The Combine Report: 2016 NFL Needs – NFC East

By:  Barry Barnes, Founder

Other than using the vehicle of the NFL Draft to solve an immediate need, teams look to the selection process to build depth. For expected injuries and overall development, constructing a solid roster from top to bottom is essential for clubs’ success. Players must be teachable, hungry and ready, which is why the NFL Regional Combine is significant.

NFL teams should build according to their division. If a squad can collaborate the right athletes, and they can executed the system well enough to dictate their actions on the field, skies the limits.

The NFC East is a see-saw division. Oftentimes, the NFC East squads are not consistent in competing against teams outside their unit, but within their division, they battle. For the most part, the NFC East is a run base division with an occasional air attack.

Last season, the NFC East Division scored 1,460 points, while allotted 1,625 points.

Through the usage of NFL Regional Combine, the NFC East Division can build their depth to fit their mold, and ultimately, help create a more credible identity.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – (Current RC Players: DT Christo Bilukidi, CBs Quinton Dunbar and Dashaun Phillips and C Austin Reiter)

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2015 record (9-7), .563

The Redskins struggled at the linebacker position last season. They need to find away to get pressure on the quarterback and stop the run.

Clearly, the Burgundy and Gold is moving in the right direction, but desperately need more skilled athletes.

Needs: Linebacker, defensive end, cornerback, safety and center

Linebacker

Gregory Hilliard (Wagner), physical, quick and good hands.

Joel Scott (Morgan State), quick, explosive and solid speed. He registered the fastest 40 time (4.65) and vertical jump for his position in the Baltimore-held workouts.

Demetrius Steed (American International), great footwork, speed

Alex Hoff (Linfield), moves extremely well, decent hands, have balance and control.

Defensive End

Jonathan Woodard (Central Arkansas), huge, good hands, balance, power and quickness.

Jamaar Crayton (Waldorf), pure athlete, can cover, speed and good hands

Austin Orr (North Texas), may have to play the linebacker position because of weight, but plays the position naturally.

Cornerback

Gabriel Hamner (McNeese State), can play in anyone’s system, big, great hands, foot, speed, discipline.

Randall Jette (Massachusetts), good speed, physical, solid footwork

Deneco Hathorn (Concordia, Ala), extremely quick, solid recovery speed.

Center

Zachary Wilk (Cornell), explosive, uses hands well, good footwork

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – (Current RC Players: DE Bryan Braman and CB Denzel Rice) 

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2015 record (7-9), .438

The Eagles were expected to make some noise in 2015. However, then-head coach Chip Kelly’s personnel did not produce the way he envisioned. With hesitation, the organization showed him the door, along with a score of his signature players.

With new head coach Doug Peterson, the Eagles are in need of a few good men.

Needs: Cornerback, wide receiver, quarterback, safety, guard

Cornerback

Douglas Moss (New Hampshire), great technique, hands, speed, footwork

Quincy Adams (Navy), physical, emotional, decent hands, solid build at 5-10, 200-pounds

LaMarcus Farmer (Troy), great balance and control, decent speed, footwork

Wide Receiver

Wendall Williams (Cumberlands), elite speed (posted the fastest 40 time in NFL combine history with a 4.19), solid hands, balance and control.

Jonathan Epps (Abilene Christian), speed and quickness, shifty, good hands

Jairockeis Jones (Florida A&M) can fly, decent hands, physical

Quarterback

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William Arndt (Western Connecticut), 6-5, 215-pound gun-slinger, power arm, great footwork, pocket pressure, quick release.

Safety

Troy Donahue (Dartmouth), can play in anyone’s system, big, speed, quickness, great hands, physical.

Anthony Beaver Jr. (Central Washington), great hands, balance and control, good footwork

Kevin Rucker (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), compact, physical, good speed.

Guard

Sean McEwen (Calgary), can play any position on offensive line, explosive (both lower and upper strength), quick, light on toes, powerful

Sheldon Saddler (Shaw), nasty, powerful, quick

NEW YORK GIANTS – (Current RC Players: TE Jerome Cunningham, S Justin Currie and C Shane McDermott)

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2015 record (6-10), .375

Injuries, costly mistakes and lack of run support hampered the Giants’ chance of succeeding last season. The G-Men addressed several needs in their defense this offseason, and now, it’s time to stack talent.

Needs:  Linebacker, running back, offensive line, safety, wide receiver

Linebacker

Mike Savage Jr. (West Virginia Wesleyan College), physical, great footwork and uses hands well.

John Hugunin (Drake), very fluent, quick, balance and runs hard.

Adam Brandt (Southern Illinois), big, gets low, balance, moves through traffic flawlessly.

Running Back

Kirk Spencer (Grand Valley State), all-purpose back, explosive, agile, quick and strong.

Derick Milton (Derick Milton), powerful, great ball skills, and balance.

Offensive Line

Lawrence Walker (Minnesota State-Mankato), vocal, great hands and footwork, strong.

Ryan Bubulka (Upper Iowa), a complete monster, powerful, agile, great hands and footwork, moves on toes.

Safety

Tony Williams (North Carolina Central), good speed, foot and hands.

Christian Love (Henderson State), good speed, quick and physical.

Tyrell Brown (Coastal Carolina), solid across the board, hands, great work, and has closing speed.

Wide Receiver

Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), great technique and instincts, solid hands and quick.

Justin Leavy (Delta State), elite speed, good hands, big target, good footwork.

DALLAS COWBOYS – (Current RC Players: DE Benson Mayowa)

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2015 record (4-12), .250

The Cowboys had one major problem last season, no Tony Romo. If their signal caller wasn’t lost for the season due to a broken collarbone, the Cowboys’ 2015 campaign would have been different.

With a couple of adjustments, the Cowboys will be in position to win the NFC East for the second time in three seasons.

Needs: Wide receiver, running back, linebacker, cornerback

Wide Receiver

Kevin Francis (North Carolina A&T), big target, good ball skills, jumping ability and speed.

Jacob Lampman (Ferris State), strong hands, runs hard, decent speed, physical, powerful

Kieren Duncan (Colorado State-Pueblo), elite speed, great hands, explosive, all-purpose athlete

Running Back

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Khairi Dickson (St. Francis, Pa.), great ball skills, strong, quick, discipline, fluent, agile

Chris Ingram (Mississippi College), powerful, good footwork, strong hands.

Linebacker

Cavellis Luckett (Middle Tennessee), powerful, athletic, decent ball skills, fast

PL Lindley (Oklahoma), decent ball skills, quick, strong, agile, good feet

Jatavis Brown (Akron), compact, great footwork, good speed, decent hands, strong.

Cornerback

Kelvin Bennett (McNeese State), great footwork (former collegiate running back), good hands, excellent speed.

Joshua Burch (Illinois State), big, great footwork, good hands and speed, balance, and agile.

Justin Grier (Morehead State), explosive, strong, solid footwork, decent ball skills

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