Recapping day one of the draft around the NFC East
The NFL Draft got underway last night from Nashville, Tennessee and did not disappoint. Over 150,000 people were in attendance to watch the Arizona Cardinals select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray number one overall. The NFC East would combine to make six picks on the night. We breakdown each teams night with the exception of the Cowboys since their first round pick was used to acquire Amari Cooper.
Eagles bolster offensive line and select Andre Dillard
The Eagles decided to add to their offensive line by selecting Andre Dillard from Washington State.
The 6’6 315 pound tackle is the heir to the throne as he will replace 39-year-old Jason Peters. The Eagles moved ahead of the Houston Texans to get their guy. The Eagles and Ravens executed a trade as the Eagles got their guy and the Ravens used pick 25 to select Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Dillard is a great athlete and him and Lane Johnson could eventually be a great athletic duo protecting Wentz. Dillard has 33 and a half inch arms and ran the 40 in 4.96 seconds.
Last year he allowed just one sack on 722 pass attempts as he protected the blind side for Gardner Minshew. Furthermore, Dillard was named First-team All-Pac-12 last season. Dillard gets to now work with the games best in Jeff Stoutland. He will help keep number 11 upright and healthy for a super bowl run.
Giants make head scratching move
The New York Giants made three selections on the night. The first pick did not go over well at all with Big Blue Nation. The G-Men selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall.
Now Jones isn’t a bad quarterback but when you also hold the 17th pick and the only other quarterback taken was Dwayne Haskins it’s safe to say Jones would have been available. Passing up on Haskins for Jones is even more head-scratching considering there are reports that he could sit for up to three years. Furthermore, Eli is still the man so let us rejoice.
At pick 17 the Giants then selected Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. Lawrence is a nice player and should fit in nicely. Considering the Giants let Damon “Snacks” Harrison get away it appears Lawrence could be the next version of snacks.
The Giants finished their night by trading into the first round at number 30 to select Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker. Baker comes to a secondary that for no reason let Landon Collins get away but he can be a bright spot and turn into a solid starter for the Giants.
Redskins select franchise quarterback
With the Giants not capitalizing the Redskins took prime advantage. At 15 they selected Haskins who went to High School in Maryland. After Alex Smith went down with an injury last year the Skins season literally fell apart. They brought in Case Keenum this year to be a mentor and now have their guy. They also have Colt McCoy who will also be in competition to start. I love this pick for the Redskins and they are also getting Derrius Guice back and now have their quarterback and running back of the future
The Redskins weren’t finished there as with their second first-round pick at number 26 went ahead and selected Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat. Now before the health concerns popped up it was almost certain that Sweat would be a top 10 pick.
He has unreal speed for a defensive lineman with 4.41 40 speed. With Ryan Kerrigan on one side who is still on top of his game and a young defensive line, Sweat makes the redskins front very respectable.
Grading out the first round
The Cowboys won’t get a grade but here is how I rank the other three teams based on their first-round selections around the NFC East.
Washington Redskins: A+
Philadelphia Eagles: A-
New York Giants: C