Breakfast links: Feeling a draft

February, 19, 2013
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Hey, it's Tuesday, so don't forget we have our weekly chat at noon ET. What else will happen today? There is no way for us to know. We can only be as prepared as possible. And that starts with links.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins' first pick in this year's draft is the 19th pick of the second round -- the 51st overall pick in the draft. This makes it impossible to project a player for them, but it's going to happen anyway, so here's the hot name about which you'll be hearing for the next few days at least: Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien. In general, yes, I think safety is a good way for them to go with that pick. Can't speak to Cyprien or whether he'll still be there. Still more than three months and 50 picks before that selection.

Rick Snider doesn't think it's too early to think about where the Redskins' next stadium will be, even if it's an issue that's 14 years down the road. He has some interesting possibilities.

New York Giants

Here's a mock draft that has the Giants taking a tackle -- Alabama's D.J. Fluker -- in the first round. Tackle would not be a bad way for them to go at all, but everyone's going to justifiably assume they're thinking pass-rusher there until we all see otherwise.

If Terrell Thomas completes this comeback from a third ACL reconstruction, the Giants have suggested the possibility of moving him from cornerback to safety. The gang playing "Fact or Fiction" at Giants.com has several reasons it believes he can make this move.

Dallas Cowboys

You may have seen the item over the weekend about how the Cowboys passed on running back LeSean McCoy in the 2009 draft. Startling. Headline-grabbing. But McCoy was the 53rd pick in that draft. Everybody passed on him, at least once. Of greater concern to the Cowboys, as Calvin Watkins writes in his look back, was the fact that that year's draft was a train wreck for the Cowboys on every possible level. I remember covering that draft and wondering what on earth they were doing, and ultimately being told (by Calvin, I think) that they were looking for players who could help on special teams immediately, since they felt their roster was pretty well stocked with talent already. And they did win the division that year ...

Uh oh. Looks like Dez Bryant is hanging around with undesirables again in the offseason. I kid, I kid. Bryant got to meet his hero, Michael Jordan, at a 50th birthday party for Jordan over the weekend. Fun stuff.

Philadelphia Eagles

Dennis Dixon, whose final year as Oregon's quarterback was Chip Kelly's first as Oregon's offensive coordinator, thinks "the sky's the limit" for what can be accomplished with Kelly in Philadelphia.

The Eagles won't be using their franchise player designation on cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, which as we discussed here yesterday is no surprise. The Eagles will be hunting for cornerbacks, and Rodgers-Cromartie will be an option for them in free agency. They may well bring him back. Just not for one year and $10.7 million.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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