I’m sure by now you’re aware of who the Eagles drafted. You’ve probably made your own impressions and read the impressions of plenty of others. However, the Eagles weren’t the only team to draft this weekend.
The other teams in the NFC East participated in this year’s draft and took a lot of players we will be seeing often this season, as well as years to come.
The Cowboys added eight new players, the Redskins added 12, and the Giants added eight as well. This isn’t to say that all of these players will make the team or make immediate impacts as rookies. However, there are a number of them that we will see immediately, and some we will see further down the line.
Here’s a closer look at the other NFC East drafts.
Selections: Tyron Smith, OT, USC; Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina; DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma; David Arkin, OL, Missouri State; Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo; Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina; Shaun Chapas, RB, Georgia; Bill Nagy, C, Wisconsin
The Cowboys were a team rumored to be willing to trade back in the first round. However, they ended up staying right where they were. When their selection came up, they really didn’t surprise anyone by selecting USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith.
Offensive tackle was a need for the Cowboys, and they filled it by taking the top-ranked player at the position in Smith. He’s a guy that the Eagles defensive ends will see next season and likely see for a long time. Scouts think he’s still a bit raw, but he has tremendous strength and athleticism.
In the second round, the Cowboys got a steal in linebacker Bruce Carter. He’s another extremely athletic player with a great combination of size and speed. Carter also possesses the versatility to lineup both inside and outside. He’ll likely make an impact early for the Cowboys defense.
With an already crowded backfield, the Cowboys brought in two more running backs. They used a third round pick on DeMarco Murray and a Shaun Chapas in the seventh round. Murray is a player I was very high on entering the draft and should shine catching balls out of the backfield for the Cowboys. As a seventh round pick, Chapas is going to have a tough time making the roster.
Tackle wasn’t the only need for the Cowboys on the line. They needed some help in the interior of the line as well, so they took David Arkin in the fourth round and Bill Nagy in the seventh round.
Their other two picks were Josh Thomas, a corner out of Buffalo, and Dwayne Harris, a wide receiver out of East Carolina.
Thomas provides depth at the corner position and is thought of as a guy the Cowboys will mold into a starter down the line.
Harris is a smaller receiver who will look to provide depth to the Cowboys receiving corps.
Selections: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue; Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson; Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami; Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska; Dejon Gomes, CB, Nebraska; Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska; Evan Royster, RB, Penn State; Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU; Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State; Maurice Hurt, OL, Florida; Markus White, DE, Florida State; Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia
The Redskins had an interesting draft, trading early and often. In the first two rounds, they decided to bulk up their defensive line.
Their first pick was Ryan Kerrigan, a relentless defensive end out of Purdue. He was a dominant pass rusher in college and has the skill set to do the same at the next level. He’ll team up with Brian Orakpo to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
With their second round pick, it seems the Redskins replaced Albert Haynesworth, who is likely heading out of town. His replacement will be Jarvis Jenkins, a big defensive tackle who should help slow things down in the middle.
Although I think Kerrigan is going to be a very good player, I think Leonard Hankerson was the Redskins best draft pick. They got him in the third round and he should be the the top receiver option they’ve been without for years.
After these three picks, the Redskins made three selections on players out of Nebraska. They selected running back Roy Helu who fits well into Mike Shanahan’s style of running, cornerback Dejon Gomes who adds depth to the position, and wide receiver Niles Paul who seems like a prototypical possession receiver.
They added another running back and wide receiver in Evan Royster and Aldrick Robinson. Neither projects as a starter but are definitely guys who can provide solid depth on the roster.
The Redskins finished their draft with by taking four players in the seventh round. All four will have to work hard to make the roster, but they don’t look like guys the Eagles will have to worry about next season.
New York Giants
Selections: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska; Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina; Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy; James Brewer, OT, Indiana; Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State; Tyler Sash, S, Iowa; Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida; Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
In the first round, the Giants decided to take Prince Amukamara who was still on the board. This is a guy I thought the Eagles might trade up for if he fell that far down the board, but they chose not to make a move.
Although the Giants already look good at corner, Amukamara adds great depth to the position and should eventually be a starter.
The Giants took another player I thought the Eagles might be interested in the second round by drafting defensive tackle Marvin Austin. He’s thought to be a player with first-round talent and should immediately contribute along the interior of the Giants line. Austin should be an interesting match-up for Danny Watkins.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, the Giants turned to the offensive side of the ball. They selected wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan and offensive tackle James Brewer. Jernigan is a smaller receiver, but is able to work the middle of the field very well, while Brewer is viewed as a project player who could become very good due to his tremendous athleticism.
Three of the Giants last four picks were on the defensive side of the ball. They took two linebackers and a safety. Greg Jones out of Michigan State is a player I liked coming out of college, and I think he could contribute down the line.
Tyler Sash and Jacquian Williams will probably have a hard time making the roster and likely won’t have a tremendous impact in 2011 for the Giants if they do.
With their final pick in the draft, the Giants took Da’Rel Scott, the running back from Maryland who had the fastest time for his position at this year’s NFL Combine. It’s unknown how the Giants think he fits into the backfield, but he has great open field speed.