NFC East Draft Recap: New DBs, QBs, and Beef
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A look back at how the NFC East fared at the NFL Draft.
The Washington Redskins selected seven players in the 2013 NFL Draft including a pair of safeties and two running backs.
Cornerback David Amerson is a high-risk, high-reward selection. Amerson led the nation in interceptions in 2011 and picked off 18 passes in 26 career games at NC State. He has the combination of size (6-1, 205) and speed (4.44 40-yard dash) that teams look for in a starting cornerback, and his ball-tracking skills helped him to become one of the nation’s top play-making defenders over the past couple of seasons. (more)
Chip Kelly made sure he got his man Saturday when the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select USC quarterback Matt Barkley with the first pick of the fourth round. Barkley joins Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Dennis Dixon, giving the Eagles an obvious quarterback controversy.
“I’m going to come in and compete,” Barkley said. “Has to be your mindset. Compete like it’s your job.” (more)
New York Giants
The New York Giants created a little buzz early Saturday, making a trade to move up and grab Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib as a backup for two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Nassib is the first quarterback drafted by the Giants since Sam Houston State’s Rhett Bomar in the fifth round in 2009. The previous year, they selected Kentucky’s Andre’ Woodson in round six. Each of them had a short stay with the Giants, as did free agent Ryan Perrilloux in 2011. (more)
Jerry Jones flubbed the initial explanation of a first-round draft move that puzzled analysts and angered fans. Now the question is whether Wisconsin center Travis Frederick will play a big part in giving quarterback Tony Romo an “extra half second” — part of Jones’ rationale for trading down and grabbing a lineman not really considered a first-rounder.
If Frederick fails, Jones will add to an already substantial list of bad drafts that help explain why the Cowboys have a .500 record and one playoff win since 1996. (more)