Following the conclusion of the draft, I'll be providing grades for all 32 teams. I've begun the process of writing these grades up based on what transpired in the first round yesterday. I'll be posting comments for each team, by their division, in the blog over the next few hours.
Here is how I saw the action from the NFC East perspective:
Jerry Jones was known to be very high on Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, and as suspected he traded up to get him when the talented wideout began to slip. Bryant is the playmaker that the Cowboys thought they were getting when they traded for Roy Williams, but in trading up to get a weapon for Tony Romo, the team may have lost their chance at getting a tackle who could protect their Pro Bowl quarterback.
New York Giants:
No team believes in building through the defensive line like the New York Giants and they reinforced this mantra with the selection of the talented, but raw pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round. Pierre-Paul only started seven games at the D-I level, but has a tantalizing combination of size and explosiveness and can be developed slowly on a team that already features a strong rotation up front.
A year after spending great resources on improving the playmaking ability of their offense, the Eagles aggressively traded up to land defensive end Brandon Graham in an effort to improve their defense. While the 6-2, 270 pound Graham is a proven pass rusher who led the country in tackles for loss and won the Senior Bowl Defensive MVP honors, his selection was a surprise for the Eagles, considering the team had previously traded for another undersized pass rusher in former Seattle Seahawk Daryl Tapp.
Though there was plenty of speculation that the Redskins might go in another direction, in the end the team took offensive tackle Trent Williams. Williams’ athleticism makes him an ideal fit in Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. Williams will need to play with a greater sense of urgency in the NFC East, however, where he’ll be going up against the NFL’s best vision of pass rushers in an attempt to protect the newly arrived Donovan McNabb.