An inside linebacker in either scheme, McSurdy (6-1, 245) was the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 with 131 tackles, nine for loss and four sacks and two interceptions.
The Cowboys drafted an inside backer in the second round in both 2010 and 2011 in Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Both players are expected to start, although newly-acquired free agent Dan Connor will also factor into the mix, either as a starter or nickel linebacker.
But after that, the Cowboys didn't have much experienced depth. Orie Lemon spent all last year on the practice squad and figured to have an inside track as the fourth linebacker. Now McSurdy will enter the mix, along with possibly a couple of rookie free agents as well.
Overall, the draft concludes with the Cowboys taking five defensive players and two on offense, ranging on seven different positions.