NFC East: Draft Grade and Analysis

With the 2018 NFL Draft behind us, it is now time to grade each teams grade draft. The NFL season is approaching rather quickly and many of these teams drafted to improve their playoff hopes. Either the teams had an amazing draft and they moved up in the power rankings or the teams missed out and drop in the league. Todays main focus will be the teams within the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys

1. Leighton Vander Esch, Inside Linebacker, Boise State with the 19th pick
2. Connor Williams, Guard/Tackle, Texas with the 50th pick
3. Michael Gallup, Wide Receiver, Colorado State with the 81st pick
4. Dorance Armstrong, Defensive End, Kansas with the 116th pick
4. Dalton Schultz, Tight End, Stanford with the 137th pick
5. Mike White, Quarterback, Western Kentucky with the 171st pick
6. Chris Covington, Linebacker, Indiana with the 193rd pick
6. Cedrick Wilson, Wide Reciever, Boise State with the 208th pick
7. Bo Scarbrough, Running Back, Alabama with the 236th pick

Draft Analysis:

I figured the Cowboys would go defense during the first round and thought that an edge rusher or a defensive lineman was going to be the target position. When they drafted Vander Esch I was very skeptical but then remembered that their linebacker group is either getting older or plagued with injuries. Vander Esch will be a very nice addition to the Dallas defense because of his athletic ability. Connor Williams was a steal in my opinion because I thought Williams was first round talent and sliding into the middle/end of the second round as surprising but he will definitely help the offense line especially with protecting Prescott. Schultz was a no brainer with Witten retiring. Gallup and Wilson are going attempt in filling the hole left by Dez Bryant.

Grade: C+

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New York Giants

1. Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State with the 2nd pick
2. Will Hernandez, Guard, UTEP with the 34th pick
3. Lorenzo Carter, Outside Linebacker, Georgia with the 66th pick
3. B.J. Hill, Defensive Tackle, NC State with the 69th pick
4. Kyle Lauletta, Quarterback, Richmond with the 108th pick
5. RJ McIntosh, Defensive Tackle, Miami with the 139th pick

Draft Analysis:

I am very pleased with the Giants draft because they walked away with a much better roster. Adding Barkley gives another weapon for Eli Manning on offense both in the run game and passing game. Hernandez is the solid addition to the Oline as he can help protect Manning and open gaps in the run. McIntosh and Hill both add depth and talent to a defensive line and Carter will be able to play in coverage and rush off the edge and apply pressure. Drafting Lauletta now allows for Manning to take him under his wing and mentor him until Manning decides to retire.

Grade: B-

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Philadelphia Eagles

2. Dallas Goedert, Tight End, South Dakota State with the 49th pick
4. Avonte Maddox, Cornerback, Pittsburgh with the 125th pick
4. Josh Sweat, Defensive End, Florida State
6. Matt Pryor, Guard, TCU with the 206th pick
7. Jordan Mailata, Offensive Tackle, Rugby with the 233rd pick

Draft Analysis:

The Eagles jumped ahead of the Dallas Cowboys when they selected tight end Dallas Goedert. Goedert was the best two-way tight end in the draft. Maddox is an incredibly skilled slot corner. Maddox has the speed and the agility to cover in small areas. Maddox will be a helpful corner when the Eagles face Cole Beasley of the Cowboys and Sterling Shepard of the Giants. Sweat has been plagued with a knee injury since high school but is a very talented player on defense. Pryor will more then likely be used in swing situations while Mailata was a shot in the dark but has an extreme amount of toughness and athleticism

Grade: B

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Washington Redskins

1. Da’Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama with the 13th pick
2. Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU with the 59th pick
3. Geron Christian, Offensive Tackle, Louisville with the 74th pick
4. Troy Apke, Safety, Penn State with the 109th pick
5. Tim Settle, Defensive Tackle, Virginia Tech with the 163rd pick
6. Shaun Dion Hamilton, Inside Linebacker, Alabama with the 197th pick
7. Greg Stroham, Cornerback, Virginia Tech with the 241st pick
7. Trey Quinn, Wide Receiver, SMU with the 256th pick

Draft Analysis:

Adding Payne will help solidify the defensive line and will be a major help during the run game. Settle will add a lot of talent along with a unique set of skills for his body type. Although Guice has some off field issues I believe this is an excellent pick because Washington needs a big body running back who will help a lot offensively. Christian will become a starter in the near future but for now he will learn under the current offensive line. Both Hamilton and Apke will likely serve on special teams for a couple of seasons before seeing a legit amount of playing time on defense

Grade: C+

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