Breaking Burgundy breaks down the selections of division rivals and what it means for the Redskins in 2016.
Top needs: Pass rusher, cornerback, defensive end
Round 3. Pick 4 (67) -- Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
Summary: Jerry Jones likes to make headlines whenever given the opportunity and that is exactly what he did during the first two days of the NFL draft. This is bad news for our former friend Alfred Morris because Elliott will take a majority of playing time the former sixth-round pick was hoping for. If the Redskins want to have success against Elliott, they better sure up their tackling because the bruising Buckeye will make them look bad otherwise.
To start Day 2, Dallas gambled on a top-5 talent in Smith who is coming off of a serious knee injury. Should Smith return to the form he played with at Notre Dame, he will haunt Jay Gruden's dreams as long both are in the division. Luckily that might wait until 2017 as Smith is in jeopardy of missing the entire 2016 season.
If this year was not so deep at defensive line, Collins could have been a second round pick given his athleticism. Collins does not have the brute strength the top tier talent has, but can win with burst and agility. Washington will probably want to run more at him instead of allowing to run free down the line of scrimmage.
Top needs: Running back, offensive tackle, safety
Round 2, Pick 9 (40) -- Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
Round 3. Pick 8 (71) -- Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
Summary: Similarly to last year with the Ereck Flowers selection, many think the Giants might have reached for Apple's talent after the Titans traded about New York to grab their potential target in Leonard Floyd. Apple, a potential replacement for Prince Amukamara, is a decent corner but DeSean Jackson and company should be ready to feast on the rookie.
New York addressed the opposite side of the ball in round two by giving help to Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Shepard is a savvy and reliable slot receivers that is a clutch option in third down situations. We could see Cravens-Shepard matchups multiple times during the upcoming seasons.
Thompson has a keen eye for reading the quarterbacks eyes and make plays on the ball, but lacks the ability to change direction quickly. The Giants decided to draft at a position of need and Thompson could be rushed into a starting position. Should that be the case, an evaluation of Kirk Cousins taking the next step in his development would be taking advantage of Thompson's over-aggressiveness.
Top needs: Running back, offensive guard, cornerback
Round 1, Pick 2 (2) -- Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Round 3. Pick 16 (79) -- Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State
Summary: Despite Sam Bradford having three-years left on his contract, the Eagles thought it was necessary to trade up to #8 with the Dolphins and #2 with the Browns before the draft even began. In net, Philadelphia loses Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell is cap cutting moves as well as two first, a second, a third, and a fourth round draft pick. Junior Galette and the rest of the Washington defense will look to feast on the rookie quarterback in Week 6.
The Eagles also addressed a position of need by taking Seumalo, the second most efficient pass blocking interior lineman. A pro-ready interior lineman with versatility along the line, Seumalo is powerful and athletic. Despite a foot injury that cost him his 2014 season, his quickness makes up for less than ideal arm length. Seumalo could develop into a stalemate in Philadelphia which would require the Redskins to match up with an equally strong and athletic young defensive tackle in the future.
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