How the NFC East fared

April, 26, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – It was a big day in the NFC East with the Cowboys making the boldest move by trading up to the sixth spot in the first round to draft cornerback Morris Claiborne.

As expected, Washington added quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick, but not expected was Philadelphia being able to land defensive end Fletcher Cox, which gives the Eagles another pass rusher to add to Jason Babin, Trent Cole and Cullen Jenkins.

Oh, the defending Super Bowl champs New York Giants added Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.

Griffin was the sure-fire second pick in the draft all along behind Andrew Luck and the Redskins are hoping he fills a piece of the puzzle that coach Mike Shanahan has not been able to land. Griffin is an electrifying playmaker and should be able to thrive with the way Shanahan likes to move the quarterback outside the pocket.

The Eagles coveted Cox and were glad to see him available with the No. 11 pick. He can hold the fort when Philadelphia spreads the field with its defensive ends and provide some interior pass rush. The Eagles appear to be doing what the Giants do with pass rushers: get a lot of them.

The Giants needed a running back to pair with Ahmad Bradshaw after losing Brandon Jacobs. Wilson had 1,709 yards at Virginia Tech and was the third running back taken in the first round behind Trent Richardson (Cleveland, No. 3) and Doug Martin (Tampa Bay, No. 30).

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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