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2011 NFL Draft - NFC East Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 14, 2011
 

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DALLAS COWBOYS (9th PICK)

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.9; 2.8; 3.7; 4.13; 5.12; 6.11; 7.18 (f/SDC), 7.51 (comp)

The Cowboys would love to see one of the two elite corners in this draft fall to them at #9, but if that doesn’t happen they could also take the first offensive lineman off the board to begin the revamping process up front. Dallas would also like to add a defensive end and safety, but unless Da’Quon Bowers slides and Jerry Jones can’t resist those needs are more likely to be addressed on the draft’s second and third days.

Possible options: OT Tyron Smith, USC; CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; DE Da’Quon Bowers, Clemson; OT Orlando Franklin, Miami; OT Marcus Cannon, TCU; CB Aaron Williams, Texas

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (10th PICK)

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.10; 2.9; 5.13, 5.24 (f/NOS); 6.12; 7.11, 7.22 (f/IND), 7.52 (comp)

Mike Shanahan would love a quarterback to develop, but the value might not be there at #10. There are second round options, though, and the Skins could also trade back and add picks to a draft board that, as usual, has a big gap near the top (no third or fourth-round picks). Washington also has needs at wide receiver and running back, and they’re still in the process of making over their offensive line. Defensively, the whiff on Albert Haynesworth has left a hole up front.

Possible options: WR Julio Jones, Alabama; DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin; QB Jake Locker, Washington; QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech         

NEW YORK GIANTS (19th PICK)

Six picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.19, 2.20; 3.19; 4.20; 6.20, 6.33 (comp), 6.37 (comp); 7.19

The Giants are looking for linebacker help in a draft that isn’t very top-heavy at the position; however, they should be able to find some bodies that fit on the second and third days of the draft. New York is also expected to add depth behind their aging and frequently banged-up offensive line and look for fresh legs to plug into a backfield committee that could lose the two remaining elements of Earth, Wind, and FIre.

Possible options: LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA; LB Justin Houston, Georgia; OG Mike Pouncey, Florida; OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State; RB Mikel LeShoure, Illinois    

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (23rd PICK)

Eight picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.23; 2.22; 3.21; 4.7 (f/WAS), 4.23; 5.18 (f/SDC), 5.22; 7.25 (f/SEA), 7.36 (comp), 7.39 (comp)

Philly’s primary needs are help on the back end of their defense, particularly in the secondary, and depth and upgrades along their offensive line. With additional picks in both the fourth and fifth rounds, and only a couple areas of need, the Eagles have the ammunition to work their way up the draft board and get in position to fill those needs.

Possible options: CB Brandon Harris, Miami; CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado; CB Aaron Williams, Texas; OG Mike Pouncey, Florida; OG/OT Marcus Cannon, TCU; LB Mason Foster, Washington

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