We’re still buzzing after NFL Draft and this is the week where every sports site and news paper asks the same question:
How would you grade your team’s draft class?
In some ways, it is a pointless effort, as it is so subjective that you can’t really take it seriously, but its fun! We should be able to enjoy and sit back knowing in 2-3 years this same class will be judged differently.
Every team has high hopes right now (aside from the Texans). So, let’s get into our grades for the NFC East! For a full list of every team’s draft grades, check them out here!
SELECTIONS: (21). Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU/ (53). Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma/ (103). Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado/ (127). K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson/ (145). Jack Driscoll, T, Auburn/ (168). John Hightower, WR, Boise State/ (196). Shaun Bradley, LB, Temple/ (200). Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Miss/ (210). Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn/ (233). Casey Toohill, DE, Stanford
Best pick: Jalen Reagor. Reagor is a speed demon testing only 4.47 in the 40 but plays faster than that.)He is able to stretch the field and make plays on 50-50 balls. This may be one of the most impactful picks in the draft as he immediately becomes a top weapon for Carson Wentz.
Worst pick: QB Jalen Hurts- I’ve been back and forth on how I view this pick. On one hand, QB Carson Wentz was the reason the Eagles made the playoffs last year. On the other hand, this pick is insurance since he always seems to get hurt. The pick wasn’t too well received:
Sleeper pick: Prince Tega Wanogho, T, Auburn- Prince was originally seen as a developmental tackle who could go anywhere from the 2nd to 4th round. He was a project still new to football but “>still had, “an ideal frame to develop, long arms and excellent functional athleticism.” Not for the same reason but this pick reminds me of the Cowboys pick up of La’el Collins
SELECTIONS: (17). CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma/ (51). Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama/ (82). Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma/ (123). Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa/ (146). Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin./ (179). Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah/ (231). Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison
Best pick: CeeDee Lamb. The Cowboys had an awesome draft! They picked up a starting corner in Diggs, a starting DT in Gilmore, a future starting CB in Robinson, a future starter at Center in Biadasz and a rotational DE in Anae. Their best pick though is Ceedee Lamb. Lamb was projected to be picked in the 8-13 range and labeled as the most dynamic receiver in CFB last season.
Worst pick: None
Sleeper pick: Tyler Biadasz, Center, Wisconsin. Biadasz was long seen as a first round pick. Biadasz fell due to previous knee and neck injures but was the anchor of the Badgers line. He is dependable starting 41 straight games at a big ten school.. He did come off of hip surgery, however and his 2019 season was seen as a regression which led to the drop.
SELECTIONS: (2). Chase Young, DE, Ohio State/ (66). Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis/ (108). Saahdiq Charles, T, LSU./(142). Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty/ (156). Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State/ (162). Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan/ (216). Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas/ (229). James Smith-Williams, DE, N.C. State
Best pick: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State. This was a no-brainer for defensive minded new head coach Ron Rivera. Chase Young could be the leader of the Redskins defense for the next decade and is already a fan favorite since he was born and raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, right near D.C.
Worst pick: Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis: Different websites see Antonio as a receiver or running back. Gibson’s role will likely be to replace injured scat back Chris Thomspon. Curtis Samuel was a similar player that Ron Rivera drafted in Carolina but was rarely used which concerns me. The Also, the Redskins running back room is loaded.
Sleeper Pick: Saahdig Charles, T, LSU: Charles was a staple in the LSU national championship offensive line. He’s a great developmental prospect but there may be an issue as he almost immediately will have to step in to replace the departed Trent Williams
SELECTIONS: (4). Andrew Thomas, T, Georgia/ (36). Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama/ (99). Matt Peart, T, Connecticut4/ (110). Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA/ (150). Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon/ (183). Cam Brown, LB, Penn State/ (218). Carter Coughlin, DE, Minnesota/ (238). T.J. Brunson, LB, South Carolina/ (247). Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota/ (255). Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia
Best Pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama: The Giants got amazing value at pick 36 with McKinney who was seen as the best safety in the draft. With this pick the Giants added to an already strong safety room that includes Julian Love and budding star Jabrill Peppers.
Worst pick: Cameron Brown, LB, Penn State: It’s not that Brown is a bad pick at all; Actually, he is great value at 183. The issue here is that the Giants didn’t address their linebacker need until round 6.
Sleeper pick: Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon: Lemieux was seen as a fourth round pick in this class. While he isn’t the best pass protector, he will be terrific in this downhill rushing offense and will be able to open holes for Saquan Barkley.
Thank you so much for reading this! Leave a comment below if you agree or have a better grade for your team!
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