Recapping the NFC East draft classes. The Giants are the big winners in the division here and even though the Eagles are still one of the best rosters in football my thought is that once again this division is wide open.
New York Giants
The Giants draft has to be considered one of the best in this years class. They had a mission, build around Eli Manning and trust Pat Shurmur can turn the offense around. They did that. Drafting arguably the best player in the draft at two and grabbing one of the best guards in the draft in round two. Then they found a Jason Pierre Paul replacement in highly touted edge rusher Lorenzo Carter in the third round. While I do not believe Eli Manning is currently a top 20 NFL QB the Giants have certainly put him in a position to bounce back big time this year. They also found a solid backup for Davis Webb in Kyle Lauletta out of Richmond. I hate when I love what the Giants do but I love what the Giants did this draft.
Best Pick: Saqon Barkley
Worst Pick: None
Favorite pick: Will Hernandez
Sleeper: B.j Hill
Washington had holes defensively in this draft and they took care of them. Though I disagree with Daron Payne, there were better defensive players on the board, you can’t knock them for taking one of Alabama’s best run stuffers last year. Not to mention you may have gotten the steal of the draft in Darius Guice although character issues are a concern for him.
Best Pick: Darius Guice
Worst Pick: None
Favorite pick: Darius Guice
Sleeper: Trey Quinn (Mr. Irrelevant but was touted by some scouts as a fourth round talent)
The Cowboys were put in an extremely tough situation when Jason Witten retired the second day of there draft seemingly out of the blue. That being said the Cowboys passed on tight ends early when that should have been one of their primary needs even if Witten was coming back. The Cowboys grabbed Leighton Vander Esch to beef up a previously thin linebacking core in the first round. Jerry Jones went back to what made the Cowboys such a hot commodity over the past five years or so betting on offensive lineman Connor Williams in the second and finding a Dez replacement in Colorado State Wide Out Michael Gallup. The Cowboys did their job this draft although waiting for a tight end hurts their grade.
Best Pick: Leighton Vander Esch
Worst Pick: Dalton Schultz (they waited to long to take a tight end a major need in that offense)
Favorite pick: Michael Gallup
Sleeper: Bo Scarbrough
The Eagles came into the draft with only one major need, tight end, they addressed that with one of the top three in the class late in the second round in Dallas Goedert. Then the Eagles grabbed O linemen and a corner and built depth. For a team with very few draft picks they did their best to improve their roster.
Best Pick: Dallas Goedert
Worst Pick: None.
Favorite pick: Dallas Goedert
Sleeper: Josh Sweat