The Eagles decided to add to their WR core with the selection of Mack Hollins out of North Carolina with the 118th pick. Hollins joins a now crowded Eagles WR core with Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews, and Nelson Aglohor. Hollins immediate value is in his special team's ability. Mike Mayock said several special teams coaches texted him confirming their interest in Hollins because of his special team's ability.
The Eagles also finally address the running back position with the selection of Donnel Pumphrey from San Deigo State with pick #132. Pumphrey is a small guy by almost any measure but he is as tough as nails and has a superb athletic ability. He was prolific at San Diego State. It will be interesting if the majority of Pumphrey’s snaps come at running back, he can also catch and line up in the slot.
Another selection at WR with pick #166. Shelton Gibson is a speedy deep threat who can also play the slot. With all of these WRs, the Eagles have on the roster it might be safe to say they will be trying to move on from Green-Beckham, Matthews, or Agholor. Gibson had a lot of big plays at West Virginia and should be in play to contribute on special teams during special teams.
The Eagles also added a safety/linebacker hybrid in Nate Gerry out of Nebraska with pick #184. Gerry is a physical specimen and has pretty good athleticism. He has adequate range and ball skills to play safety but he started his career as a linebacker at Nebraska. The Eagles will hope that Gerry can be developed into that new age hybrid starter. We’ll see if they are successful.
The Eagles added a big defensive tackle to their rotation in Elijah Qualls. I was initially impressed and intrigued by Qualls when I saw his production and how the coaches at Washington were using him. When I watched the tape I was disappointed. Qualls was projected as high as the third round and disappointment or not he is actually a good value in the 6th at pick #214. We’ll see if Schwartz can get him to play better.
Dallas continues the trend the Eagles set with Pumphrey by taking a small but athletically talented receiver in Ryan Switzer with the 133rd pick. Switzer was a key component to new Bear’s QB Mitch Trubinsky’s success at North Carolina. Switzer is a talent slot receiver and either Cole Beasley is on notice or the Cowboys are looking to run sets with two slot receivers. Switzer has both speed and quickness and presents a mismatch in the slot.
Dallas added versatile safety Xavier Woods with the 191st pick out of Louisiana Tech. Woods can play either safety position and is a pretty good athlete. This is an excellent value pick for the Cowboys. Woods has good anticipation and instinct for the safety position. Woods should offer immediate value to special teams and depth and could definitely work himself into a bigger role in Dallas as the years pass.
Dallas also added some more depth to the corner position with the selection of Marquez White out of Florida State with the 216th pick. White has good size for the position and has good instincts and awareness he’ll compete with his fellow rookie corners for reps this offseason.
Dallas just got one of the most underrated defensive line prospects in the draft in Joey Ivie out of Florida. Ivie was one of my favorite late round prospects for the skins but is likely better suited for a 4-3 front. Dallas gets another intriguing late round player that could work his way onto the roster and into the rotation.
Dallas added another wide receiver, another that I really link in Noah Brown out of Ohio State. You don't get to have as little experience as Brown does and get drafted but a few months ago he was being talked about as a mid round pick. He lands with Dallas in the last round and adds size, strength, and natural ball skills to the position. If he can get a year or two under his belt and develop he could turn into a starter sooner rather than later.
Finally, the Cowboys selected DT Jordan Carell out of Colorado with the 246th pick. Carell has some ability to split the gaps and be disruptive but will have to work to make the Cowboys roster.
New York Giants
The Giants added to their running back core with the selection of Wayne Gallman from Clemson with the 140th pick. I thought Gallman would be in play late with the Redskins but they already got their RB of the future in Samaje Perine. Gallman will join Paul Perkins in the backfield and likely immediately compete for reps.
Avery Moss plays defensive tackle at Youngstown State alongside Derek Rivers. He also posted a double-digit sack and tackle for loss season. Moss started his college career at Nebraska and has a solid sophomore season there. He was dismissed after that season from Nebraska because of an off-field incident where he exposed himself to another student. Moss has tried to reshape his career and image at Youngstown State and the Giants must think he can contribute to their defensive line rotation.
The Giants addressed their tackle depth with the selection of Adam Bisnowaty with the 211th pick. I liked Bisnowaty as a developmental tackle coming out of Pittsburgh that could start his career out as a swing tackle and eventually develop into a RT. Maybe the Giants have the same idea. Bisnowaty is most polished as a run blocker. If the Giants staff can get him up to speed and improve his technique he could be an eventual starter.
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