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Reviewing the Other NFC East Drafts

We’ve heard plenty about what the Eagles did in the draft last weekend, now let’s take a look at how the other teams in the NFC East faired.

Dallas Cowboys
WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma (24th)
ILB Sean Lee, Penn State (55th)
CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA) (126th)
OT Sam Young, Notre Dame (179th)
CB Jamar Wall, Texas Tech (196th)
DT Sean Lissemore, William & Mary (234th)

Although we didn’t directly trade the pick with Dallas, the Cowboys ended up with the 24th overall selection that we were scheduled to have before the draft started. They took wide receiver Dez Bryant with the pick, a typical “diva” who fell down the board on draft day. Bryant seems to fit the bill as a “typical” Dallas receiver, but the kid has a ton of talent. If he can stay focused on football and stay out of trouble, he can be a really good player for a long, long time.

For their next pick, the Cowboys ended up with our selection again (this time it was our fault). With the selection, the Cowboys took Sean Lee out of Penn State. I think Lee is a guy the Eagles had on their board so the selection stings a bit. They also ended up taking Owusu-Ansah who I’m sure the Eagles had interest in as well. Sam Young has talent but will need to be coached well if he’s going to have success in the NFL.

New York Giants
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida (15th)
DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina (46th)
S Chad Jones, LSU (76th)
ILB Phillip Dillard, Nebraska (115th)
OG Mitch Petrus, Arkansas (147th)
OLB Adrian Tracy, William & Mary (184th)
PT Matt Dodge East Carolina (221st)

The Giants had a pretty nice draft. They selected Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round, and I think there’s going to be a lot of comparison in his career and Brandon Graham’s career as they were picked so close together. If Pierre-Paul ends up having a much better career than Graham, the Eagles will definitely be scrutinized. I don’t think that’s going to happen so I’m not too concerned.

Other than that, they picked up Chad Jones, a player I liked for the Eagles but don’t care on missing out of because of the Nate Allen selection. For the 76th selection, I do like the pick.

A pick I’ll be interested in watching for them is Mitch Petrus. This is the guard out of Arkansas that put up the highest bench numbers at the Combine out of the offensive lineman. He obviously has great strength but it takes more than that to be a good player.

Washington Redskins
OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma (4th)
OLB Perry Riley, LSU (103rd)
TE Dennis Morris, Louisiana Tech (174th)
WR Terrence Austin, UCLA (219th)
OG Erik Cook, New Mexico (229th)
OT Selvish Capers, West Virginia (231st)

Washington had a pretty boring draft. They took Trent Williams with the fourth overall selection then didn’t pick again for 99 more picks. I heard some news on Williams that made me happy today. His strength coach at Oklahoma said “he’s definitely not a gym rat” and that he relies more on his raw talent rather than working at getting better. I’d love to see Williams be a bust rather than anchor their line for the next decade.

Other than Williams, the ‘Skins didn’t add a whole lot of names that impress me.

Out of the NFC East, I honestly believe the Eagles had the best draft. I think Dallas is a close second, but I give the nod to the Eagles.

Who do you think had the best draft in the NFC East?

Dez Bryant

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