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NFC East Draft Picks: Giants, Eagles, & Redskins

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  1. Hostile

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    New York Giants Draft picks

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    Round 1...#29... Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina

    Junior
    6’ 1” 210 lbs.
    Strengths: Hands, Agility, Change of Direction, Vertical, Acceleration, Body Control
    Weaknesses: Route Running, Speed, Recognition/Awareness



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    Many people look at 2008 as Hakeem Nicks breakout year, and while it probably was Nicks’ best season, 2006 was his true breakout season. Bursting onto the scene with 39 catches and 660 receiving yards, Nicks led UNC in both categories while establishing school freshman records. His 171 receiving yards against Notre Dame was also a North Carolina single-game record.
    Nicks drastically improved in 2007, finishing with 74 catches for 958 yards and 5 TD while earning 2nd Team All-ACC honors. He continued to break school records in 2008 as his 1,222 yards and 12 TDs were both school single season bests. He also set a UNC bowl-record with 217 receiving yards in the Meinke Car Care Bowl against West Virginia. Nicks finished his career with 2,263 receiving yards, the most in school history, he also set UNC records for career catches (181), career TDs (21) and single-season TDs (12).
    Nicks combines some outstanding physical traits with a flair for the dramatic. He has made some college football’s most impressive catches over his career and has been a very consistent performer for UNC despite working with subpar quarterbacks at a basketball school. Nicks has some of college’s best hands and rarely drops easy catches. Despite not being a burner, Nicks has great flexibility, body control and top notch change of direction ability. He has a quick, high vertical and is strong enough to fight for the ball. After making the catch, Nicks builds to top speed in a few steps but will not run away from the defender. A little stiff in the hips and not real sudden but he can make defenders miss and is tough to bring down. He gets off the line quickly and does not hesitate to go up in a crowd.
    Some spit and polish is needed on Nicks’ game. He has a tendency to round out his routes and does not explode out of his breaks as well as he should. He breaks off early if blanketed in an effort to create separation. He has not quite mastered the art of reading the defence and does not always find the loose spots on the field. He accelerates quickly but does not have the top end speed to gobble the cushion and get behind the corner. A physical press can get his mind of the route and will lead him to play much slower as his concentration wanes.
    His spectacular catches and big plays in big games has gotten everyone’s attention and rightfully so. He may require some extra attention from coaches to get his route running up to par with the rest of his physical gifts but he may have the most reliable hands in the nation, this side of Michael Crabtree of course. Nicks is one of the better receiving prospects available for the 2009 NFL Draft and if he runs a good 40 at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, he could be a late first round pick.




    Round 2...#45 (from Saints)... Clint Sintim OLB Virginia

    Round 2...#60... William Beatty OT UConn

    Round 3...#85 (from eagles) Ramses Barden WR Cal Poly

    Round 3...#91... Traded to Seahawks

    Round 3...#100 (Compensatory pick)... Travis Beckum TE Wisconsin

    Round 4...#129... Andre Brown RB NC State

    Round 5...#151 (from Saints)... Rhett Bomar QB Sam Houston State

    Round 6...#200... DeAndre Wright DB New Mexico

    Round 7...#238...Stoney Woodson DB
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    Philadelphia Eagles Draft picks

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    Round 1...#19 (acquired from Cleveland)... Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri

    6’1” 200 lbs.

