The safety position has been a conundrum for the Cowboys for quite some time. That isn't the only area on defense the Dallas might address in the NFL's upcoming annual selection meeting. Cornerback and defensive could also be areas of focus for the Cowboys.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Feb. 28: Could Cowboys pair Romo with another EIU alum?
It's clear that the Cowboys are enamoured with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but the team was doing homework on the other quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine, including Garoppolo and San Jose State's David Fales. Garoppolo adds intrigue, since he hails from the same school as Tony Romo.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Feb. 24: Cowboys VP: Manziel is going to be a star
Manziel being drafted by the Cowboys is a virtually impossible scenario, but this much is clear: The club likes Johnny Football. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, in fact, predicted NFL stardom for the former Texas A&M quarterback in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
New York Giants
A brutal 7-9 season made the Giants' recent run to a Super Bowl triumph seem like a distant memory. Some rebuilding needs to be done on defense, with linebacker and cornerback as the most pressing team needs. An interior offensive lineman could also be in the offing in New York.
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
March 1: Ebron wants to play for Giants
Ebron singled out the Giants as the team he would most want to be drafted by, telling fansided.com that he has been a Giants fan since he was young and that "it would be an honor" to play for them. Ebron cemented himself as a first-round pick after the NFL Scouting Combine, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. The Giants have the 12th pick, but tight end is not among their top priorities, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.
Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Feb. 20: Mayock: Giants in a good spot
On a conference call with reporters, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the Giants' options at pick No. 12 in the first round of the draft, saying, "If all three (top tackles) were gone, you could still make a case for Zack Martin. I think he's a better. He's very similar to Justin Pugh, who they took a year ago, but I think he's a better prospect."
The Eagles rode a high-octane, fast-break offense to the NFC East crown, and the team appears to be in good shape on that side of the ball. The defense, however, is still a WIP (Work In Progress). Outside linebacker, cornerback and safety might be the positions most closely monitored on the team's draft board.
Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman
March 6: Line coach from Eagles watches Dozier's pro day
NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt thinks Dozier could be a second-day draft pick (Rounds 2-3) following a strong pro day performance, which was witnessed by an offensive line coach from the Eagles. The Eagles have been an extremely active team on the pro day circuit.
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Feb. 20: Mayock: Eagles need an edge rusher
On a conference call with reporters, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock broke down the Eagles' options at pick No. 22 in the first round of the draft, saying, "The one guy that's kind of interesting, and it might be a little bit high, but Dee Ford from Auburn is kind of that edge-rush guy. He doesn't have as much length as you might like, and he might be more comparable to Bruce Irvin when Seattle took him two years ago. He's a guy with some real edge burst that would fit what the Eagles do."
The Redskins are still feeling the affects of their gutsy trade with the St. Louis Rams to move up in the 2012 NFL Draft and select Robert Griffin III. A first-round pick would have handy this year, since the Redskins have a host of holes to fill. The team could use help at every spot on defense, and the offensive line is in need of an upgrade. The Redskins' first draft pick comes in the second round at selection No. 34.
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Feb. 20: Mayock: No first-round pick presents challenge
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock could see the Redskins and first-year coach Jay Gruden really coveting one of the top receivers, "He sits there early in the second round and who is going to be there, (Jarvis) Landry? I would sprint to the podium if I could get Landry at 35. (Odell) Beckham, Brandin Cooks from Oregon State, there are really good football players and wide receivers who can contribute immediately."
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