Demarcus Lawrence would have been compared to the franchise sacks leader for the Dallas Cowboys even without sharing a first name.
Now that the Cowboys have a "new Demarcus" to replace DeMarcus Ware after trading up with NFC East rival Washington to get him? Let the conversation begin.
"I'm my own Demarcus," the Boise State defensive end said Friday night after the Cowboys moved up 13 spots to draft him at No. 34 overall, the second pick in the second round.
The Cowboys didn't waste any time addressing the league's worst defense a day after drafting an offensive lineman in the first round for the third time in four years. The Redskins got the 47th overall pick in the second round and No. 78 overall in the third from Dallas.
Not only did the Cowboys finish last in the NFL in total defense, they signaled an overhaul of their defensive front by releasing Ware as soon as free agency opened in March.
The New York Giants selected center Weston Richburg of Colorado State with their second-round pick, the No. 43 selection overall, in the NFL draft on Friday night.
The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Richburg is a versatile lineman, having played all three positions at Colorado State, but started all 13 games last season as a center. Richburg was the first center selected in this year's draft.
He started for all four years, never missing a game, making 50 consecutive starts even after breaking his right hand in 2012, learning to snap with his left instead.
He was a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy, given to the nation's top interior linemen, in both his junior and senior seasons and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's top center.
The Giants selected Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley in the third round.
The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Bromley, a native of Jamaica, N.Y., recorded 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses last season for Syracuse. He was the 74th player selected in the NFL draft.
The Giants had a need at defensive tackle ever since Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck left the team for free agency in the offseason.
A day of celebration dissolved into confusion for the Browns.
Hours after quarterback Johnny Manziel's arrival had Cleveland's football pulse racing faster than it had in years, a report that star wide receiver Josh Gordon may be facing an indefinite suspension shattered the city's collective joy.
As the second round of the NFL draft was set to open Friday, ESPN reported that Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, had failed another drug test for marijuana and could be banned for a year. The ESPN report, based on anonymous sources, described letters the Pro Bowler received about the failed test.
The Browns deferred any comment on Gordon's situation to the league office. Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment.