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NFL Draft: Team Report Cards - NFC East
John Tuvey
April 28, 2008
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Dallas Cowboys

Needs Addressed: Jerry Jones scored big on two of his three biggest needs, replacing Julius Jones with Felix Jones and adding cornerback Mike Jenkins to the secondary. Plus, don’t forget Dallas turned a fourth-round pick into Pacman Jones. The only puzzlers in a strong weekend were trading away tight end Anthony Fasano for a fourth-rounder, then drafting Martellus Bennett in round two; seems like a step backwards for a team who believes they’re on the brink. The Cowboys also failed to address their aging receiver corps, though maybe Jones still hopes to add Chad Johnson or Anquan Boldin. Fourth-rounder Tashard Choice could step in if the Boys aren’t able to wrap up Marion Barber long-term.
 
Fantasy Impact: Jones’ addition is bad news for those hoping Marion Barber would be in line for 25 carries a game this season, but if you saw how he wore down in the second half of the playoff loss to the Giants maybe it’s for the best. Bennett isn’t going to unseat Jason Witten any time soon, and until Jerry pulls off a trade the second receiver slot is a question mark.

Overall Grade: B+

New York Giants

Needs Addressed: The Super Bowl champs weren’t fazed picking at the end of the round, as they addressed every need except offensive line depth. Adding safety Kenny Phillips to replace the departed Gibril Wilson was gold, as were a pair of four-year starters at linebacker in the fourth and fifth rounds. Andre Woodson is a developmental quarterback with upside, and talented wideout Mario Manningham will arrive in Gotham with much to prove.
 
Fantasy Impact: There wasn’t much room—or need—for fantasy helpers in this draft. If Manningham is as good as some think he is he’ll battle for the third receiver role. Woodson is a project at best, but behind Eli Manning and David Carr they don’t need anything from him right now anyway.

Overall Grade: B

Philadelphia Eagles

Needs Addressed: Philly’s allergy to first-round receivers continued, but they answered a couple needs with the DeSean Jackson pick in round two. He’s no Harold Carmichael, but he’ll contribute in the return game and should carve out looks as a slot receiver as well. The Eagles used picks collected from moving down the draft board to add depth on their offensive line and a fourth-round steal in Quintin Demps, who could be the heir to safety Brian Dawkins.
 
Fantasy Impact: Jackson can flat-out run, but fantasy folks have been jaded by the past foibles of rookie wide receivers so any contributions from him will be bonus rather than banked on. His presence should give Brian Westbrook a chance to rest on special teams without costing the Eagles much if any explosiveness. Adding three offensive linemen on day two can only help Westbrook and Donovan McNabb.

Overall Grade: B

Washington Redskins

Needs Addressed: Clearly the Redskins were uncomfortable with a first-round pick, so they traded down and out of the first round. They got busy in round two, however, adding three big targets for Jason Campbell including Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly—both of whom were at times expected to be the first wide receiver off the board. The pick of tight end Fred Davis is puzzling, as the Skins already have Chris Cooley and it left holes at safety and defensive end unaddressed. Sixth-rounder Colt Brennan would do well to study at the feet of new Redskins coach Jim Zorn. 
 
Fantasy Impact: Thomas and Kelly should challenge the Skins’ existing undersized corps of receivers for looks. Davis will play in two tight-end sets but that’s hardly a recipe for fantasy success. Third-round offensive tackle Chad Rinehart provides depth to a unit that was decimated by injury last season.

Overall Grade: B


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