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Draft Prospects to Watch for NFC East Teams

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Eagles:

  • Mike Williams WR Clemson: Mike Williams is exactly what the Eagles need, a big time playmaking wide receiver to help out Carson Wentz. Williams fits the mold of a superstar NFL receiver with the size, 6 foot 3, 225 lbs, game breaking speed and great hands, something the Eagles desperately need. He also has the production you look for, with over 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 13.9 yards per catch thus far for Clemson. He also happens to be a Clemson wide receiver with dreads, which seems to work out pretty well (see Sammy Watkins, Deandre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant). Clemson plays South Carolina at 7:30 ET on ESPN.

 

  • Teez Tabor CB Florida: Tabor seems to be exactly what Jim Schwartz looks for in a cornerback. He has very good quickness, ball skills and he’s a extremely confident player, much like current Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills. Tabor has big time production with 4 picks already this year. The Eagles could certainly use a big time cornerback as it is clearly their weakness defensively this year. Tabor and Florida take on Florida State at 8 ET on ABC.

 

  • John Ross WR Washington: Ross could be the Eagles first true deep threat since Desean Jackson. Ross has elite speed and quickness, good hands and is great at tracking the deep ball. While he’s not big at only 5 foot eleven 190 lbs, he plays bigger than his size and has no fear going over the middle with the big boys. Ross has had huge production this year with 991 yards and 15 touchdowns and averaging 15.5 yards per catch. He also absolutely torched USC star cornerback Adoree Jackson with 8 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. Ross and Washington play again on December 2nd.

 

  • Forrest Lamp OT Western Kentucky: With Jason Peters on his last legs and Lane Johnson one failed drug test away from a 2 year suspension, the Eagles could definitely use an offensive tackle. Lamp comes from a small school and isn’t a huge guy at 6 foot 3 296 lbs, but he has extremely good feet and has very strong hands. Lamp also is very good in the run game as he is great at getting out out to the second level to block. If Lamp can put on a little more weight and strength he could turn into a great tackle in the NFL. Western Kentucky plays Marshall at 7 ET on ESPNU.

 

Giants:

  • Samaje Perine RB Oklahoma: The Giants are in desperate need of a running back and luckily for them this draft is historically stacked at that position. Perine definitely has what it takes to be a 3 down NFL back with a bruising running style but enough speed and quickness to break off some big runs. He has good size at 5 foot 11 and 234 lbs and has good production with 5.2 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns this season. He’s also shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with 10 catches on the year and 15 last season. Oklahoma plays next on December 3rd at 12:30 ET

 

  • Cam Robinson OT Alabama: Robinson has started at Alabama since his freshman year, that alone should be able to tell you what level of a player he is. Robinson has the ideal size at 6 foot 6 and 327 lbs, and experience going up against some of the best defensive lineman in the country over his career. Robinson is battle tested and one of the safest players in the draft. While he’s not amazing in either run blocking or pass blocking he is very good at both and is someone you can rely on to be a rock on the line for years to come. Alabama takes on Auburn at 3:30 on CBS.

 

  • Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State: McMillan is the next player in a long line of big time Ohio State linebackers. McMillan is an absolute freak of an athlete and uses his elite speed to cover lots of ground and make plays all over the field. He’s not a huge guy at 6 foot 2 and 240 lbs but he fits the mold of the new NFL linebackers, more similar to a Ryan Shazier type of linebacker than Ray Lewis. His biggest weakness at the moment is his coverage skills but with his big time athleticism he should be able to become a 3 down linebacker. Ohio State has a big showdown with Michigan at 12 ET on ABC.

 

  • Jake Butt TE Michigan: Butt has been a big weapon for Michigan over his career creating matchup nightmares for defenses with his unique combination of size at 6 foot 4 246 lbs, speed and precise route running. At this point in his development Butt is definitely more of a pass catcher than a complete tight end but he is not a bad blocker and will definitely improve in the NFL.

 

Redskins:

  • Jabrill Peppers S Michigan: While there is almost no chance Peppers is available he’s just a perfect fit for the Redskins. Washington could certainly use a safety and Peppers is no doubt the best in the country. Peppers will be one of the few players who is a step above everyone else athletically even in the NFL. He is simply a playmaker as evidenced by the fact that he is warranting consideration for the Heisman. He can play either safety or cornerback in the NFL and likely be an all pro at either spot. Plus if it were to somehow happen that he isn’t a good NFL DB, some scouts believe he could be a slot receiver in the NFL too.

 

  • Derek Barnett DE Tennessee: Barnett is big enough to play defensive end in the Redskins 3-4 scheme at 6 foot 3 265 lbs he would only be looking to add a bit of weight. Barnett is very good against the run and has a very strong array of moves to rush the passer. While he’s not a freak athlete Barnett has more than adequate athleticism, size and strength to be a very solid defensive end for the Redskins.

 

  • Marcus Maye S Florida: Another safety prospect for the Redskins, Maye is a more realistic option. The big knock on Maye is his size as he is only 5 foot 11 and 209 lbs, making him small for an NFL safety. Where Maye makes up for this is with his intangibles, Maye is a leader on the Florida defense and has great instincts on the field. Maye has good coverage skills and is also smart and aggressive enough to get the job done in run support despite his smaller size.

 

  • Christian Mccaffrey RB Stanford: Everyone know’s what Mccaffrey can do, he had one of the best years in college football history as a sophomore, amassing 3,864 all purpose yards. Mcaffrey can do it on the ground, in the receiving game or the return game. The main knock on Mccaffrey is his size as he is only 6 foot 200 lbs and has had some injury issues this season. While the Redskins are having success currently with Rob Kelly at running back, a player like Mccaffrey could add a whole new dimension to the Redskins offense.

 

Cowboys:

  • Carl Lawson DE Auburn: The Cowboys could really use a boost on the defensive line especially since it looks like Randy Gregory won’t be returning anytime soon. Lawson, a top recruit coming out of highschool, is an extremely explosive end with the upside to be an elite pass rusher and run stopper. He has been plagued by injuries in his career in the past, but if he can stay healthy he should have a very productive NFL career.

 

  • Jarrad Davis OLB Florida: Davis has some work to do in the passing game and doesn’t possess ideal size at only 6 foot 1 and 236 lbs but he excels at stopping the run. He has great range and is as sure of a tackler as you’ll find. If he can put on some weight and improve his awareness in zone coverage he’ll prove to be a very good NFL linebacker.

 

  • OJ Howard TE Alabama: Howard is a matchup nightmare for defenses with great size at nearly 6 foot 6 and 250 lbs and elite speed for a tight end. While he doesn’t always put up huge numbers do in part to Alabama’s offensive scheme, Howard is a playmaker who can develop into a Jimmy Graham like weapon in the NFL. With Jason Witten getting up there in age, the Cowboys could look to add Howard to an already strong offense.

 

  • Jourdan Lewis CB Michigan: While undersized at only 5 foot 9 and 170 pounds, Lewis has been the definition of a shutdown corner this season. With 2 interceptions and 9 pass breakups Lewis has touched the ball more than the receivers he’s covered this year, as he’s allowed only 8 catches on the year. Lewis is fiercely competitive and more than makes up for his lack of size with his amazing coverage skills. While the Cowboys corners have been better than expected this year, they could still use a true shutdown corner like Lewis has the potential to be.