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NFC East Draft Winds: Rumors connecting players, NFL teams

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College Football 24/7 takes a look at the buzz surrounding the NFC East teams leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dallas Cowboys

First-round spot: 16
» Cowboys' 2014 draft picks | Draft history

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.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
May 6: Jones: QB not primary goal for 'Boys in Round 1
The Manziel to the Cowboys rumor mill has been spinning full throttle as the draft rapidly approaches. But is all the talk just that -- rumors? Will Jerry Jones and Co. draft Johnny Football if he unexpectedly falls to No. 16? "I will go as far as to say it is not our primary goal in the first round to be looking for a quarterback," Jones said at a pre-draft news conference.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
May 6: Ealy says Cowboys, Rams showing high interest
Ealy can't name every NFL club that has shown a heavy interest in him, but the Cowboys and Rams are two of them. Ealy mentioned both when asked about his feel for interest around the NFL in his skills as a versatile defensive lineman, the latter of which would be something of a dream team for the former Missouri star.

May 4: Cowboys might be thinking of pulling first-round surprise
Here's something that probably isn't going to sit well with Cowboys fans that want to see the team address needs on defense early in the draft: NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported that he "would not be surprised" if Dallas targeted a wide receiver in the first round to pair with Pro Bowl selection Dez Bryant. Wide receiver isn't the only skill position the team might address with its top pick, though.

Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
April 22: Intriguing DE to visit Cowboys
Dallas would seem to be in the market for a defensive end, and Martin (6-foot-6, 278 pounds) could be a solid second-day addition. The Cowboys signed DE Jeremy Mincey in free agency, but he is not a long-term solution. Martin is a good athlete -- he ran a 4.78 in the 40 and had a 35.5-inch vertical jump at the combine -- who put up big numbers as a senior with the Tar Heels (82 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss). His 84.5-inch wingspan also stands out; that was the longest among the ends who attended the NFL Scouting Combine. Martin always had been good against the run but developed into a solid pass rusher in 2013. Dallas has the 15th pick in the second round (47th overall); the Cowboys pick 14th in the third round (78th overall), but Martin -- who does need to add some bulk -- likely would be gone by then.

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
April 16: Barr believes Cowboys see him as defensive end
Barr visited with the Cowboys and defensive coordinator Rob Marinelli, who Barr believes sees his as a defensive end on a 4-3 team. Presumably, Barr would have to add significant weight to do so.

Howard Jones, DE, Shepherd
April 16: Jones visits with Cowboys
Jones is among the prospects who has visited with the Cowboys, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt said. Jones is vying to be the first Shepherd player selected in the NFL draft since 1979.

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
April 16: Versatile lineman visiting Cowboys
Martin (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) might be the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft, which is a reason he is expected to go in the first round. The biggest reason: He is talented. Martin played left tackle for the Irish, but he looks to fit best at right tackle or at guard in the NFL. Dallas picks 16th in the first round, and finding a defensive starter along the line or at safety would seem to be the highest first-round priority. But Martin's versatility is appealing and putting him at guard would improve the Cowboys' interior.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt
April 15: Disruptive DT visited with Cowboys
Dallas needs to continue to upgrade its defense (it signed DT Henry Melton in free agency), and Donald (6-foot-1, 285 pounds) is the most disruptive interior lineman available in the draft. Donald is solid against the run and puts a quick first step and good leverage to use as a top-notch interior pass rusher. The concern for the Cowboys -- and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli -- is whether he will be there when Dallas picks 16th. Donald and Florida State's Tim Jernigan (who also is meeting with the Cowboys) are the top two tackles available. Will either, both or neither be off the board at No. 16? And if both are there, do the Cowboys go with Donald?

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
April 14: Run-stuffing DT to meet with Cowboys
Jernigan (6-foot-2, 299 pounds) is a load in the middle and could appeal to the Cowboys as they attempt to improve their run defense. Dallas picks 16th in the first, which is in line with where Jernigan should go. It's expected that Jernigan and Pitt's Aaron Donald will be the first defensive tackles off the board. Jernigan isn't as active as Donald, but he also can play nose tackle, which is appealing to some teams.