    Missouri

    Eligible Sophomore

    Strengths: Speed, Shiftiness, Playmaking Ability, Special Teams Ability

    Weaknesses: Route Running, Strength, Ball Security


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    The 2009 NFL Draft may not have been as good (for wide receivers) had the likes of Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin not come out this season. With players like these, anyone who manages to land one them will get a player who has the potential to be a future hall of famer. Maclin has the potential to be this kind of player. His decision to come out early was probably for the best as his quarterback, Chase Daniel will be gone now and it’s pretty much certain that the Missouri pass offense will take a few steps back. That’s why it was vital that Maclin come out this year. When you first look at Maclin, the thing that you will notice most about him is his speed. Maclin is a fast player at the wide receiver position and is also deceptively quick for his size. His speed not only makes him ideal as a number one wide receiver but it also helps him out on special teams where he did pretty well while playing at Missouri. Being a dual threat like this should make him very appealing to several NFL teams who could be looking for that kind of talent.
    Maclin is one of the most athletic wide receivers that you will see in this year’s draft. He controls his body well when running routes and making the catch and gets good position when going up to make a catch. He also seems to have an extra gear that allows him to explode out of routes, snatch the ball out the air and accelerate leaving the defender behind. His speed is deceptive and he has some of the best speed, at the position, in this year’s draft. Maclin also has good hands and won’t drop too many passes. Once he has caught the ball, he knows how to turn it on and gain separation from the defender.
    Another positive thing about Maclin that any NFL scout or head coach will love to see in a receiver is his blocking ability. While some receivers are afraid to stick their head in there and block, Maclin is one who isn’t afraid to block on any play. Maclin also has the ability to make defenders miss possessing some moves that should catch the eyes of NFL scouts easily. He is built well enough for the position and has great body control. He is also a hard worker both on and off the field.
    Of course every player has his drawbacks and one thing that really stands out about Maclin, in the negative is that he doesn’t have the experience that some at the position have (in this draft). As a result, he has some issues running routes and needs to get better doing that. Being that Maclin is a quick study, he should be able to get route running down much better. Recognizing defenses may also be a problem for Maclin so his learning curve will be a little steep going into the NFL.
    Maclin needs to be much more secure with the ball as some fumbling problems caused him problems while at Missouri. Adding some weight would also be a good idea.
    While at Missouri, Maclin received the following honors and recognition:
    2008: Preseason 1st Team All American, Return Specialist (Playboy)
    2007: Consensus All American, 1st Team All American All Purpose (AP, Rivals.com), 1st Team All American Return Specialist (FWAA), 1st Team All American Kick Returner (Sporting News, CBS Sportsline), 1st Team All American Punt Returner(SI), 1st Team Freshman All American (FWAA, College Football News, Sporting News), 1st Team All American Return Specialist (Sporting News), 1st Team Freshman All Purpose (Rivals.com), Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (Coaches), 1st Team All Big 12 All Purpose (AP, Coaches, Austin American Statesman, Rivals.com), 1st Team All Big 12 (Coaches), 1st Team All big 12, Return Specialist (Dallas Morning News), 1st Team All Big 12, Punt Returner (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram), 1st Team All Big 12 Utility (Waco Tribune Herald), Team Freshman of the Year, Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 18), Master Coaches National Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 19), Sporting News National Player of the Week (Nov. 19) and Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 24 and Nov.19).
    Maclin went to high school at Kirkwood in Missouri. While there, he was ranked as the nation’s 24th receiver by Rivals.com and was stated to be the third overall prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com. He garnered 1st Team All State, All Conference and 2nd Team All Conference.
    The numbers that Maclin posted while at Missouri are as follows:
    2007: Maclin caught 80 passes for 1055 yards with an average of 13.2 yards per catch and a long of 82 yards. He had nine touchdowns. He also rushed 51 times for 375 yards with an average of 7.4 yards per rush and a long of 30. He also had four rushing touchdowns.
    2008: Maclin caught 102 passes for 1260 yards with an average of 12.4 yards per catch and a long of 80 yards. He had thirteen touchdown catches. He also rushed 40 times for 293 yards with an average of 7.3 yards per rush and a long of 56 yards with two touchdowns.
    With good workouts, it’s not impossible to think that with all the talent that Maclin possesses, that he wouldn’t be a top ten pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has the ability to not only be a number one wide receiver but also be an All-Pro return specialist and in this day and age in the NFL, return specialist are highly valued. He has the skills to come in and start right away but needs to work on his route running a little bit more and get stronger but he will be able to do that once he lands with a team in the NFL.
    Projection: 1st rounder somewhere between number five and number 15.



