Sports aren’t quite back yet, but they’re getting close. The NBA and NHL are set to start in July, and the NFL will start training camp at that point. The MLB is working on a deal to do the same. But in the meantime, I’ll be working on predictions for these returns, and continuing with NFL off-season coverage, in the form of fantasy football content (on my @bsmfantasyfootball Instagram account) and finishing this draft report card series with NFC draft reviews. Today I’ll be reviewing the NFC East, and you can check out the previous posts in the series as well:
NFL Draft Report Cards 2020
Dallas Cowboys: A-
The Cowboys had a very strong draft, getting several steals in the form of CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs, Neville Gallimore, and Tyler Biadasz. In addition they filled most of their big needs, as they added to the secondary and receiving corps and brought in Gallimore, a young, talented player to pair with veteran DTs Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. They could’ve used a TE to pair with Blake Jarwin, but it appears they’ll give Jarwin a chance to shine in a 3 WR, 1 TE offense. They also could’ve used more depth at safety, but they should be fine with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Xavier Woods, and Darian Thompson there, especially after bolstering the CB depth chart by drafting two of them. This draft wasn’t perfect, but it filled most of Dallas’ needs and included multiple steals, so it’s pretty close to it.
New York Giants: B+
The Giants could’ve used some more defensive line help here, but they did add to their secondary and offensive line, two of their other big positions of need. I feel they reached on some of their picks, especially in the later rounds, and they should’ve been filling the d-line need before drafting a bunch of linebackers in those later rounds. I did like the early round picks of Andrew Thomas and Xavier McKinney, as they were good value selections that filled needs. But they could’ve finished this off better despite a strong draft overall.
Philadelphia Eagles: B-
The Eagles had three major needs coming into this draft: WR, LB, and the secondary. The team made en effort to fill all three of those needs, but there was no need to take QB Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round, and they also reached on many of the WRs and LBs they drafted when here were better options at the position on the board. The Eagles also brought in a couple of Auburn players to add to a deep offensive line, which they’ll be thankful for with Brandon Brooks getting hurt. The team did reach on several players and could’ve done better, but they will benefit from this draft class.
Washington Redskins: C+
The Redskins reached on a lot of their later selections, and they could’ve added more linebackers and drafted a tight end. They did get star edge rusher Chase Young though, and I liked the Antonio Gandy-Golden pick as it filled a need at WR and provided the team with good value. This draft class had some highlights, but overall I wasn’t that impressed with the value the Redskins received, and the team is left with holes even after the draft.
That’s all for my NFC East draft reviews. Stay tuned for more draft reviews soon.