The NFC East Draft!

Over the past few days, three other writers and I conducted a draft of all the current NFC East players.  We each drafted 11 for the O, and 11 for the D.  It was fun, and actually very enlightening in many ways.  Here were the participants:

Drafting for the Redskins: Rich Tandler of Real Redskins

Drafting for the Cowboys: Rafael Vela of Cowboys Nation

Drafting for the Eagles: Me

Drafting for the Giants: Eric Edholm, who covers the NFCE for Pro Football Weekly.

The teams:

Redskins Player Cowboys Player
QB Eli Manning QB Tony Romo
RB LeSean McCoy RB Felix Jones
RB Ahmad Bradshaw FB Henry Hynoski
WR Hakeem Nicks WR Miles Austin
WR DeSean Jackson WR Mario Manningham
TE Fred Davis TE Chris Cooley
LT Trent Williams LT Tyron Smith
G David Diehl G Evan Mathis
C Phil Costa C Jason Kelce
G Montrae Holland G Kevin Boothe
RT Jammal Brown RT Doug Free
DE Jarvis Jenkins DE Justin Tuck
DT Mike Patterson DT Linval Joseph
DE Adam Carriker DT Stephen Bowen
LB Ryan Kerrigan DE Trent Cole
LB Sean Lee LB Jason Babin
LB Mathias Kiwanuka LB Michael Boley
LB Anthony Spencer LB Chase Blackburn
CB Asante Samuel CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
S Antrel Rolle S Gerald Sensabaugh
S Terence Newman S Orlando Scandrick
CB Josh Wilson CB Mike Jenkins


Eagles Player Giants Player
QB Michael Vick QB Mike Kafka
RB Roy Helu RB DeMarco Murray
WR Dez Bryant WR Victor Cruz
WR Santana Moss WR Jeremy Maclin
TE Jason Witten WR Laurent Robinson
TE Brent Celek WR Jason Avant
LT William Beatty LT Jason Peters
LG Kory Lichtensteiger G Chris Chester
C Will Mongomery C Davis Bass
RG Danny Watkins G Chris Snee
RT King Dunlap RT Todd Herremans
DE Osi Umenyiora DE Cullen Jenkins
DT Derek Landri DT Barry Cofield
DT Jay Ratliff DE Chris Canty
RDE Jason Pierre-Paul LB DeMarcus Ware
OLB Brian Rolle LB Jonathan Goff
MLB London Fletcher LB Jamar Chaney
SLB Brian Orakpo LB Bruce Carter
CB DeAngelo Hall CB Corey Webster
S Nate Allen S LaRon Landry
S Kenny Phillips S Prince Amukamara
CB Nnamdi Asomugha CB Terrell Thomas

Commentary after the jump…

– I can only speak strategically for my own team (the Eagles).  I originally wanted to be strong on the OL above all else.  Unfortunately, so did the other guys.  Once the best offensive linemen started coming off the board, I kind of said screw it, we’ll just draft a couple tight ends later on, play a lot of max protect, and just be awesome on defense.  I mean… look at that defense.  Who’s scoring on us?  We’re going to kill the opposing QB every week.  Then again, Vick won’t last one game behind that junk.

– The breakdown of total players drafted: Eagles, 25. Giants, 24. Cowboys, 20. Redskins, 18.  In fairness, there were no Giants homers, like there were for the other teams, although Eric did draft the most Giants, with 8.

– Poor Eric Edholm got screwed immediately by being 4th in the draft order.  Eli was the first overall pick, followed by Romo, which forced my hand to take Vick so as not to be stuck with a garbage QB.  His pick in the last round was, and I quote via email: “And the hotly anticipated QB choice… Mike Kafka.  Seriously.”

– I already knew how bad the interior linemen in the NFCE were, but when you’re actually picking guys to play for your fake team, you attain a whole new level of realization of how bad those guys are.

– The most surprising undrafted player?  Probably Kareem McKenzie.  I drafted King Dunlap over him in the 22nd round.

– Good to see Jason Peters get the credit he deserves.  He was drafted either 4th or 5th overall, depending on what was going on in Eric’s head when he drafted Peters and Ware back-to-back.

– I was the biggest homer, drafting 9 Eagles (hanging head in shame), although Raf from Cowboys Nation wasn’t far behind.  He drafted 8 Cowboys, and one former on (Stephen Bowen).

– I also tied for drafting the most Redskins (again, hanging head in shame).  Rich From Real Redskins and I each took 7 of them.  The other guys only took 2 a piece.

