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Keep your enemies closer- A look at the NFC East’s first round action

Keep your enemies closer- A look at the NFC East’s first round action

Jerry Jones and company could be found smoking expensive cigars and watching Amari Cooper highlight tapes last night. It’s rightfully deserved. With all the production Cooper added to the Cowboys offense, the Cowboys would willingly trade their 1st round pick again if they had to.

That being said, not every team in the division took Thursday night off. Here’s what the bad guys did and what it means for Dallas.

The New York Giants:

Well, blogging the boys said it best. So just refer to the tweet posted below.

Although they physically could not draft Eli Manning a second time, they certainly tried their hardest by taking Daniel Jones (mentored by Eli’s old coach David Cutcliffe) at 6th. This one really isn’t all that complicated. Can Jones play? Probably. Would he have been available later if the Giants wanted to go a different direction with the 6th pick? Absolutely.

New York also picked up Dexter Lawrence from Clemson a few picks later. He is a promising defensive talent who will step into the gap left by Damon Harrison who was traded to Detroit last season. In a division that features Ezekiel Elliot, Derrius Guice, and Jordan Howard- this is one of the only things the Giants did that makes sense.

At 30, the Giants snagged CB Deandre Baker from Georgia. Baker is best known for his strong instincts in route-recognition and his physical ability to contest the ball. The Giants better pray they have better luck with Baker than they did with Eli Apple a few seasons back.

 

Philadelphia Eagles:

I’m sure Eagles’ fans probably wanted a more exciting first round than simply adding offensive tackle Andre Dillard. That being said, I don’t care. Dillard is a smart pick for Philly. With Jason Peter’s turning 37 and Carson Wentz sustaining consecutive season-ending injuries, it is a smart pickup for the bad guys.

In the off-season where the Cowboys keep Demarcus Lawrence AND add Robert Quinn, Philly gets better along the offensive line. Move and counter-move.

 

Washington Redskins:

The Redskins needed a quarterback after Alex Smith’s horrific leg injury. So they went and grabbed one. While Kyler Murray and Eli Manning Jr. stole the Thursday night spotlight, many knowledgeable people had Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the top prospect at the position. There really is no way to critique what Washington did by acquiring Haskins with their 15th pick, as much as that pains me to say.

Washington moved back into the 1st round to take DE Montez Sweat with the 30th overall pick. An agile pass rusher who can help fill the void left by the departure of Preston Smith in free agency. A quality pickup however a move back to 30 to pick him up seems a bit unnecessary. His stock fell hard due to a suspected heart condition, and a move in day two probably could have acquired his services at less cost to Washington.

 

Move and counter-move. Tonight the Cowboys get to play.

 

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