In this article series, we are going to review what each team did in the draft. We’re going to look at what their needs were going into the draft. We’re going to list each pick and whether they filled their needs or not. We’re not going to get into each prospects strengths and weaknesses in this article, but we will be diving into that very soon.
The Eagles have a rookie quarterback and a brand new group of wide receivers. The Eagles need a running back who can be a heavy downhill runner on the offensive side of the ball. They have running backs 2 and 3 but are missing their 1. On the defensive side of the ball the Eagles need corners badly. They also need line backers and pass rushers
1 – 14th Overall – Derek Barnett – Tennessee – Defensive End
2 – 43d Overall – Sidney Jones – Washington – Corner Back
3 – 99th Overall – Rasul Douglas – West Virginia – Corner Back
4 – 118th Overall – Mack Hollins – UNC – Wide Receiver
5 – 132nd Overall – Donnel Pumphrey – San Diego State – Running Back
6 – 166th Overall – Shelton Gibson – West Virginia – Wide Receiver
7 – 184th Overall – Nate Gerry – Nebraska – Safety
8 – 214th Overall – Elijah Qualls – Washington – Defensive Tackle
Analysis: This was a pretty good draft by the Eagles. Their team definitely got better in this draft. They grabbed 2 corners and a defensive end to help fix the defensive side of the ball. We’re a little surprised they didn’t go with a running back earlier. It will be interesting to see if they go after one in free agency. Were not sure why they grabbed 2 wide receivers with all the talent they grabbed in the off season and wish they would have grabbed a line backer or 2 instead, but overall solid draft
The Cowboys had a very successful season last year. If the Cowboys can draft like they did the season previous they are a home run team. The Dallas secondary has been decimated during free agency. They lost their top 2 corners and their top 2 safeties. That is where Dallas needs to spend their capital. They also need a pass rusher like almost every other team in the NFL. They are fairly set everywhere else, but pass catchers are where we would spend our extra capital if we were the GM.
1 – 28th Overall – Taco Charlton – Michigan – Defensive End
2 – 60th Overall – Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado – Corner Back
3 – 92nd Overall – Jourdan Lewis – Michigan – Corner Back
4 – 133d Overall – Ryan Switzer – North Carolina – Wide Receiver
5 – 191st Overall – Xavier Woods – Louisiana Tech – Safety
6 – 216th Overall – Marquez White – Florida State – Corner Back
7 – 228th Overall – Joey Ivie – Florida – Defensive Tackle
8 – 239th Overall – Noah Brown – Ohio State – Wide Receiver
9 – 246th Overall – Jordan Carrell – Colorado – Defensive Tackle
Analysis: The Cowboys definitely focused on their needs. They grabbed a defensive end early and then focused on the secondary. This is exactly the strategy we would have taken as well. With a couple picks they grabbed pass catchers to give Dak some extra weapons. Overall this is one of our favorite drafts. The cowboys had a pretty good secondary last year, so this may not be too big of an improvement, but it’s exactly what they needed to do.
The Redskins are a team in transition. The redskins need playmakers all over the defense. They need a good cover safety and a line backer in particular. They also have a very underwhelming core of running backs and could use a few more weapons at wide receiver. We would recommend they add depth at the always injured tight end position given the chance as well.
1 – 17th Overall – Jonathan Allen – Alabama – Defensive Tackle
2 – 49th Overall – Ryan Anderson – Alabama – Line Backer
3 – 81st Overall – Fabian Moreau – UCLA – Corner Back
4 – 114th Overall – Samaje Perine – Oklahoma – Running Back
5 – 154th Overall – Jeremy Sprinkle – University of Arkansas – Tight End
6 – 199th Overall – Chase Roller – Wyoming – Center
7 – 209th Overall – Robert Davis – Georgia State – Wide Receiver
8 – 230th Overall – Josh Harvey-Clemons – Louisville – Safety
9 – 235th Overall – Joshua Holsey – Auburn – Defensive Back
Analysis: The Redskins had a pretty good draft. They got much better on the defensive side of the ball. They got a steal in Jonathan Allen where they got him. They also got a pretty great running back as their 4th pick in the draft. Overall very good from a positional standpoint. A few years ago this division was the “NFC Least”. This year it may be one of the most competitive divisions in football.
New York Giants
The Giants need help more on the offensive side of the ball than defensive. They are one of very few teams in the position. They also added Brandon Marshall so they are set at Wide Receiver. Eli Manning isn’t getting any younger so they could look at QB in this draft. They should get a tight end and a running back. They are in need of both badly. They also have a few spots to fill on the offensive side of the line. Defensively they are in pretty good shape other than at linebacker.
1 – 23d Overall – Evan Engram – Ole Miss – Tight End
2 – 55th Overall – Dalvin Tomlinson – Alabama – Defensive Tackle
3 – 87th Overall – Davis Webb – Cal – QB
4 – 140th Overall – Wayne Gallman – Clemson – Running Back
5 – 167th Overall – Avery Moss – Youngstown State – Defensive End
6 – 200th Overall – Adam Bisnowaty – Pittsburgh – Offensive Tackle
Analysis: The Giants were able to take a shot at the QB of the future. They grabbed a running back and a tight end. They also grabbed a late offensive lineman. That was their only offensive lineman drafted though. They needed line backers and didn’t grab any. Their defense was fairly successful last year though so we’ll let that go. In our opinion the Giants draft went so-so.
Here’s what the NFC East did in the draft. Be sure to read our other Draft Breakdown articles for the other 7 Divisions