– It gets a little screwy drafting teams like this.  You’re almost forced to draft a guy here or there out of position.  For example, because of the total lack of good safeties, three of the teams would rather roll with a corner at safety instead of an actual safety.  Or in the case of value on board, Raf took Jason Babin and made him a LB, as did I with Brian Orakpo, playing LB in my 4-3.  He’s going to awesome in my 4-3, by the way.  We’ll use him a little but like the Giants use Kiwanuka, except with a much better athlete.

– I’ve always thought of DeAngelo Hall as one of the most overrated players in the game.  He was most certainly not overrated by anyone participating in this draft, as he was the 10th corner taken.

– Raf took the only FB, and it was the Hynocerous.

– With the “Mr. Irrelevant pick,” Rich took Jarvis Jenkins.

– Dez Bryant, for all his talent, was the 6th WR taken, right where he should be.

– Two of our panelists scoffed at me picking Nnamdi.  I took him 30th overall!  In a division with weaksauce corners!  Come on now.

– Interesting to see how high Jason Kelce came off the board.  5th round.  That goes to show you how terrible center play is in the NFC East.  I’m assuming Raf took the only guy he found to be competent at C to take him that high.

And finally, here was the draft order.  In the odd-number rounds, go from left to right.  In the even number rounds, go from right to left.  It’s the same snake system you probably use in your fantasy draft.

Round Redskins Cowboys Eagles Giants
1 Eli Manning Tony Romo Michael Vick Jason Peters
2 Hakeem Nicks Tyron Smith Jason Pierre-Paul DeMarcus Ware
3 LeSean McCoy Trent Cole Jason Witten Cullen Jenkins
4 Ryan Kerrigan Justin Tuck Jay Ratliff Victor Cruz
5 Sean Lee Jason Kelce London Fletcher Chris Snee
6 Mathias Kiwanuka Jason Babin Brian Orakpo Corey Webster
7 Fred Davis Evan Mathis Osi Umenyiora Jeremy Maclin
8 DeSean Jackson Linval Joseph Nnamdi Asomugha Barry Cofield
9 Mike Patterson Miles Austin Kenny Phillips LaRon Landry
10 Trent Williams Doug Free Dez Bryant Todd Herremans
11 Antrel Rolle Mario Manningham William Beatty Chris Canty
12 Asante Samuel Stephen Bowen Brent Celek DeMarco Murray
13 Ahmad Bradshaw Felix Jones Danny Watkins David Baas
14 Josh Wilson Heny Hynoski Kory Lichtensteiger Terrell Thomas
15 Montrae Holland Michael Boley Nate Allen Jonathan Goff
16 Anthony Spencer Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Will Montgomery Laurent Robinson
17 Phil Costa Mike Jenkins Santana Moss Prince Amukamara
18 Jammal Brown Kevin Boothe Derek Landri Chris Chester
19 Adam Carriker Orlando Scandrick Roy Helu Jason Avant
20 Terence Newman Chris Cooley DeAngelo Hall Bruce Carter
21 David Diehl Chase Blackburn Brian Rolle Jamar Chaney
22 Jarvis Jenkins Gerald Sensabaugh King Dunlap Mike Kafka


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  12. Mark Sitko says:

    I like all your picks other than JPP over Shady in round 2 – that was a mistake, JPP is great and all, but Shady is far more valuable to a team (there is no one like Shady in the NFC East, and I mean as an offensive weapon, the other RBs aren’t even comparable to his kill set)…you could have had Babin or Tuck over Witten in round 3 and been just fine at DE…

    But very cool project – you represented the birds well…


    1. giants fan says:

      Interesting. I’d pick a star defensive end over a star running back any day of the week – despite the fact that there are no other running backs in the NFCE quite like Shady.

  13. CarverM says:

    Jimmy, you remember that Orakpo played OLB in the 4-3 his rookie year, right?

    1. Oh yeah, duh, I guess he did.

  14. BBI says:

    SMH at Blackburn getting chosen. He’s a STer only. I’m VERY VERY surprised that Jacquian Williams was not selected. Outside of Kiwi and Boley, he was our best LB by FAR. He’s on par with Boley in pass coverage as it is.

  15. Frank says:

    How about a coaching draft? It’d be interesting to see what coordinators and assistants get drafted first.

  16. Steve says:

    I think I like the Eagles you drafted better than our actual Eagles.

  17. Anthony says:

    I almost feel like Keenan Clayton at safety would be better than some of the safeties lining up for the NFC East.

  18. rage114 says:

    So sad, but it sooo telling that Jonathan Goff and his destroyed knee was chosen 23 spots before the Eagles “best” LB (Rolle).

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