James Franklin, QB, Missouri
April 10: Mizzou QB working out for Cowboys
Missouri quarterback James Franklin said he is expecting to go unchosen in the NFL draft next month, and would consider it something of a bonus to be picked. But that doesn't mean he's not planning on making the most of a training-camp opportunity. And the Dallas Cowboys are making the most of a chance to evaluate him. Franklin told news-leader.com he has a workout scheduled for next week with the Cowboys.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
March 26: Cowboys among teams set to meet with Fiedorowicz
Fiedorowicz was worked out by Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes at Iowa's pro day, but will perform private workouts on the Iowa campus for the Cowboys and Texans. He has scheduled visits in the coming weeks with the Buccaneers, Falcons, Lions and Patriots, too.

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
March 19: Cowboys among 12 clubs interested in Murray
A dozen NFL clubs have shown more interest in Murray than others, and the Cowboys are among them. Brandon Weeden, who was recently jettisoned by the Browns, is now with the Cowboys, who could be on the lookout for competition behind starter Tony Romo.

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.


New York Giants

First-round spot: 12
» Giants' 2014 draft picks | Draft history

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.

Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State
May 5: WR with return ability met with Giants
Franklin (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) declared for the draft after his junior season. He caught 126 passes in his final two seasons, including 52 (for 670 yards and seven TDs) in 2013, when he missed the first four games because of a suspension related to academics. Good speed was supposed to be a selling point, but he ran the 40 in 4.56 seconds at the combine, then in 4.69 seconds on a bad track at his pro day. He has the ability to be a return man and that could lead to him being selected late on the third day.

Levi Brown, DT, Temple
May 1: Run-stuffing NT visited with Giants
Brown is a squatty interior presence who started for three seasons with the Owls. He strictly is a run-stuffer who holds his ground well in the middle of the line. He was not invited to the combine but impressed with 33 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press at his pro day. He could be a late-round pick or a priority free agent who would provide depth in the middle for the Giants.

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
April 30: Giants zeroing on Martin?
The Giants will be looking to upgrade their offensive line in the draft, and the player the team might be zeroing in on is a bit of a surprise. The Giants -- who pick 12th in the first round -- are "extremely high" on Martin, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported, and they like him more than Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

Ethan Westbrooks, DE/OLB, West Texas A&M
April 29: Report: Westbrooks visited Giants
Westbrooks (6-foot-3½, 267 pounds) visited the Giants, according to the National Football Post. An Oakland native who signed with West Texas A&M out of junior college, Wesbrooks had 26.5 sacks and 47.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons with the Buffaloes, including 19.5 sacks in 2012. He was named the defensive MVP of January's East-West Shrine Game, when he had two sacks. Westbrooks ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds at his pro day after running it in 4.90 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He played end in college, and his pass-rush skills are such that he appears likely to be a middle-round selection -- he could play outside linebacker in a 3-4.

Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland
April 29: CB coming off injury visited with Giants
McDougle suffered a shoulder injury Sept. 16 against Cincinnati and missed the rest of the season; he had three picks in the first three games of the season and nine in his career. McDougle was a fulltime starter as a sophomore and junior and was known for his strong run support. He attended the combine but was unable to run or do any of the drills. He turned in a 4.47 clocking in the 40 at Maryland's pro day, where the positional drills were overseen by Giants secondary coach Peter Giunta. He is a likely third-day pick.

Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
April 28: Athletic LB met with Giants
Pierre-Louis (6-foot-0½, 232 pounds) was a four-year starter for BC. His lack of size is a concern, though he does run well (4.51 in the 40 at the combine); he also had a 39-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches at the combine. Pierre-Louis is solid in coverage and is physical despite his lack of size (his playing weight at BC was about 220). He should be a third-day pick whose athleticism trumps his lack of size.

Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
April 28: Giants could target versatile OL in Round 2
Bitonio (6-foot-4, 304 pounds) is seen as an early second-round selection, but NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently said he wouldn't be shocked if Bitonio landed in the bottom of the first round. The Giants pick 12th in the first round, but aren't likely to choose Bitonio there; they pick 11th in the second round (43rd overall), but Bitonio seems likely to be gone by then. Bitonio has added value because he also could play guard, which might be his best position at the next level.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
April 25: One of top linemen in draft meets with Giants
The Giants need to improve their offensive line and drafting an offensive tackle at No. 12 in the first round would be a prudent move. But will any of the top three tackles be there at No. 12? Lewan visited with the Giants, and NFL Media draft analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah discussed recently how Lewan would make sense for the Giants at No. 12 on an episode of NFL Network's "Path to the Draft."

