Knowing thy enemy is a tremendously important aspect of any rivalry, so as an Eagles fan it’s important to keep an eye towards the draft decisions of our NFC East division rivals.
The Dallas Cowboys had the first pick of the division with the 9th overall pick due to their 6-10 record from 2010. *evil cackle* With their pick they selected USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith. In her recap of the pick, Aerys Sports Dallas writer Jae stated
“With their first round pick, Jason Garrett opted to go with the offensive tackle from USC, which was no surprise. In 2010, he was first team All Pac-10 and won the Morris Trophy, which honors the conferenceâ€™s top offensive lineman. He is extremely athletic and will help to provide the kind of pass protection that Tony Romo will need to be successful next year.”
With the same abysmal record andÂ similar drama and dysfunction to the Cowboys in 2010 comes the Redskins. They traded their number 10 pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. God only knows what that team will do, at any time, but they made a smart pick to begin to address the many issues for the team. At number 16 they selected Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. It’s a good pick, so therefore I don’t like it. Draftdaddy.com’s analysis of the DE says,”with 37 career sacks, Kerrigan has amazing production. Never stopped trying for a bad team.”
NFL.com’s analysis of Kerrigan included more accolades, stating
He has the lower body strength to hold his ground in the running game and is a relentless pass rusher. He is a strip sacks specialist who became the Big Ten’s all time leader in forced fumbles as a senior.”
The good news is that I predict that the Redskins will still be awful in 2011.
The Giants were on the clock with the 19th pick overall and used that position to pick up a stud: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara. The fact that the Prince (the only royal reference permitted today, alright?) was still around by this late state in the draft was surprising. In fact, the number of picks projected to go in the top 10 of the draft that fell later in the round could be the overall story of the 2011 draft.
I’d like to find something to criticize about this pick but I can’t, and it makes me angry. NFL.com says of the pick:
The Giants took the best available player on the board. Amukamara is a legitimate cover corner with outstanding skills, and he upgrades the talent and athleticism in the Giants’ secondary. With a set of talented veterans in place as starters, he becomes a part of deep rotation in the back end.