NFC East: On the Clock
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Team needs: Wide receiver, safety, outside linebacker, offensive tackle.
|Ohio State receiver Brian Robiskie could be available to the Cowboys at No. 51.|
Dream scenario: In Jerry Jones' dream scenario, he might be able to slide up from No. 51 to No. 35 and land a top-flight wide receiver such as North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks or Rutgers' Kenny Britt. I have a suspicion, though, that Ohio State's Brian Robiskie might still be there at No. 51. The only reason to go to No. 35 is if you simply fall in love with a player. The Cowboys have the ammunition to get it done, but it's more likely they move down a couple of slots. The name I keep hearing at No. 51 is Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas. Though I haven't seen a lot of film on the player, the Cowboys think he could immediately challenge Gerald Sensabaugh for the starting spot opposite Ken Hamlin.
Plan B: It wouldn't shock me one bit to see the Cowboys take an offensive lineman in the second round. There's a misconception that the Cowboys will feel pressured to take a safety or wide receiver with that No. 51 spot. I don't feel like Jones feels that pressure. For instance, the Cowboys could take a guard if someone starts slipping. I also think the team could use another pass rusher. DeMarcus Ware is a phenomenal talent, but right now he's lining up opposite a player (former first-round pick Anthony Spencer) whose career hasn't really taken off yet. Look for Jones to go after a receiver in the third round. It looks like you'll be able to get some pretty good value in the third on one of those receivers. That's what I'd do, but up to this point, Jones has not sought my opinion.
Scouts Inc. take: "Although Dallas does not have a first-round pick, do not be surprised if it is active in trying to move up into the first round. Two of the strengths of this team going into last season were expected to be the secondary and receiver positions. After trading cornerback Anthony Henry and waving wide receiver Terrell Owens those positions now have holes to fill.
"If Dallas sits tight and does not move up, WR and CB will still be on Dallas' mind, but safety will still potentially be a play as there could be a lot of value at No. 51. Two players to keep an eye on would be Patrick Chung from Oregon or William Moore from Missouri." -- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
Who has final say? That would be Jerry Jones, although scouting director Tom Ciscowski does a really nice job and will have plenty of input.
Teams needs: Defensive end, offensive tackle, linebacker, guard
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|One player the Redskins are looking at is Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers.|
Dream scenario: The Redskins were ready to mortgage their 2009 and 2010 drafts in order to land Jay Cutler. But it wasn't enough. Now, they'll stay at No. 13 overall and try to find more help on defense. Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers is a player the Redskins have fallen in love with since he had a breakout performance during Senior Bowl week. He has a little baggage (a 2005 arrest), but he's coming off an excellent 2008 season in which he made 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage and took over several games. The Redskins desperately need help at left end, and Ayers would be a Day 1 starter. Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn are serviceable, but at this point in their careers you don't want to lean on them heavily. There's also a chance that Vinny Cerrato tries to trade out of that 13th pick and make a run at Ayers or even offensive tackle Michael Oher. The Redskins don't have much ammunition in the draft (five picks), so a trade could put them in a better situation. Actually, the dream scenario is Brian Orakpo slipping to 13, but that's a stretch. There's some thought that the Raiders might take him at No. 7. Also keep your eye on LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson
Plan B: The Redskins are high on USC linebacker Brian Cushing. They need to surround Albert Haynesworth with disruptive players, and Cushing has the build (255 pounds) and the athleticism to be an effective pass-rusher. And don't forget that the Redskins aren't exactly stacked at strongside linebacker.
Scouts Inc. take: "After going with skill in the first three rounds of the draft last season, I expect the Redskins to stay on offense if and only IF one of the offensive tackles happens to be on the board. I think Ole Miss OT Michael Oher will be the pick if he is there. Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith is also a possibility. The Redskins also need to address their pass rush so if defensive end Everette Brown from Florida State or Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin were available they would be considered. The bottom line is they need to address their line play on both sides of the ball, but I think they would go OT over DE. Regardless, the Redskins are in a very good spot and will find a very good player who will fit a huge need on their roster." -- Jeremy Green, Scouts. Inc.
Who has final say? Ultimately it's owner Dan Snyder, but executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato is running the room. If the Redskins trade out of the pick, Cerrato will be the reason why.
Now On the Clock: Denver Broncos, April 5.
