Philadelphia Eagles: B+
The Eagles would have graded out at an A grade based on the talent they acquired. However, considering their coach is Chip Kelly and everyone is anticipating a new read option offense introduced to the NFL, the pieces don’t seem to match up. After all, they took a big tackle in Lane Johnson (OT-Oklahoma) and a less mobile quarterback (than others on the board) in Matt Barkley (QB-USC), both who came from more pro-style offenses. Zach Ertz (TE-Stanford) should do well, but again, not exactly the type of player you may expect. I assume Kelly is going to adapt the scheme to his personnel. If he does it successfully, this draft could be one they look back on as a cornerstone for their success. Defensively, Bennie Logan (DT-LSU) and Joe Kruger (DE-Utah) were both great value picks at their respective points in the draft.
Best Pick - Lane Johnson / Most Questionable - Matt Barkley / Sleeper Pick – Bennie Logan
New York Giants: B
Nothing flashy about the Giants draft outside of future clipboard stalwart Ryan Nassib (QB-Syracuse) who gets to sit behind Manning for the next four years. Maybe the Giants just see the shortage of quality quarterbacks and think they can mold him into trade bait in the future, which might not be a bad investment. Justin Pugh (OT-Syracuse), Johnathan Hankins (DT-OSU), and Damontre Moore (DE-TAMU) were all value picks that will likely contribute in the near future, something good for a team that is in their “winning window”.
Best Pick - Johnathan Hankins / Most Questionable - Ryan Nassib / Sleeper Pick – Damontre Moore
Washington Redskins: C
The Redskins did very well getting help in the secondary taking David Amerson (CB-NCState) early and Bacarri Rambo (S-Georgia) late. Jordan Reed (TE-Florida) could be used in a variety of ways once RG3 returns to run the offense. I know they are late picks, but I still can’t understand taking two backs, Chris Thompson (RB-FSU) and Jawan Jamison (RB-Rutgers), when you have a great second year back on the roster. Mike Shanahan is at it again.
Best Pick - David Amerson / Most Questionable - Chris Thompson / Sleeper Pick – Bacarri Rambo
Dallas Cowboys: C
Dallas started weak, but ended strong in their draft. They overdrafted their first round pick Travis Frederick (C-Wis), who some owners had as a 6th-7th rounder. I never even saw him mentioned in 3 round mock drafts. An okay run blocking center, but hardly worthy of the pick considering the other value on the board. They did improve as the draft went on and Gavin Escobar (TE-SDSU) is a serviceable TE although I don’t think he’s a star. The best pick was Terrence Williams (WR – Baylor) who I think was one of the top three deep threats in the draft. He could be a steal in the 3rd and might be Miles Austin’s ticket out of Dallas. I would have liked to see Dallas bring in competition for Romo, but I think they wanted to avoid drama which is un-Dallas like. Tyler Wilson (QB-Arkansas) and Landry Jones (QB – Oklahoma) would have been great fits. Probably better picks than JJ Wilcox (S) who they took. I do like BW Webb (CB) and Joseph Randle (RB – Ok State). Randle probably isn’t an NFL starter, but should be a very good backup and change of pace back.
Best Pick - Terrence Williams / Most Questionable - Travis Frederick / Sleeper Pick – Joseph Randle