Jerry Jones moved all of the Dallas Cowboys' Day 2 chips into one basket in dealing the team's second- and third-round picks to the divisional rival Washington Redskins in order to move up to the No. 34 overall pick and select Boise State pass rusher Demaracus Lawrence in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
The next deal came six picks later, with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks trading out of their first pick of the draft for the second time in as many days.
In a deep draft, the Seahawks are clearly banking on their track record of drafting impact players - and Pro Bowlers including quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman - in the middle rounds. By stockpiling picks in a very deep draft, they increase their chances of hitting on a few diamonds and keeping the train rolling with lower-priced players they have under contract for four years.
SECOND ROUND TRADES
--Cowboys acquire No. 34 overall pick, select Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.
Redskins receive Cowboys' second- (No. 47 overall) and third-round (78) picks this year.
Comment: With the Cowboys parting ways with DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer coming off a season-ending left knee injury, Dallas was clearly in need of a young outside pass rusher. Lawrence needs to get stronger, but he does possess plenty of potential. The biggest knock on this pick is whether Dallas needed a pass rusher more than an interior lineman or safety.
--Lions acquire No. 40 and 146 overall picks, select BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Seahawks acquire pick Nos. 45, 111 and 227 this year.
Comment: Van Noy brings needed speed and instincts to the Lions' defense. After going through a tumultuous time as a teenager, Van Noy is now a respected vocal presence on a team in need of leadership. He has also shown good coverage skills - a big asset in today's NFL.
--Rams acquire No. 41 overall pick, select defensive back Lamarcus Joiner.
Bills receive pick Nos. 44 and 153 this year.
Comment: Joyner is undersized, but he's a playmaker at safety or cornerback on a defense loaded with young talent. The Rams make a luxury pick and can move Joyner around according to down - he can play nickel or roam the field opposite second-year strong safety T.J. McDonald.
--Eagles acquire No. 42 overall pick, select Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Titans receive pick Nos. 54 and 122 this year.
Comment: Everyone knew the Eagles would select a receiver, it was just a matter of when after cutting ties with DeSean Jackson and with Jeremy Maclin coming off a knee injury. In Matthews, they land the SEC's all-time leading receiver. He's not as explosive an athletes as many receivers in this class, but he's low-risk and fits well in head coach Chip Kelly's offense.
--Chargers acquire No. 50 overall pick, select Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.
Dolphins receive pick Nos. 57 and 125 this year.
Comment: A productive, high motor player, Attaochu fits well into the Chargers' 3-4 scheme. The Nigeria native can struggle when one-on-one against a blocker, but the Chargers need players who can get after the passer and Attaochu has the quickness and chase skills to fit the bill.
--Broncos acquire pick Nos. 56 and 242, select Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer.
49ers receiver pick Nos. 63 and 171 along with a 2015 fourth-round pick.
Comment: Considered a mid-round pick entering the draft process, Latimer skyrocketed up many draft boards and was considered a fringe first-round prospect entering the draft. He even scored a Green Room invite in a classic example of the pendulum swinging a bit too far and leaving a young man squirming in Radio City Music Hall. When the dust settled, the Broncos land an athletic wide receiver with an impressive speed/agility combination to help fill the void left by Eric Decker's departure.