NFC East Q&A: Ezekiel Elliott a rising star despite not playing a game yet

Today's question: Who is the rising star in this division?

Dan Graziano, New York Giants reporter: I think I said Fletcher Cox last year and he just got paid, so just in case I'm a good luck charm, I want to be careful with this. But I'm going to go with the guy who lines up next to Cox on the Eagles' defensive line. I think Bennie Logan was a tremendous run defender last year, and the switch to Jim Schwartz's 4-3 could allow him to show more ability to generate pressure up the middle. If teams are committing extra attention to Cox, Logan could emerge as a defensive star in the division sooner rather than later.

Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys reporter: Odell Beckham Jr. can't be considered a rising star anymore, can he? He is already considered one of the best receivers in the game with astronomical numbers in his first two years. Can he still be rising? I guess. To me, Fletcher Cox is among the most underappreciated defensive players in the league, but he is in his fifth season. The same goes for Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, who doesn't turn 26 until December. Cowboys third-year guard Zack Martin has been to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, but can a guard be a rising star? I'm left pitching Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, and he has yet to play a game in the NFL. The expectations are incredibly high for Elliott, and with good reason based on what he did at Ohio State with 3,699 yards rushing in his final two seasons and 44 career touchdowns. But we've seen can't-miss prospects take time to get accustomed to the NFL. The Cowboys don't really have that luxury. If Elliott does not run for 1,200 yards as a rookie, then it would be disappointing.

Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Eagles reporter: If Odell Beckham Jr. is still rising, that's scary for the rest of the NFC East to contemplate. The feeling here is that Beckham has arrived and will be a great player for a long time. If the question is about a rising star, I guess I would go with Kirk Cousins. He was kind of a surprise last year. We've seen guys from Robert Griffin III to Nick Foles have one great season, though. If Cousins can come back in 2016 and keep Washington in contention, I'd have to peg him as the division's rising star. Carson Wentz may be on deck, but it doesn't look like his time yet.

John Keim, Washington Redskins reporter: Is Odell Beckham Jr. still considered rising? To me he's already a star and I view Eagles lineman Fletcher Cox as an established star, too. Ezekiel Elliott could be this guy by season's end. For now, I'm going with Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. Although he has been in the league since 2013 and is coming off an 89-catch, 11-touchdown season, he still hasn't been named to a Pro Bowl. The Redskins' passing game centers around Reed's talent and ability to quickly win one-on-one matchups. The coaches do a good job putting him in spots to create mismatches. Also, Kirk Cousins posted a 130.1 passer rating when targeting Reed last year -- and 147.5 in the second half of the season. The point: Cousins loves Reed and so do the coaches, so his targets won't decrease. And what I've been told by those who work out with him in the offseason is that Reed is stronger and running crisper, quicker routes.