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Giants, Eagles, Redskins NFL Draft Needs and Odds

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Apr/21/2010

The Giants, Eagles and Reskins NFL Draft 2010 needs may be great when one considers this is the tightest division in the league and any one of these teams could go on to win the NFC Championship (especially with a good Draft pick or two). 

Odds on New York winning the 2011 NFC championship were set at 11/1 heading into the Thursday NFL Draft at Sportsbetting.com (see website here).  The Eagles, even without Donovan McNabb, were listed at 8/1.  The Redskins, which could turn out to be the most improved team, offered exception value at 16/1.  Gambling911.com already covered the Dallas Cowboys Draft needs.  They had odds of 6/1 to win the 2010 NFC Championship

As for NFL Draft needs, the Giants will probably want a linebacker the likes of Sean

Weatherspoon.  With the signings of Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant as free agents, the safety position is no longer in demand during this week's Draft.  With Bills interim coach Perry Fewell hired as Defensive Coordinator, expect a much improved Giants team that can only get better with a Weatherspoon selection. 

But the Giants do have their sights on Alabama's Rolando McClain, another middle linebacker, as well.  

The Eagles, meanwhile, have 11 picks, including seven in the first four rounds and four among the top 75.  They could very likely trade up or down.  In fact, that is widely expected.  Defense will be the priority.  Philadelphia will be looking for a free safety, a pass-rushing end and playmaking linebacker.

McNabb was traded for a second-round (37th overall) pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft. 

My Fox Philly offered up five potential scenarios for the 2010 NFL Draft whereby they could go for either Eric Berry, defensive back, Tennessee; Joe Haden, cornerback, Florida; Kyle Wilson, cornerback, Boise St.; Maurkice Pouncey, center, Florida or Tim Tebow, quarterback, Florida.

"If Tebow is around in the early second round, don't be shocked if the Eagles grab him. The Eagles could change positions in the second round to grab Tebow, if only to use Tebow as trade bait," My Fox Philly suggests.

As for Eric Berry, the hot rumor has the Eagles trading with former GM Tom Heckert and the Cleveland Browns for the no. 7 pick in the draft, according to My Fox Philly

The Eagles have the picks to make the deal, if the Browns don't want Berry or quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

The theory is that there are five can't miss players in the draft (Bradford, Suh, McCoy, Okung, Trent Williams) and there is Clausen, who has starting quarterback potential.

Scouts don't see a big difference between the rest of the players in the first round, with Berry seen as some as overrated, and not as good as Texas safety Earl Thomas.

The hot pre-Draft chat surrounding Washington this week were that Donovan McNabb suggested he might like to reunite with Terrell Owens. 

Despite helping the Philadelphia Eagles reach a Super Bowl together, McNabb and Owens did not get along (to say the least)

The really big news during the Draft will be if Washington can somehow nab Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

They currently hold the No. 4 pick but could trade up if they have sincere interest in Bradford.  The Redskins could also decide to trade down and stockpile more picks.  They have the least amount of any other team - 4. 

 

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