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NFC East 2019 NFL Draft Grades: Giants Fail, Eagles Disappoint

2019 NFL Draft
2019 NFL Draft grades continue with the NFC East. Did the Washington Redskins close the gap? The rest of the division failed to deliver #2019NFLDraft (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books. It’s time to hand out draft grades. As we continue this series, we move on to the NFC East. This division feels like a battle between the Cowboys and Eagles. Maybe the Redskins have closed a gap. The Giants remain pathetic. Let’s not waste any time. How did each team in the NFC East do during the 2019 NFL Draft?

Dallas Cowboys: Grade D+

  • Round 2, Pick 26 (No. 58 overall): Trysten Hill, DT, UCF
  • Round 3, Pick 26 (No. 90 overall): Connor McGovern, G, Penn State
  • Round 4, Pick 26 (No. 128 overall): Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
  • Round 5, Pick 20 (No. 158 overall): Michael Jackson Sr., CB, Miami
  • Round 5, Pick 27 (No. 165 overall): Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
  • Round 6, Pick 41 (No. 213 overall): Donovan Wilson, S, Texas A&M
  • Round 7, Pick 4 (No. 218 overall): Mike Weber, RB, Ohio St.
  • Round 7, Pick 27 (No. 241 overall): Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon

I get that you have to factor in the Amari Cooper trade but this draft sucked. Tysten Hill is a big swing for the fence. It’s either going to be a home run or strike out. Hill had a crazy combine performance. One of the best I’ve ever seen. The issue is he didn’t even start at Central Florida. It’s a huge boom or bust pick.

Connor McGovern is a guard that should make up for the Connor Williams mistake. Everything else Dallas did really left me confused. Using a 4th round pick on Tony Pollard? What’s he going to do besides return kicks? Mike Weber flat out blows. The Miami defenders are so so at best. I needed more from this draft.

New York Giants: Grade F

  • Round 1, Pick 6 (No. 6 overall): Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
  • Round 1, Pick 17 (No. 17 overall): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Round 1, Pick 30 (No. 30 overall): Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
  • Round 3, Pick 32 (No. 95 overall): Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion
  • Round 4, Pick 6 (No. 108 overall): Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
  • Round 5, Pick 5 (No. 143 overall): Ryan Connelly, LB, Wisconsin
  • Round 5, Pick 33 (No. 171 overall): Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
  • Round 6, Pick 7 (No. 180 overall): Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn
  • Round 7, Pick 18 (No. 232 overall): George Asafo-Adjei, OT, Kentucky
  • Round 7, Pick 31 (No. 245 overall): Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse

Someone needs to give Dave Gettleman a brain examination. I’m not going to talk about the Daniel Jones pick anymore. I’m done trying to bang on that moron, Gettleman. If you want to read more about that, click this link. At the end of the day, the Giants missed on a quarterback in the first round. That’s an automatic F. The Giants also traded away Odell Beckham in case you were living under a rock. They came out of that trade with a 2 down nose tackle, Dexter Lawrence. Beyond atrocious.

If I have to point to something positive for New York, Deandre Baker and Julian Love were both really good picks. I thought Baker was the best corner in the draft. He’s awesome in press and most importantly, attacks the ball. Julian Love is really good too. Just go back and watch when Notre Dame played Clemson. The second Julian Love got hurt, Clemson torched them. Prior to that, Notre Dame played well. That’s all you need to know.

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Adding Andre Dillard was a great pick. The rest of the Eagles draft was flat out awful (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Philadelphia Eagles: Grade D

  • Round 1, Pick 22 (No. 22 overall): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
  • Round 2, Pick 21 (No. 53 overall) Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
  • Round 2, Pick 25 (No. 57 overall): JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford, WR
  • Round 4, Pick 36 (No. 138 overall): Shareef Miller, DE, Penn St.
  • Round 5, Pick 29 (No. 167 overall): Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

The Eagles missed out on a golden opportunity. I love the Andre Dillard pick. Finding a long term replacement for Jason Peters is a job well done. I get that one. Every other pick was a big waste of time (except for Shareef Miller).

Why in the world are you trading a pick for Jordan Howard, then turning around and using another pick on Miles Sanders who stinks to begin with? It made zero sense. So what’s the plan for Corey Clement, Josh Adams, and Wendell Smallwood now? I’ll just warn Eagle fans now that he is a fumbling machine. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. There were too many good players on the board to waste one on Miles Sanders in round 2. I can say the same thing about JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor isn’t good enough? Instead, you’re now drafting a jump ball receiver who can’t do anything else? Too many good players on the board to mess around with that trash.

For a draft that didn’t have a ton of volume, the Eagles then wasted another pick on Clayton Thorson? Is he even going to make the roster? What about Nate Sudfeld? I don’t like this draft one bit.

Washington Redskins: Grade B+

  • Round 1, Pick 15 (No. 15 overall): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
  • Round 1, Pick 26 (No. 26 overall): Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
  • Round 3, Pick 13 (No. 76 overall): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
  • Round 4, Pick 10 (No. 112 overall): Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
  • Round 4, Pick 29 (No. 131 overall): Wes Martin, G, Indiana
  • Round 5, Pick 15 (No. 153 overall): Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama
  • Round 5, Pick 35 (No. 173 overall): Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina
  • Round 6, Pick 34 (No. 206 overall): Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
  • Round 7, Pick 13 (No. 227 overall): Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
  • Round 7, Pick 39 (No. 253 overall): Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma State

I thought the Redskins actually did a really nice job. I think Dwayne Haskins is a risky pick but he certainly has a chance. 50 touchdowns in a season is no joke. The good news is he is pissed off and wants to murder the Giants twice a year. That works for me. If Washington lands a franchise quarterback, then this is an A. Montez Sweat is a monster pass rusher who pairs nicely with Ryan Kerrigan.

You have to like the other picks the Skins made. Terry McLaurin is a trusted target of Haskins at Ohio State. He’s also probably the best special team player in the entire draft. Bryce Love could be the best running back in the draft. If healthy, this is a steal in round 4. Adding two more offensive linemen helps. Kelvin Harmon in round 6 works for me. So does Jordan Brailford in round 7.

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