Draft Review – NFC East

Normally I write a lengthy review for each team’s draft.  This summer I had a couple of projects that really ate into my time and put me behind schedule.  I will instead just post some quick thoughts for each division.  My apologies for the lack of posts this summer.

Here is the NFC East …  

DALLAS COWBOYS

1 – CB Morris Claiborne – LSU – 5-11, 188
3 – DE Tyrone Crawford – Boise State – 6-4, 275
4 – LB Kyle Wilber – Wake Forest – 6-4, 249
4 – SS Matt Johnson – Eastern Washington – 6-2, 220
5 – WR Danny Coale – Va Tech – 6-0, 201
6 – TE James Hanna – Oklahoma – 6-4, 252
7 – ILB Caleb McSurdy – Montana – 6-1, 245

Dallas needed secondary help and got an elite prospect in Claiborne.  He has the potential to step in right away and be a top cover corner.  He’ll have the typical rookie ups and downs, but has the skills to work through them and be good early on.  After Claiborne, Dallas had an interesting draft.  Crawford has the skill set to be a good 3-4 DE pass rusher.  Wilber could be a good OLB.  Love the late round picks of Coale and Hanna.  Both guys have NFL talent and could turn out to be good role players.  Claiborne is the only “sure thing” type of pick, but Dallas added athleticism and talent.

NEW YORK GIANTS

1 – RB David Wilson – Va Tech – 5-10, 206
2 – WR Rueben Randle – LSU – 6-3, 210
3 – CB Jayron Hosley – Va Tech – 5-10, 178
4 – TE Adrien Robinson – Cincinnati – 6-4, 264
4 – OT Brandon Mosley – Auburn – 6-6, 314
6 – OT Matt McCants – UAB – 6-6, 308
7 – DT Markus Kuhn – NC State – 6-6, 299

The Giants love to run the ball, but the running game was erratic (to put it mildly) last year.  Adding Wilson will give the run game a huge boost.  He has good speed and is a gifted runner.  The Giants then got a steal when Randle was available at the bottom of the 2nd round.  They lost Mario Manningham, but Randle should prove to be a good replacement for him and likely upgrade.  Robinson is the most interesting pick.  He had a quiet career at Cincy, but then wowed at his Pro Day.  Mike Pope is one of the best TE coaches in the league.  If anyone can take Robinson from a talented project and turn  him into a starting TE, it will be Pope.  Mosley has starting potential in the future.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

1 – DT Fletcher Cox – Miss State – 6-4, 298
2 – LB Mychal Kendricks – Cal – 5-11, 239
2 – DE Vinny Curry – Marshall – 6-3, 266
3 – QB Nick Foles – Arizona – 6-5, 240
4 – CB Brandon Boykin – Georgia – 5-9, 183
5 – OT Dennis Kelly – Purdue – 6-8, 316
6 – WR Marvin McNutt – Iowa – 6-3, 216
6 – OG Brandon Washington – Miami – 6-3, 320
7 – RB Bryce Brown – Kansas State – 6-0, 223

The Eagles had one of the best drafts in the NFL.  Cox can be help the DL immediately with his pass rush ability.  Kendricks will start at SAM.  Curry is buried on the depth chart, but can start down the road.  Foles is a mystery pick.  The Eagles see him as a future starter.  He just doesn’t seem like an Eagles QB.  Boykin and McNutt were great value picks.  I was skeptical of Brown at the time he was picked, but he’s on pace to be the team’s #3 RB and has looked very good this summer.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

1 – QB Robert Griffin III – Baylor – 6-2, 223
3 – OG Josh LeRibeus – SMU – 6-3, 312
4 – QB Kirk Cousins – Michigan State – 6-3, 214
4 – ILB Keenan Robinson – Texas – 6-3, 242
5 – OG Adam Gettis – Iowa – 6-2, 293
6 – RB Alfred Morris – Fla Atlantic – 5-10, 219
6 – OT Tom Compton – South Dakota – 6-5, 314
7 – CB Richard Crawford – SMU – 5-11, 191
7 – SS Jordan Bernstine – Iowa – 5-10, 210

The Skins have needed a QB for a long time.  RGIII should be the player they’ve been searching for.  He came with an expensive price tag, but if he pans out…it will be worth it.  Great potential.  Seems like a high character player.  The selection of Cousins in the 4th was a bit odd, but spoke to the fact that the Skins QB situation was really bad.  They didn’t just need a starter, they needed depth as well.  Robinson played for the Skins staff at the Senior Bowl and will be an ILB in their 3-4.  Compton was a good pick in the 6th.  Good athlete.  Fits their blocking scheme.  Must show he can handle the pro game.

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