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Mailbag: Best Draft Among NFC East Rivals? Projecting Collins At Tackle?

How well did the other teams in the NFC East help themselves in the draft?  Which team looks like it improved its roster the most?

Bryan: According to my draft board: Philadelphia, New York Giants then Washington in that order. Average selection for the Eagles was 4.1. The Giants were 4.3 and the Redskins were at 4.8. The Washington number is a little higher due to 10 selections. I liked what the Eagles late in the draft with Pumphrey, Gibson and Qualls. 

David:I thought the Redskins had an absolutely phenomenal draft. The fact that Jonathan Allen fell to them all the way at No. 17 is unbelievable, and third-round pick Fabian Moreau might have gone in the first round if not for injury. Samaje Perine and Jeremy Sprinkle are also Day 3 steals who I'd expect to contribute early.

How does money affect the decision to move La'el out to tackle? With his contract up at the end of the year, is he easier/cheaper to resign at left guard or right tackle?

Bryan: I would tap the brakes on Collins until we get to training camp. That's when you will have a better idea if he can handle the position once we get the pads on. It's my understanding that after this season he will still be a restricted free agent. 

David:I don't think money is a big factor in this – because if you look around the league, guards are being paid quite handsomely in their own right. If the Cowboys do opt to keep Collins at tackle, it's going to be in the interest of getting their best five guys on the field. With big contracts committed to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and – probably – Zack Martin, it's going to be a challenge to pay out big money to other offensive linemen, regardless of where they play.


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