Friday, April 19, 2013

NFC East Draft Preview

With a week until the NFL Draft, we're taking a look at what to expect from all 32 teams come Draft Day, including some recommended blogs to read and folks to follow on Twitter.

2012 Record: 10-6
NFC East Champion, Lost in Wild Card Round to Seattle

Draft Picks: 51, 85, 119, 154, 162, 191, 228

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Hogs Haven (Blog)

Draft Preview: The Redskins traded their first round pick this year to St Louis as part of the RGIII deal. Washington saw an immediate benefit from the move as RGIII turned them from a last-place team into a division champion in a year. However, his knee injury at the end of the season casts some doubt on his ability to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. Washington's biggest needs are on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the secondary after finishing as the 3rd worst pass defense in the league last season.

2012 Record: 9-7

Draft Picks: 19, 49, 81, 116, 152, 187, 225, (253)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Big Blue Bloggers

Draft Preview: The Giants took a step back last season, with the prime culprit being their defense. The once-formidable Big Blue defensive front was 28th in pass defense and 25th in run defense last season. The Giants continue to mix-and-match situational players in their front seven, and need more stability and consistency. Their secondary was in shambles last season and they brought back former Giant Aaron Ross to help the corner situation. The Giants still need help on the back end of their defense and could use a solid interior defensive lineman. On offense, the Giants were able to hold on to restricted free agent Victor Cruz, but may need to look for a long-term replacement should he leave next year in free agency.

2012 Record:8-8

Draft Picks: 18, 47, 80, 114, 151, 185

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Blogging The Boys (Blog/Twitter)

Draft Preview: Dallas entered the offseason in some serious salary cap trouble which resulted in them losing some talented young players in free agency. The Boys will once again enter the offseason with question marks on the offensive and defensive lines. Dallas will need to add a complementary back to DeMarco Murray as well as depth at wide receiver and tight end behind their top-tier stars. On defense, their biggest needs are in the secondary where they lost Mike Jenkins in free agency. Dallas will be transitioning to a 4-3 defense and will need to add depth to their front seven.

2012 Record: 4-12

Draft Picks: 4, 35, 67, 101, 136, 210, 212, 218, (239)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Voice of the Phan

Draft Preview: The Eagles bottomed out last season and fired head coach Andy Reid at the end of the 2012 campaign. New coach Chip Kelly cut his teeth at Oregon with their spread offense. The Eagles are still loaded with playmakers on offense, but have holes to fill on the offensive line. New defensive coordinator Billy Davis has been quoted as saying he will incorporate both 3-4 and 4-3 principles in his defense, which creates needs at all three levels for Philadelphia.

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