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Overrated/Underrated Draft Prospects: NFC East


Dallas Cowboys:
Overrated: Matt Johnson
Underrated: James Hanna
X-Factor: Morris Claiborne
Analysis: Dallas needed to upgrade its secondary in a major way before the 2012 season and they certainly have. First they signed Brandon Carr via free agency and next moved up in the draft to acquire one of the draft's blue chip prospects in Claiborne. While Claiborne doesn't possess the same 'wow factor' as a return guy as former college teammate Patrick Peterson does, this guy is a true shutdown corner. The Cowboys suddenly won't be nearly as easy a team to throw the ball on. Hanna showed off his athleticism at the combine. He's like an oversized wide receiver. I imagine he'll have trouble with blocking, but as a guy who can stretch the field, he should be a solid compliment to Jason Witten. As for Matt Johnson, this is more about where Dallas took him. They reached to grab him in Round 4 when they could have had him in the late rounds or even possibly as an undrafted free agent. A couple UDFAs I have my eye on here are Jeff Adams, an offensive tackle out of Columbia and Adrian Hamilton, a DE/OLB hybrid out of Prairie View A&M.
New York Giants:
Overrated: David Wilson
Underrated: Jayron Hosley
X-Factor: Rueben Randle
Analysis: Wilson is another guy I put in the overrated category even though I don't necessarily hate him. I just thought he was slightly overdrafted even at the very end of Round 1. That said though, he's got a great combination of size and athleticism and has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He will need to take better care of the ball in the pros than he did at Virginia Tech. Hosley is a guy who was thought of as a 2nd round prospect by most, but may have fallen some due to a positive test at the combine for drugs. At the very end of 3rd round though, he was a very good pick. He doesn't possess a ton of size either, which may have also played a factor in him falling to the Giants in Round 3. Randle is one of those guys who has a nice size/speed combination and he could not have asked to come into a better situation. Eli Manning is under center while he won't have a ton of immediate pressure put on him with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz firmly entrenched as the top two receivers. He should battle Jerrel Jernigan for that 3rd receiver spot. Speaking of Cruz, the Giants did sign another ex-UMass receiver whom Cruz has taken under his wing to an extent in Julian Talley. He's an underrated prospect who I feel as flown under the radar some.

Philadelphia Eagles:
Overrated: Nick Foles
Underrated: Marvin McNutt
X-Factor: Fletcher Cox
Analysis: There were two guys I really liked who the Eagles got later than they should have. One was McNutt, the other was 4th round pick Brandon Boykin, a corner out of Georgia. Boykin lacks ideal size, but he's a playmaker both as a corner and also as a return guy. Some serious injury concerns have lingered with him though, so maybe that made teams cautious about drafting him. McNutt is a guy with excellent size and better athleticism/speed than given credit for. He will give the Eagles a nice big red zone target. I can't believe he fell to the 6th Round. Fletcher Cox is the major X-Factor though. He's a perfect fit in the Eagles defense and should be able to make a big impact immediately in the middle of their defensive line. Foles is a QB prospect I'm not as high on as some. Yeah, he's got good size and a solid arm, but he's not very mobile and never really improved a whole lot during his college career. I thought Kirk Cousins would have been a less risky and also a better pick than Foles was. Also of note, the Eagles got Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry and Brandon Washington during the draft. Then as an undrafted free agent, they were able to sign Washington running back Chris Polk. They got some major steals. The Eagles were big winners this year in the Draft. Now they only hope that translates to the field.

Washington Redskins:
Overrated: Josh LeRibeus
Underrated: Tom Compton
X-Factor: Robert Griffin III
Analysis: Well no duh on who the X-Factor is, right? 2011 Heisman Trophy winner RGIII will be counted on to become the face of the franchise in Washington for the next decade plus. They traded away their 2012 second round pick and their 1st rounders in 2013 and 2014 to move up to select him, so he will make or break this entire draft class. Griffin went into college at Baylor as an outstanding scrambler, but he was extremely raw as a passer. He has come a very long way to become the second overall selection of this year's draft. I think of Griffin as a much more polished Michael Vick when Vick was coming out of college from Virginia Tech. Unlike Vick, Griffin has become a very good, accurate passer and he brings that same dynamic speed as a scrambling QB. He did have some injury concerns in college though, some of which caused him to miss most of the 2010 season. That could be why Washington opted to draft Kirk Cousins in Round 4. After Griffin and Andrew Luck, I feel as though he's the guy most ready to contribute in the NFL right now. He could either become a great backup in Washington or a solid starter elsewhere if the Skins decide to move him for some extra draft picks later on. LeRibeus was a bit of a head scratching pick for me, especially with Brandon Brooks still on the board. Compton is an offensive tackle prospect out of South Dakota. He'll be a little raw initially, but I had him graded out as a 4th or 5th round prospect who could eventually become a starting tackle down the line. The Redskins did extremely well to get him in the latter part of Round 6. Notable UDFAs included Virginia corner Chase Minnifield and East Carolina WR Lance Lewis.

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