    Round 1...#21...Traded to Browns...

    Round 2...#53... LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh

    Round 5...#153 (from Jets)... Cornelius Ingram TE Florida

    Round 5...#157... Victor "Macho" Harris DB Virginia Tech

    Round 5...#159 (from Patriots)... Fenuki Topou OT Oregon

    Round 6...#194... Brandon Gibson WR Washington State

    Round 6...#195 (from Vikings)... Traded to Cleveland.

    Round 7...#213 (From Seahawks)... Paul Fanaika OG Arizona State

    Round 7...#222 (from Saints)... Traded to Colts

    Round 7...#230...Moise Fokou OLB Maryland

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    Washington Redskins Draft picks

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    Round 1...#13... Brian Orakpo DE Texas

    6' 3" 255 lbs.

    Texas

    Senior

    Strengths: Intensity, Awareness, Power, Versatility

    Weaknesses: Burst, Elite Athleticism

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    Brian Orakpo has emerged this year as the #1 rated senior End at this point of the season and even arguably the top rated prospect in the entire draft. Orakpo has 12.0 TFL, 8.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in 8 games and is a huge reason in the Longhorns success this year. He started his college career off by earning Defensive Freshman of the Year and 1st-Team Freshman All-Big 12 honors by The Sporting News in 2005 and his Defensive MVP showing against Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl last season was a precursor for things to come this year. He was a key backup in 2005 and 2006 before becoming a starter in 2007. In 9 games (8 starts) in 2007, Orakpo topped his career mark in sacks with 5.5 (5 combined in 05-06) and nearly did the same in TFL (9 in 07, 10 in 05-06). He missed 4 games due to a right knee injury but came back strong in the post season. He was a Frank Medina Rehabilitation Award winner as well as one of UT’s Outstanding Defensive Ends of 2007. If he keeps up his current pace, he will shatter his season highs in sacks and TFL this year.
    Orakpo is surprisingly strong at 6’ 3" 255 pounds and is equally strong against the run and pass. There is little flash to his game and he makes plays on effort and hustle but he excels at the mental side of the game as well. He is very aware of the field and is rarely out of position. He is a dependable player and a leader in training. He drops into coverage for the Longhorns and shows enough ability doing so that a move to OLB in a 3-4 is a possibility. That said, he could easily stay with his hand on the ground and play on either side effectively. One of his best attributes is his ability to slip blocks and he can stand his ground against larger, stronger tackles. It would not surprise me to see Orakpo put up sick numbers at the combine, he’s a well-built, strong guy for his size.
    Orakpo is not the athlete of say, Michael Johnson, but he is still very good. He is not an explosive playmaker like most 255-lbs ends and he gets stonewalled when he tries to use his speed. Turning the corner will not be as easy for him at the next level and he has to show he can use his punch effectively against pro blockers. His best position may be at strongside End, but he has done well enough in coverage to think he may be able to move to a pass rushing linebacker role.
    As with a lot of high profile positions this year, seniors are not at the head of the class and DE is no different. The aforementioned Michael Johnson by the way is NOT a 1st round talent in my opinion. No other senior has jumped out like Orakpo has, even highly rated Tyson Jackson from LSU hasn't been as consistent. This leaves the door open for a few special juniors like George Selvie (South Florida), Greg Hardy (Indiana), Everette Brown (Florida State) and Antonio Coleman (Auburn). Orakpo is a solid player who should be an immediate starter somewhere. His versatility is a definite plus and he should test pretty well during the NFL Scouting Combine. He is a certain 1st round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.



    Round 3...#80... Kevin Barnes CB Maryland

    Round 5...#150... Traded to Vikings

    Round 5...#158 (from Vikings) Cody Glenn LB Nebraska

    Round 6...#186... Robert Henson LB TCU

    Round 7...#221 (from Vikings)... Eddie Williams TE Idaho

    Round 7...#243 (Compensatory pick)... Marko Mitchell WR Nevada

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