2008 NFL Draft Review: NFC East

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2008 NFL Draft Review: NFC East

After 14 hours and 26 minutes, the 2008 NFL Draft is in the books. Now comes the fun part—breaking down each team’s draft, division by division.

We'll start in the NFC, starting with the East and ending with the West, followed by the AFC in that same order.

Dallas Cowboys (2007 Record:  13-3)

Round 1 (22): Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
Round 1 (25, from Seattle): Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
Round 2 (61): Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M
Round 4 (122, from Cleveland): Tashard Choice, RB, Georgia Tech
Round 5 (143, from Chicago): Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise State
Round 6 (167, from Miami): Erik Walden, DE, Middle Tennessee State

Analysis

Surprisingly, the Cowboys played this year’s draft rather conservative, drafting for specific needs. Felix Jones will provide a home run hitter in the backfield to relieve Marion Barber, and Tashard Choice was one of the hardest runners in the country last year. 

On the defensive side, Cornerback Mike Jenkins will compete for playing time right off the bat, while CB Orlando Scandrick will more than likely be used for special teams. DE Erik Walden is a one-trick pony at end: getting to the QB.

Grade: B

 

New York Giants (2007 Record: 10-6)

Round 1 (31): Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
Round 2 (63): Terrell Thomas, CB, USC
Round 3 (95): Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
Round 4 (123, from Pittsburgh): Bryan Kehl, OLB, BYU
Round 5 (165): Jonathan Goff, ILB, Vanderbilt
Round 6 (198): Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
Round 6 (199): Robert Henderson, DE, Southern Mississippi

Analysis

With the loss of starting safety Gibril Wilson to free agency, first-round pick Kenny Phillips will be expected to start as a rookie. Thomas has good size and strength for a corner, but is a bit injury prone. 

Manningham could easily be the steal of this year’s draft if the Giants staff can get the best out of him. Kehl and Goff both add good size and strength to help bolster the G-Men's linebacker unit. 

Woodson, once considered a can't-miss prospect, fell all the way to the sixth round in large part due to the hitch in his release, which caused him to have a poor performance in the Senior Bowl. Henderson has great size and strength, but lacks NFL-caliber speed at the end.

Grade: B+

 

Washington Redskins (2007 Record: 9-7)

Round 2 (34): Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State
Round 2 (48, from Houston): Fred Davis, TE, USC
Round 2 (51): Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
Round 3 (96): Chad Reinhart, OG, Northern Iowa
Round 4 (124, from Tennessee): Justin Tyron, CB, Arizona State
Round 6 (168, from St. Louis): Durant Brooks, P, Georgia Tech
Round 6 (180, from Denver): Kareem Moore, S, Nicholls State
Round 6 (186): Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii
Round 7 (242): Rob Jackson, DE, Kansas State
Round 7 (249): Christopher Horton, S, UCLA

Analysis:

This was one of the most impressive drafts this year. The Redskins filled needs with almost every selection, including getting both Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas at WR, and USC's Fred Davis at TE. 

Teaming those three with Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley will give Washington one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.  Durant Brooks fills a great need at punter, and taking a flier on Colt Brennan in the sixth round is a risk worth taking.

Grade: A+

 

Philadelphia Eagles (2007 record: 8-8)

Round 2 (47, from Minnesota): Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
Round 2 (49): DeSean Jackson, WR, California
Round 3 (80): Bryan Smith, DE, McNeese State
Round 4 (109, from Carolina): Michael McGlynn, OG, Pittsburgh
Round 4 (117, from Minnesota): Quintin Demps, S, UTEP
Round 4 (131): Jack Ikegwuonu, CB, Wisconsin
Round 6 (184): Michael Gibson, OG, California
Round 6 (200): Joe Mays, ILB, North Dakota State
Round 6 (203): Andrew Studebaker, DE, Wheaton
Round 7 (230, from Seattle): King Dunlap, OT, Auburn

Analysis

This was an interesting draft for the Eagles. DeSean Jackson brings a speed-burner to the Eagles’ passing attack and special teams. Trevor Laws goes 150 percent on each and every play, although he doesn't have ideal size for his position. 

Every other selection does nothing for me, especially Jack Ikegwuonu in the fourth round. Ikegwuonu sustained a serious knee injury preparing for the combine, and is not expected to play this season. Before the injury, there were concerns over Ikegwuonu's lack of NFL-caliber speed, which will only be heightened after his injury.

Grade: C+

 

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