Cowboys: After starting with the 14th overall pick, Dallas traded up with the St. Louis Rams for the sixth pick - yes, the Redskins old slot - to grab LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, the first defender selected. The Cowboys secondary has been an issue, perhaps the issue when it comes to why they have been a sporadic playoff player and winner. Now with Clairborne and incoming free agent Brandon Carr, the weakness is a strength, on paper anyway...Trade talk began at high noon on draft day (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)Prominent Cowboys football writer calls maneuver risky (Dallas Morning News)Claiborne stunned he's heading to Big D (USA Today)Corner explains reported low score on Wonderlic by saying he "pretty much blew it off." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)Eagles: Defensive tackle was the popular position draft pundits linked to Andy Reid's club - but getting the top-rated option required a trade. So like their NFC East rivals, the Eagles moved from 15 to 12 and acquired Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox. Stout interior presence for deep defensive front.Once again, Eagles make a bold move to get what they want (CSNphilly)Analysis: Cox will slowly work his way onto the field (Sporting News)Meet the new guy (Philly.com)Albert Haynesworth's former position coach with the Titans excited to have Cox in Philly (CSNphilly)
Giants: The onlyNFC Eastteam staying pat in the first round, New York addressed their suspect ground game by drafting Virginia Tech RB David Wilson. Brandon Jacobs left Gotham in free agency and Ahmad Bradshaw will be coming off afoot injury. Still, I didn't think the Giants would take a back in the first. Why?......because they had not selected an RB before the fourth round since 2000. That's why. (Newark Star-Ledger)Patience leads to runner for Giants (New York Times)Wilson's power and versatility irresistible (Sporting News)Giants select "best acrobat" in the NFL (NY Daily News)
Looking to add depth to their secondary, the Redskins reportedly signed former Seahawks and Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon on Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Arizona claimed Simon off waivers after the Seahawks released him following the first week of the regular season. He played in nine games for the Cardinals and was inactive for his final two with the team, which then released him in December.
A fifth-round pick for the Seahawks in 2013, Simon was signed to a future/reserve contract, allowing him to compete for a roster spot during training camp and offseason workouts.
He is the 11th player to sign a futures contract with the Redskins.
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The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.
According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.
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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.
After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.
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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.
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