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NFL Draft Preview: NFC East

Gabe Salgado

In part two of our eight part divisional NFL Draft preview, we look at the NFC East. After the way the 2014 season turned out in this division, every team made some sizeable moves to either stay on top, or get better.

Free agency was just the beginning of each team’s movements, now it’s time for them to groom their next sets of rookies. Here are some players who could be playing in the NFC’s Eastern Division in 2015…..

 

Dallas Cowboys: Own picks 27, 60, 91, 127, 163 and 243 overall.

Running back DeMarco Murray carried this Cowboys team last year. He took pressure off of Tony Romo, took pressure off of the offensive line, and made Dez Bryant more effective through play action. Losing him is huge. And While Darren McFadden was signed to replace him, he’s only played a full season (2014) once in his career.

So not only do they need another running back to lighten the load for McFadden, they can also use a dependable backup tight end to give Jason Witten a breather. Based on where Dallas is picking in this year’s draft, here are some players that could fall into their laps….

Running Back:

Boise State’s Jay Ajayi (6’0”, 221), Indiana’s Tevin Coleman (5’11”, 206), and Central Michigan’s Thomas Rawls (5’9”, 215). The Cowboys don’t need a superstar behind McFadden, they just need someone who’s serviceable for when McFadden is on the bench or injured.

Tight End:

Notre Dame’s Ben Koyack (6’5”, 255), USC’s Tyler Randall (6’4”, 250), and Oklahoma’s Blake Bell (6’6”, 252). All three men are projected to be second round picks and the Cowboys would be wise to draft a tight end in the second round.

 

Philadelphia Eagles: Own picks 20, 52, 84, 113, 145, 156, 196 and 237 overall.

The Eagles were one of the busier teams in free agency earlier this offseason. But losing players such as wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, safety Nate Allen and cornerback Bradley Fletcher left them with some holes to fill. Here are some players that the Eagles should get a good look at…

Wide Receiver:

Georgia’s Chris Conley (6’2”, 215), Auburn’s Sammie Coates (6’1”, 212), and Southern California’s Nelson Agholor (6’0”, 198) could be interesting fits for Chip Kelly’s offense.

Safety:

Oregon’s Erick Dargan (5’11”, 210) could get a look or two simply because he’s a former Ducks football player. The Eagles may also select Louisville’s James Sample (6’2”, 209) or Virginia Tech’s Kyshoen Jarrett (5’10”, 200).

Cornerback:

Corners are aplenty in this year’s draft, and the Eagles might take a specific liking to Stanford’s Alex Carter (6’0”, 196), another Oregon player in Troy Hill (5’10”, 182) and Utah’s Eric Rowe (6’1”, 205).

 

New York Giants: Own picks 9, 40, 74, 108, 144, 186, 226 and 225 overall.

During the “G-Men’s” frustrating 2014 season, two things were evident: They needed a playmaking tight end, and they need more depth at defensive tackle. While Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson have been very good as starters (they’ve combined for 60 career sacks), the rest of the d-tackles on the roster haven’t been very productive.

Dominique Hamilton, Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley and Kendrick Ellis only have nine career sacks between them. Should Jenkins or Patterson go down, the “Football Giants” can’t trust the depth behind them at this point.

The Giants have eight draft picks this year, and here is how they can use some of those picks….

Tight End:

With the ninth overall pick and no other team before them needing a tight end, the Giants can choose one of the three best tight ends in this year’s draft. Those men are Minnesota’s Maxx Williams (6’4”, 249), Miami-Florida’s Clive Walford (6’4”, 251), and Michigan’s Devin Funchess.

Defensive Tackle:

Auburn’s Gabe Wright (6’3”, 300) and Iowa’s Carl Davis (6’5”, 320) could be good second round picks for the Giants.

 

Washington: Own picks 5, 38, 69, 105, 141, 182, and 222 overall.

The boys in D.C. lost outside linebacker Bryan Orakpo and defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins recently. And in the process they lose 329 combined career tackles and 42 combined career sacks. They also have a bunch of free agents to make decisions about, but replacing Orakpo and Jenkins should be top priority.

Having two top 40 picks should give Washington the talent they need to replace both players. Here is a list of some of those players who could be wearing the burgundy and gold in 2015…

Outside Linebacker:

Florida’s Dante Fowler (6’3”, 261), Clemson’s Vic Beasley (6’3”, 246) and Nebraska’s Randy Gregory (6’5”, 235) are on the wish list of everyone who runs a 3-4 defense. But Washington has the best chance to land them.

Defensive Line:

Southern California end Leonard Williams (6’5”, 302), Ohio State tackle Michael Bennett (6’2”, 293) and Oregon tackle Arik Armstead (6’7”, 292) could ease into the D.C. defense.

 

This offseason continues to get more interesting.

 

 



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