April 28, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Preview – NFC East Team Needs

The 2011 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and here at Bang the Book, we’ve got all of the team needs for the NFC East squads drawn up in preparation for the draft.

Dallas Cowboys
Draft Choices: 9, 40, 71, 110, 143, 176, 220, 252
Team Needs: OL, DL, DB, LB
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: Cowboys fans might riot if Dallas doesn’t take an offensive tackle with their first round selection. The combination of Marc Colombo and Flozell Adams for multiple years took years off the lives of Dallas fans. Last year, their deficiencies along the offensive line led to losing Tony Romo for the final half of the season after Michael Boley came in untouched and broke Romo’s clavicle. The two best tackles in the draft are Tyron Smith from USC and Anthony Castonzo for Boston College and it looks like Dallas will draft one of these two. Smith is the choice here for many analysts, but it will depend on who the Cowboys have higher on their board.

New York Giants
Draft Choices: 19, 52, 83, 117, 185, 198, 202, 221
Team Needs: OL, DL, LB, TE
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: The Giants top priorities are the lines on both sides of the ball and it would be a shock to see Big Blue stray with their first round pick. Like Dallas, the Giants are most likely to take an offensive tackle and one would love to see Smith or Castonzo fall all the way to them. If neither drops to 19, the Giants will look at Mike Pouncey, Nate Solder, or Gabe Carimi to improve their strength along the offensive line. New York could also look at DEs JJ Watt or Muhammad Wilkerson and reaching for Mark Ingram isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Philadelphia Eagles
Draft Choices: 23, 54, 85, 104, 120, 149, 153, 227, 237, 240
Team Needs: DB, OL, LB, DL
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: The reemergence of Michael Vick as a superstar was one of the most surprising subplots of the 2010 season, but now Vick needs help for the Eagles to reach the next level. That help starts along the offensive line where the Eagles gave up the fourth most sacks in the league (49) despite having the extremely agile Vick taking the vast majority of the snaps. Offensive tackles Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, and Derek Sherrod are possibilities here and would be a boon to the offensive line of the Eagles. Cornerback is also a priority for the Eagles, and there is plenty of talent available at the 23rd selection including the talented but troubled Jimmy Smith, Aaron Williams, and Brandon Harris.

Washington Redskins
Draft Choices: 10, 41, 144, 155, 177, 213, 224, 253
Team Needs: QB, WR, OL, DL
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: If either Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton fell to the Redskins at the 10th overall selection, Mike Shanahan would set a record for how fast he turned in his card. Washington is in dire need of a quarterback after the disastrous Donovan McNabb acquisition but it is unlikely that either Gabbert or Newton will fall this far. Shanahan might try to trade down and acquire a quarterback later in the first round or perhaps in the second, but if the Redskins are stuck at 10 they may draft for need and take Washington QB Jake Locker. Locker was seen as one of the top overall prospects heading into the 2010 college football season but struggled and slipped down the draft boards. However, he is immensely talented and could be a franchise quarterback. If the Skins don’t go Locker, look for them to try to get DE Robert Quinn if he’s on the board.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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