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NFC East Roundup: How Giants' rivals drafted


Take a closer look at what the Giants' division rivals did in the 2018 NFL Draft:

Here's a look at what the Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins did in the draft over the weekend:

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles made a number of draft day moves. They traded out of the first round, giving the 32nd overall pick to the Ravens for the 52nd overall pick in round two, and the 125th overall pick in round four. They then traded the 52nd and 159th picks in the draft to move up to the 49th spot in the second round.

Round 2, Pick 17, 49th overall: TE Dallas Goedert 6'4 256 lbs., South Dakota State: The Eagles liked what they found in North Dakota when they drafted Carson Wentz so they decided to try the state just to the south. Goedert was considered by some as the top tight end in the draft. He dominated the FCS level of competition with 1000 yards receiving in both his junior and senior seasons. He did not run the forty yard dash after getting hurt at Senior Bowl practice. He wasn't asked to block much in college but has the frame for it. He could be a vicious combination with Zach Ertz.

Round 4, Pick 25, 125th overall: CB Avonte Maddox, 5'9 184 lbs., Pittsburgh: Four year senior and smaller corner that ran an impressive 4.39 at the combine.

Round 4, Pick 30, 130th overall: DL Josh Sweat, 6'4 251 lbs., Florida State: A top recruit until he suffered a catastrophic knee injury at the end of his high school career. He tested extremely well at the combine. Medical reports on him were big.

Round 6, Pick 32, 206th overall: OL Matt Pryor, 6'6 343 lbs., TCU: Huge lineman that played both right guard and right tackle in his college career.

Round 7, Pick 15, 233rd overall: OT Jordan Mallata, 6'8 346 lbs., NO College: Rugby player from Australia with great traits but no practical American Football experience.

Overview: The Eagles had limited draft capital due to past trades and focused on guys with very good physical traits that could project to be good football players down the road with further development. Goedert replaces Trey Burton at tight end, while Sweat will have a chance to get into the defensive line rotation.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys had ten draft picks thanks to a slew of compensatory picks due to their losses in free agency last offseason. They used one of their sixth round picks to trade for Tavon Austin from the Rams. Dallas has indicated they intend to use him as a third down running back rather than a wide receiver.

Round 1, Pick 19, 19th overall: LB Leighton Vander esch, 6'4 256 lbs., Boise State: Only a one year starter at Boise State, he is an ascending player that won Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in his red shirt junior season before declaring. There were some reported medical concerns with a prior neck injury. Some believe he is a future three down linebacker than can play inside and outside.

Round 2, Pick 18, 50th overall: OL Connor Williams, 6'5 296 lbs, Texas: A left tackle starter in college, some project him to guard in the pros due to less than desirable arm length. Played better in 2016 than in 2017, when he missed 7 games with a knee injury.

Round 3, Pick 17, 81st overall: WR Michael Gallup, 6'1 205 lbs., Colorado State: Had 100 catches for 1413 yards as a senior and scored 21 touchdowns in his two seasons at Colorado State. He ran a 4.51 40 yard dash at the combine. Solid all-around wide receiver that will see a big jump in competition in the NFL.

Round 4, Pick 16, 116th overall: DE Dorance Armstrong, 6'3 257 lbs., Kansas: A player with a high motor that had 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in his sophomore year but only had 1.5 sacks as a junior.

Round 4, Pick 37, 137th overall: TE Dalton Schultz, 6'5 244 lbs., Stanford: Played in-line at Stanford in pro-style offense. Has skills to block and catch.

Round 5, Pick 34, 171st overall: QB Mike White, 6'4 224 lbs., Western Kentucky: Had consecutive 4000 yard passing seasons at Western Kentucky and showed the arm strength to get the ball downfield.

Round 6, Pick 19, 193rd overall: OLB Chris Covington, 6'2, 245 lbs., Indiana: A one year starter that projects to an impact special teams player.

Round 6, Pick 34, 208th overall: WR Cedrick Wilson, 6'2 197 lbs., Boise State: Two consecutive 1000 yard season at Boise State but needs to work on running the NFL route tree.

Round 7, Pick 18, 236th overall: RB Bo Scarbrough, 6'1 228 lbs., Alabama:  A big, bruising running back that could be a backup to Ezekiel Elliott.

Overview: The Cowboys had a need at linebacker so they drafted Leighton Vander esch to reinforce injury risks Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith. They needed a starting left guard and they drafted Connor Williams, who can also swing out to tackle. They needed a wide receiver to replace Dez Bryant so they drafted Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Jason Witten might retire so the Cowboys signed Dalton Schultz. They needed a backup running back and drafted Bo Scarbrough. Don't let the Cowboys tell you they don't draft for need.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins had one additional pick in the seventh round of the draft this year.

Round 1, Pick 13, 13th overall: DT Da'ron Payne, 6'2 311 lbs., Alabama: After Vita Vea went off the board right before the Redskins picked, the Skins went with another big time run defender in Da'ron Payne. He plays the one technique but some scouts believe he has some pass rush skills as well, especially after he dominated the FBS playoffs.

Round 2, Pick 27, 59th overall: RB Derrius Guice, 5'10 224 lbs., LSU: Many thought Guice would be the first running back off the board after Saquon Barkley but he plummeted down the board for reasons that seem to have little to do with what he does on the football field. He can tote the rock and carry the load for the Redskins.

Round 3, Pick 10, 74th overall: OT Geron Christian, 6'5 298 lbs., Louisville: He started three years at left tackle at Louisville, protecting Lamar Jackson. Some had him as a round two pick thanks to his NFL traits. Good backup swing tackle behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses.

Round 4, Pick 9, 109th overall: S Troy Apke, 6'1 200 lbs., Penn State: Apke, a one year starter at strong safety, blew up the combine with a 4.34 40 yard dash and his other athletic testing.

Round 5, Pick 26, 163rd overall: DT Tim Settle, 6'3 329 lbs., Virginia Tech: A one year starter at nose tackle, he has great size and speed and will try to put it all together at the next level.

Round 6, Pick 23, 197th overall: ILB Shaun dion Hamilton, 5'11 228 lbs., Alabama: He's a smart inside linebacker that can diagnose and tackle against the run. He had right knee injuries in 2016 and 2017.

Round 7, Pick 23, 241st overall: CB Greg Stroman, 5'10 182 lbs., Virginia Tech: A shorter and quicker cornerback that will likely fit into the slot role in the pros. He can also return punts and kicks.

Round 7, Pick 38, 256th overall: WR Trey Quinn, 5'11 203 lbs., SMU: Had more than 100 catches and 1200 yards as a senior playing outside and in the slot. Projects as a possession slot receiver.

Overview: Redskins got some good value with Derrius Guice in the second round, and helped their presence in the trenches with Da'ron Payne, Geron Christian and Tim Settle. The Redskins have a new quarterback that will be thankful for Derrius Guice being on the team to pound the rock.

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