Draft Review: NFC East

Rueben Randle will make Giants fans forget about Mario Manningham.

The NFL Draft has come and gone. No more mock drafts, no more profiles, and no more hearsay and speculation. Naturally, that means it’s time to milk the draft until training camp, because the next three months of the offseason make us feel scared and cold. This week we’ll be going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys

3 – Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State

4 – Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest

4 – Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington

5 – Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech

6 – James Hanna, TE

7 – Caleb McSurdy, ILB, Montana

Favorite Pick(s): I watched every hour of the draft this year, and the only people I saw more than Rich Eisen and the NFL Network crew were Jerry Jones and his merry band of Cowboy employees. We watched as they called their fourth-round pick and their seventh-round pick, and we even got to see Rob Ryan scratch his itchy gut. I will never be able to remove that image from my brain.

The Cowboys sacrificed their second-round pick to move up and select Morris Claiborne. Canadian Tyrone Crawford will play the five technique for the Cowboys 3-4 defense and should be able to enter the rotation immediately. Sooners TE James Hanna ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, an insane time for a tight end. The pick also gives the Cowboys depth at a position that sorely needs it.

New York Giants

2 – Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana State

3 – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

4 – Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati

4 – Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

6 – Matt McCants, OT, Alabama-Birmingham

7 – Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State

Favorite Pick(s): The rich get richer as Jerry Reese shows us why he’s the best GM in the game once again. Keep in mind that the top three Giants picks in the last year’s draft – Prince Amukamara, Marvin Austin and Jerrel Jernigan – all missed significant time last year.

So basically the Super Bowl champions have two draft classes incoming. As Rueben Randle continued to slip to the depths of round two you just knew the Giants would grab him. Suddenly, Mario Manningham’s departure isn’t all that big of a deal.

Adrien Robinson fits the mold of the new tight end in the NFL, as the Giants have restocked a position that was decimated by injuries in the Super Bowl – who could forget Jake Ballard’s struggles on the sidelines – with the additions of Robinson and Martellus Bennett.

Philadelphia Eagles

2 – Mychal Kendricks, LB, California

2 – Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

3 – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

4 – Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

5 – Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue (6-8, 321)

6 – Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

6 – Brandon Washington, OG, Miami-Florida

7 – Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State

Favorite Pick(s): I really liked what the Eagles did this year. Mychal Kendricks and trade acquisition DeMeco Ryans will turn what was a weakness last year into a strength. The chances Mike Vick misses at least one game due to injury are pretty high, thus making Nick Foles a worthwhile pick. The Arizona product will have some work to do as scouts have given his footwork awful reviews, but he’ll have time to learn while carrying Mike Kafka’s clipboards.

Brandon Boykin will help fill the void created by the departure of Asante Samuel and Marvin McNutt adds depth to an already loaded wide receiver corps. Seventh-round pick Bryce Brown is the most intriguing pick in the class. Brown hired a manager when he was 17(!) and reneged on a commitment to Miami, instead choosing Tennessee. After complaining about not getting enough playing time, Brown transferred to Kansas State, where he quit after three games.

The guy has the talent, but there is clearly something off upstairs. It’s a low risk, high upside pick for the Eagles.

Washington Redskins

3 – Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist

4 – Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

4 – Keenan Robinson, ILB, Texas

5 – Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa

6 – Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic

6 – Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota

7 – Richard Crawford, CB, Southern Methodist

7 – Jordan Bernstine, DB, Iowa

Favorite Pick(s): GLS Editor Sean Tomlinson has already hammered the Redskins for the Kirk Cousins pick, and rightfully so. The rest of the Redskins draft wasn’t much better. Adam Gettis, from the linemen factory that is Iowa, will add some depth to a group of individuals tasked with the most important job in the organization. keeping RG3 upright.

Alfred Morris can thank the draft gods for his selection by the Redskins. Mike Shanahan has made a career out of making marginal running backs stat sheet heroes. Shanahan got a close look at Morris during the Senior Bowl and must have liked what he saw. Perhaps most importantly, Morris is an above average blocker, which will give him the opportunity to get more playing time.