First-Round Grade: B-
Overall Grade: B-
Best Value Pick: Connor Williams
Sleeper Pick: Cedrick Wilson
LB Leighton Vander Esch (No. 19), OG Connor Williams (No. 50), WR Michael Gallup (No. 81), DE Dorance Armstrong (No. 116), TE Dalton Schultz (No. 137), QB Mike White (No. 171), LB Chris Covington (No. 193), WR Cedrick Wilson (No. 208), RB Bo Scarbrough (No. 236).
- Keeping Connor Williams in Texas.
Williams was widely viewed as a first-round talent and will be an immediate starter at guard allowing La’el Collins to play at his preferred tackle position.
- Getting excellent value at offensive skill positions for picks No. 208 and No. 236.
Cedrick Wilson racked up a school record 1,511 receiving yards in his final year at Boise State and has the separation, long speed and ball tracking to create big plays. Bo Scarbrough didn’t fill up the stat sheets in Tuscaloosa as he shared the backfield with some talented backs. In 2016, across the SEC Championship, Peach Bowl and National Championship games, Scarbrough rushed for 364 yards and 6 TDs.
- Leaving it late on offense.
The Cowboys lack both an outside threat that can handle a heavy target load and a starting caliber tight end. Dallas decided to use it’s first-round pick on defensive playmaker and it wasn’t until No. 81 that they selected a wide receiver and No. 137 for a tight end.
NEW YORK GIANTS
First-Round Grade: B+
Overall Grade: A-
Best Value Pick: Will Hernandez
Sleeper Pick: Kyle Lauletta
RB Saquon Barkley (No. 2), OG Will Hernandez (No. 34), LB Lorenzo Carter (No. 66), DT B.J. Hill (No. 69), QB Kyle Lauletta (No. 108), DT R.J. McIntosh (No. 139).
- Using the No. 2 pick in the draft to select a running back.
The Giants organisation still believes in Eli, Barkley is a win-now selection and joins Beckham, Shepard and Engram in an Avengers ensemble. If the Giants weren’t sold on Darnold, Rosen or Allen then they were absolutely correct to select a player that instantly makes them a better team.
- Snagging the hot ticket developmental quarterback.
Kyle Lauletta has all the intangibles, had a strong 2017 season (65%, 3,737 yards, 28 TD) and an outstanding Senior Bowl performance for which he was voted MVP (198 yards, 3 TD). An excellent value fourth-round selection, Lauletta can compete with Webb for the title of Manning’s successor.
- Gettleman landing a first-round ‘Hog Molly’ on Day 2.
Will Hernandez is exactly the type of player Dave Gettleman craves, a powerful road-grader at the line of scrimmage. The UTEP guard, along with Barkley, will help give the Giants a run game they sorely need.
All six of the Giants selections were well spent on good value players which either fit positions of need or Dave Gettleman’s philosophy of building from the inside out.
First-Round Grade: N/A
Overall Grade: B+
Best Value Pick: Josh Sweat
Sleeper Pick: Josh Sweat
TE Dallas Goedert (No. 49), CB Avonte Maddox (No. 125), DE Josh Sweat (No. 130), OT Matt Pryor (No. 206), OT Jordan Mailata (No. 233).
- One of the steals of the draft: Josh Sweat.
Multiple mock drafts had Sweat as a potential first-rounder, the Eagles selected him roughly 100 picks later. Sweat’s combine performance drew favorable comparisons to Jadevon Clowney and on the field he improved each year at FSU, he demonstrated an impressive take-off on the way to 14.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss.
- Drafting Dallas in Dallas ahead of Dallas.
The Eagles lost Trey Burton, who would often line up as an extra pass-catcher, in free agency and immediately replaced him with another pass-catching tight end. That the Eagles traded up one spot ahead of the Cowboys, hours after Jason Witten’s retirement, to make the selection may also have disadvantaged their NFC East rivals.
- Picking up a potential starter on Day 3.
The small and shifty Maddox is as competitive as he is fast (4.39), he projects as a potential replacement for Patrick Robinson at nickel.
The Eagles own the most complete roster in the NFL, there is nothing to criticize.
First-Round Grade: B
Overall Grade: B+
Best Value Pick: Derrius Guice
Sleeper Pick: Trey Quinn
DT Da’Ron Payne (No. 13), RB Derrius Guice (No. 59), OT Geron Christian (No. 74), S Troy Apke (No. 109), DT Tim Settle (No. 163), LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (No. 197), CB Greg Stroman (No. 241), WR Trey Quinn (No. 256).
- Trading back, picking up a third-rounder and selecting the punishing Derrius Guice.
The selection of Guide at No. 59 is comparable to the Vikings selection of Dalvin Cook last year – both are huge steals. Guice is a violent first and second down back that is arguably the best pure runner in this draft, there was no drop-off when he replaced Fournette at LSU and he’ll tandem nicely with Chris Thompson.
- Improving the league’s worst run defense.
First-round selection Da’Ron Payne specialized in run-stopping at Alabama and fills the biggest need on the roster, the Redskins struck again securing Tim Settle, a Day 2 talent, in the fifth-round. The Redskins allowed 2,146 yards to opposing backfields last year and the new recruits plus a returning Johnathan Allen should reduce this.
- Mr. Irrelevant
The sticky hands of Trey Quinn could help him stick on the roster as a productive slot receiver, the 6’0 prospect has good size for the role and is an excellent route runner.
Washington combined excellent value selections with areas of need and registered a solid draft.