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Thursday, April 18, 2019

NFL Draft Needs, Wants and Questions: NFC East

By Steven Weldon

Here comes the division with the most attention placed upon it every season, the NFC East!


Phew, the Giants have needed this rebuild for years. They're loaded with picks, 12 to be exact. Two in the first round at #6 and #17, the latter thanks to the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. They'll be looking to improve in all facets, but it seems like they could target defense first. Defensive linemen Rashan Gary of Michigan and Ed Oliver of Houston look like they'd be available at the sixth pick.

Originally, many mock drafts had the Giants going for a quarterback of the future to replace Eli Manning. If they'd like, they can wait another year and go with another solid defensive player late, like Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson. If not, Duke's quarterback Daniel Jones may be the guy here.

The Giants have a lot of holes, and are not expected to compete this year. You will expect to see them on television frequently, though.

NEED: To replace the corpse of Eli Manning
WANT: Fire sale!
QUESTIONS: Just how bad will they be this season?


The Cowboys were saved by trading for Amari Cooper, but it left them with no first round pick. Alas, their explosive offense can't save them every time. With their draft picks, the Cowboys ought to target defensive backs and defensive linemen, possibly finding a gem.

Juan Thornhill, a safety from Virginia could be the pick in the second round. Also, Taylor Rapp of Washington is another safety that could add depth.

NEED: Get a good start to the season and sustain it, leading to the playoffs again.
WANT: Everyone good! Jerry Jones has money, let's go!
QUESTIONS: Will Ezekiel Elliot become the true best running back in the game this season?


Alex Smith was not to be the future, only the stop-gap. It seems Case Keenum arrives on scene in the same situation. Regardless, this team needs a future quarterback. There aren't too many crazy talented in the draft, and the Redskins may have to reach into the trade pocket to get one. There's a lot of factors that play into this pick. If the Cardinals are done with Josh Rosen, could he be moved to Washington? Will Dwyane Haskins or Kyler Murray experience a meteoric drop in the draft?

The Redskins also need to address their receiving corps and offensive line. I think a good selection at their pick would be Cody Ford of Oklahoma, an offensive lineman that can learn and protect Keenum until next year's QB talent is released.

NEED: A team name change maybe, quarterback of the future to go with it.
WANT: A quarterback that won't get hurt!
QUESTIONS: Where is this team going??


The Eagles answered their questions of need by picking up running back Jordan Howard, depth wide receiver Desean Jackson and interior defensive lineman Malik Jackson in free agency. This draft they could look to draft an offensive lineman at pick #25. It seems to be a good option to take Chris Lindstrom of Boston College, and/or Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State. If they'd like to add to the defensive line, a player that could be there would be Christian Wilkins of Clemson.

The Eagles barely made the playoffs, and then barely made it by the Bears, then barely lost to the Saints. For a recent champion, they're going to need to be strides better to match where they were just a year ago.

NEED: Consistency, and Carson Wentz to stay healthy.
WANT: Desean Jackson deep bombs, apparently.
QUESTIONS: This is now Carson Wentz's team. Oh, that wasn't a question. Or is it??

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