Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: NFC East

While the Redskins finished a dismal 3-13 last season, no NFC East team drafted in the top 10 thanks to Washington’s 2012 trade for Robert Griffin III. Instead, Dan Snyder’s second overall pick went to the Rams and became Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, while the Giants were in position to draft the division’s newest playmaker.

Dallas Cowboys: Zack Martin was a draft riser as the offseason went on and checked in 12th on our board, proving to be good value at 16 for Dallas. His shorter-than-average arms made many scouts deem Martin a guard and he very well could have a Pro Bowl future at the position, but the Notre Dame product has a strong anchor, quick feet and strong hands and should be a very good tackle as well, which is the more important position in the NFL. The Cowboys traded their second and third-round picks to Washington for the 34th overall pick, where they took Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. It was a steep price to pay, but Dallas views Lawrence as their replacement for DeMarcus Ware and he was the last high-upside edge rusher available in a shallow class. Lawrence likes to rush upfield and eschew his responsibilities against the run, but Ware parlayed a similar style into multiple Pro Bowls in Dallas. Lawrence’s relentless motor, fluidity and bend around the edge could lead to double-digit sack totals.

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