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2016 NFC Draft Grades

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Grade: B+

 

Ezekiel Elliott is a dream back to go behind that offensive line in Dallas. Jaylon Smith is a great linebacker when healthy, hopefully he can be that for 2017. Maliek Collins and Charles Tapper are good fits for Rod Marinelli and he will make them starter-quality players for this season. I really like Dak Prescott as the future option for the Cowboys. He has all the skills and physical traits, he just needs coaching to be a solid NFL quarterback. Due to the lack of depth at corner, you may see Anthony Brown as a potential starter at some point in 2016. Kavon Frazier will be more of a special teams contributor and possible gunner. Darius Jackson has elite athletic traits, he’s just very raw for the running back position. Rico Gathers is a project at tight end and likely won’t see the field in 2016. I like what the Cowboys did, even though they wanted to make some trades on draft day but didn’t get it done.

 

New York Giants

Grade: A-

 

Aside from the reach of Eli Apple, I really liked what the Giants did in this draft. Eli Apple can in time be a really good corner, he just may struggle in his rookie year with penalties. Sterling Shepard is a perfect complement to Odell Beckham Jr. and will dominate the middle and underneath parts of the field. Darian Thompson will be a rangy free safety to pair with last year’s strong safety selection of Landon Collins. B.J. Goodson could be a nice addition and possible starter as a run stuffer. Paul Perkins may see the field plenty as the Giants’ backfield is devoid of playmakers and talent. Jerell Adams was a good pick late in the draft as they are still uncertain at the tight end position.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Grade: C+

 

Giving away a ton of draft capital to acquire Carson Wentz wasn’t good draft strategy. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Carson Wentz, he fits perfectly in Doug Pederson’s offense in Philly. He will likely be the starter in 2017 as Chase Daniel and Sam Bradford will be the guys this year. Wentz may see the field if the team struggles and plays poorly to start the season and they look to get him some playing time late in the season. Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are solid additions for depth along the offensive line. Wendell Smallwood might compete for carries as Ryan Mathews struggles to stay healthy. Blake Coutess, Jalen Mills, Alex McCalister, and Joe Walker are special teams contributors.

 

Washington Redskins

Grade: A

 

GM Scot McCloughan is a solid talent evaluator and proved it again in this draft. Josh Doctson will be Kirk Cousins’ main target moving forward after this season. Su’a Cravens is a versatile player that can be a playmaker on defense. Kendall Fuller is an above average cornerback if he recovers fully from his injury. Matthew Iannidis is a hard working defensive lineman that will fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Nate Sudfeld gives them a quarterback on the roster to develop into their possible backup quarterback of the future. Steven Daniels is a physical inside linebacker that attacks the run, which is a need for the Redskins. Keith Marshall is a gamebreaker if he is fully healthy, he may even see a decent amount of carries as a rookie with a questionable running back depth chart.

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