2012 NFL Draft: NFC East Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 13, 2012

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2nd overall pick, acquired from Rams)

Seven picks: 1.2 (from STL); 3.6; 4.7; 4.14 (from OAK); 5.6; 6.3 (from MIN); 7.6

The Redskins have a proud tradition of trading away draft picks, so it should have come as no surprise they posted the winning bid for the Rams’ second overall selection; Washington, meet your new quarterback of the future. Dan Snyder used free agency to beef up Robert Griffin III’s receiving corps, but adding another target or two on Day Three wouldn’t surprise. The same can be said for Washington’s secondary, a position of need the team chose to address with four FA signings rather than wait for the draft. The Redskins’ o-line could also use some depth,

Possible options: QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor; CB Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette; CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia; CB Trevin Wade, Arizona

DALLAS COWBOYS (14th overall pick)

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.14; 2.13; 3.18; 4.18; 4.40 (compensatory pick); 5.17; 6.16; 7.15

A pair of mid-tier free agency signings on the offensive line and a couple more high profile ones in the secondary touch on the Cowboys’ two primary areas of need. Look for Dallas to follow up last year’s first-round selection of Tyron Smith with another early pick on a big fella. The Cowboys will also complement free agents Brandon Carr and Brodney Pool with a defensive back or two, and/or they could choose to protect their secondary by adding another pass rusher to lessen the time they have to cover.

Possible options: S Mark Barron, Alabama; OG David DeCastro, Stanford; LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama; CB Dre’ Kirkpatrick, Alabama; OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin; OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio); S Antonio Allen, South Carolina

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (15th overall pick)

Nine picks: 1.15; 2.14; 2.19 (from ARI); 3.25 (from HOU); 4.19; 5.18; 6.2 (from IND); 6.24 (from DEN); 6.30 (from NEP)

Last year’s winner of the offseason has been quieter this time around, though they did address their two greatest needs—a middle linebacker and a replacement left tackle—via trade and free agency, respectively. Doesn’t mean they won’t address either position early on, as the Eagles have the luxury of drafting the best player available rather than filling a critical need. Look for Philly to address their defensive line and secondary depth later in the draft; Andy Reid could also be in the market for a developmental quarterback behind Michael Vick.

Possible options: LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College; DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State; LB Lavonte David, Nebraska; LB Nigel Bradham, Florida State; DT Mike Martin, Michigan; QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin; S Phillip Thomas, Syracuse

NEW YORK GIANTS (32nd overall pick)

Six picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.32; 2.31; 3.31; 4.32; 4.36 (compensatory pick); 6.31; 7.32

The Giants fell victim to the Super Bowl victor’s tradition of having its roster depth gutted, so overall depth will be a priority throughout the draft. Two specific needs, tight end and linebacker, were addressed via free agency and trade, but both will also receive attention on draft day as well. The Giants also will be looking to shore up their offensive line and need to replace offensive contributors like Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs, both of whom left via free agency.

Possible options: TE Coby Fleener, Stanford; RB Doug Martin, Boise State; OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi; DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson; RB Terence Ganaway, Baylor

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