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NFL DRAFT: NFC Report Card

I have conquered the AFC and handed out draft grades, now it is time for the NFC. Who will get “Dan Collins Stamp of Approval” as best draft class, and who will get the “Matt Millen Stamp of Disapproval” for having the worst draft class in the NFC. Let’s Dive In!


NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Draft Grade: B

Taco Charlton and Chidobe Awuzie will be much needed starters at defensive end and cornerback respectively. Jourdan Lewis (CB) and Ryan Switzer (WR) will be situational players as rookies with chances to become starters. Xavier Woods is a likely starter in the secondary with Barry Church leaving in free agency. They got some decent defensive depth pieces in Marquez White (CB), Joey Ivie (DL), and Jordan Carrell (DL) for Rod Marinelli’s defense. Noah Brown may turn out to be a nice depth surprise as an outside receiver in the offense.


New York Giants

Draft Grade: B

Evan Engram will be a nice chess piece in creating mismatches for the Giants’ offense if he develops quickly. Dalvin Tomlinson will be the defensive tackle lining up with Snacks in the starting unit of the Giants’ defense. Wayne Gallman will be the starting running back by the end of the season due to his versatility and reliable skills in pass protection. Davis Webb is at least an option to succeed Eli Manning if he develops. Avery Moss will be part of the defensive line rotation and possible “NASCAR” package. Adam Bisonwaty is a developmental tackle that may be pushed into the starting rotation due to a weak depth chart.


Philadelphia Eagles

Draft Grade: B

They take an edge pass rusher off the bat that the Philly fans loved at the draft in Derek Barnett. They follow it up by taking a player that when healthy, the 2nd best cornerback in the class in Sidney Jones. Rasul Douglas will likely start as a rookie in the secondary. I liked the additions of Mack Hollins (WR) and Donnel Pumphrey (RB) as quality special teams players and possible developmental starters. They landed a value pick in the 6th round grabbing Elijah Qualls (DL) for Schwartz to use in his rotation.


Washington Redskins

Draft Grade: B

Jonathan Allen fell to them in the 1st round and they had to be excited seeing that their biggest need was youth on the defensive line. Their next three picks likely see starting time this year at some point: Ryan Anderson (DE/OLB), Fabian Moreau (CB), and Samaje Perine (RB). Montae Nicholson (DB) and Jeremy Sprinkle (TE) are developmental chess pieces as rookies that can help in sub-packages or passing downs. I see the rest of the draft class as special teams players with little upside except for specific roles.


NFC North

Chicago Bears

Draft Grade: C+

For all the flack that the Bears got for trading up for Trubisky, the rest of their draft was not that bad. Mitchell Trubisky is a big boom or bust QB prospect that Ryan Pace’s career is counting on. The best friend of a young quarterback is a solid tight end, which they selected in Adam Shaheen. They needed a starter caliber safety and they decided to take a flier on Eddie Jackson. Tarik Cohen is a great change of pace back to add some explosiveness to their offense. Jordan Morgan has a ton of upside for a small-school guard prospect.


Detroit Lions

Draft Grade: B-

Jarrad Davis was an excellent selection for the Lions in the 1st Round and brings a new leader at inside linebacker. Teez Tabor is a boom or bust type player at cornerback on a weak depth chart. Two developmental weapons for Matthew Stafford in Kenny Golladay (WR) and Michael Roberts (TE) who may see some snaps on offense this season. I like them adding some athleticism to their linebacker corps with Jalen Reeves-Maybin who would be a nice run and chase weakside linebacker. I think they will really like Brad Kaaya as a solid backup quarterback for Matthew Stafford.


Green Bay Packers

Draft Grade: B-

The Packers did a nice job shoring up the secondary with their first two selections in the draft: Kevin King (CB) and Josh Jones (S). They will both be contributors early in the rookie season. Vince Biegel (OLB) will be a contributor in sub packages as a pass rusher and Jamaal Williams (RB) will be the physical running back to compliment Ty Montgomery. The rest of picks except for an offensive lineman are developmental weapons on offense that will have specific roles on the offense if they make the 53-man roster.


Minnesota Vikings

Draft Grade: B-

For not having a 1st round pick, the Vikings came away with a lot of talent early in the draft. Dalvin Cook is the likely starter along with Latavius Murray. Pat Elflein is a starter Day 1 at center or guard. Jaleel Johnson is a perfect fit to replace Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle. They picked up two speedy wide receivers and a move TE in Bucky Hodges to create more versatility on offense. The rest of the picks are classic Mike Zimmer developmental projects that he sees will fit in a specific role on his 4-3 attack defense and on special teams.

About Dan Collins

I have always been an avid football enthusiast. The NFL Draft and Fantasy Football is my passion in the realm of football. I write Mock Drafts and inform readers of what is happening during the critical stages of the NFL Draft. I spend way too much time working through Fantasy Football analysis, situations, and thoughts; it is an issue. Follow on Twitter @Dan_R_Collins for Football info and the occasional joke or wisecrack.