The NFC East mostly put on a clinic for the rest of the league to follow in Radio City Music Hall this week. After a down year that was still capped by yet another Super Bowl title for the division, the NFC East put the rest of the league on notice that they will be one of the elite division again very soon.
You can't really fault GM Jerry Reese for taking a running back in the first round with Ahmad Bradshaw's continued foot problems. David Wilson wasn't a terrific value but will lengthen Bradshaw's career and effectiveness and add a big-play element to the team's running game.
It's getting one of their other targets in the first—WR Rueben Randle—and an outstanding zone corner—Jayron Hosley—in the second and third rounds that make this draft a massive for the returning world champions.
The third day addressed a long-term need for developmental offensive tackles—Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants—and also gave the team a freakishly athletic TE prospect in Adrien Robinson.
The Cowboys' boldness will probably be rewarded, as they gave up a second-round pick to move up eight spots for the last elite talent in the draft: CB Morris Claiborne. Claiborne also plugs one of the bigger holes on the team, along with free-agent signing Brandon Carr, who will remain at his home position of right cornerback.
Third-round pick Tyrone Crawford is a good lunch-pail DE, and fifth-round pick WR Danny Coale will be a fan favorite and likely No. 3 receiver, but the rest of the draft was full of uninspired picks.
The Eagles got the best defensive line talent in the draft—Fletcher Cox—by paying a small price to move up from No. 15 to No. 12. They got an elite physical talent who can also excel as a blitzer and in coverage—Mychal Kendricks—at No. 46. At No. 59, a top-end pass rusher in Vinny Curry.
The Eagles didn't stop there. They got a top zone corner—Brandon Boykin—in the fourth, and a quality big wide receiver—Marvin McNutt—in the sixth.
The Eagles easily had three or four of the best 25 picks of the entire draft.
You have to give the Redskins a very high grade because they did what it took to get a franchise quarterback. However Robert Griffin III's career turns out, the team did the right thing to take advantage of the rare opportunity to get a 10-year starter at quarterback.
The Redskins did well fourth-round picks of Kirk Cousins—who can develop into a very good backup behind a quarterback with a higher injury risk than a typical pocket passer—and Keenan Robinson, a jack-of-all-trades LB who can provide depth inside and outside.
Sixth-round OT Tom Compton has a serious mean streak and could start at right tackle for this team very soon.
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