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
March 25: Giants scout witnesses UNC's pro day
A scout from the Giants was among the representatives on hand for North Carolina's pro day, where Ebron worked out and solidified his first-round draft status, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. Ebron recently singled out the Giants as the team he would most want to be drafted by.

Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford
March 21: Reynolds would welcome return to NYC
The Giants could use an upgrade in their secondary, and it might come from Reynolds, whose dad, also named Ed, is a former Giants linebacker. The younger Reynolds served as a Giants ball boy during three training camps. In addition, the younger Reynolds is close with Giants coach Tom Coughlin's children, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, and the elder Reynolds said Coughlin's offspring have told their dad he needs to draft the younger Reynolds.


Philadelphia Eagles

First-round spot: 22
» Eagles' 2014 draft picks | Draft history

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.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
May 7: Clinton-Dix to Eagles: 'Come get me, please'
The Eagles are reportedly gauging the possibility of trading up in the first round of the draft, with a wide receiver such as LSU's Odell Beckham as the likely target. Clinton-Dix is trying to convince the team's brass to draft him instead. The Alabama star recently sent a text message to Eagles director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz, a former Crimson Tide recruiter. "I told him to tell them to come get me, please," Clinton-Dix said.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
May 7: Manziel likes offense Kelly brought to Eagles
Manziel has been known to praise Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as something of a trailblazer for smaller, mobile quarterbacks in the NFL. But don't tell Manziel that the Seahawks' attack is the only offense that can accomodate one. The Eagles, he said, are another.

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
May 6: Latimer sees draft interest skyrocket
The Eagles, Panthers and Ravens have shown the most pre-draft interest in Latimer, one of the NFL draft's fastest risers, the wide receiver said. But it took a dazzling pro-day performance to spark Latimer's late surge as one of the draft's top prospects. If any of those teams want Latimer, they ought not wait too long. In a draft pool that has been lauded for its depth at the receiver position, however, Latimer has managed to climb the ladder quickly in a short period of time.

Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
May 5: Will Eagles trade up for Beckham?
The Eagles might be eyeing a specific wide receiver in the draft's first round. The question is whether they will be able to get the man of their desires. The receiver in question appears to be Beckham -- the multifaceted pass-catcher who is becoming increasing popular due to his ability to play outside, inside and as a returner. However, he's likely to be off the board when the Eagles are scheduled to go on the clock at No. 22.

Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois
May 1: Mayock says Ward would be good fit for Eagles
Ward is one of the top five safeties in the draft, and while he played strong safety at NIU, there is a school of thought than he can be a free safety in the NFL. He was a three-year starter for the Huskies who had 317 tackles, 11 interceptions and 25 pass breakups in his career; he was strong against the run and also solid in coverage. He looks to be a second-round pick, and during a teleconference on Thursday, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Ward would be a good fit for the Eagles in that round. He said he thought the Eagles would be looking for a safety who could play both roles (free and strong). Mayock said Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be a fit but didn't think he would be available for the Eagles in the first round at No. 22; Mayock also said that he didn't think Louisville's Calvin Pryor fit what the Eagles want from their safeties.

Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
April 29: Half brother of Sammy Watkins visits teams
Watkins has certainly parlayed his 4.41 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine into a busy pre-draft schedule. The half brother of Clemson star Sammy Watkins has reportedly visited the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, and performed private workouts for the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Watkins has experience at both cornerback and safety, and projects as a mid-round draft pick.

Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State
April 28: Big corner to visit with Eagles
Johnson (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is a "big corner," which NFL teams now crave. He spent his first two seasons at NC State as a reserve safety/linebacker, then started at corner in his final two seasons. He is a physical player who ran a 4.45 40 at the combine. Johnson, who was active in run support for the Wolfpack, had three interceptions in his career, all in his senior season. His size could lead to him going earlier than he should; he should go in the fifth or sixth round. The Eagles, who need some corners, don't have a sixth-round selection.

Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
April 25: FCS linebacker visited with Eagles
The Eagles appear set with their starting outside linebackers, but depth is needed, and Tripp (6-foot-3, 234 pounds) has the potential to develop into a starter in short order. He has called himself "the most versatile linebacker in this draft." He had a strong week at the Reese's Senior Bowl and also acquitted himself well at the combine (37.5-inch vertical jump, 10-foot broad jump, 4.67 in the 40, and 3.96 in the 20-yard shuttle). Tripp, who turned 23 on April 3, also was Montana's long snapper. He should go somewhere in the third round.

Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa
April 25: LB known for coverage skills visited Eagles
Kirksey was part of a productive all-senior starting linebacker group for the Hawkeyes last season and looks to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick. Kirksey was a three-year starter and is considered the best NFL prospect among Iowa's trio because of his athleticism. He has solid pass-defense skills and covered slot receivers at times. Kirksey was an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense at Iowa and where he would fit in a 3-4 (what the Eagles play) is a question. He had 5.5 career sacks at Iowa.

Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
April 22: Norwood making the rounds
Norwood has visited the Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, according to his pre-draft diary for USA Today Sports. One of quarterback AJ McCarron's most reliable targets the last three seasons, Norwood has also been on the receiving end of McCarron workouts for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. "All those northern teams seem to like me. That'd be different. I'd be great, though. I've always wanted to play in the snow," said the Mississippi native.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
April 18: Big WR could fit into Kelly's offense
In a teleconference Thursday, NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he could see Benjamin (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) as a potential fit for the Eagles. Jeremiah said Benjamin was "a little bit of a polarizing player" because of his inconsistencies and lack of focus at Florida State. But Benjamin obviously is a big, physical receiver who could develop into a legitimate red-zone weapon in coach Chip Kelly's offense. The Eagles pick 22nd in the first round; Benjamin is seen as a guy who could go in the 20s or early 30s.

Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
April 9: Eagles meet with big Rutgers WR
Coleman (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) has a nice mix of size and speed -- he was clocked in 4.56 seconds in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine -- but his production dropped considerably in 2013 from 2012. He had 43 receptions and 10 TD catches in 2012 but just 34 catches and four TDs in 2013. But he also worked with some really bad quarterbacks in a simplistic passing attack, and he has an intriguing upside because of his size. The Eagles need some wide receivers and could be interested enough in Coleman to grab him in the fifth or sixth round.

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
April 8: Robinson has standout pro day in front of Eagles coach
In a draft that's deep on wide receivers, one receiver who often is overlooked is Robinson. Perhaps his pro day will change that. One interested observer surely would have been Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, whose team is likely to draft a wide receiver or two this year.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
April 3: Cooks would like chance to replace Jackson
The Eagles recently cut their top wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, and Cooks believes he could make Eagles fans forget about the abruptly-departed Jackson and his 1,332 receiving yards rather quickly. "A lot of people will wonder, 'Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?'" Cooks said. "In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better."

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
March 31: Evans visits Eagles
The Eagles have a void at wide receiver following the release of DeSean Jackson, and Evans certainly has the potential to fill it. He met with the Eagles on March 31, PFT Live reported. It's unlikely that Evans, a potential top-10 pick, will be available at No. 22, where the Eagles are slated to pick, but if he's the prospect Chip Kelly wants, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team moved up in the first round to get him.

Jaylen Watkins, DB, Florida
March 31: Eagles to host Florida DB Watkins
The Philadelphia Eagles will host Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins, according to phillymag.com. The Eagles have the No. 22 pick in the first round, which is too early for Watkins, who is the half-brother of Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. But using a third- or fourth-round selection on Watkins would be in line with his talent level. While he probably fits best at corner in the NFL, Watkins moved to safety from corner as a senior at Florida and played at a high level. He measured 5-foot-11½ and 194 pounds at last month's NFL Scouting Combine and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, faster than Sammy (4.43).

March 19: Eagles' Kelly at Virginia Tech's pro day
Eagles coach Chip Kelly and his staff have been very busy attending the various pro days around the country. Kelly attended Virginia Tech's pro day, where he could have been following cornerbacks Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller, defensive end James Gayle and quarterback Logan Thomas.

March 18: Eagles' Kelly at FSU's pro day
Eagles coach Chip Kelly attended Florida State's pro day, where he could have been keeping close tabs on receiver Kelvin Benjamin, safeties Terrence Brooks and Lamarcus Joyner, and inside linebacker Christian Jones.


