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NFC East Mock Draft Roundup: Draft Boards Shaping Up Nicely For Cowboys, Giants, Eagles

We focus so much on what the Redskins might do in the first round, of course, but gauging what their NFC East foes might accomplish must be part of the discussion.

We know that the Washington Redskins currently hold the 17th pick in this month's NFL's draft. We recently pondered what they might do in the first three rounds. Now, with the draft less than a month away, we take a look at how various mock drafters project round one selections for the other teams in the NFC East.

DALLAS COWBOYS (28th overall)

Ben Standig, Breaking Burgundy/ - Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

"Running away with the NFC East title with a rookie quarterback was shocking enough, but don't overlook the fact that the Cowboys also did so with a hodgepodge defensive line. The 255-pound Harris led the SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015 and tacked on nine sacks in 2016 as a junior."  

Lance Zierlein, - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

"Barnett doesn't have the burst out of his stance to put fear into offensive tackles, but his production wasn't an accident. With outstanding hands and good power, Rod Marinelli will be able to have him ready to produce early on for Dallas."

Charley Casserly, - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

"Humphrey fills a major need created by losses of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports - Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

"The Cowboys have plenty of needs in the secondary, but an upgraded pass rush will help whoever is playing in the back end of the defense. McKinley might not last this long if healthy, but his shoulder issue allows Dallas to land the UCLA pass rusher at a discount."

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated - Cameron Robinson, OT, Alabama

"Defense has to be the heavy favorite when it comes to which side of the ball Dallas addresses in Round 1. Having the option of Robinson or Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk at 28, however, would force a little reevaluation. Doug Free’s retirement opened up a starting spot at right tackle, and either rookie could step in. Does Dallas see 2015 pick Chaz Green as Free’s replacement or a swing tackle??"

* Analysis from Ben Standig: The defending NFC East champion Cowboys likely enter 2017 as the division favorite, but they have three distinct holes. All are addressed in these selections. Adding pass rush help should trump all, however.

NEW YORK GIANTS (23rd overall)

Ben Standig, Breaking Burgundy/CSNmidatlantic.comDavid Njoku, TE, Miami

"If the Giants focus on offense, adding a playmaker at running back is key especially after releasing Rashad Jennings, but they also need a tight end bump. Put the talented Njoku on the field with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard and opposing defense might cry for mercy."

Lance Zierlein, - Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State

"McDowell has a high ceiling and a low floor, but he has outstanding size and could become an extremely disruptive interior defender if he gets his motor right."

Charley Casserly, - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

"The Giants get the left tackle they desperately need. Erick Flowers moves to the right side."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

"The Giants have been able to find bargain bin tight ends in recent draft classes, but the value of Howard at this point in the draft might be too enticing to pass up."

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated - David Njoku, TE, Miami

"It could come down to Njoku or an offensive tackle here (although don’t sleep on an edge rusher like Taco Charlton to give the Giants more options on defense). New York’s need may be greater along the O-line, but the possibilities of Njoku creating mismatches in the passing attack might tickle the Giants’ fancy."

Analysis from Ben Standig: Casserly probably has the best take here in terms of what New York needs most. That this isn't a robust offensive tackle class probably means nabbing one in round one makes the most sense, especially since there several interesting tight end prospects on Day Two. That said, Njoku's potential would be tough passing on.


Ben Standig, Breaking Burgundy/ - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennesssee

"Free agent wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith signed up for at least one season with quarterback Carson Wentz. That allows Philly to tackle its primary defensive issue -- cornerback -- or add a disruptive presence up front. The SEC is typically the gold standard among conferences in college football and the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Barnett led all those players with 12.5 sacks."

Lance Zierlein, - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

"The Eagles need a cornerback, and Conley has good size and the ability to press and cover all over the field. His strong combine performance helped his stock."

Charley Casserly, - Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

"Cornerback was a major problem for the Eagles last season."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

"The Eagles have surrounded second-year quarterback Carson Wentz with weapons on offense, but adding a versatile threat like McCaffrey is something that should frighten the rest of the NFC East."

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

(Mock trade with Tennessee. Titans get: No. 14, No. 43, No. 118. Eagles get:No. 5, No. 164.)

"The Eagles have hosted both Fournette and Dalvin Cook on official visits in recent days. If they want the former LSU star as a focal point of their offense next season, they’ll have to go get him. This would drop the Titans nine spots in Round 1, but it would add a second-rounder (which they currently don’t have). Three picks in the top 43 would make for a nice weekend in Tennessee."

Analysis from Ben Standig: Cornerback is indeed Philadelphia's top need, followed by running back. The thing is, this draft is loaded with corners so landing one in the second round won't be an issue. Same for running back. Pass rushers, those are never easy to grab so taking one at 14 should be in play. SImilar to Dallas and New York, the board fits nicely with Philly's draft needs at 14 and beyond.

Previous Mock Draft Editions:

  • January 16: Malik McDowell, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Solomon Thomas, Chris Wormley, Reuben Foster.
  • January 30: Malik McDowell, Solomon Thomas, Zach Cunningham, Chris Wormley, Reuben Foster.
  • February 13: Jabrill Peppers, Zach Cunningham, Solomon Thomas, Derek Barnett.
  • March 13: Reuben Foster, Mitch Trubisky, Caleb Brantley, Malik McDowell, Corey Davis
  • March 27: Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Haason Reddick, Zach Cunningham

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