- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009


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TAKE YOUR PICK: Which team was the biggest winner in the NFL Draft?


Cleveland — The Browns victimized the Jets and parlayed the fifth pick into four early picks: center/guard Alex Mack (first, 21st), possession receivers Brian Robiskie (second, 36th) and Mohamed Massaquoi (second, 50th) and outside linebacker David Veikune (second, 52nd). They also added three of coach Eric Mangini’s players from New York (defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam and quarterback Brett Ratliff).

New England — As usual, Bill Belichick was a maestro, turning the uncertainty of a draft short on sure things into a volume affair. Highlighted by Oregon safety Patrick Chung (second, 34th), the Patriots maneuvered into six of the first 97 picks.

Philadelphia — Quarterback Donovan McNabb has no gripe after the Eagles added three playmakers to their offense: Missouri receiver Jeremy Maclin (first, 19th), Pittsburgh running back LeSean McCoy (second, 53rd) and Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram (fifth, 153rd).

Our take — The Eagles are the winners, and it’s not even up for debate when you factor in the predraft acquisition of Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters. Nobody did a better job of combining need and value. A projected top-10 pick, Maclin is a steal at No. 19 and another speedy complement to DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis. McCoy was a projected first-rounder who gives the Eagles a legit backup for Brian Westbrook and seemingly is a perfect fit for Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. Ingram was the top tight end on the board before tearing an ACL before last season. And fifth-round pick Victor Harris of Virginia Tech is expected to join Sean Jones and Rashad Baker in the battle for Brian Dawkins’ spot at safety.

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