A pair of players with Kansas ties were taken in the NFL Draft on Friday when Boise State and Butler Community College defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was taken in the second round with the 34th overall pick and Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown was taken in the third round with the 91st overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals.
Dallas moved up 13 spots to get Lawrence. The Cowboys gave their selections in the second and third round to NFC East rival Washington.
The quick move came a day after the Cowboys picked an offensive lineman in the first round for the third time in four years, grabbing Notre Dame’s Zack Martin.
The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Lawrence had 20 sacks in two seasons with Boise State.
Not only did the Cowboys finish last in the NFL in total defense, they signaled an overhaul of their defensive front by releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware as soon as free agency opened in March.
Brown was a three-time All-American at Pittsburg State after spending a redshirt season at Coffeyville Community College. He burst onto NFL draft boards in February after running a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Brown, 5-10 and 179 pounds, helped lead the Gorillas to the NCAA Division II title in 2011 and is their career leader in catches (185), receiving yards (3,300) and receiving touchdowns (32). He’s the first Pitt State player drafted since running back Ronald Moore and defensive end Troy Wilson were both selected in the 1993 draft.
Contributing: Associated Press