2023-04-21 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Bijan Robinson- Running Back- Texas and Christian Gonzalez- Cornerback- Oregon

Austin American-Statesman | Mark Rebilas/USA Today Sports

In 2022 this division was one of the most competitive in the NFL, so the draft for these NFC East teams will be about adding depth pieces to some already talented clubs.
Washington was the only team from the NFC East to miss the playoffs last year, with the other three making it all the way to the Divisional Round, a sign of how strong this division was.
Although the primary focus for most of these clubs has been on free agency, they each still have a first-round selection and they have all previously reaped the rewards of some of their recent draft picks.
With that in mind, here are my projected first selections for each when they are on the clock on April 27 at Union Station in Kansas City.
Philadelphia Eagles- Round 1- #10- Bijan Robinson- Running Back- Texas
With Miles Sanders off to Carolina, the NFC champions need a strong, capable running back who can shoulder his massive load.
There is a big plus side to drafting a running back, though not many are projected to go in the opening round this year.
Bijan Robinson may not be the most versatile runner available at the draft, but he could be a security blanket for Jalen Hurts in the passing game.
The former Longhorn breaks a ton of tackles, has a tremendous vision, while he is also capable of ripping off chunk plays and picking up blitzes.
His upside could be valuable in that cold and windy Philly weather come playoff time.
Washington Commanders- Round 1- #16- Christian Gonzalez- Cornerback- Oregon
Ron Rivera needs a difference maker in the secondary as Washington’s defence struggled at defending passes and creating turnovers last year, finishing at -5 in the latter category.
Gonzalez is a speedy, athletic cover man with great instincts and the big-play ability to be a top corner in the future.
He’s got a tall frame, plus natural balance and is outstanding at tracking the ball downfield, so adding him to this roster could drastically improve their pass coverage in 2023.
New York Giants- Round 1- #25- Quentin Johnston- Wide Receiver- TCU
The Giants have committed to Daniel Jones, locking the QB up to an extension, but now he needs some playmakers to throw to, which is where Quentin Johnston fits in.
The TCU pass catcher was the #3 ranked receiver out of high school, just behind Jaxon Smith-Njigba and he lived up to his billing in college, being named to the First-Team All-Big 12 in 2021.
Johnston is great at creating separation; with top acceleration speed, an impressive catch radius, while he has also proven that he can be a force in catch-and-run situations and is capable of breaking tackles.
Dallas Cowboys- Round 1- #26- Calijah Kancey- Interior Defensive Lineman- Pittsburgh
The Cowboys have had a busy offseason centred around adding proven veterans, and it seems like they’ve filled some needs at cornerback and wide receiver, but they could use some help in the trenches.
Even though they finished third in the regular season for sacks in 2022 (54), this team was not very deep in the pass-rushing department outside of a few players.
Kancey was voted an All-American by the Associated Press last season, and he had a consistent college career, posting 19 sacks over the past three years from the inside.
He’s got outstanding overall body control and explodes off the line with a quick first step while also being remarkably instinctive.
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