NFC East Draft Grades 2020

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and your boy’s here to take a look around the entire NFL and pass out draft grades. Or, not. I may get tired of this whole process and flake out at any point…including after this article. Anyway, today, I’m taking a look at the NFC East.

And, before you roll your eyes, let me say this. I know that you don’t get a real sense of how good a draft class is for about three years. I’m not projecting NFL careers here – simply looking at checking the boxes at areas of need and value based on the level of talent selected. Bada boom. LFG.

Why the NFC East? Seems kinda random from a Nashville-based website that primarily covers the Titans, huh? Well, my girlfriend is from New Jersey and was born into a big time Giants family. I’m not a proponent of having two teams, but if I did, team #2 would be Big Blue. Plus, I was really interested in what the Eagles and Cowboys did in this draft as well. So, there you have it – reasons.

NFC EAST DRAFT GRADES 2020

Dallas Cowboys

  • CeeDee Lamb
  • Trevon Diggs
  • Neville Gallimore
  • Reggie Robinson II
  • Tyler Biadasz
  • Bradlee Anae
  • Ben DiNucci

Overall: Lamb falling to #17 almost feels criminal. It wasn’t a position of need for the Cowboys, but holy shit – you can’t fault ’em for taking that value. That Cowboys receiving corps now boasts Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup as its top three. That’s a UNIT. Cornerback was their biggest need, and they stumbled into one of the more talented guys, Diggs, in the second round. I think he has some work to do, but has the potential to be a quality starter in the NFL. Like the Gallimore pick as well, and getting Anae as late as they did was an absolute steal.

Grade: A. Jerry Jones got himself some big time steals in this draft. On top of addressing positions of need smartly, he got a guy who could become the best receiver in this class. Not to mention, that’s another guy who commands attention away from the run game and Ezekiel Elliott.

New York Giants

  • Andrew Thomas
  • Xavier McKinney
  • Matt Peart
  • Darnay Holmes
  • Shane Lemieux
  • Cam Brown
  • Carter Coughlin
  • TJ Brunson
  • Chris Williamson
  • Tae Crowder

Overall: Offensive line was a priority for this team, and they made it a priority in this draft. You can debate whether or not taking Thomas over Jedrick Wills and Tristan Wirfs was the call to make (I don’t), but at least they solved their tackle woes with a guy who figures to start right away. I thought McKinney was the best safety in the class.

Grade: A. I love the commitment to the offensive line. I love the McKinney selection, and I love the pieces they added at linebacker. The Giants nailed their positions of need – one of my favorite drafts of the weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jalen Raegor
  • Jalen Hurts
  • Davion Taylor
  • K’Von Wallace
  • Jack Driscoll
  • John Hightower
  • Shaun Bradley
  • Quez Watkins
  • Prince Tega Wanogho
  • Casey Toohill

Overall: Maybe I”m in the minority here, but I actually love this Eagles draft. I was high on Raegor heading into the draft and think he’s exactly what the Eagles need at receiver. I love the Hurts pick – it’s a win-win for everyone. Hurts is in a situation where he can come in and not be pressured to play now, and the Eagles have a guy they can develop behind Wentz. They doubled down on speed at the receiver position with Watkins. I loved the selection of Taylor, and Toohill at the end of the draft was a steal.

Grade: A. The Eagles did a nice job of stockpiling depth at areas of need on the roster while getting a couple of building blocks for the future at the same time. That’s the sweet spot, baby.

Washington Redskins

  • Chase Young
  • Antonio Gibson
  • Saahdiq Charles
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden
  • Keith Ismael
  • Khaleke Hudson
  • Kamren Curl
  • James Smith-Williams

Overall: Young instantly gives this team a downright NASTY defensive line. I dare say it’s going to be the strength of this team. Gibson ought to make for a nice little 1-2 punch with rising star Terry McLaurin. I like adding bodies along the offensive line, but why Washington failed to add a cornerback or tight end in the draft is beyond me.

Grade: C. I don’t want to give Washington too much credit for NOT blowing the #2 overall pick, and I do like the Gibson drafting as well. But, I think it’d be hard for me to get too excited about this haul if I were a Washington fan.

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