Giants, Cowboys, Eagles make safe draft picks

Giants, Cowboys, Eagles make safe draft picks
May 8, 2014, 9:30 pm
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With many fans and the media hoping that the Dallas Cowboys would go outside the box with the 16th pick in the draft, Jerry Jones played it safe.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was on the board when the Cowboys went on the clock and there was rampant speculation that the Cowboys would tab the former Heisman Trophy winner. But they went the conventional route and went with a position of need, taking offensive lineman Zack Martin of Notre Dame. 

The New York Giants kicked off the NFL draft for the NFC East division by taking LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham with the 12th selection of the first round. 

The 5-11 Beckham is a big-play threat and could also return kicks for the Giants. Here is a snippet from a scouting report on

It is the overall improved concentration and consistency he demonstrated in his first season in Cam Cameron's pro-style offense, however, that makes him such an easy projection to the NFL. Beckham's well-built frame and explosiveness make him potentially dynamic as a receiver and returner.

The Eagles finished up the night for the division by taking defensive end Markus Smith of Louisville. They ended up picking 26th after trading out of their original spot at 22nd. Philly made that deal with the Browns, who used to pick to take Manziel.