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NFL draft preview: What to expect when AFC and NFC East teams make their picks

NFL draft preview: What to expect when AFC and NFC East teams make their picks

The NFL draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Chicago.

Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines team needs by division. Today, in the first of four daily parts, the East divisions:

NFC East

Calling all defensive playmakers. Dallas ranked 14th in total defense, including 26th against the pass, with 36 sacks and nine interceptions. The Cowboys lost seven defensive players in free agency. Watch for them to take a defensive back or pass rusher with the 28th pick. Of the 30 prospects they brought in for visits, 28 were defensive players.

The New York Giants could break a long streak in this draft. They haven’t taken a tight end in the first...

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