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Best and most questionable 2017 NFL Draft picks: NFC East

Editor's note: This week, analyst Lance Zierlein takes a look at the best and most questionable picks in the 2017 NFL Draft for every team, continuing today with the NFC East teams:

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Dallas Cowboys

Best pick:Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado (Round 2, No. 60 overall)
The skinny: I really like this pick at No. 60. Awuzie needs to get more consistent in his run support, but he has NFL-ready size, can play inside or outside and he's an excellent gunner on special teams.

Most questionable pick:Marquez White, CB, Florida State (Round 6, No. 216 overall)
The skinny: I understand that White was a late sixth-rounder and the Cowboys were looking to load up on cornerbacks. However, after grabbing two CBs in the early rounds, I thought there were players with higher ceilings that the Cowboys could have taken a shot on at this stage.


New York Giants

Best pick:Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss (Round 1, No. 23 overall)
The skinny: I felt like Engram could become a game-changing move tight end no matter where he went, and the Giants give him as great a chance to realize that potential. Engram gives the Giants a slot option who will be extremely difficult to match up against and who could help pull some of the defense's attention away from Odell Beckham.

Most questionable pick:Davis Webb, QB, Cal (Round 3, No. 87 overall)
The skinny: I have no problem with the Giants taking their shot at Webb in the third round, but I simply don't see a future starter when I watch him.


Philadelphia Eagles

Best pick:Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia (Round 3, No. 99 overall)
The skinny: When a long cornerback with excellent ball skills falls to you with the 99th pick, you run the card up to the podium. Douglas isn't fast, but his game is similar to Richard Sherman's.

Most questionable pick:Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (Round 2, No. 43 overall)
The skinny: Jones was the No. 2 cornerback on my board before his pro-day Achilles injury, so I obviously love the talent. However, we still have to find out if he can be the same twitchy, man corner he was before the injury. Some teams believe that pick No. 43 was an early gamble on Jones.


Washington Redskins

Best pick:Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama (Round 1, No. 17 overall)
The skinny: The addition of RB Samaje Perine in the fourth round was also in consideration, but how can I pass on Allen here? He comes in game-ready against both the run and pass. The only reason he fell is due to medical concerns. If the Redskins can get six or seven good years from Allen, they'll take it. He's very talented.

Most questionable pick:Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State (Round 4, No. 123 overall)
The skinny: I don't get this one at all. Nicholson has the height, weight and speed to be a "traits" pick, but based on his tape, he shouldn't have come off the board earlier than the sixth or seventh round.

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