fifth-most in a single season all-time at Boise State, and his 20.0-career sacks are tied for the seventh-most in school history. His 1.8 tackles-for-loss per game is the country's second-best mark this season, and he has 19.5 total in 2013. Lawrence's 67 tackles (34 solo) were tied for the second-most on the team during the regular season. - Boise State football
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence...The Broncos had 6.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles-for-loss vs. Nevada...each total is the highest by the Broncos since Hawai'i, Nov. 10, 2012. Demarcus Lawrence registered a career-high 3.5 sacks, the first such performance in the country in 2013...the last Bronco to record 3.0-or-more sacks in a game was Andrew Browning (3.0), also against Nevada, Nov. 25, 2006. - Boise State football
09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence,...A redshirt junior from Aiken, S.C. (Butler CC), Lawrence made five unassisted tackles including two for a loss of six yards. One of Lawrence's tackles for loss came with Boise State leading 28-17 in the fourth quarter and Air Force at the Broncos' 3-yard line.
Lawrence stopped Falcon running back Ty MacArthur for a four-yard loss, forcing Air Force to settle for a field goal. Lawrence, a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2012, leads Boise State in tackles for loss this season with 3.5 for minus 14 yards. He has 15 total tackles, six unassisted, and also has one quarterback sack for a loss of seven yards. - Boise State football
09/09/2013 - The Boise State defense has lost two of its top six linebackers already this season. Co-starting strong-side linebacker Jonathan Brown went down with a six-week knee injury in the opener. Backup middle linebacker Travis Saxton likely was lost for the season in the second game. To compensate, the Broncos stripped the redshirt of true freshman linebacker Tanner Vallejo late in Saturday's game. The defense also was missing star end Demarcus Lawrence on Saturday. He served a one-game suspension for the third time in 11 months. "I would say it's an issue (for his future), but we expect him back tomorrow and hopefully we don't have any more issues," coach Chris Petersen said. - The Sports Xchange
08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DE Demarcus Lawrence needs to stay out of trouble, but he's a terrific player. He recorded 9.5 sacks in 11 games while sitting out two games with separate suspensions. He'll be a junior. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise State,...Lawrence, originally from Aiken, S.C., had already been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. He is one of 22 student-athletes on the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List, and one of only two from the Mountain West (Brock Hekking; Nevada).
Lawrence was named first-team All-MW in 2012. He led the league in sacks (9.5), and tied for 18th-nationally in the statistical category. He also tied for first in the MW in tackles-for-loss (13.5) and ranked tied for eighth-nationally in forced fumbles (four). - Boise State football
07/22/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL Demarcus Lawrence, Jr., Boise State...Lawrence was named first-team All-MW in 2012. He led the league in sacks (9.5), and tied for 18th-nationally in the statistical category. He also tied for first in the MW in tackles-for-loss (13.5) and ranked tied for eighth-nationally in forced fumbles (four). - Boise State football
07/22/2013 - Boise State and Fresno State are the media's overwhelming preseason choices to win the Mountain West Conference's newly-formed divisions, the league announced Monday at its annual media day in Las Vegas. The Broncos were tabbed to win the Mountain Division, garnering 40 of 41 first-place votes and 245 points overall. The Bulldogs were the choice in the West Division, winning 39 of 41 first-place votes and 243 votes overall.
This season marks the first time the league will feature divisional play. Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming make up the Mountain Division, with Fresno State, Hawai???i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV comprising the West Division. The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game, which will be held Dec. 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking. - Mountain West football
07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State...Lawrence was named first-team All-MW in 2012. He led the league in sacks (9.5), and tied for 18th-nationally in the statistical category. He also tied for first in the MW in tackles-for-loss (13.5) and ranked tied for eighth-nationally in forced fumbles (four). - Boise State football
07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State, DL...Lawrence was named first-team All-MW in 2012. He led the league in sacks (9.5), and tied for 18th-nationally in the statistical category. He also tied for first in the MW in tackles-for-loss (13.5) and ranked tied for eighth-nationally in forced fumbles (four). - Boise State football