New (old) Coach (check)
New QB (check)
New Running Back (check)
The NFC East has had a wild off-season and the Redskins lead the way. Money is no object for Daniel Snyder so they go out and sign Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Coach Joe Gibbs, add Mark Brunnell in support of Mark Ramsey and then trade for Clinton Portis. Wow. They signed a small army of free agents including DT Cornelius Griffin (Giants), DE Phillip Daniels (Chicago), LB Marcus Washington (Indianapolis), and CB Shawn Springs (Seattle). Gibbs also signed two TEs with Walter Rasby (Saints) and Brian Kozlowski (Atlanta). All this activity leaves them with only 2 picks…but one is the 5th overall. With CB Champ Bailey gone, they may look for a new playmaker on defense…maybe DT Tommie Harris from Oklahoma or S Sean Taylor from Miami. Dark Horse: TE Kellen Winslow Jr.
Picks 1-5 (5), 5-7(139)
Another active NFC East team. The Eagles have already addressed their desperate need at WR in a big way by acquiring Terrell Owens from San Francisco in one of the messier trades we’ve witnessed. They also added defensive help in DE Jevon Kearse (Tennessee) and LB Dhani Jones (Giants). They’ll have 10 draft picks including the compensatory picks and will look to add depth to replace lost free agents such as RB Duce Staley, CB Troy Vincent, and CB Bobby Taylor. Offensive line will need to be addressed. Andy Reid and crew usually come out looking smart…look for another good day.
Picks 1-28 (28), 2-26 (58), 3-26 (89), 4-33 (129), 4-35 (131), 6-20 (185), 6-27 (192), 7-26 (227), 7-41 (242), 7-42 (243)
New York Football Giants
Tom Coughlin and the Giants brain trust face a big decision early in the draft. Clearly, they need help on the offensive line to support a talented set of skill players that were in the Super Bowl a few short years ago; however, a franchise quarterback is hard to pass on. Kerry Collins best days are behind him and he’s in the last year of his contract. QB Eli Manning (Ole Miss) is there, along with Ben Roethlisberger from Miami, OH. OT Robert Gallery from Iowa would offer immediate help. To trade up or to sit tight? Men are paid big money to make such decisions. History tells us the Giants will choose incorrectly. They don’t have a great recent history in the first round; however, they do have 8 picks and should be able to add depth at a minimum.
Picks 1-4 (4), 2-2 (34), 3-2 (65), 4-1 (97) 5-4 (136) 6-3 (168) 7-2 (203) 7-52 (253)
The Tuna lead them to the playoffs in his first year. That’s a miracle in some circles, but there were not enough playmakers to be a serious threat in the playoffs. The Cowboys have gone out and added Keyshawn Johnson (good bye Joey Galloway) and traded for third baseman Drew Henson with New York in exchange for A-Rod. A good move for all not in Boston. I know teams have won Super Bowls with average QBs but those teams (Tampa Bay, Baltimore) had dominant defenses. I don’t see Quincy Carter as a long term answer and Chad Hutchinson didn’t exactly light up Europe. Can Henson possibly help this year? Additionally, Troy Hambrick may not be the answer at running back either. Will Kevin Jones be there in the 1st round? Is Corey Dillon an answer via trade? Look for skill position help early, then go for defense, especially cornerbacks.
Picks 1-22 (22), 2-20 (52), 3-20 (83), 4-25 (121), 5-24 (156)