With the 2018 NFL Draft in the books it’s the perfect time to look back and evaluate which teams did what with their draft picks. Today, I will be evaluating and breaking down the NFC East. I’ll give some brief analysis on some of the players drafted by each team and what picks I loved, liked, and hated. Let’s get it going.
Round 1: (No. 19 overall) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State.
Round 2: (50) Connor Williams, OL, Texas.
Round 3: (81) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State.
Round 4: (116) Dorance Armstrong, Edge, Kansas; (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford.
Round 5: (171) Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky.
Round 6: (193) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana; (208) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State.
Round 7: (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama.
I really loved what the Cowboys did through seven rounds in this years draft. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the 19th overall pick, I absolutely loved what they did from that point on. The Cowboys added potential starters in Leighton Vander Esch, Connor Williams, Michael Gallup, Dalton Schultz, Dorance Armstrong, as well as adding quality depth at the quarterback, linebacker, wide receiver, and running back position throughout the draft.
I don’t think it’s crazy to say that I could see all nine of these draft picks making the team and playing a role in 2018 for the Dallas Cowboys as they try to take the division back from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Round 2: (No. 49 overall) Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State.
Round 4: (125) Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh; (130) Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State.
Round 6: (206) Matt Pryor, OT, TCU.
Round 7: (233) Jordan Mailata, OT, N/A.
The reigning Super Bowl Champions only had five picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but they added some qualities players with those five picks. They started off day two trading up to draft Trey Burton’s replacement with South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert. The Eagles also added some quality depth to their defense with nickel CB Avonte Maddox out of Pittsburgh and Josh Sweat, EDGE rusher out of Florida State.
Late on day three, the Eagles added two developmental offensive lineman. Matt Pryor, who had some really nice tape at TCU and a former European rugby player, Jordan Mailata. What the Eagles did with their second and fourth round picks will add some quality depth to their roster, and that’s all you can ask for after winning the Super Bowl and not having a first, third, or fifth round pick.
New York Giants
Round 1: (No. 2 overall) Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State.
Round 2: (34) Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP.
Round 3: (66) Lorenzo Carter, Edge, Georgia; (69) B.J. Hill, DT, N.C. State.
Round 4: (108) Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond.
Round 5: (139) R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami.
The New York Giants started the NFL Draft off with a bang drafting Saquon Barkley with the #2 overall pick. While it’s true they did add a dynamic back with All-Pro potential, they also passed up on a franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, even with Eli Manning’s career quickly coming to an end. It’s also being rumored that the Giants turned down massive trade offers to take Barkley #2. It’ll take time to see if the risk pays off, but as it stands right now it looks like the Giants made a bad decision.
I did like the rest of the New York Giants draft quite a bit. They drafted a plug-and-play LG at 34th overall in Will Hernandez, as well as some quality defensive line depth late on day two with Lorenzo Carter and B.J. Hill. The Giants opened up day three making a splash taking quarterback Kyle Lauletta out of Richmond. Lauletta lit up the Senior Bowl and was extremely productive in college playing in a pro-style offense at the University of Richmond. Lauletta will likely be the QB2 by the start of the season and could potentially be groomed to take over when Eli retires.
RJ McIntosh was a good addition in the fifth round as an iDL who can apply some pressure. Overall I think the Giants had a really solid draft getting good value while addressing some important needs.
Round 1: (No. 13 overall) Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama.
Round 2: (59) Derrius Guice, RB, LSU.
Round 3: (74) Geron Christian, OT, Louisville.
Round 4: (109) Troy Apke, S, Penn State.
Round 5: (163) Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech.
Round 6: (197) Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama.
Round 7: (241) Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech; (256) Trey Quinn, WR, SMU.
The third place Redskins had plenty of holes to fill, and I feel like they did a solid job at doing so. Da’Ron Payne may have been a bit of a reach as the 13th overall pick, but he could really thrive playing alongside former teammate Jonathan Allen. They picked Derrius Guice 59th overall who to me may end up being the steal of the draft. There are some rumored concerns about Derrius Guice off the field, but all I can tell you is when on the field the former LSU RB is a Saquon Barkley-level type player.
Geron Christian was a guy I had an early sixth round grade on, so taking him at 74th overall was an extreme reach for me. Troy Apke was a guy who blew up the combine, but the tape didn’t show that athletic ability. The Redskins did get really good value late on day three with Tim Settle, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Greg Stroman, and Mr. Irrelevant Trey Quinn. I think all four of the day three picks make the Washington roster and play significant roles early on in their careers.
Only time will tell how well the NFC East teams drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, but at a quick glance all four NFC East teams had really nice drafts. If I had to rank them I’d do it a little something like this:
- Dallas Cowboys
- New York Giants
- Washington Redskins
- Philadelphia Eagles
Let me know below what you think of the NFC East 2018 NFL Draft class!