2018 CPGM Interactive Mock Draft Grades – NFC East
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Philadelphia Eagles @evdog92
The defending champs have most of their players in place and under contract so their solitary selection in the first 100 picks (32nd overall) didn’t necessitate a trade to acquire additional draft capital; rather best player available was a perfectly viable option. However, Philly decided to be proactive as it pertained to a couple of players with expiring contracts in defensive end Brandon Graham and linebacker Mychal Kendricks packaging both players with their 32nd overall pick to acquire a second round pick, two third round picks, and fourth and fifth round selections in 2018. As well as a 3rd round pick in 2019. Philadelphia’s newly acquired 2nd and 3rd picks netted: offensive guard Scott Quessenberry, linebacker Shaquem Griffin, and tight end Troy Fumagalli. While Quessenberry spends far too much time on the ground his upside in a talented offensive line is intriguing. Griffin’s speed and relentlessness will result in him being a core special teams player immediately and his talent eventually will land him in the starting lineup where I fully expect him to play at a high level. He could very well be the steal of Day 2. Finally, Fumagalli should serve in the recently vacated Trey Burton role at a minimum. Overall the Eagles did a good job of acquiring additional draft selections and players that will contribute immediately. However, while they did get something for Brandon Graham, proven pass rushers don’t exactly grow on trees. Graham could have very well led the Eagles in sacks/pressures in 2018. Having him on the roster for another title run and getting a compensatory pick for him 2019 may have been a shrewd move.
CPGM Juice’s Grade: C+
Dallas Cowboys @Fntsyfbconnect
The Cowboys didn’t overthink it in the first round. They selected perhaps the most polished receiver in the class in Calvin Ridley. While his SPARQ numbers leave something to be desired Ridley has the technical prowess to consistently stack defensive backs and make plays at every level of the field. There are questions/concerns regarding his age (will turn 24 during rookie season) and slender build but he has a certain South Floridian edge/chip on his shoulder you simply cannot teach. In the second round, Dallas opted to bolster their pass rush with defensive end Josh Sweat from FSU. Sweat checks all the SPARQ boxes with impressive length and explosion. However, a litany of injuries derailed what many thought could have been a truly special career in college. I like the fact that Rod Marinelli will be coaching him up but with Dallas’ repeated misses in the 2nd round over the course of the last 20 years I would have liked to see a prospect picked with a higher floor in this spot. With their third round selection Dallas addressed the defensive side of the ball once again with Kyzir White. Frankly, White hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet but the West Virginia product might be the best safety on the Cowboys roster. I like the idea of pairing this all-around playmaker with Xaiver Woods and potentially moving Byron Jones back to corner on the boundary.
CPGM Juice’s Grade: B-
Washington Redskins @JorgeBEdwards
Washington let the board simply unfold and selected what most expect to be two instant difference-makers on the offensive side of the ball in Derrius Guice (13th overall) and D.J. Moore (44th overall). Considering the buzz he’s been getting I’m surprised Moore didn’t come of the board at the bottom of the first round. He represents terrific value early-to-mid second round. Guice has studly physical tools but needs to demonstrate a little more patience as a ball-carrier. He and Chris Thompson stand to form an impressive 1-2 punch in the backfield. In the third round Washington selected edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo a speedy albeit undersized pass rusher. I doubt that Okoronkwo will be able to hold up as an every down player but on obvious passing downs I expect Washington to turn him loose after the quarterback. Overall a very good rookie class selected by Washington, not only is their star potential but all players in the class stand to contribute immediately.
CPGM Juice’s Grade: B+
New York Giants @DanSiegelUnCut
The Giants did yeoman’s work and pulled off several trades netting them the 3rd and 4th overall selections without surrendering the 2nd overall pick. Those blockbuster moves resulted in an unheard of three picks in the Top 4 and secured the Giants the 1st and 3rd overall prospects in the entire draft according to the CPGM Top 50 Draft Board of 2018. They also managed to acquire their presumed franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold and topped off an impressive draft haul with the nation’s leading rusher, Rashaad Penny in the 2nd round. However, while New York managed to add foundation pieces to their roster for years to come I believe Eli Manning, even with a declining skill-set, offers New York a better chance to win in 2018 than Darnold. It also remains to be seen as to whether or not the Giants’ passing game can be respectable without Odell Beckham Jr. who was shipped to the New York Jets amiss an eroding relationship with the organization despite not having reached his prime yet. Clearly this draft class was designed to look to the future while remaining competitive but the cupboard has been left relatively bare in terms of future draft capital as the Giants gave up a bevy of picks in 2019 in addition to their best (young) player.
CPGM Juice’s Grade: B
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