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.
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.
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.