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2009 NFL Draft - Team Needs Report - NFC East
The Sports Xchange
April 20, 2009
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Dallas Cowboys

TEAM NEEDS: Safety, cornerback, wide receiver.

S -- The Cowboys satisfied their immediate need at safety with the signing of Gerald Sensabaugh so they don't have to force the need in the draft. But Sensabaugh only signed a one-year deal. The Cowboys still could target a safety. The Cowboys have no one behind Sensabaugh -- or free safety Ken Hamlin, for that matter -- who the team would label as a short-term or long-term solution at the position.

CB -- With only five cornerbacks on the roster, and one with extensive experience in Terence Newman, the argument could be made that this is the team's top need. The Cowboys will start second-year players Mike Jenkins, a first-round pick in 2008, or Orlando Scandrick opposite Newman. Both are very much unproven, especially in a starting role.

WR -- The Cowboys will draft a receiver. It's just a matter when they'll do it. But following the loss of Terrell Owens and the general uncertainty of the position behind Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton, they could use an infusion of talent. Miles Austin is still unsigned but could get a bigger role as a No. 3 receiver.

New York Giants

TEAM NEEDS: Wide receiver, tight end, outside linebacker, offensive tackle, running back.

WR -- The loss of Burress and Toomer, despite the denial mode that seems to make the Giants feel there is gold among the depth chart in the persons of Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss, Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith, demands that their first pick must be a wideout -- if a trade hasn't been made.

TE -- Kevin Boss, entering his third year, is a 6-5, 265-pounder who has become a solid blocker and has speed and athleticism as a receiver. But the depth behind him is ordinary at best.

"We may do something with a tight end," Reese admitted, although where in the draft remained, of course, a closely held secret. What isn't a secret is that the Giants like Jared Cook of South Carolina who could be a low first or high-to-middle second-round pick.

OLB -- There is a competition at WLB, and the problem is that the competition is being waged by those who are ordinary at best -- Chase Blackburn, Gerris Wilkinson, Bryan Kehl. There is veteran Danny Clark at SLB but not much behind him. Another OLB for either side would be valuable.

OT -- Despite Reese's contention that David Diehl is perfectly adequate at OLT, it is still felt by many around the league that he could go to the Pro Bowl at guard and that he allows a few too many sacks to the faster pass-rushing DE types. Finding a quality OLT and moving Diehl to LG, for instance, would improve two positions.

RB -- Brandon Jacobs is the star running back with two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. But his reliable backup, Derrick Ward, signed with Tampa Bay and now the reserves are named Ahmad Bradshaw (undersized for steady work) and Danny Ware (totally unproven). Besides, Jacobs is injury prone and hasn't yet made it through an entire season in his four years.

Philadelphia Eagles

TEAM NEEDS: Running back, center, offensive tackle, tight end, defensive end.

RB -- Brian Westbrook will turn 30 in September and is dealing with a degenerative knee. His days as a 300-touch-a-season back are over and the Eagles need to find someone to share the workload with him.

C -- Jamaal Jackson has had two straight down seasons. He did an OK job as a pass-protector last year, but struggled in the run game.

OT -- Longtime LT Tra Thomas signed with Jacksonville and longtime RT Jon Runyan is recovering from microfracture knee surgery and probably won't be re-signed. The Eagles signed Stacy Andrews to play RT. They could move one of their guards out to LT or they could draft one.

TE -- Brent Celek had 19 catches in the playoffs, including 10 against Arizona in the NFC Championship Game. But his blocking needs work. With L.J. Smith gone, the Eagles need a second tight end.

DE -- Eagles like the inside-outside versatility of second-year man Victor Abiamiri, but still could use a legitimate edge-rusher on the left side to take the pressure off Pro Bowl RE Trent Cole.

Washington Redskins

TEAM NEEDS: Defensive end, linebacker, offensive tackle, quarterback.

DE -- Bringing back Renaldo Wynn and Phillip Daniels helped, but the former will be 35 in September and was a backup the past three years while the latter is 36 and missed all of last season following major knee surgery. CFL refugee Chris Wilson is a speed rusher who has yet to start a game. Rob Jackson hardly played as a rookie. Alex Buzbee has never played and like Daniels missed all of last season following knee surgery. Andre Carter, the only sure thing at the position, is coming off the worst of his three years in Washington.

LB -- Having cut five-year starter Marcus Washington, the Redskins are left with these options at strong-side linebacker: journeyman Robert Thomas, cast off by the Rams, Packers and Raiders during the past four years and a player better suited for the weak side; 5-10 H.B. Blades or career special-teamer Alfred Fincher. Special teams ace Khary Campbell remains unsigned. And middle man Fletcher, while still playing at a high level, will be 34 in May.

OT -- Jansen wore down at the end of last season, turned 33 in 2007 and missed virtually all of 2004 and 2007 with injuries. But he kept Heyer, now in his third year, on the bench for most of 2008. The Redskins are worried about this position. And while left tackle Chris Samuels made his sixth Pro Bowl in 2008, he soon turns 32, was beat-up last year and is coming off elbow and knee surgeries.

QB -- On the surface, the Redskins seem fine with Jason Campbell starting, Todd Collins as the backup and 2008 rookie Colt Brennan, a preseason star, waiting in the wings. However, Campbell has been inconsistent during his 36 starts and the Redskins tried to trade him this month and acquire Jay Cutler from the Broncos. With Campbell due to be a free agent in 2010, the Redskins have to be looking for a replacement, especially since Collins will be 38 in November and sixth-rounder Brennan played in the run-and-shoot in college and has yet to take a real NFL snap.

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