Everyone knows that Robert Griffin III, the Redskins’ top draft pick, will make an impact on the 2012 team and that they should be better because of it.
That’s good for the Redskins because the other three teams in the division could also be improved due to the presence of their first-round draft picks. Washington traded up to get Griffin and two of the other NFC East teams traded up to get players they hope will help stop RG3.
A look at the other NFC East first rounders:
Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys (6th pick)–He was touted as the best defensive player in the 2012 draft and the Cowboys, who traded up to the sixth overall pick to take him, will need him to be very good if not great. Dallas secondary has been the team’s Achilles heel for quite some time and Jerry Jones spent a high draft pick on Claiborne and some hefty free agent dollars on Brandon Carr to transform the cornerback spot from a soft spot into an area of strength.
Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles (12th pick)–Cox could come at Griffin from just about anywhere along the Eagles’ defensive line. He’s a freakish athlete who could spend a number of years blowing into the offensive backfield and disrupting the Redskins’ zone stretch play. Philly moved up from 15th in the first round to 12th to nap Cox.
David Wilson, RB, Giants (31st pick)–Ahmad Bradshaw had better be careful. If he has any more injuries like the foot problem that kept him out of our games last year and limited him in others Wilson could take over and keep the job for good. Wilson is a deadly combination of speed and athletic ability, giving the Giants a player who take one all the way from anywhere on the field. It’s a good bet that he’ll have executed one of those plays that is all over TV on Sunday night and Monday by Week 4.