Draft Grades: NFC East

Rookie camps have started so we should probably finish telling you how each team drafted. Here is the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys: C 

Round 1, Pick 19: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise St. Dc7yJUkUwAA7v_k.jpg

Round 2: Connor Williams, G, Texas

Round 3: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado St.

Round 4: Dorance Armstrong Jr., DE, Kansas

Round 4: Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford

Round 5: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky

Round 6: Chris Covington, LB, Indiana

Round 6: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State

Round 7: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama

Vander Esch and Williams are both good players, but Dallas waited until the third round to address its biggest need. At one point I mocked Gallup in the first, so there’s some value in getting him in the third. But that leaves the question of how stacked could they have been if they took another receiver when they should have?

New York Giants: A

Round 1, Pick 2: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St. DbwBw5CX0AMs_Ha.jpg

Round 2: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

Round 3: Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia

Round 3: B.J. Hill, DT, NC State

Round 4: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

Round 5: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami

Despite only having six picks, the Giants nailed this Draft. Barkley finally provides a steady running back. He’ll be running behind second round steal Hernandez, who also fills a big need. They could have taken Bradley Chubb at No. 2, but still found potential JPP replacements in the later rounds. Charlie Casserly of the NFL Network said Lauletta was the future franchise QB. I’m not too sure about that, but he’ll certainly make a decent backup.

Philadelphia Eagles: C+

Round 2: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.


Round 4: Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh

Round 4: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

Round 6: Matt Pryor, G, TCU

Round 7: Jordan Mailata, South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby Club

Goedert bumps the Eagles up half of a letter grade because he 1) is good 2) creates a threat to defenses as Philly works in a two tight end set. The rest of their draft wasn’t great, but it didn’t have to be. The Eagles were (obviously) good already. I’m not too sure about drafting Mailata, who has never played a down of football, but it’ll be cool if he translates.

Washington Redskins: C-

Round 1, Pick 13: Da’Ron Payne, LB, Alabama

Round 2: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Round 3: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville

Round 4: Troy Apke, S, Penn State

Round 5: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

Round 6: Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama

Round 7: Greg Stroman, CB Virginia Tech

Round 7: Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

Washington’s best pick in this Draft was Guice in the second. There might be some character concerns, but he has great football value. Payne seems like an emergency pick after they lost out on Via Vea.


Detroit Lions 2018: Newest Lion wants Dez Bryant to play in Detroit

Dez Bryant is now officially a free agent. While the rumors that will soon follow Bryant will most likely have him linked to several teams over the next few days and weeks, one player for the Detroit Lions has made his feelings clear – he would like to see No. 88 suit up for the Lions.

LeGarrette Blount took to Twitter earlier today telling Bryant that he should bring his game to Motown for the 2018 season. Blount, the former New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles star who played a huge role in the last two Super Bowls, apparently he was not joking when he told Dez to bring his talents to Detroit.

Now, while all players like to take to social media these days to express their feelings, is there any realistic shot of the Lions taking a look at Bryant? While you can never say never, it is doubtful.

The Lions’ wide receiver core consists of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and an up-and-comer Kenny Golladay – not to mention Bradley Marquez and T.J. Jones as well. Still, with a quarterback with a huge arm like Matt Stafford, don’t you have to at least take a look at a player with the talents of Bryant?

One thing’s for sure. No matter where Dez lands in 2018, he is going to have a massive chip on his shoulder, which may be another reason to give him at least some consideration.

Bryant, who also took to Twitter, let the NFL world know that he will be more than ready for the 2018 season, no matter who he plays for.