NFC East: 2014 NFL Round 2 Rapid Reaction

video The pick: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford

My take: The Redskins needed help at a few areas and perhaps pass-rusher was not high on the fans' lists. But it was on the coaches' -- and it was on mine. The Redskins did not solve their pass-rush problems just by signing Jason Hatcher. Now Murphy gives the Redskins another pass-rusher to complement fellow outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. The Redskins played nickel coverages about 70 percent of the time last season, so there will be opportunities to use all three.

The Redskins had hoped to use certain sets with extra outside linebackers on the field a year ago, but then-rookie Brandon Jenkins was rarely active. They can use two of these three linebackers on the same side, providing a different look and problems for the line. Murphy plays with an attitude that should work well with these players. Washington's pass rush has struggled the past two years and now it has more depth than it has had in a while. Also, if the Redskins don't hang on to Orakpo after this season then they have his replacement -- or if they don't want to keep Kerrigan after the 2015 season. It's not a foregone conclusion that this means Orakpo is now on a one-year clock in Washington. But it could be tough to keep all three.

Protecting RG III: In our poll this week, the No. 1 spot fans wanted to address was right tackle with 51 percent of the votes. And the Redskins had a chance to address this position when they were on the board at 34.

But once they traded down I figured they were going for defense (and a pass-rusher). The one choice I liked in that round was Nevada's Joel Bitonio because if he couldn't play tackle he could slide inside to guard and be a stud. I wasn't a fan of Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandjio's knees were too much of a concern for Washington.

The Redskins did pick up an extra third-round choice in the trade and the draft is deep at right tackle. So there’s a chance they can pick one up later Friday. If so, that player would be unlikely to provide immediate help but would become the right tackle of the future.

What's next: The Redskins have two picks in the third round -- the 66th and 77th overall. The Redskins need to continue adding youth to their defense, but other positions to watch here include right tackle, tight end or even running back.

Eagles pick Jordan Matthews in 2nd

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PHILADELPHIA -- The pick: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, No. 42.

My take: Matthews had a solid season for the Commodores, catching 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. He's 6 feet 3, 212 pounds and will have a chance to make an immediate impact alongside Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. With the losses of DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, Matthews will have a major opportunity to play right away. He has ability in all areas of the game and this was a strong pick.

Stepping in: Matthews can make plays in the middle of the field and he has terrific speed as well (4.6 in 40-yard dash). With a lack of depth at wide receiver, Matthews is walking into the right situation. By the way, Matthews is the cousin of Jerry Rice.

What's next: The Eagles moved up from No. 54 to take Matthews and traded their fourth-round pick, No. 122 overall. Philadelphia still has two picks remaining in the third round -- Nos. 83 and 86.
video The pick: Weston Richburg, center, Colorado State

My take: It's good that they took an offensive lineman. It would have been irresponsible and negligent for them not to do so. They should have taken one in the first round and chose not to, and with Richburg, they get a center with whom they spent a great deal of time prior to the draft and whom they likely think can start for them early in his career, possibly right away.

As we discussed Thursday, the Giants lock in on a player they like and they take him. That's how they do business. And this is a pick that fills a short-term and long-term need. He's a good player who can help them. However, was he the best offensive lineman available here? Could they have moved down and still drafted him? Could they have waited until the third round? You'd like to think so, and if tackles Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandjio were better players, I'd have advocated taking them even though they play tackle, which is not as obvious an immediate need. The point is to improve the overall talent level on the line with elite players or close-to-elite players, and they can sort them out later. They might have reached a bit here, but as was the case Thursday with Odell Beckham Jr., they found a player they liked and grabbed him.

Path to playing time: The Giants released center David Baas earlier in the offseason and signed former Broncos center J.D. Walton, who was projected as the starting center prior to this pick. I'd have to think the Giants would give Richburg a chance to win the starting job in camp, though they did go into this draft thinking they could go with Walton if they didn't find anything better, so they could also give him time. The Giants generally don't like to throw rookies right into starting roles, but last year's first-round pick, Justin Pugh, started 16 games at right tackle as a rookie and performed well.

What's next: The Giants hold the 10th pick in the third round (No. 74 overall) later tonight and could still find good value on the offensive or defensive lines, where they continue to need to stockpile talent. I don't expect them to hunt for a tight end or a running back tonight. Safety is a possibility if they find one they like at the spot. They have four picks tomorrow -- a fourth-rounder, two fifth-rounders and a sixth-rounder.


IRVING, Texas -- The pick: Demarcus Lawrence, defensive end, Boise State


My take: With many people upset the Dallas Cowboys did not help their defense in the first round Thursday, they made sure they got their guy in the second round by trading up with the Washington Redskins, of all teams.

Lawrence is a pure right defensive end. He had 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State and he had 20.5 tackles for loss last season. With the loss of DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys needed a right defensive end. They just turned to another Demarcus. Lawrence has speed. He has long arms. He can get around the edge, and he should benefit greatly from the coaching of Rod Marinelli.

Before adding Lawrence the Cowboys had plenty of left defensive end types in George Selvie, Anthony Spencer, Jeremy Mincey and Tyrone Crawford.

Lawrence had three separate one-game suspensions, but the Cowboys met with him at Valley Ranch before the draft and were able to get a handle on him.

Love the Broncos: In 2008, the Cowboys drafted Orlando Scandrick out of Boise State in the fifth round. In 2012, they drafted Crawford in the third round out of Boise State. Now they have gone with Lawrence.

There is a chip-on-the-shoulder type attitude that most Boise State players carry and the Cowboys like that, especially in Scandrick. If there has been a complaint about the Cowboys' defense with Ware as the best player it is that it has been too nice. Lawrence will bring attitude.

What’s next: By giving up their second-round (No. 47) and third-round picks (No. 78), the Cowboys are done until Saturday unless they trade back into the third. The Cowboys have eight picks Saturday with six coming in the seventh round.

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