Washington Redskins

First-round spot: None
» Redskins' 2014 draft picks | Draft history

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.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
May 1: Mayock says massive OT would fit for Redskins
Kouandjio once was considered a likely first-round selection, but medical issues are a concern. Kouandjio is absolutely massive - - he looks bigger than his listed size, if that is possible -- and he road-grades people as a run blocker. His pass protection is a question, which likely means he fits best as a right tackle after he played left tackle for the Tide. Washington could be looking for a new right tackle, and NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said during a teleconference Thursday that Kouandjio and Virginia OT Morgan Moses are the "two most logical guys" for Washington to take if they're available and the Redskins indeed are looking for a tackle with their first pick, which comes with the 34th overall selection (No. 2 in the second round).

Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
April 29: Half brother of Sammy Watkins visits teams
Watkins has certainly parlayed his 4.41 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine into a busy pre-draft schedule. The half brother of Clemson star Sammy Watkins has reportedly visited the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, and performed private workouts for the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. Watkins has experience at both cornerback and safety, and projects as a mid-round draft pick.

Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
April 22: Norwood making the rounds
Norwood has visited the Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, according to his pre-draft diary for USA Today Sports. One of quarterback AJ McCarron's most reliable targets the last three seasons, Norwood has also been on the receiving end of McCarron workouts for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. "All those northern teams seem to like me. That'd be different. I'd be great, though. I've always wanted to play in the snow," said the Mississippi native.

Demarcus Lawrence, DE-OLB, Boise State
April 18: Boise State pass rusher to meet with Redskins
Lawrence (6-foot-3, 251 pounds) is a candidate to potentially sneak into the end of the first round. While he held up relatively well against the run at Boise State, Lawrence's main selling point is his pass-rushing ability, which seemingly means a move to outside linebacker in the NFL. He had a combined 20 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in 2012 and '13 at Boise State. Washington, which doesn't have a first-round pick, would seem to be set at end and outside 'backer, but what team couldn't use a young pass rusher? The Redskins' first pick is No. 2 in the second round (No. 34 overall), which is about in line with where Lawrence is expected to go.

Jeremiah Attaochu, DE-OLB, Georgia Tech
April 17: Touted pass rusher to visit with Redskins
Attaochu (6-foot-3, 252 pounds) played both end in a 4-3 and outside linebacker in a 3-4 at Georgia Tech, and one trait that came to the fore in both schemes is that he can get to the opposing quarterback. He had 31.5 career sacks, the most in school history, and he also did a solid job against the run. He has some work to do on his coverage skills, but you don't draft him to play pass defense; you draft him to get to the passer. The Redskins would seem to be well-stocked at end and outside 'backer, but Attaochu is an intriguing second-round prospect. The Redskins pick second in the round (34th overall); they don't have a first-round selection.

Dez Southward, S, Wisconsin
April 17: Versatile safety visited with Redskins
Southward (6-foot-1, 212 pounds) was a two-year starter at Wisconsin but was unable to work out at February's NFL Scouting Combine because of a medical issue. Speed supposedly was a concern, but he blazed a 4.38 in the 40 at Wisconsin's pro day and also had a 42-inch vertical jump, which opened some eyes. He can play both safety positions, but likely is better-suited for strong safety in the NFL. Southward, who played just one season of high school football at powerhouse Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, could be a nice addition to a Redskins secondary that needs a young safety; he seems likely to go early on the draft's third day. Washington picks second in the fourth round (102nd overall).

Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
April 15: Physical OT visited with Redskins
Fleming (6-foot-5, 323 pounds) left Stanford after his junior season but probably could have improved his draft stock (i.e., become a better pass blocker) had he played one more year of college ball. Still, he is physical and his run-blocking ability makes him a likely second- or third-round pick. He strictly played right tackle for the Cardinal. Washington doesn't own a first-round selection and has former first-rounder Trent Williams at left tackle and Tyler Polumbus at right tackle. Improving their defensive back seven would seem to be the Redskins' priority on the draft's second day.

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
April 10: High-motor DE visiting Redskins
Crichton (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) looks to be a second-round pick and he could appeal to the Redskins, who don't have a first-round pick and select second in the second round. Washington signed free-agent DE Jason Hatcher, but needs more young depth at the position. Crichton had 22.5 sacks and 51 tackles for loss in three seasons with the Beavers. He's also good against the run.

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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