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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Robert Griffin III (Baylor) is introduced as the number two overall pick to the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Robert Griffin III (Baylor) is introduced as the number two overall pick to the Washington Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Well, that was done rather quickly! Of course, we already knew for a good while now that we were walking away with Robert Griffin III tonight. But lets have a look at what else happened, from a Redskins view-point.

It's hard not to think that Griffin hasn't already had an impact on the NFC East. The Cowboys gave up their second rounder to jump up to the sixth overall pick and select cornerback Morris Claiborne. I personally am fine with this, I feel Claiborne is a tad overrated. He's a very poor tackler and in the footage I've seen of him (albeit admittedly little, two or three games) I saw him get beat on more than one occasion. It's interesting the Cowboys made this move despite having already invested a lot of money into Brandon Carr in free agency. Could the Cowboys have made this move to accommodate for Griffin and the new group of Redskins receivers?

The Eagles also traded up, sending their fourth and sixth round choices, along with the 15th pick to acquire the 12th pick held by the Seahawks. They then drafted defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Cox adds to an already strong defensive line in Philadelphia, but again the question could be asked: did the threat of Griffin further tempt the Eagles to improve their pass rush to put pressure on Griffin?

The Giants stuck it out at 32 and took running back David Wilson. I like this pick, and he should be a very solid back for them, as annoying as that is to say. Even I can't speculate that Griffin had an impact on this selection.

So that's what happened in the division. Now it's time to look forward to tomorrow night. If you've been following along on the Hogs Haven draft board, you'll see there are still some very good players available. The most notable player still on the board is Courtney Upshaw, who we had rated as a middle of the first talent. Here's the top 15 players still available according to our board:

1. Courtney Upshaw

2. Cordy Glenn

3. Janoris Jenkins

4. Coby Fleener

5. Peter Konz

6. Andre Branch

7. Jon Martin

8. Vinny Curry

9. Stephen Hill

10. Alshon Jeffery

11. Kendall Reyes

12. Devon Still

13. Mike Adams

14. Rueben Randle

15. Bobby Massie

We don't have a second round pick, but if a guy like Massie were to fall to the third round, the Redskins would be over the moon. What did you guys make of the first round, in particular the NFC East picks and who do you think are the best players still available?