NFC East roundup: Redskins rivals build their cores through draft

How did the rest of the NFC East finish out the 2016 NFL Draft?

Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan takes Day 3 of the NFL Draft very seriously because it is how you build the "core" of your football team.

Assuming division rivals share that mentality, it is important to understand the rest of the NFC East's picks in Rounds 4-7. Find the first three rounds recap here.

Dallas Cowboys

Top needs: Pass rusher, cornerback, defensive end

Round 4, Pick 3 (101) -- Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma

Round 4, Pick 37 (135) -- Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Round 6. Pick 14 (189) -- Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue

Round 6. Pick 37 (212) -- Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan

Round 6. Pick 41 (216) -- Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Michigan

Round 6. Pick 42 (217) --  Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor

Summary: Tapper has a good frame and solid athleticism that can provide versatility as a lineman and an outside pass rusher. In him, the Cowboys addressed a need with a developmental pick. If he can become a more consistent player, the Redskins will have to keep him away from Kirk Cousins.

After Oakland hopped over Dallas early in the fourth round to grab Connor Cook, the Cowboys had to go to with their Plan B by drafting Prescott late in the round. Prescott could be the quarterback of the future for Jerry Jones and company once 36-year old Tony Romo hangs it up. Prescott is a mobile quarterback who can run over linebackers but will probably have to adjust to life in an NFL pocket. Washington should not see him, barring injury, for at least a couple seasons.

Brown had a stellar career in the Big Ten and caught many teams' eye at the combine by running a lightning-fast 4.35 40-yard dash. His craft still has to be refined but Dallas may have found someone who could run with DeSean Jackson.

Frazier is a hard-hitting safety who will have to earn playing time through his contributions on special teams.

Jackson is an athletic back who came from a pro-style offense but joins an extremely crowded backfield with Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden. He will potentially spend 2016 on the practice squad.

Gathers is a converted basketball power forward who is a full-blown developmental product. The Cowboys could be hoping Gathers can replace Jason Witten in time.

New York Giants

Top needs: Running back, offensive tackle, safety

Round 4, Pick 11 (109) -- B.J. Goodson, LB, Clemson

Round 5, Pick 10 (149) -- Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

Round 6. Pick 9 (184) -- Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Summary: Goodson leaped onto the scene late in his college career because of his ability to be involved in almost every play as a middle linebacker. He is a favorite of our film analyst, Paul Connor.

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Perkins was the picture of consistency during his last couple of years in college. A slasher with vision along with a good pair of hands, he's a slightly smaller version of current Giants back Shane Vereen. Redskins draft pick Su'a Cravens could be the man tasked with covering both for years to come.

At 6-foot-5, Adams has a nice combination of size, speed and hands. He did not light it up in college but has the upside to be a problem for the Redskins in the future. Big tight ends like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski have hurt Washington in the past because their size causes mismatches.

Philadelphia Eagles

Top needs: Running back, offensive guard, cornerback

Round 5, Pick 14 (153) --  Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia

Round 5. Pick 25 (164) -- Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU

Round 6. Pick 21 (196) -- Blake Countess, CB, Auburn

Round 7. Pick 12 (233) -- Jalen Mills, S, LSU

Round 7. Pick 19 (240) -- Alex McCalister, DE, Florida

Round 7. Pick 30 (251) -- Joe Walker, LB, Oregon

Summary: Smallwood is indeed small but could develop into a Darren Sproles-like player with his athleticism and playmaking ability.

Philadelphia may take a play out of the Redskins' playbook by bumping Vaitai inside to guard due to a lack of foot speed. He does not have anything more than average athleticism so if he gets playing time, it's possible that most screen and pull plays will go to his side so he doesn't have to move as much.

A Maryland native, Countess has good ball skills and fluid mobility, but he sometimes takes unnecessary risks. A developmental product.

Mills could transition into a slot corner position because of his athleticism and tweener body frame. A projected Day 2 pick by some, Mills dropped severely because of off-field issues. If set on the straight and narrow, Jamison Crowder could become annoyed with Mills soon.

The third straight off-field issues pick by Philly, McCalister is an explosive pass rusher off the edges and will always be on the field in third-and-long situations.

Even without Chip Kelly in charge, the Eagles dipped into the Oregon talent pool and came away with a linebacker capable of solid coverage. Matt Jones may have other ideas in mind by bowling over Walker, who has a track record of poor tackling.

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