With the NFL Draft underway, the future is now.
It is often where struggling teams gain the players they need to turn it around, or where powerful teams add depth.
Teams like the Eagles and the Giants had successful records, but lacked the depth to either get into the playoffs or succeed. Teams like Dallas and Washington certainly had the talent, but lacked complete in cohesive teams.
How will these selections impact these teams for 2011 and further?
Tyron Smith from USC is an extremely athletic offensive tackle and has the physical tools to succeed. If he can play to his potential, he will be a great asset for the Cowboys.
If you doubt that the Cowboys had pass protection troubles, you can just ask Tony Romo. This pick has potential to pan out quite well, though Smith is not yet a sound NFL player yet.
After trading from the ninth pick to the 16th pick, the Washington Redskins selected Ryan Kerrigan from Purdue. Kerrigan was a star in college, and is hard-working. He will most likely play 3-4 linebacker.
However, I only give this a C because I thought it was overly safe. I think players like Cameron Jordan or Da'Quan Bowers would have a higher ceiling and be more dynamic.
New York Giants
The selection of Prince Amukamara, corner back from Nebraska, I thought, was a slam dunk.
I did not except him to fall that far and I thought it was a steal. Though the Giants had an average pass defense, they have been shown vulnerable by the likes of Michael Vick.
The NFC East (especially with Mike Shanahan in the league now) are pass happy and this is a great pick.
Danny Watkins, guard from Baylor, is the oldest player selected in the first round since 1980.
At 26 years old, Watkins will not have as much time to develop. However, he is a solid guard and contains the work ethic Andy Reid loves.
I only gave this grade a C though, because I feel like cornerback was a more pressing need for the Eagles and talented Jimmy Smith was available.
Overall, I'd give the NFC East a first round grade of B.