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Washington Redskins

1st Round – Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
2nd Round – Jarvis Jenkins, DT/DE, Clemson
3rd Round – Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
4th Round – Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska
5th Round – Dejon Gomes, DB, Nebraska
5th Round – Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska
6th Round – Evan Royster, RB, Penn State
6th Round – Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU
7th Round – Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State
7th Round – Maurice Hurt, OL, Florida
7th Round – Markus White, DE, Florida State
7th Round – Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia

The Redskins are rebuilding (don’t let Dan Snyder fool you here). They entered the draft short on picks, with a long list of needs, and a rabid fan base. They did a great job securing more picks through multiple trades, looking like an Ozzie Newsome in their maneuvering. They picked up a nice pairing to Orakpo in Kerrigan who won’t wow you off the field, but in games he’s off the charts. Hankerson is great value and need in the 3rd round for a team that currently has no legitimate 1 or 2 on their team. Helu and Royster fit the Shanahan run by committee to excellence. I do drop their grade for a couple needs they failed to address. They didn’t pick up any quarterback (obviously looking to go in the free agency direction there), their offensive line is still atrocious and needs more help than a 7th round pick, and they didn’t pick up many good 3-4 pieces in the draft. Jenkins is a start, but unless they can get something for Haynesworth they’re still behind the 8 ball. Considering their vast needs they did a sound job this draft.

Draft Grade: B

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

1st Round – Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
2nd Round – Jaiquawn Jarrett, DB, Temple
3rd Round – Curtis Marsh, DB, Utah State
4th Round – Casey Mathews, LB, Oregon
4th Round – Alex Henery, K, Nebraska
5th Round- Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh
5th Round – Julian Vendervelde, OL, Iowa
6th Round – Jason Kelce, OL, Cincinnati
6th Round – Brian Rolle, LB, Ohio State
7th Round – Greg Lloyd, LB, UCONN
7th Round – Stanley Havili, RB, USC

This was a draft that I didn’t particularly like. Their best pick, in my opinion is Casey Mathews and that was in the 4th round. Their 2nd best pick was Vendervelde in the 5th. They reached for Watkins, who as you know is 26, in the 1st. Jarrett is a tweener between CB and S and won’t immediately help a weak secondary. Curtis Marsh is a decent pickup but may need some time adjusting to play at the next level. Pairing McCoy with Lewis is a good move, and they did a good job addressing their offensive line, but they seemed to reaching a lot in this draft. They took a kicker in the 4th round and I just don’t see a kicker being the answer to getting past the 1st round.

Draft Grade: C

Team: New York Giants

1st Round – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
2nd Round – Marvin Austin, DT, UNC
3rd Round – Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
4th Round – James Brewer, OL, Indiana
6th Round – Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
6th Round – Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
7th Round – Jacquian Williams, LB, USF
7th Round – Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

This was a draft exactly opposite to the Eagles. They stayed true to the ratings and let players fall to them. Amukamara is a good pick that could play 1, 2, or nickle corner. Austin has some concerns but where they took him and the group that will line up next to him should make the value worth it. Brewer is a great pickup in the 4th and Greg Jones was good value in the 6th. I also like the Da’Rel Scott pickup late as a burner to fit into their running back corps. They didn’t make an A because they didn’t improve their line to protect Eli and still don’t have that elite burner WR that can take over. Steve Smith is a possession guy.

Draft Grade: A-

Team: Dallas Cowboys

1st Round – Tyron Smith, OT, USC
2nd Round – Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
3rd Round – DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
4th Round – David Arkin, OL, Missouri St
5th Round – Josh Thomas, DB, Buffalo
6th Round – Dwayne Harris, WR, ECU
7th Round – Shaun Chapas, RB, Georgia
7th Round – Bill Nagy, C, Wisconsin

Jerry Jones finally broke the streak and took a tackle in the first. It was a good pickup to keep Romo healthy. If Carter can line up outside and rush the passer, he could be a great combination with Ware. He could also be an inside guy, so the versatility is good value in the 2nd. Murray is a pick I questioned, but maybe they’re thinking of dumping Marion the Barbarian. They have a good threesome back there in Choice, Jones, and Barber, but Jerry has been pushing for Felix Jones since he drafted him.  It was a solid, if unspectacular draft after that. Didn’t see any big reaches, but the 2 running backs when they already have 3 on roster is a little confusing for me.

Draft Grade: B

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