The NFL Draft is roughly two weeks away and the teams in the NFC East have holes to fill. Each team will be looking to fix these weaknesses via the draft or trade, so here are a few areas of need that they will likely pursue.
Offensive Guard/Center - The Cowboys became more athletic at the tackle spot last season by drafting Tyron Smith and the unit can still use an upgrade. The interior of the Cowboys line looked out matched last season by more athletic interior lineman. Both the Eagles and Giants had success pressuring the Cowboys up the middle using line stunts or a blitz.
Cornerback - The Cowboys recently released Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins was often injured during games last season. Rob Ryan needs a play maker in the secondary and the Cowboys are in a prime position to draft either the #2/3 cornerback or the #1 safety on the board.
Outside Linebacker - DeMarcus Ware is obviously one of the top 5 defensive players in the NFL, but across from him Anthony Spencer has been regressing each season. The Cowboys have to be able to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage if they want to be successful in this Rob Ryan style of defense.
Defensive End - Defensive end isn't the most glamorous position in the 3-4 defense but the Cowboys could use some youth at the position. They have been relying on a veteran rotation at the two spots and never really had a true run stopper at either one.
Offensive Tackle - The Giants decided to not bring back RT Kareem McKenzie and David Diehl is more suited for the right side at this point of his career. The Giants could use a legit Left Tackle that can learn from Eli and the current veteran lineman.
Tight End - Martellus Bennett is supposed to step in and solve all of the Giants' problems at this position... I'm not sold on that. He is a gifted athlete, but he has underachieved so far in his career. He was more worried about making rap songs in Dallas than catching passes. A young athletic TE or a converted college B-ball player would be a good project for the Giants to try and develop this season.
Safety - The Giants tried to address their lack of depth at the position by drafting Chad Jones a few seasons ago, but due to his unfortunate accident they are still searching for a true 3rd safety. The Giants really came on strong last season when they ran their hybrid nickel package with 3 safeties on 2nd down and 3rd and short. This allowed the team to add athleticism and hide their biggest weakness which is linebacker.
Osi Umenyiora Trade - Trading Osi is a topic for another article, but it seems as though the Giants are aligning themselves to make this more of a possibility.
Defensive Tackle - The Eagles have one of the best defensive end combos in the NFL, but the need a pass rusher from the middle as well. The league is all about being able to get to the QB with all of the rule changes and Athletic pass rushers on the interior can prove to be as important as outside rushers.
Safety - The Eagles used back-to-back second round picks on safeties the past few drafts, but the position is still in need of a major upgrade. They lac leadership from that position and a play maker that can single up on tight ends.
Offensive Tackle - Offensive line was a strong point for this team heading into 2012, but an achilles injury to Jason Peters and the trade of Winston Justice now make this an area of need. They signed Demetrius Bell to a long term deal, but he is better suited for the right side and in the NFL depth is as important as anything.
Linebacker - The Eagles traded for linebacker DeMeco Ryans and Jamar Chaney proved to be a great find for the Eagles last season, but the team still lacks depth at the position. It isn't their most glaring need, but they can use another stout run stopper later in the draft.
Quarterback - Well this need is obviously going to be addressed in the Draft. RGIII will be a Redskin and the only question is whether or not he will start on day 1. With the recent success of young QBs and teh rules skewed to keep them healthy they aren't putting him in harms way by playing him early. I actually believe that if the Redskins had the #1 pick they would choose Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck.
Offensive Tackle - Trent Williams has been decent when he's been able to stay on the field, but he hasn't lived up to his high first round potential. Jammal Brown hasn't been the answer on the right side and if a Left tackle prospect slips I could see them drafting one in the second round to give Griffin III a left tackle to grow with.
Corner Back/Safety - The Redskins secondary has been horrible as a whole. Laron Landry could never stay healthy and he was a classic example of "Look like Tarzan, play like Jane." He is now with the Jets and their secondary now has only one true starting caliber player, Oshiomogho Atogwe.