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NFL DRAFT TEAM PREVIEW: NFC East

Every team has needs, a draft board, and a plan of attack when it comes to the NFL Draft. As we get closer to the draft, I will take a look at each team needs and who they could be targeting. Up next, the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys

Key Additions: WR Randall Cobb, TE Jason Witten, DE Robert Quinn, DT Kerry Hyder, DT Christian Covington, FS George Iloka

Key Subtractions: WR Cole Beasley

Remaining Team Needs: TE, SS

Needs for Depth: QB, OL, LB, CB

Potential Draft Haul:

  • Round 2, Pick 58: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama- Solid center field safety who will drop some due to speed concerns
  • Round 3, Pick 90: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego St.- Solid, athletic all-around Tight End to help round out a solid position group
  • Round 4, Pick 128: Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M- Inside run stopper for defense lacking size in the mddle
  • Round 4, Pick 136: Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn- Speedster who will mostly line up inside and help on Special Teams and possibly as a returner
  • Round 5, Pick 165: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma- Very talented Running Back with injury concerns to help take some pressure off Ezekiel Elliott
  • Round 7, Pick 241: Blace Brown, CB, Troy- Solid Man Cornerback to provide depth and help on Special Teams

Summary: The Dallas Cowboys have a good, young, talented core to sustain multiple runs in the playoffs for years to come. Locking up Demarcus Lawrence was key this offseason while trading for Robert Quinn will help round out an already potent pass rush. Signing Randall Cobb and coaxing Jason Witten out of retirement will help ease the loss of Cole Beasley, who was Dak Prescott‘s favorite safety blanket last season. The Cowboys have positioned themselves well for the draft with no glaring needs to address. Look for them to add another young tight end and/or wide receiver target for Prescott, some depth along the Offensive Line and possible upgrade the backup for Prescott if the opportunity arises. Defensively, safety is their biggest need while they will likely look to add depth at linebacker and cornerback.

New York Giants

Key Additions: WR Golden Tate, WR Cody Latimer, WR Bennie Fowler, OG Kevin Zeitler, DE Markus Golden, CB Tony Lippett, S Antoine Bethea, S Jabrill Peppers

Key Subtractions: WR Odell Beckham Jr., DE Olivier Vernon, S Landon Collins

Remaining Team Needs: QB, WR, LT, OC, RT, DE, DT, OLB, CB

Needs for Depth: WR, OL, DL, LB, CB, S

Potential Draft Haul:

  • Round 1, Pick 6: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan- Super athletic EDGE rusher who just needs to learn how to use it
  • Round 1, Pick 17: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke- Quarterback to sit and learn behind Eli Manning, to whom Jones has a lot of similarities
  • Round 2, Pick 37: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas St.- Immediate starter at either Guard or Tackle
  • Round 3, Pick 95: Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami- Solid leader at Strong Safety who can backup Antione Bethea early while helping on Special Teams
  • Round 4, Pick 108: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame- Bigger, athletic Receiver to compliment smaller guys throughout position group
  • Round 4, Pick 132: Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas A&M- Solid rotational player in the middle of the defensive front
  • Round 5, Pick 142: Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn- Long, physical Man Cover Cornerback who I believe can start right away, but at least can be a very good backup initially
  • Round 5, Pick 143: Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin- Physical beast who can provide very good depth on interior of Offensive Line
  • Round 5, Pick 171: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia- Excellent blocking Tight End who compliments Evan Engram perfectly
  • Round 6, Pick 180: Hamp Cheevers, CB, Boston College- Prototypical inside Nickelback who can also help on Special Teams
  • Round 7, Pick 232: Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas- Athletic Linebacker who can at least provide solid depth and be a very good Special Teams player
  • Round 7, Pick 245: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor- Long, athletic former Running Back with character concerns who is worth the risk late in the draft

Summary: It is difficult to figure out just what the Giants plan of attack is this offseason. They act like they are rebuilding by trading away Beckham and Vernon while letting Collins walk free in free agency, but then act like they want to compete right away by signing Tate, Latimer, Bethea, and Golden. The truth is with this roster, the best plan is to start a slight rebuild. And that begins with at least finding a solid franchise quarterback to develop early in the draft. Offensively, the wide receiver corp and offensive line can all be upgraded at key spots. Defensively, nearly every position group needs to be upgraded in talent, get younger, find depth, or all of the above.

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