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Cowboys continue to bolster defense, take Anae to help pass rush

The penultimate pick of the draft for the Cowboys is a pass rusher out of Utah
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) celebrates after sacking Colorado quarterback Steven Montez in the second half during an NCAA college football game, in Salt Lake City. Anae was selected to The Associated Press All-Pac 12 Conference team, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys draft has been a success on many fronts, and they added to that with their pick at the end of the fifth round.

Dallas added a pass rusher to their collection of draftees, taking Bradlee Anae out of Utah to add to the edge of their defense.

“You’re getting a guy that has a work ethic," Anae said of himself. "I don’t like talking about it. I just want to go, and I can’t wait to work with them. I’m also a guy who is highly skilled in the pass game and can also stop the run. Just a playmaker overall. My strong suits would probably be just my work ethic and my ability to make plays and be productive.”

Anae was a consensus All-American in 2019 at Utah, and was a first team All-Pac 12 honoree, as well.  His 13 sacks in '19 was good enough to rank second in the Pac 12.  He also has patterned himself after Cowboys all-Pro Demarcus Lawrence.

"Ironically enough, one of the players I've watched for a long time was Demarcus Lawrence," Anae said. "And so, getting the chance to come to Dallas is such a dream come true, and very surreal. So I can't wait to work with Demarcus and excel from there."

The selection follows a string of defensive picks by the Cowboys, who have gone defense with four of their six picks -- Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II at the cornerback position, Neville Gallimore at defensive tackle, and now the defensive end Anae.