The NFC East has been pretty active this offseason, but the biggest change will be who will they draft in this year’s draft.
Dallas needs offensive line help more than ever now that they released long time veteran offensive tackle Flozell Adams, but will a Bruce Campbell or an Anthony Davis fall to them?
The Eagles are now at the helm of future franchise quarterback Kevin Kolb, so he will need some extra help with their interior line.
New York added Pro Bowl caliber safeties in Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant. Now they just need to fill in that void at middle linebacker.
4. Washington Redskins - OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
Season record 4-12
Washington is showing some interest in former left tackle from the Dallas Cowboys Flozell Adams. His elite pass protection days are over, but he could slide in as a nice option at right tackle.
If Oklahoma State's Russell Okung is still on the board, Washington would have a sure-fire pick at No. 4 overall.
Solidifying its offensive line should be Washington's top priority, and Trent Williams has the physical tools and toughness to provide an upgrade at the left tackle spot immediately. It all depends if they really want to reach their potential.
Jimmy Clausen is in play at this spot, but the need for a franchise-caliber left tackle to replace Chris Samuels is a bigger priority.
Other Possibilities: QB Jimmy Clausen, OT Russell Okung
15. New York Giants – LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
Season Record 8-8
I have Rolando McClain to be the first inside linebacker to go, so the Giants take the versatile Sean Weatherspoon as a possible replacement for Antonio Pierce.
Weatherspoon’s playmaking ability and leadership skills should fill the void left by the loss of their former defensive captain.
He could very well be the future quarterback of the Giants defense with his leadership and pure knowledge of the game.
The Giants have filled in a big hole at safety by signing safety Antrel Rolle.
Taking this standout linebacker this early would be a risk to a lot of people, but filling this need is a high priority.
Other Possibilities: DE Carlos Dunlap
24. Philadelphia Eagles – C/OG Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
Season Record 11-5
Mike Iupati should already be taken by Pittsburgh, so grabbing Maurkice Pouncey to fill in the need at center or guard would be a perfect fit.
The Eagles should address the interior along the offensive line and Pouncey has emerged as the best center/guard combo available; he's the type of athletic player Andy Reid likes.
Playing in the NFC East, the Eagles have to take on Pro Bowl type interior defenders like Canty/Coefield, Ratliff and Haynesworth/Kemoeatu six times a year.
Pouncey can start at either position almost immediately.
The Eagles could jump at some other positions like cornerback, defensive end, and linebacker, but their biggest hole lands at the offensive line spot.
Other Possibilities: CB Kareem Jackson
27. Dallas Cowboys – S Earl Thomas, Texas
Season Record 11-5
Dallas has recently released the quarterback of their defense in veteran safety Ken Hamlin. That leaves Michael Hamlin and Alan Ball to fight for the starting role.
The Cowboys need to improve their athleticism at safety, and Earl Thomas has the right combination of speed and fluidity in coverage to help fix the problem.
Thomas is undersized but physical enough to play safety in the NFL if used properly. Regardless, he's one of the three most talented defensive backs in this year’s draft.
The Cowboys have also been in the midst of trade talks with left tackle Jared Gaither of the Baltimore Ravens. He would fill the need of the departed Flozell Adams.
Depending who slides at the offensive tackle position, I would think Dallas would take them over a safety. Michael Hamlin may be able to shine at free safety this coming year.
Other Possibilities: Next best offensive tackle available