Rick Snider: Redskins pick well, but so did much of NFC

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The Washington Redskins drafted well and still lost ground in the NFC.

The AFC doesn't matter as much because the Redskins won't meet those teams in the postseason unless they reach the Super Bowl. It's the rest of the NFC East and select conference playoff contenders that matter, and almost all did well in the three-day draft.

Among division rivals, the Redskins held their own. The draft didn't tip power to any team.

New York and Dallas both added offensive linemen, but that's about it. The Redskins may have filled more needs than the Giants and Cowboys.

Philadelphia gave new coach Chip Kelly some help. The addition of offensive tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz left the Eagles with the best overall draft among NFC East teams. However, it's not enough to expect the Eagles to contend.

What's more worrisome for the Redskins is that the already strong NFC North became stronger. Both wild cards could come from this division.

The Minnesota Vikings earned the best NFC team grade with three late first-rounders. They selected defensive end Sharrif Floyd, defensive back Xavier Rhodes and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The trio might be enough to propel Minnesota into the NFC's elite.

That is if the Vikings escape the division. Defending NFC North champ Green Bay scored a steal in running back Eddie Lacy with the 61st pick. Wasn't the Alabama back supposed to be the best runner in the draft? The Packers' 43-game streak without a 100-yard runner should end.

Detroit was better than its 4-12 mark last season. It wouldn't be surprising for the Lions to double that win total this year. Detroit found three contributors in defensive end Ziggy Ansah, defensive back Darius Slay and guard Larry Warford.

Chicago experienced the only mediocre draft. The Bears overreached for offensive tackle Kyle Long. Chicago probably won't be in the postseason race after changing coaches following a 10-win season.

Seattle's draft was much like the Redskins' -- no first-rounder and some decent depth. If running back Christine Michael works out, the Seahawks' draft works out well.

New Orleans should contend for a wild card behind Atlanta in the NFC South -- maybe even for the division crown. While the Saints lost their second-round pick to Bountygate sanctions, they gained a starting safety in Kenny Vaccaro. New Orleans only made five selections, but three might start.

The New York Jets led AFC teams in the draft, not that it will get them back in the postseason. Cornerback Dee Milliner just replaces departed Darrelle Revis, and quarterback Geno Smith adds to a crowded position. Still, the Jets found some talent.

Pittsburgh, Baltimore, San Diego, Jacksonville and Tennessee enjoyed good drafts. All but Jacksonville should be playoff contenders.

Examiner columnist Rick Snider has covered local sports since 1978. Read more on Twitter @Snide_Remarks or email rsnider@washingtonexaminer.com.

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