The NFC East is going to be a beast of a division next season with the Cowboys considered the best football team at the end of the 2009-10 season, but the question after the first day of the draft is which team helped themselves the most.
The Redskins as expected drafted an offensive tackle but it wasn’t the guy everybody expected them to take.¬† Instead of drafting Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung, they took the more athletic Trent Williams of Oklahoma.
Williams is supposed to be a better run blocker, which makes you think that Skins coach Mike Shanahan is going to put that ball on the ground as much as possible.
They need him to step in and play right away.¬† His success will have a lot to do with Washington’s success this season. We’ll see how much they run behind him.
The Eagles got the pass rusher they wanted by grabbing Michigan’s Brandon Graham.¬† He’s undersized the way the Eagles like them.¬† He’s supposed to have a motor like Trent Cole and Hugh Douglas.
The Eagles defense won’t have to depend on the blitz.¬† They’ll be able to send four guys to get the quarterback.
If he can beat single blocks on the left side, the Eagles secondary will have improved despite losing Sheldon Brown.¬† No longer will teams be able to focus on Cole and that means trouble for opposing quarterbacks.
The Giants got the one of the top rated pass rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul, who has the least experience but happens to have the biggest upside.¬† We’ll see if they can revive that pass rush which led them to a Super Bowl title a few years ago.
If he can play, look out because they still have Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Mathias Kiwanuka.¬† I think you’ll see all of these ends on the field on 3rd down.
The Cowboys got Dez Bryant who was rated as the best wide receiver in the draft.¬† If they can keep him in line, I don’t see how anybody is going to be able to cover all the big athletic receivers that Dallas has.
If you can’t get to Tony Romo, you’re in trouble.
Which NFC East team did you think helped themselves most in the first round of the draft?