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2022 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East

2022 NFL Draft

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2022 NFL Draft
Which team won the 2022 NFL Draft in the NFC East? Check out all the 2022 NFL Draft grades you need to see for the division here! (John Locher/Credit: AP)

2022 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East

The AFC 2022 NFL Draft grades are in so we now move over to the NFC East. I’m not sure anybody knows what to expect with this division heading into the season. Can you tell I hate intro paragraphs? Good cause let’s get right to those 2022 NFL Draft grades!

Dallas Cowboys: Grade D

  • Round 1: No. 24 – Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
  • Round 2: No. 56 – Sam Williams, LB, Ole Miss
  • Round 3: No. 88 – Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
  • Round 4: No. 129 – Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
  • Round 5: No. 155 (from CLE) – Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
  • Round 5: No. 167 – DaRon Bland, CB, Fresno State
  • Round 5: No. 176 – Damone Clark, LB, LSU
  • Round 5: No. 178 – John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
  • Round 6: No. 193 (from CLE), Devin Harper, LB, Oklahoma State

Really bad. Really, really bad. I know the offensive line draft was weak this year but what are you doing taking Tyler Smith that high? To me, I wasn’t super high on Smith. Hard not to view him as the Isaiah Wilson of the class.

Sam Williams is a coin flip guy. Has some off the field stuff which probably isn’t a good idea since the guy they took in the second round last year (Kelvin Joseph) is already in trouble. Jake Ferguson flat out can’t play. He’s worthless.

The ONLY thing that saves this draft are Jalen Tolbert and the final three real late round picks. I thought it was really important for Dallas to get another receiver to replace Amari Cooper. Obviously Tolbert isn’t Cooper but he can certainly move and flashed a bit during the predraft stuff. Sound pick in the third round.

The Clark, Ridgeway, Harper picks save this from being an F. Three smart gambles. Guys that will probably make the team and really contribute on the fringes of the roster. Clark especially. That guy is going four rounds higher if he’s healthy.

New York Giants: Grade B

  • Round 1: No. 5 – Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
  • Round 1: No. 7 (from CHI) – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Round 2: No. 43 (from ATL) – Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
  • Round 3: No. 67  – Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina
  • Round 3: No. 81 (from MIA) – Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
  • Round 4: No. 112 (from CHI) – Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
  • Round 4: No. 114 – Dane Belton, S, Iowa
  • Round 5: No. 146 (from NYJ) – Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
  • Round 5: No. 147 – D.J. Davidson, DT, Arizona State 
  • Round 5: No. 173 (from KC via BAL) – Marcus McKethan, G, North Carolina
  • Round 6: No. 182 – Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

20 minutes into the 2022 NFL Draft, I was pretty convinced the Giants won the damn draft. 72 hours later, I’m left scratching my head. At the end of the day, this draft will likely go down as a day things changed for the better. Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal in one draft class is a damn HAUL.

However, context, of course is needed. The Giants only had that second top 10 pick because of the trade down with the Bears. If you recall, the Giants took Kadarius Toney with their pick so maybe the trade down wasn’t so wise…

The rest of this draft class blows. What are you doing taking another gadget guy in Wan’Dale Robinson that high? Where is he going to play? I’m not even going to lie, some of these guys weren’t even on my list. TWO UNC guards? Daniel Bellinger is a guy I ripped every chance I could during the Senior Bowl week. In THIS linebacker draft, coming away with Micah McFadden? C’mon. Darrian Beavers is actually a nice pick in the 6th round but they totally blew it after the first round.

Philadelphia Eagles: Grade A-

  • Round 1: No. 13 (from HOU via CLE) – Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  • Round 2: No. 51 – Cameron Jurgens, C, Nebraska
  • Round 3: No. 83 – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
  • Round 6: No. 181 (from DET) – Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
  • Round 6: No. 198 (from JAX via PIT) – Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU

Would have been a straight A had the Eagles not taken a fucking center in the second round. Howie had to screw up at least one pick. Remind me again why the Eagles took a center in the second round last year and why they needed to repeat that?

Otherwise, damn good job. Jordan Davis is a house. The guy is a top tier talent in this draft and will be a game wrecker for Philadelphia. Can you imagine what this defensive front could look like with him next to Fletcher Cox?

Oh, Philadelphia also reeled in AJ Brown but did so in a smart way. The trade down with the Saints gives Philadelphia two first round picks next year. That extra capital makes a trade for Brown was more feasible. Of course, they could have just picked the guy instead of JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Yeah, I’ll keep going there cause it’s a joke that everyone smart saw coming.

What really makes this draft an A is the Nakobe Dean selection. How the hell did they get that guy in the middle of the third round? It’s truly criminal. The Eagles have zero linebackers and probably just got one in the third round that will make multiple Pro Bowls? Can’t do much better.

Washington Commanders: Grade F

  • Round 1: No. 16 (from NO via IND via PHI) – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
  • Round 2: No. 47 (from IND) – Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
  • Round 3: No. 98 (from NO) – Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
  • Round 4: No. 113 – Percy Butler, S, Louisiana
  • Round 5: No. 144 (from CAR via JAX) – Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
  • Round 5: No. 149 (from CAR) – Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
  • Round 7: No. 230 – Chris Paul, G, Tulsa
  • Round 7: No. 240 (from PHI via IND) – Christian Holmes, CB, Oklahoma State

This draft accomplished nothing and just flat out stinks. I think Jahan Dotson is a nice player but taking him 16 overall is insane. Can’t do it. Won’t do it. We’re talking about a guy that could or could not be better than KJ Hamler. They picked that guy in the middle of the first round. Sure as hell isn’t a risk I’m taking even though I do like the player.

Phidarian Mathis is on the lower end of the talent spectrum when it comes to these Bama guys. He’s not close to Christian Barmore who came out a year ago. You’re lucky if you get Dalvin Tomlinson here. Didn’t flash at the Senior Bowl. Probably would have considered him in the fourth round.

Brian Robinson is a fine back. Tough but not super talented. Could he maybe grind out some positive carries? Sure but it’s still a middle round running back that’s not changing your franchise. Sam Howell is a nice back up I guess? I thought Washington had a real chance here but at the end of the day, it’s clear this Ron Rivera regime isn’t very clever.


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