Defense has been the priority for the Dallas Cowboys in the draft, and they have continued that trend on Day 3 by using their fifth-round pick on Purdue defensive end Ryan Russell.
Russell is a local product who played his high school ball at Carrollton Creekview, and was thrilled when he got the call from the Cowboys.
“I’m ecstatic, overjoyed, humbled,” Russell said. “I’m just so glad that the Cowboys feel as strongly about me as I’ve always felt about them.”
Russell said he feels most comfortable and natural as a left defensive end. He compiled 10 career sacks at Purdue, including three last season.
Improving the defensive front has been a priority for the Cowboys. They have focused on bolstering their edge rush this off-season, signing Greg Hardy and drafting Randy Gregory in the second round. Russell becomes the latest addition.
The Cowboys return Jeremy Mincey and DeMarcus Lawrence as ends, but lost George Selvie and Anthony Spencer in free agency.
The Cowboys have two more picks left in the draft, each in the seventh round. They lost their sixth round pick in a trade with the Ravens to acquire Rolando McClain last season.
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