Now that the we’re a few days removed from the NFL Draft, most of the hype has begun to die down and it is a great time to give early grades on each team’s draft class. Though we won’t know for a few years who really had the best/worst draft, it’s still fun to give grades now and see if they still hold true in a few years. I thought the NFC East had a rough year in the draft, but value picks seemed to be the theme of this division. Now without further adieu, here are my grades for the NFC East.
Dallas Cowboys: I know as an Eagles fan it is hard to grade the Cowboys fairly, but they really had a rough time in the first two rounds. I’m not a fan of the Travis Fredrick pick and thought Gavin Escobar was a bit of a reach and I don’t really see the purpose of this selection. Though the Cowboys struggled a bit early, I thought they finished on a high note. I love the selection of BW Webb and Terrance Williams and I think Joseph Randle can help the team year one. Only time will tell if the Cowboys first two picks will pan out, but the Cowboys got great value in the later rounds. Grade: B-/C+
New York Giants: I thought the Giants got great value picks as always. I’m not the biggest fan of the Justin Pugh selection because I felt it was a bit of a reach, but I really loved the next three selections made by the Giants. Johnathan Hankins is a really strong defensive tackle prospect, Demontre Moore was considered a top 5 pick a few months ago and Ryan Nassib was considered by most to be the best QB in this years draft. Though the Giants didn’t address all of their needs, the Giants were able to find great value in all of their picks. Grade: B/B+
Philadelphia Eagles: As an Eagles fan, I was excited, for the first time in 14 years, to see the Eagles really stick to their board and not try to out smart everybody and reach for players. Lane Johnson was a great selection, great fit, and on top of it, he has great potential. Zach Ertz, my favorite selection, is a great scheme fit, Matt Barkley was great value in the 4th round and Earl Wolff, Jordan Poyer, and Joe Krugger were great picks in rounds five and seven. All in all, I thought the Eagles, though they didn’t necessarily address all of their holes, got great value in every round and that is very exciting. Grade: B+/A-
Washington Redskins: The Redskins didn’t have a first round pick this year because of the RG3 trade last year and I don’t think any Redskins fans are complaining about it. I loved the selection of Phillip Thomas and Baccari Rambo because the Redskins were able to match great value and need together and these two players definately help an agin secondary. On the other hand, I didn’t like the slection of Jordan Reed as much and felt it was a bit of reach. If you factor in the RG3 trade into the Redskins draft grade it helps, but overall the Redskins didn’t do a great job last weekend and felt they left something to be desired. Grade: C/C+