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2019 NFL Draft Perfect Fits: NFC East


From AFC East to NFC East!

We’re facing some very intriguing war rooms in this piece.

Jerry Jones at the draft is always interesting to track.

The Eagles look to maintain a championship-worthy roster while Gettleman’s squad is now looking like Gruyere cheese.

Do the Redskins go for a quarterback or trust in Case Keenum?

Let’s get to it!

2019 NFL Draft Perfect Fits: NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys don’t own a first-round pick this year (as of now), having traded theirs to the Raiders for Amari Cooper. Assuming they don’t trade into the first round or up in the second, they’ll have to wait until pick 58 to make their first selection.

I believe Jerry Jones and the ‘boys are facing their biggest need on the defensive line. Their edge pieces should hold up but only temporarily, as DeMarcus Lawrence is entering his second season on the franchise tag and Robert Quinn has been signed on a one-year deal. Taco Charlton is a young, solid edge rusher to build around, entering his third season.

That being said, they must address the defensive tackle position. They can work with Maliek Collins, but Tyrone Crawford and Antwaun Crawford don’t inspire much confidence aside Collins.

Well luckily for the Cowboys, this is a good draft to look for interior help on the defensive line. A very underpublicized prospect, who may somehow be on the board at 58 is standout Buckeye Dre’Mont Jones. Here’s Jim Nagy’s take (executive director and scout for the Senior Bowl) on Jones:

Jones broke out when Ohio State needed it most this season (with Bosa injured) but his best game might be against TCU in Jerry-World, with Bosa present. He’s a very disruptive three-technique lineman, who’ll profile best in a 4-3 scheme (similar to the Cowboys’). He’s often the first to burst off the snap and shoots his gaps with great energy. The Cowboys like football-smart, physical and disruptive presences in the trenches and Jones fits that profile.

Philadelphia Eagles

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With Jordan Hicks getting signed by the Arizona Cardinals on a 4-year deal, the Eagles have a pressing need at middle linebacker. At pick 25, the Devin’s may be gone (White and Bush). In the interest of this article, we’ll assume the Eagles look to fill another position with their first-rounder (perhaps safety).

The 2019 linebacker class is very shallow, with the day-two and three prospects fitting very scheme-specific roles. However, standing out of the bunch is Alabama linebacker, Mack Wilson. Wilson has a very similar build to that of Jordan Hicks, at six-foot-one and 240 lbs.

Wilson is possibly the best 3-down prospect the Eagles could find after day one of the draft. His big hits stand out on tape, but his best skill is dropping back into coverage. He shows good speed on tape to keep up with tight ends and running backs in man coverage. In run support, he doesn’t get caught up in traffic or stuck on blocks. The lack of tackles for loss or impact behind the line of scrimmage does raise some questions on his ability as a blitzer or shooting running lanes, but he’s a safe tackler and has the lateral mobility to make plays sideline to sideline.

If the Eagles do miss on Mack Wilson, I would keep an eye on Germaine Pratt out of N.C. State on day three. He’s a former safety, now playing inside backer. Pratt was a four-year starter for the Wolfpack with plenty of experience. His safety background will help him in coverage, and he’s an outstanding downhill tackler.

New York Giants

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Where do we begin? Big Blue started off with a roster already needing reinforcements at several positions. Well, they ended up adding more needs to the list by letting Collins run free, and trading Vernon and OBJ.

The Giants may look for a young successor to Eli Manning and a pass rusher to replace Vernon with their first-round picks, but they’ve got a good project underway rebuilding the offensive line. They have good pieces in place with Solder at left tackle, Hernandez in his second year at left guard, and newly acquired Kevin Zeitler at right guard. But they may turn to the draft to look for talent at center and right tackle.

Speaking of the center position, I would keep my eyes on Garrett Bradbury at pick 17 for the Giants. Bradbury played center for N.C. State in college and I believe he may be the best offensive line prospect in this draft when we look back three years from now.

Nevertheless, the G-Men may find tremendous value in late day two to solidify the right side of the offensive line. Namely, Yodny Cajuste, a tackle out of West Virginia offers tremendous value. If you watched any Will Grier tape, surely you’ve noticed big number 55 keeping Grier’s blindside nice and clean.

Yodny Cajuste has a very imposing frame (6’05”, 315 lbs), but possesses tremendous technique and mobility for a man his size at tackle. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take a closer look at how he moves at the combine (or his pro day) due to a quad injury which did require surgery. His stock may slide down to round three, as the surgery will keep him off the field for at least three months. Hence, why the Giants may have a shot at a true value pick.

Washington Redskins

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The Redskins need wide receivers! The Redskins haven’t had a 1000-yard receiver since DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in 2016. Crowder left in free agency, Josh Doctson just hasn’t lived up to his round one value. Paul Richardson doesn’t have the consistency to contribute as a number one receiver. And, while I was a big fan of Trey Quinn last draft, his ceiling is limited to a slot role. Quinn did look promising on his two starts last season (nine receptions on ten targets, 75 yards and a touchdown). They also hold an intriguing asset in Maurice Harris, but along with Quinn, they can only be considered as depth pieces as of now.

Washingon may choose to opt with a quarterback in the first round, considering Keenum might not be the long term solution. Otherwise, the Redskins could look to strengthen their interior offensive line. The likes of Bradbury or Michael Dieter jump to mind. Dieter is extremely versatile and has played all over the line in Wisconsin.

Nevertheless, they will need a true number one talent on the outside in the second or third day. A.J. Brown, Kelvin Harmon and Hakeem Butler may all be gone within the first hour of day two. I don’t see another wide receiver being worth the 46th pick without considering it a reach. If that’s the case they may use this pick on an outside linebacker in their 3-4 system to replace Preston Smith and help the pass rush. Chase Winovich or D’Andre Walker could be good fits in this system.

A day two target that would fit the role the Redskins are looking to integrate is J.J. Arcega-Whiteside out of Stanford. Arcega-Whiteside is a goal-line nightmare for secondaries. His basketball background and frame allow him to body defenders out and high point the ball beautifully. But that is not all the Spaniard can do. He moves very well for a player of his stature, getting in and out of breaks efficiently. He’s an intelligent route runner, finding ways to get open despite not being very fast. He uses his size very well to dominate at the line of scrimmage, never getting beat against press (just needs to clean up his footwork on his releases). J.J. possesses some very safe hands, allowing him to win in contested catch situations.

As a result, Arcega-Whiteside would turn the Redskins’ receiver room into a nice blend of size, speed and route savvy. Whiteside and Doctson on each side with Quinn possibly manning the slot. Add Jordan Reed, Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson to the mix and they could have a very potent offense.

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About Selyan Lonqueux

Junior NFL Draft analyst, and aspiring football coach. Active Wide Receiver across the pond, in Europe. The truth lies in the tape, the whole tape and nothing but the tape.

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