Here’s a quick look around at how the Redskins’ NFC East rivals did in the first round of the draft yesterday.
Giants, Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami, pick No. 9—The Big Apple got a big player in the 6-6, 329-lb. Flowers. The Redskins showed some interest in him and he may have been a target of theirs had they traded back to a pick later in the first round. The Giants are looking for Flowers to make two positions better. The plan appears to be to put him at right tackle and move Justin Pugh, who was their 2013 first-round pick, to guard. New York’s first preference here was Brandon Scherff but when he went off the board to the Redskins at No. 5 they shifted to Flowers.
Eagles, Nelson Agholor, WR, USC, No. 20—The Eagles got a pretty good one to replace the departed Jeremy Maclin. He’s not a burner but he runs good routes and has excellent hands. However, Agholor is more of an afterthought in Philly today as most of the talk centers around the big deal that didn’t happen. Chip Kelly claimed that reports from two reliable national reporters that he had offered a mother lode of picks and players to move up to No. 2 to draft Marcus Mariota were “false”. Somehow that seems to be very hard to believe.
Cowboys, Byron Jones, DB, Connecticut, No 27—He made headlines at the combine with his 12-foot broad jump but Jones is more than a workout wonder. At 6-1 he has good size and scouting reports raved about both his football instincts and his character. Jones played safety at UConn before moving to cornerback and he could play either in the NFL. Dallas seems likely to start him out at corner, where high draft pick Morris Claiborne and expensive free agent Brandon Carr haven’t worked out.