NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: NFC EAST

April 28, 2016

 

DALLAS COWBOYS

TEAM NEEDS:

RDE, OLB, CB, RB, LDT, SS, WR/KR, QB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER

Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton LynchConnor CookChristian HackenbergDak PrescottJacoby Brissett, Brandon AllenEzekiel ElliottDerrick Henry, Paul Perkins, Kenyan Drake, Laquon Treadwell, Tyler Boyd, Will Fuller, Jakeem Grant, Marquez NorthJoey BosaShaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Yannick NgakoueRyan Brown, DeForest BucknerSheldon Rankins, Robert Nkemdiche, Terrance SmithJalen Ramsey, Kendall Fuller, Tavon Young, Miles Killebrew, Karl Joseph

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(4)     CB JALEN RAMSEY

(34)   LDT ROBERT NKEMDICHE

(67)   QB CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG

(101) RB JORDAN HOWARD

(135) SS MILES KILLEBREW

(189) RDE DREW OTT

(212) LDE TYRONE HOLMES

(216) OLB TERRANCE SMITH

(217) WR/KR JAKEEM GRANT

 


Tony Pauline has been adamant that the Cowboys have Jalen Ramsey at the top of their draft board, but steam has been picking up recently for Ezekiel Elliott. In the second round, the same team who took a gamble on Greg Hardy could go the Robert Nkemdiche route to fill a pass-rushing need on the interior defensive line. In the third round, the Cowboys could go developmental QB with Christian Hackenberg, who they brought in for a visit. Having not addressed the RB position, Indiana RB Jordan Howard would be a good compliment to Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris in the backfield. Safety/outside linebacker hybrid Miles Killebrew is a player the Cowboys were hot on at the Senior Bowl and is definitely in play for the middle rounds. The NCAA did Drew Ott a huge injustice by denying him a medical redshirt merely weeks before the draft, but the Cowboys might capitalize on Ott's misfortune to fill the strong side defensive end role. Montana DE Tyrone Holmes is a small-school player who has a huge ceiling and could capitalize on Demarcus Lawrence's suspension. At outside linebacker, the Cowboys are rumored to like Florida State's Terrance Smith later in the draft, and the electric Jakeem Grant adds a weapon at the return game.

 

 

NEW YORK GIANTS

TEAM NEEDS:

SS, TE, LT, RG, RB, CB, LB, DE

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Laquon Treadwell, Leonte Carroo, Aaron Burbridge, Ryan O'MalleyCedrick Lang, Ronnie Stanley, Taylor Decker, Jack Conklin, Zach SterupGarrick Mayweather, Shaq Lawson, Noah Spence, Romeo Okwara, Jarran Reed, Robert Nkemdiche, Chris Jones, Greg MilhouseDeion Jones, Myles Jack, Tyler Matakevich, Victor Ochi, Dadi Nicolas, Rashard Robinson, Donte Deayon, Karl Joseph, Deon Bush, Tyvis Powell, Vonn Bell

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(10)   RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT

(40)   SS VONN BELL

(71)   WLB DEION JONES

(109) LT CALEB BENENOCH

(149) TE TYLER HIGBEE

(184) WR AARON BURBRIDGE

 

 

Leonard Floyd has been the popular name for the Giants in the last 24 hours, but if Ezekiel Elliott is on the board at 10, they need to pull the trigger and give Eli Manning the workhorse he needs in the backfield to take some pressure off the passing game. In the second round, they address their biggest need by selecting back-to-back Buckeyes in SS Vonn Bell. Some draft pundits are placing Deion Jones as high as the first round, but the Giants are doing back flips if Jones somehow makes it to the third round, stepping in as the starting WLB day one. UCLA tackle Caleb Benenoch gives the Giants the flexibility to flip Ereck Flowers to RT, which is ultimately his position in the NFL. Tyler Higbee is a player who could fall a few rounds based on his recent assault charges, but if the Giants do not address TE by the 149th pick, Higbee would be a nice value option. Lastly, Aaron Burbridge is a solid possession receiver who could take over the vacancy left by Reuben Randle.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

TEAM NEEDS:

RB, CB, LG, WR, WLB, OT, RDE, QB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Carson WentzJared GoffPaxton LynchChristian HackenbergKevin HoganEzekiel Elliott, Daniel Lasco, Tyler Boyd, Demarcus Robinson, Devon Cajuste, Mike Thomas, Trevor DavisRonnie Stanley, Jason Spriggs, Cody Whitehair, Josh GarnettChristian WestermanDarrell Greene, Carl Nassib, Yannick NgakoueAdam Gotsis, Deion Jones, Nick KwiatkowskiSteven Daniels, Alex McCalister, Cyrus Jones, Sean Davis, Daryl Worley, Darian ThompsonJustin SimmonsTJ Green

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(2)     QB CARSON WENTZ

(79)   RDE CARL NASSIB

(153) LG CONNOR MCGOVERN

(188) CB DARYL WORLEY

(131) WR MIKE THOMAS

(233) ILB NICK KWIATKOWSKI

(251) RB DEANDRE WASHINGTON

 

 

Being that the Eagles gave up most of their draft for the next three years to move up to get Carson Wentz, this will be brief. Carl Nassib was a player the Eagles were paying a lot of attention to in Mobile and would be a good rotational DE in Jim Schwartz's defense. Connor McGovern gives the Eagles depth on the interior offensive line and becomes an eventual successor once Stefen Wisniewski's contract expires after 2016. CB Daryl Worley adds length to the Eagles CB mix, and WR Mike Thomas is the type of WR who Doug Pederson could develop into a steal. Nick Kwiatkowski provides the Eagles with a special teams maven and depth behind Mychal Kendricks while DeAndre Washington adds speed to the RB group. 

 

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

TEAM NEEDS:

C, FS, NT, ILB, CB, SS, DE, RB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg, Cardale Jones, Josh Ferguson, Keenan Reynolds, Tajae Sharpe, Darion Griswold, Keith Lumpkin, Joe Thuney, Jarran Reed, A'Shawn Robinson, Robert Nkemdiche, Noah Spence, Dadi Nicolas, Deon King, Steven Daniels, Reggie Northrup, Mackensie Alexander, Sean Davis, Ken Crawley, Juston Burris, Kevin Byard, Elijah Shumate, Michael Caputo

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(21)   NT A'SHAWN ROBINSON

(53)   FS DARIAN THOMPSON

(84)   C JACK ALLEN

(120) ILB BLAKE MARTINEZ

(158) WR TAJAE SHARPE

(187) RB JOSH FERGUSON

(232) ILB STEVEN DANIELS

(242) RDE LAWRENCE THOMAS

 

 

The Redskins defensive line was decimated this offseason, so Alabama NT A'Shawn Robinson gives the Skins an anchor to build their run defense around. Signing Josh Norman gives the Skins a star on the perimeter, but they still need help at safety, where instinctual ballhawk FS Darian Thompson steps in. In the 3rd round, the Redskins find a long-term answer at C with Michigan State's Jack Allen, giving them one of the toughest interior tandems when coupled with Brandon Scherff. Blake Martinez is an athletic inside linebacker who can challenge for a starting position in camp and Massachusetts WR Tajae Sharpe gives the Redskins the option to release Andre Roberts, which would save them $3 million in cap room. Josh Ferguson gives the Redskins a speed running back to split carries with promising-but-unproven Matt Jones, and Boston College thumper Steven Daniels adds another piece on special teams. Lastly, Michigan State's Lawrence Thomas could be a great fit in a 3-4 and end up being a late round steal, replacing the recently retired Jason Hatcher.

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