NFC East: Who Had the Best Draft?

OT Tyron Smith (Jamie Squire/Getty)

Dallas grabbed an offensive tackle in Round 1. New York chose a cornerback. Philadelphia took a guard. Washington got a defensive end. Which team ended up with the best draft in the NFC East?

Dallas Cowboys

RB DeMarco Murray
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Round 1: USC OT Tyron Smith
Round 2: North Carolina LB Bruce Carter
Round 3: Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray
Round 4: Missouri State G David Arkin
Round 5: Buffalo CB Josh Thomas
Round 6: East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris
Round 7a: Georgia FB Shaun Chapas
Round 7b: Wisconsin C Bill Nagy

Best Pick: Smith. A Day-1 starter at right tackle and an upgrade over Marc Colombo, he might also develop into a franchise left tackle one day.

Worst Pick: Murray. The backfield had already consisted of Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, and even if Barber is most likely on the way out, this was an unnecessary luxury pick.

Analysis: Smith is only going to get better and Carter has a ton of upside if his knee returns to full strength, but an atrocious secondary was ignored until the fifth round and another five-technique defensive tackle may have been a wise investment.

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New York Giants

DT Marvin Austin
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Round 1: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara
Round 2: North Carolina DT Marvin Austin
Round 3: Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan
Round 4: Indiana OT James Brewer
Round 6a: Michigan State LB Greg Jones
Round 6b: Iowa S Tyler Sash
Round 6c: South Florida LB Jacquian Williams
Round 7: Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott

Best Pick: Austin. While Amukamara was a no-brainer after unexpectedly sliding down the draft board, Austin rehabbed his image during the evaluation process and is an ideal three-technique tackle.

Worst Pick: Jernigan. He has return skills, but we're yet to see how the new kickoff rules affect special teams and the G-Men have all the talent they need at receiver.

Analysis: Playing the value game as well as any team on draft weekend, Amukamara and Austin contribute quickly, Brewer is a nice project for the offensive line and Jones was acquired about three rounds later than projections suggested he should go.

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Philadelphia Eagles

G Danny Watkins
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Round 1: Baylor G Danny Watkins
Round 2: Temple S Jaiquawn Jarrett
Round 3: Utah State CB Curtis Marsh
Round 4a: Oregon LB Casey Matthews
Round 4b: Nebraska K Alex Henery
Round 5a: Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis
Round 5b: Iowa G Julian Vandervelde
Round 6a: Cincinnati C Jason Kelce
Round 6b: Ohio State LB Brian Rolle
Round 7a: Connecticut LB Greg Lloyd
Round 7b: USC FB Stanley Havili

Best Pick: Watkins. Despite the fact that guards don't get selected in the first round all that often, the former fireman is the ideal selection for a blue-collar fan base and will help protect Michael Vick in the pocket.

Worst Pick: Henery. David Akers is coming off two consecutive Pro Bowl berths and was named the team's transition player before the lockout, and 36 years old isn't over the hill for a kicker.

Analysis: A bruised and battered defensive backfield got much-needed reinforcements with Jarrett in the second round and Marsh in the third, but it would have been nice to find a pass rusher at some point -- it's not going to be Matthews, either.

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Washington Redskins

DE Ryan Kerrigan
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Round 1: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
Round 2: Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins
Round 3: Miami WR Leonard Hankerson
Round 4: Nebraska RB Roy Helu
Round 5a: Nebraska S Dejon Gomes
Round 5b: Nebraska WR Niles Paul
Round 6a: Penn State RB Evan Royster
Round 6b: SMU WR Aldrick Robinson
Round 7a: Boise State CB Brandyn Thompson
Round 7b: Florida G Maurice Hurt
Round 7c: Florida State DE Markus White
Round 7c: West Virginia DT Chris Neild

Best Pick: Hankerson. One of the premier players on the field during the Senior Bowl, he was graded by a lot of teams as a late first- or early second-round prospect and brings a big body to a receiving corps full of shrimps.

Worst Pick: Kerrigan. Although he worked out for a lot of 3-4 teams as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, he would have been much better off going to a 4-3 club as a pure defensive end.

Analysis: One of the most active teams all weekend long, moving back time and time again to acquire choices that used to be given away, the change in philosophy is indeed admirable but there's no room for 12 rookies on any NFL roster.

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Best Draft in the NFC East: Giants

John Crist is an NFL analyst for, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Recommended Stories