2011 NFL Draft: How Will the Selections of the NFC East Fare?

Matt PaolettiContributor IApril 28, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Tyron Smith, #9 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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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?

Dallas Cowboys
Grade: B

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.

Washington Redskins
Grade: C+

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
Grade: A

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.

Philadelphia Eagles
Grade: C

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.