Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2018

Identifying the biggest need for every NFC East team

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theScore goes division by division to identify the biggest positional needs for all 32 NFL teams entering the 2018 draft, which will be held from April 26-28.


Dallas Cowboys

Biggest need: S
Secondary needs: WR, DL

The Cowboys were, again, relatively quiet on the open market. With little cap space to play with, Dallas will focus primarily on making its roster upgrades via the draft.

The receiving group has earned the lion’s share of the attention this offseason, with the departure of Dez Bryant and the additions of Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson. The pass-catching group is not a finished product, however.

After finishing 9-7 and missing out on the playoffs, there are a number of areas that need to be addressed.

Potential draft targets: The Cowboys are likely to target a receiver with their 19th overall pick. The best-case scenario would be for Alabama star Calvin Ridley to fall into their laps and into the role of the next great Cowboys receiver. If he’s off the board, it’s out of character for Dallas to reach. The team will likely move to the next best player available.

The Cowboys current troupe of safeties – Byron Jones, Jeff Heath, and Xavier Woods – are uninspiring. Dallas should count itself lucky if either Ronnie Harrison or Justin Reid are available when it picks 18th in the second round.

New York Giants

Biggest need: RB
Secondary needs: OL, QB, DE

If the intention is to make the most of Eli Manning‘s final seasons in New York, the Giants are going to have to supply the 37-year-old with necessary protection.

In recent years, the Giants have made a point of loading Manning up with receiving options, but it’s come at the expense of the team’s two biggest areas of need: running back and the offensive line.

Without a semblance of a running game, Manning has had to throw the ball nearly 600 times in each of the past four seasons. The Giants haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2012. They can solve both of those problems with one selection.

Potential draft targets: As owners of the second overall pick in the draft, the Giants have a variety of options. If they hope to end the revolving door at running back, the pick is Saquon Barkley. The Heisman finalist is, by most accounts, a perennial All-Pro and a superstar in the making.

In a draft short on stud offensive linemen, the Giants can afford to wait until Day 2 to address the position. The team paid handsomely to install Nate Solder as its left tackle. New York should seek to find the best interior lineman available with the 34th overall, which should be either Billy Price or Isaiah Wynn.

Philadelphia Eagles

Biggest need: RB
Secondary needs: TE, LB

As defending Super Bowl champs, the Eagles have very few holes to fill. And a number of their needs were met via free agency.

Philly finished the year with a top-10 offense, the fourth-best defense, the league’s best run defense, and a secondary that ranked fourth in interceptions. After some shuffling on the defensive line, the D remains the strength of the team. The only concerns lie at tight end and running back.

Zach Ertz was at perhaps his most productive last season, but role player extraordinaire Trey Burton earned a massive payday on the open market. In the backfield, LeGarrette Blount was also allowed to leave, leaving Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and the specter of Darren Sproles’ return.

Potential draft targets: Picking at the end of the first round, the Eagles will likely determine whether one running back or two will hear their names called on Day 1 of the draft. LSU’s Derrius Guice would be an appropriate replacement for Blount. The stud back possesses a surprising mix of power and speed.

The Eagles don’t pick again until the fourth round. Unless they trade for an earlier pick, they can wait till then to add a new, young tight end in the form of the likes of Dallas Goedert.

Washington Redskins

Biggest need: DT
Secondary needs: WR, TE, RB

Now that the quarterbacking controversy is resolved for the time being, the Redskins can finally turn their attention elsewhere. Once they do, they’ll realize the roster requires a lot of work.

Washington is woefully short in the talent department in a number of areas. The team ranked dead last in rushing defense, giving up 134 yards on the ground per game. In the midst of a passing era, that is quite the accomplishment.

At receiver, the ‘Skins are currently relying on Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, and Josh Doctson. Not ideal.

Potential draft targets: The selection of Vita Vea at 13th overall would represent an immediate upgrade in the middle of Washington’s defensive line. The ‘Skins will have to hope he falls to them.

Their next pick comes 31 selections later, where they should be able to select either D.J. Moore or D.J. Chark.

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