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2017 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Two Rounds; NFC East Needs

2017 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Two Rounds; NFC East Needs

The latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft expands from one to two rounds just as the list of team needs rose or shrunk following moves made early in free agency.

Here's a closer look at four of those teams, otherwise known as members of the NFC East.


Dallas Cowboys (Early selections: 28, 60)

1.Defensive line

2. Cornerback

3. Right tackle

Analysis: The underrated part of last season's NFC East title was how Dallas thrived despite missing players and lacking great playmakers along the defensive line.

Signing former Redskin Stephen Paea isn't likely to move the needle. Selecting pass rusher Charles Harris or interior option Malik McDowell might. ... Dallas lost safety Barry Church and cornerback Morris Claiborne in free agency. Signing veteran defensive back Nolan Carrol helps, but plenty more is required. ... Right tackle Doug Free's retirement opens up the possibility of the Cowboys spending another early selection on the offensive line. ...


New York Giants (Early selections: 23 and 55)

1. Left tackle

2. Linebacker

3. Tight end

Analysis: Still having an issue with protecting Eli Manning's blindside despite spending a top 10 selection on Ereck Flowers in 2015 is no way to go through life.

Several tackle prospects, including Garett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk are in play at 23. ...Running back doesn't make this list despite Rashard Jennings' exit. That doesn't mean Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen are enough for a 16-game schedule. ... At some point, the Giants must come up with a quarterback replacement for the 36-year-old Manning.

Spending a second or third round pick on a Davis Webb or Nate Peterman might make sense, but would New York want to use a high pick for a future concern?


Philadelphia Eagles (Early selections: 14, 43)

1. Cornerback

2. Running back

3. Defensive tackle

Analysis: Getting Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to sign on the dotted line early in free agency removed wide receiver from atop Philly's needs list. ...

Losing defensive tackle Bennie Logan in free agency could shift their plans, but corner remains the top defensive concern. Good news: This class is loaded at corner with 5-8 prospects potentially going off the board in the first round. ... Running backs Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey could be tempting at 14.


Washington Redskins (Early selections: 17, 49)

1. Nose tackle/defensive line

2. Left guard

3. Inside linebacker

Analysis: We'll see how Terrelle Pryor fares, but between his addition and the return of Josh Doctson, the Redskins have enough firepower on paper to replace the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. ... At best the exchange of players along the defensive line is a push, which isn't nearly enough for a unit that labored last season.

Here's the problem: This draft doesn't appear loaded with nose tackles worthy of round 1-2 selection. ... Best player available scenarios could come into play considering the amount of interesting cornerback, tight end and running back options in the early rounds. Washington arguably doesn't need help in those areas for 2017, but talent is talent.

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Jamison Crowder's performance vs. Washington reminded the Redskins just exactly what they're missing

Jamison Crowder's performance vs. Washington reminded the Redskins just exactly what they're missing

FEDEX FIELD -- There's an age-old saying, 'there's no place like home.'

New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder called FedEx Field home for four seasons but departed this past offseason for New York on a lucrative three-year, $28.5 million deal. At the time, letting Crowder walk did not seem like a big deal for Washington. His final season with the Burgundy and Gold was injury-shortened and unproductive, and the price tag seemed a little steep for a slot receiver.

On Sunday, Crowder returned to Washington for the first time as a visitor, and he certainly felt right back at home. The 26-year-old receiver finished with five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 34-17 victory over Washington, a game that was not really close at all.

"It means a lot. Great team win," Crowder said on the victory. "Just to come back here to FedEx [Field] against the Redskins, for me, it's a great feeling. I'm just glad to be winning."

In his first year sporting green and white instead of burgundy and gold, the slot receiver has been a valuable asset for second-year quarterback Sam Darnold. Through 10 games, Crowder has recorded 53 receptions for 562 yards and three touchdowns with a 73.8 percent catch rate. He's on pace for 85 catches and just under 900 yards on the season, both of which would be career highs. 

"Crowder did a great job of making catches when [he] needed to," Jets running back Le'Veon Bell said. 

Meanwhile, his former team has struggled mightily on offense, especially over the last month of the season. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins' 45-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Guice snapped a 16 quarter touchdown-less streak Washington had been on. That's four full games without a touchdown. The streak was the longest of such in nearly two decades.

Crowder, who played in a relatively high-scoring offense during his time in Washington, was asked whether he was surprised about the team's struggles. 

"I don't know. I haven't really thought about it much," Crowder said. "I think they have a really good ball team over there across the board. Especially on defense, they have a lot of guys that are really good. Offensively, they got a lot of guys that make plays, young guys that make plays. I haven't really thought about what's going on with them."

With Crowder's departure, the Redskins expected second-year receiver Trey Quinn to fill the void. Quinn has been unproductive and disappointing. He finished Sunday's contest with just two catches for nine yards, an unacceptable performance from someone who Washington counted on to make a leap in 2019. In 10 games, Quinn has a total of 198 receiving yards, with no more than 36 yards in any contest. 

Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin's emergence as the Redskins No. 1 wide receiver has been a rare bright spot in an otherwise lost season for Washington, but even his production doesn't match Crowder's. 

Crowder was certainly happy to defeat his old team but downplayed having any extra juice entering the matchup.

"There wasn't any extra motivation. I just approached it as another game," Crowder said. "It was just a little different going against the guys that I played four years with. I'm familiar with a lot of guys over there. For me, that's the only thing. For my preparation, I just approached it as another game."

Crowder may have seen Sunday as just another game, but the Redskins should look at his performance and see a player they maybe should have kept.


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In a blowout, Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice connect for a meaningful touchdown

In a blowout, Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice connect for a meaningful touchdown

Getting blown out by the New York Jets, one would think that any touchdown the Redskins would potentially score when trailing 34-3 would mean nothing. In most cases, that would be correct.

But when Dwayne Haskins connected with Derrius Guice for a 45-yard score, it was actually a very notable touchdown.

The touchdown is important for multiple reasons. One being that it is Haskins' first NFL touchdown. Making his first home start, the quarterback didn't have the performance many would have hoped for. But, he does now have one touchdown.

While it was the first for Haskins, it was also the first for Guice. The second-year running back who has missed a lot of time with injuries returned for the Week 11 battle and show the playmaking ability that has many excited to see him on the field.

Last, but definitely not least, the score put an end to the horrid touchdown-drought the Redskins had been in. Before Guice crossed the goal line, Washington hadn't scored in 16 quarters. Yes, that is the equivalent to four games.

But alas, the Redskins have a touchdown and so do Haskins and Guice. Sunday was a disappointing day, but at least there was this moment.