The NFC East had some very notable picks in this year’s NFL draft. Notable as in great, but also notable as in pretty freaking bad as well. Let’s start with the boys in blue…
New York Giants
Most Notable Pick: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke (6th overall)
But most notable for very OBVIOUS AND BAFFLING REASONS. Oh boy, where do I even start? The Daniel Jones pick was just…terrible. First of all, he’s not even in my top 5 power rankings for quarterbacks coming out of this draft. I’m serious, take a look:
1). Dwayne Haskins
2). Will Grier
3). Kyler Murray
4). Drew Lock
5). Jarrett Stidham
That’s my top five. And Daniel Jones probably falls at #6…the same as the spot he was selected overall in this draft which I still cannot get over.
Jones or Haskins?
Jones threw for 52 touchdowns in three seasons at Duke in the ACC. Dwayne Haskins threw for 50 touchdowns IN A SEASON and in the Big 10. Daniel Jones also threw 29 interceptions in three seasons at Duke. Remember, you don’t play as many games in a college season as you do in the NFL, so 29 interceptions is not too good.
Here’s the worst part about it. Daniel Jones most likely could have been available at the 17th overall pick, which the Giants also had from the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. And not only that, they passed up on Dwayne Haskins and Josh Allen. Just absolutely bonkers. Maybe Daniel Jones will prove me wrong, but right now this is just not a good pick this high in the draft.
Things didn’t really get better for the G-Men
Then the Giants decided to take Dexter Lawrence at 17th overall, who I think is a borderline first-round draft pick – he was taken way too high. And I understand that the Giants could use all the help they can get on defense, but the Giants could have used a pass-rusher more than anything on the defensive side of the ball. Montez Sweat for one was still on the board. Oh yeah, and the Redskins stole him from the Giants too! It’s like the two guys the Giants should have taken with their top two picks, their divisional foe Washington had taken right under their nose. The Giants will have to face Dwayne Haskins and Montez Sweat twice a year every year for the next decade, and it’s going to haunt them tremendously. Look, I like Dexter Lawrence, but it wasn’t what the Giants needed at that point in the draft.
The Giants then proceeded to trade up to get a third first-round pick and selected Deandre Baker out of Georgia. I think Baker could end up being very good, but my gosh, the price the Giants had to pay was waaaay too high. A second-round pick, a fourth-round pick, and a fifth-round pick for the 30th overall pick in the draft? Really? Baker was the Giants’ best pick of the night in my opinion. But was it really worth the price?
So how did the Giants do?
I am not sold on Oshane Ximines as a pass-rusher out of Old Dominion, but I do like the Julian Love pick. Darius Slayton I’m not crazy about at receiver – he could be ok – was selected in the fifth round. But for giving up someone like Beckham Jr., I thought the Giants waited an awfully long time to draft a receiver. I am also a bit surprised they didn’t take a running back to add depth behind Saquon Barkley.
The Giants drafted well at the cornerback position, but that’s really about it. I did not think the Giants had a good draft. If there’s one position you have to nail, it’s the quarterback, and I don’t think they did…not even close.
Giants Draft Grade: D
Most Notable Pick: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State (22nd overall)
Andre Dillard is a great pick who will start right away on the offensive line. I had him going higher in my mock draft. I think Miles Sanders could be the best running back in this draft who’s not named Josh Jacobs. He could actually end up being even better, quite frankly. The Eagles needed to add depth at running back, and they added Sanders who I think will be very solid. Remember too, the Eagles now have Jordan Howard after trading with the Bears in the offseason. Howard and Sanders could make for a very nice 1-2 punch in the backfield.
The Eagles also got a nice receiver in J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Arcega-Whiteside has good body control at a nice size (6’2) who can be a legit red zone target for Carson Wentz. Pick your red zone weapon: Arcega-Whiteside or Alshon Jeffrey? Not bad.
I even like their Shareef Miller pick in the fourth round.
Here’s what I don’t like
The Eagles did nothing to address their secondary, they missed the boat on their quarterback pick in my opinion, and I also would have liked to have seen them take a linebacker somewhere. To be fair to the Eagles though, it’s a lot to ask when you only have five draft picks. Hopefully, Carson Wentz can stay healthy going forward. I thought about giving the Eagles a B, but I’m going with a B- because not addressing their secondary is huge for me – it remains suspect.
Eagles Draft Grade: B–
Most Notable Pick: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State (90th overall)
I think McGovern is Dallas’ best pick. He could be a big-time sleeper on the offensive line.
The potential is there for UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill, but I think he’s super raw and could be a project. The Joe Jackson pick in the fifth round could potentially be a sleeper pick out of Miami. Time will tell there.
Other than that, I’m not too crazy about any of the other picks Dallas made. I get that Jason Witten is coming back, but no tight end?! Really? I also noticed the Cowboys drafted two running backs; which makes me wonder if they plan on paying Ezekiel Elliot…
Cowboys Draft Grade: C+
Most Notable Pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State (15th overall)
I love what the Redskins did. I thought they had a really nice draft.
First, Dwayne Haskins falls into their lap, then Washington made a fair trade with Indianapolis to move into the late-first round and get a steal for a pick in Montez Sweat at 26th overall. The Redskins needed a quarterback, and they probably got the best one in the draft without having to trade up the draft board. They also needed a pass-rusher, and they got a pretty good one in Sweat. Washington’s first round was an absolute home run.
The Redskins didn’t have any second-round picks, but they ended up getting two more really nice picks in Terry McLaurin and Bryce Love. I am high on McLaurin as a prospect at receiver (and he was Haskins’ college teammate!) and Stanford running back Bryce Love once upon a time was considered a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. He just has to stay healthy. Kelvin Harmon, wide receiver out of North Carolina State, is also a really good pick for the sixth round – great value there. I sort of found it hard to believe that he was still available at that point.
Redskins knock it out of the park
Overall, I think the Redskins did very well, and they clearly had the best draft out of the NFC East teams in my opinion. The only thing that’s preventing me from giving them an A, however, is that they surprisingly didn’t take a tight end. But other than that, really nice draft for Washington.
Redskins Draft Grade: A-