The dust has completely settled at Radio City Music Hall. All the hugs of the commissioner are a distant memory. Draft prospects can now officially call themselves NFL rookies. Minicamps have started, and so have the draft grades.
The NFC East is home to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. As the league champ, you customarily get the last pick in the first round. By the time the Giants were on the clock, there were several tight ends available and lots of running backs to help the team that finished last in the NFL in rushing—a head-scratcher for a Tom Coughlin-led team. The Giants chose Virginia Tech’s David Wilson to help bolster their running game.
The NFC East also has a team owned by Daniel Snyder. You see, Snyder and the Redskins have been searching for a starting QB since Mark Rypien led them to a Super Bowl win in 1991. As a Redskins fan, you’ll undoubtedly remember names like Heath Schuler, Gus Frerotte, Jeff George, Danny Wuerffel and more recently Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.
The savior may have arrived for Redskins fans in the name of Robert Griffin III. By all accounts, he is the real deal.
The NFC East also has what some still call “America’s Team.” The Cowboys definitely had holes to fill on both sides of the ball. But when it came down to major breakdowns, the secondary was usually the culprit. Enter LSU’s Morris Claiborne, and now Cowboys fans are talking the next coming of Deion Sanders.
Vince Young’s “Dream Team,” the Philadelphia Eagles were headed to the Super Bowl in training camp last year. Then the regular season began and it became apparent they needed big help on the defensive side of the ball. Many believe the Eagles had one of the best drafts, taking Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox with the 12th overall pick and then coming back with Cal’s Mychal Kendricks in the second round.
So what are the grades for these NFC East teams? Check out Matt Miller’s report card in the video.
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