2015 NFL Draft Review: NFC East

New York Giants The Giants had to improve on the offensive line and did just that with the selection of Miami tackle Ereck Flowers. AT 6’6 – 323, Flowers is huge, but he also moves around well. He had an outstanding pro day on April 1st. He may start out at right tackle, but don’t be surprised if he ends up on the left side by his third year. Looking at their board on Day 2, Alabama safety Landon Collins stood out. To get him, the Giants traded up and were able to draft a player who will come in and start right away. He is the replacement for Antrel Rolle who signed with the Bears in free agency. Many draft analysts had UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa being drafted in the first round. I never saw that kind of a player. Though he is an outstanding athlete, he was only a one year starter and had durability issues. Still, he is an excellent third round value. Texas safety Mykkele Thompson is a size and speed safety while wide receiver Geremy Davis and guard Bobby Hart add depth at their respective positions. Dallas Cowboys I don’t think that there was an analyst who didn’t think that the Cowboys would draft a running back in one of the premium rounds. That wasn’t the case, though, as the Cowboys selected UConn corner Byron Jones in the first round. Jones has outstanding physical traits, but his game tape doesn’t match what he did in shorts. Up until a few weeks before the draft, it looked as if Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was going to be a top 10 pick. Then word got out that he failed the Combine drug test, skipped numerous team interviews and weighed in at under 230 for private workouts. Yes, Gregory is an immense talent, but he is also unreliable. It remains to be seen if the Cowboys actually got a steal. Florida offensive tackle Chaz Green is a player who very quietly moved up many teams' boards in the weeks leading up to the draft. While still a bit raw, he can become a fixture at right tackle on an already strong offensive front. Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson is highly instinctive and that gives him a chance to play sooner rather than later. Purdue defensive end Ryan Russell is an interesting pick. As a freshman he looked as if he would be a premium draft pick, then his play leveled off. Still, this is a talented player with upside. Linebacker Mark Nzeocha, tackle Larry Gibson, and tight end Geoff Swan are depth players who may need a year on the practice squad. Philadelphia Eagles I’m not one of the guys who is believing the theory that the Eagles were ready to trade just about everything in order to move up and draft Marcus Mariota. It doesn’t make much sense. In USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor, the Eagles got an outstanding route runner with great speed and hands. His run after catch skills were as good as any receiver in the draft, plus he is a very reliable kick returner. Utah’s Eric Rowe has the physical traits to play either corner or safety. Chip Kelly likes tall and long corners, and that is just what Rowe is. Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks has the physical traits and he plays hard, but he also has a difficult time staying on the field. I felt he was more of a fifth round type. Kansas corner JaCorey Shepherd was another player who quietly moved up some teams boards in the month of April. He has only played the position for two years and has a lot of upside. Sixth round pick Randall Evans, a corner from Kansas State, ran a 4.45 at his pro day but doesn’t play to that speed. He needs to be more aware when in coverage. Giant Boston College defensive end Brian Mihalik adds depth. Washington Redskins Some people feel the Redskins reached when they drafted Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick. I’m not one of them. If they feel he can come in and start and upgrade an area of need, then it was a solid choice. He will and it was! Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith is as athletic as any defensive lineman in the draft. Because of that, the Redskins will play him on his feet at outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. He will be an outstanding addition. Florida running back Matt Jones is a big power back who can get the tough inside yards but also has the burst and elusiveness to be productive outside. Duke receiver Jamison Crowder is the ideal slot receiver. He has excellent hands and very good run after the catch skills. He also plays faster than he times. If it weren’t for some issues with his knees, Arie Kouandjio would have gone in about the third round. He is a powerful run blocker and tough to get around in pass pro. Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight has the skills to be an eventual starter as does Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett. The late pick I really like is Ohio State receiver Evan Spencer. Reserve receivers have to be good special teams' players, and that is just what Spencer is. He also is just beginning to come into his own as a receiver. He ran in the 4.4’s at the OSU pro day. He WILL make the 53 man roster. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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