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Washington Redskins (4th pick)
Five picks: 1.4; 2.5; 4.5; 5.4; 7.4
Will a quarterback fall to Mike Shanahan, or does he have something else up his sleeve? The Redskins haven’t drafted an offensive linemen in the first two rounds since 2000, so expect at least one of their top two picks used to upgrade a battered, aging unit. There’s a gap in the middle of the draft due to trades, but later selections will further address the offensive line and secondary.
Possible options: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame; OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State; OT Rodger Safford, Indiana; OG/OT Zane Beadles, Utah; S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
New York Giants (15th pick)
Seven picks: 1.15; 2.14; 3.12; 4.17; 5.16; 6.15; 7.14
The free agency addition of Antrell Rolle is just the start; expect the Giants to devote most of their draft picks to the defensive side of the ball. Rolle’s addition may allow Big Blue to hold off on a safety until the second or third round, freeing them up to address their linebacking corps with the 15th overall selection. Don’t be surprised if the Giants also cast a line into this deep pool of defensive tackle talent, or devote a couple mid-round picks to adding depth along the offensive line as well.
Possible options: S Earl Thomas, Texas; LB Rolando McClain, Alabama; LB Brandon Spikes, Florida; DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina; DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina
Philadelphia Eagles (24th pick)
Eight picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.24; 2.23; 3.6 (f/SEA), 3.23; 4.7 (f/CLE), 4.29 (f/NYJ); 5.6 (f/CLE); 6.31 (f/IND); 7.36 (comp), 7.37 (comp)
The acquisition of DE Darryl Tapp makes pass rusher a slightly less pressing need in this year’s draft, but it’s almost certainly an area that will be addressed at some point during the proceedings. Philly also has needs along the back seven of its defense as well, but they won’t ignore the offensive side of the ball; specifically, expect the Eagles to look for offensive line depth and a complementary back to LeSean McCoy.
Possible options: LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri; RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson; S Chad Jones, LSU; LB Rennie Curran, Georgia; OG John Jerry, Mississippi
Dallas Cowboys (27th pick)
Six picks: 1.27; 2.27; 3.26; 4.27; 6.27; 7.27
For the most part the Cowboys’ roster is set, but that doesn’t mean they can’t find areas to improve. If the offensive tackles aren’t gutted at the end of Round One, Dallas would love to find an heir to Flozell Adams; if they don’t see value there, expect them to look into a developmental tackle a round or two later. The Cowboys would also like to get younger at inside linebacker and wouldn’t mind tapping into a solid safety class in the first half of the draft as well.
Possible options: OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers; OT/OG Victor Ducasse, Massachusetts; LB Daryl Washington, TCU; LB Sean Lee, Penn State; S Reshad Jones, Georgia