Teams needs: Left tackle, running back, wide receiver
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|Georgia's Knowshon Moreno rushed for 1,400 yards in 2008.|
Dream scenario: It would be easy to complain about the Eagles' plodding approach to free agency, but don't forget those two picks in the first round. There's a good chance they stay put and select a running back and an offensive lineman at Nos. 21 and 28. But Andy Reid told us Wednesday at the owners' meeting that he already has enough ammunition on the offensive line -- as long as he rotates some players around.
I think there's still an outside chance the Eagles package a couple of picks and take a run at Anquan Boldin. That seems like the dream scenario for most Eagles fans -- and perhaps Donovan McNabb. Boldin would be a nice complement to DeSean Jackson, and Philadelphia could then focus on reinforcing the offensive line with its other first-round pick. If the Eagles stay put at No. 21, don't rule out Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno. The Eagles think he'd be a nice fit in the West Coast offense. In this offense you don't have much need for the so-called big back. In theory, that's what Leonard Weaver's supposed to be.
Plan B: Though he won't admit it, I think Reid knows he needs to bolster his offensive line. He thinks Todd Herremans played at a Pro Bowl level and that Shawn Andrews will return to being an elite player. Why start moving those guys around if you can land a starting left tackle in the draft? Seems as though some tackle (Andre Smith?) always starts falling in the first round. But this team is well aware of the pitfalls of taking the falling star (see Winston Justice). This appears to be a relatively deep draft at that position, and I think Reid's just posturing with all this talk of movement along the line.
Scouts Inc. take: The Philadelphia Eagles' No. 1 concern going into free agency was addressing the wide receiver position, and two weeks into the process, it is still the biggest issue they need resolved. Even though they drafted and got a solid rookie performance in 2008 out of DeSean Jackson, I do not think he is ever going to be a true No. 1. Kevin Curtis, Reggie Brown, Hank Baskett and Jason Avant are never going to be No. 1 receivers.
While the Eagles could opt to draft another receiver early in the process, the wide receiver position is the toughest to develop quickly at the next level. The Eagles' best option right now is to go after Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin. The Eagles have multiple picks in the first round and while I do not believe Boldin warrants a first-round selection, the Eagles pick at the bottom of the first round, and this has to be looked at as potential trade bait.
The Eagles are a playmaker at wide receiver away from being a legit Super Bowl contender. They can't find a receiver who can have an impact like Boldin would have as a playmaker or in his ability to open up the field for the other receivers I mentioned with their pick at the bottom of the first round. With Donovan McNabb still playing at a high level and many of the pieces in place to make a run in 2009, the Eagles need to make a move for Boldin prior to the draft. -- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.
Who has final say? Reid still has the final word, and it's been that way for years.Now on the clock: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, March 27.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Team needs: Receiver, tight end, safety
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|North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks could give the Giants another threat at wide receiver.|
Dream scenario: The Giants will have a lot better feel for the draft once Plaxico Burress has his day in court. If Burress has to spend time behind bars, there's a good chance the team goes after a wide receiver with the No. 29 pick. And they may take a receiver even if Burress avoids jail time. The Giants are stacked in several areas, but they need a playmaker at wideout. If Hakeem Nicks out of North Carolina slips to No. 29, that's the guy. But if he's gone, Rutgers product Kenny Britt could be a possibility.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. mentions that the Giants could go after an offensive tackle with the No. 29 pick, but that would be surprising. I think general manager Jerry Reese would like to add some depth along the offensive line on Day 2 of the draft.
Plan B: I know some people would like to see the Giants replace running back Derrick Ward, but former seventh-round pick Ahmad Bradshaw should have that position filled. If the Giants aren't in love with a wide receiver at No. 29, they could continue to bolster their linebacking unit. Michael Boley gives the Giants a reliable player, but there's still room for competition. I think Gerris Wilkinson has just about used up all his goodwill and I'm not sure the Giants view Chase Blackburn and Bryan Kehl as long-term solutions.
Scouts Inc. take: "I still think there's a possibility the Giants trade a pick for Anquan Boldin. I don't think he's worth a first-round pick because I don't see him as a No. 1 wide receiver. I think a team's going to get a No. 2. If you can't get an established guy, then you have to draft someone. I think that's the toughest position to develop quickly at the next level. They could hope for someone like Hakeem Nicks to be there, but there's no sure thing at that position. Now, if Brian Cushing and James Laurinaitis are sitting there, they both seem like Tom Coughlin guys to me. So don't rule out linebacker." -- Jeremy Green of Scouts Inc.
Who has final say: General manager Jerry Reese makes the final call, but he works hand in hand with Coughlin.
Now on the clock: Indianapolis Colts, March 19.