The NFC East, which is usually known for being one of the weakest divisions in the NFL, is bringing in a lot of collegiate talent from the draft in each organization. Every team’s selections will hopefully benefit them in the future. Several players drafted can be considered the new faces of franchises and even the league itself for the future of the NFL. Let’s recap each team in the NFC East and the picks they made during the last three days.
The Redskins made eight picks over the last three days that will hopefully benefit them offensively and defensively. The Redskins drafted Ohio State edge Chase Young with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Redskins are getting someone who can make an immediate impact on this defense, and he joins a unit that already possesses several stars. In three seasons at Ohio State, he recorded 40.5 tackles for loss and 30.5 sacks which ranks second in program history. The Redskins surprised a lot of people when they drafted Memphis WR/RB Antonio Gibson, a player they plan to use at RB. The Redskins waited until they were on the clock to make sure they got their guy in LSU OT Saahdiq Charles. The talented tackle fell due to some drug test issues in college but has the talent to play guard and tackle. The Redskins went with a big WR with sure hands with their second pick in the 4th round. It’s been clear that the team wants to put more weapons around 2nd-year QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. and they got them when they picked Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden. They had two picks in the 5th round and got a new offensive lineman (Keith Ismael, C, San Diego State) and LB (Khaleke Hudson, Michigan). In the 7th round, they went with two more defensive players. Their first pick was Arkansas safety Kamren Curl, and the second pick was Arkansas DE James Smith-Williams.
The Eagles were busy this weekend with the ten picks they made to help boost up their roster. The Eagles filled a big need at wide receiver in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, selecting TCU’s Jalen Reagor. The Eagles notably passed on rumored first-round target Justin Jefferson to take Reagor instead. But they made a lot more noise with their second-round pick, taking Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. It’s interesting to think about how the Eagles envision Hurts’ future. Are they really that concerned about Wentz’s injury history one year after signing him to a mega extension and he played in 17 games? Do the Eagles plan to use Hurts’ mobility for special packages on offenses? There are so many questions. The Eagles looked to draft Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor as a developmental defensive player with the hopes he can immediately contribute on special teams. In addition, the Philadelphia Eagles also selected Safety K’Von Wallace, Clemson, and OL Jack Driscoll, Auburn in the fourth round. They added WR John Hightower, Boise State in the fifth round. In the sixth round, the Philadelphia Eagles selected LB Shaun Bradley, Temple, WR Quez Watkins, Southern Miss, and OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn. Finally, the Eagles finished the draft selecting LB Casey Toohill, Stanford.
The Cowboys had an impressive draft class of seven that primarily will help out their secondary, however, they added a talented offensive weapon. The Cowboys made an aggressive move in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Despite already having a solid one-two combo at receiver with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, they took arguably the best receiver in the draft in Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, just a few picks ahead of their division rival Eagles, who desperately needed a receiver. The Cowboys had Alabama CB Trevon Diggs as a possible pick at No. 17, so getting him with the No. 51 pick is grand larceny. He has some issues, but his instincts and ball skills will make him a hero in Dallas. DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma was selected with the No. 82 pick in the third round. Gallimore is constantly the quickest lineman off the ball, a very athletic player with an array of moves. In the fourth round, the Cowboys selected CB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa, and C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin. The Cowboys also grabbed DE Bradlee Anae, Utah in the fifth round with the 179th pick. They concluded the draft by taking QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison. DiNucci is a very accurate quarterback with scramble ability, keeps his eyes moving at all time, poised. URI wide receiver Aaron Parker will join his cousin, Isaiah Coulter, in Texas, but will be heading to a different city. The Rams standout will sign with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
New York Giants
The Giants needed a tackle and Andrew Thomas was their top choice. He will come in and compete at right and left tackle, per coach Joe Judge. It’s hard to complain. GM Dave Gettleman wanted “to fix this offensive line once and for all.” Thomas started the season as the No. 1 tackle and played well against top competition in the SEC. The Georgia tackle blew eight of 793 total blocks last season, a 1% blown block rate that was third-best among SEC offensive tackles. The Giants also addressed their secondary help with Alabama safety, Xavier McKinney who ESPN analyst Rex Ryan called him a future “star” and first-year starter. McKinney was Mel Kiper Jr.’s 15th-ranked player overall. The Giants got him at No. 36 because he fell out of the first round after running the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the combine. Gettleman continued to bolster up the offensive line with Matt Peart from UConn. Peart is a developmental offensive tackle with tremendous length. His 36⅝-inch arms were the longest of all linemen at the NFL combine. It’s worth a shot with him. The Giants also added Shane Lemieux, OG, Oregon. The rest of the picks for Judge and Gettleman benefit the defense with a mix of secondaries and linebackers including Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA, Cam Brown, LB, Penn State, Carter Coughlin, LB, Minnesota, T.J. Brunson, LB, South Carolina, Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota, and Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia. The Rhode Island offensive tackle Kyle Murphy went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft and reportedly agreed to a deal with the Giants moments after the draft ended Saturday.