3rd round NFC East recap / instant analysis

Eagles

Pick #67 Bennie Logan, DT, LSU: Logan was such a leader for the LSU Tigers that they gave him the esteemed #18 jersey. That’s worth a quick read. I watched a couple of Logan’s games after the Eagles made the pick, and liked what I saw. The first game that I watched was LSU vs Ole Miss. Logan played a lot of 2 gap in this game. Ole Miss ran some read option, and Logan was asked to stay disciplined and mirror the QB, which he did well. That was encouraging to see, since he’ll be facing Robert Griffin III.

It is believed that Logan has more pass rushing ability than his 2 sacks in 2012 would suggest, but because of the role he was asked to play, he was not often rushing the passer in the traditional sense. The Eagles needed more young depth along the DL, and now they have it in Logan.

Cowboys

Pick # 74 Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: Really nice value here for the Cowboys. I remember watching the absurd Baylor vs. West Virginia game earlier this year, which was basically Geno Smith and Company vs. Terrance Williams. Williams had 17 catches for 314 yards and 2 TDs in that game. Here are Williams’ career receiving numbers:

Terrance Williams

Look at that 2012 season. 18.9 yards per catch on 97 catches. That’s outstanding. Williams has good size at 6’2, 208, and should probably be plugged right in as the 4th WR in the short term behind Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Dwayne Harris, and becoming the eventual successor to Austin. Just to note, Austin is locked in as a Cowboy for the next two years, at a minimum:

Miles

Cowboys

Pick #80 JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern: Very interesting player here, and for the second year in a row, the Cowboys draft a project at safety. Last year’s project was Matt Johnson from small Eastern Washington. This year it’s Wilcox. I really liked what I saw from Wilcox at the Senior Bowl. Obvious athleticism, and he was a much better tackler than you might expect out of a guy who played RB his first three years in college. And what’s very interesting is that he was a good RB. Look at his 2011 numbers:

JJ Wilcox

He had 7 TDs on just 52 carries and a 9.2 YPC. Ridiculous. Wilcox is unlikely to be anything more than a special teamer his rookie season, as he undoubtedly has some more developing to do, but he’s so athletic that he may wind up being a really good player if he can learn the safety position at the NFL level.

Giants

Pick #81 Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore is a big name, and some draftniks had him as high as the Top 5 a few months ago, but he slipped to the 3rd round for a reason, the same way Marvin Austin slipped deep into the 2nd a few years ago. Moore’s production was good in college, as he was tied for 9th in the nation with 12.5 sacks:

Moore

The big question is his work ethic, which showed in his embarrassing 12 reps on the bench press at the Combine. By comparison, 21 CBs did more. Moore also ran an extremely unimpressive 4.95 40 time. It will be interesting to see if the Giants coaching staff can get him to work. Easier said than done.

Redskins

Pick # 85 Jordan Reed, TE, Florida: Reed is only 6’2 1/2, 236, and you can see how that stacks up vs TE’s who have worked out out the Combine since 1999:

Jordan Reed

But that’s OK. Reed will play an H-Back kind of role in DC, giving RG3 another unique weapon in the passing game. The Redskins already have a pair of receivers in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan who are outstanding at making plays once they have the ball in their hands. Reed is no different. Here’s his highlight reel:

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  2. Real Talk says:

    Miles better not get hurt,this aint Olgatree or Beasly, Terrance Williams is a TD machine!

  3. Jeff says:

    Wilcox also returned kicks in college. He could help there too.

  4. horatius says:

    Fred Davis minus the legal experience and weed habit.

  5. Ryan says:

    Moore may not be a workout warrior (obviously) but guys with “work ethic” problems tend not to lead their teams in tackles from a position that traditionally hardly ever leads the team in tackles. His tape is first round, and they took a third round flyer on him. Could turn out to be the best draft pick in the BEast.

    1. Guys like that who fall so far like this almost never seem to pan out. Always good reasons why they aren’t players at the pro level. Obviously, 3rd round is a nice perceived value, but it’s not like all 32 teams didn’t do heavy research on the guy, and clearly they didn’t like something.

      1. NYG_Slater says:

        Off the top of my head, Manningham (character/weed), Hosley(weed), Bradshaw(character) all had red flags that hurt their draft stock. Outside the giants, a recent success is vontaze Burfict in Cinci, Dunlap also had baggage. While Hosley is TBD, the others worked out.

        Obviously Moore’s baggage is different, but the giants haven’t been burned by taking character concern prospects. Maybe you’d argue marvin austin, but imo, his lack of production is due to injuries and being out for 2 years.

        Ultimately, we are talking about the third round here. Moore doesn’t have to do anything next year except hit the weights and stay out of trouble. Plus he is JUST 20 years old. Physically, he’ll mature and get stronger. Character wise…? All i know about is a drug possession (weed) charge when he was 18. Draft the weed guy right?

        1. It’s more about his work ethic from what I’ve heard, which is worse than the weed.

          But yes, draft the weed guy, ha.

        2. ct17 says:

          When I watched him play, strength was not a problem. He was one of the best DEs in this draft against the run, and he could bull rush. I don’t care about pushing a bar with big circles at the end if you can push 315 pound linemen.

          There is plenty of hustle on the field. I’ll take a chance on a guy with poor practice habits.

  6. deg0ey says:

    Reed looks more like a rocked up WR than a TE; gotta be a few uses for a player like that.

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