LOS ANGELES, CA- NFC EAST Draft Review
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys 1st draft pick went to the Raiders for exchange for WR Amari Cooper. It was a good move due to the fact the Cowboys did so well the Raiders got a bottom half draft pick not a top ten as they figured. So with that the Cowboys were left with the 58th overall pick. With that pick Dallas went DT Trysten Hill from Central Florida. Talk about fast off the snap, Hill is the first off the ball as soon as its snapped. In a great defensive system in Dallas he will fit right in and pursue to be a top 10 defense in the NFL.
With the 90th pick in the NFL draft Dallas selected OG Connor McGovern from Penn State. McGovern is one of the reason Miles Saunders had such a great year. At right guard, and sometimes at center, Connor fights until the end of the whistle with no quit. The Cowboys O-Line was, is consider the best in the NFL, he will add a great piece to help both Zek in run lanes and Dak for pass protection.
With the Cowboys third pick in the draft, 128th overall, the Cowboys selected RB Tony Pollard from Memphis. Responsible for a TD in the Senior Bowl, Pollard is capable of being a reliable backup for Zeke. He was always a great return man recording a FBS record of 7 kickoff return touchdowns. That's the position I see Pollard filling in on the professional level. As Mike Weber, Ohio State alumni and Zeke’s former teammate, take on the majority of the backup snaps.
Washington Redskins: Washington had a great first two picks in the draft, both addressing QB and pass rusher. With the 15th, yes 15th pick the Redskins stole Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State. Haskins dropped all the way to 15th. The Giants, Bengals and Dolphins all passed on him and they will regret it. Haskins was the closest thing to a pro in college. Stats comparing to Drew Brees in college, he will become a starter and a good starter at that. My only concern is the wideout talent surround him, it's not the greatest. With talent of Haskins he can excel WR/TE and become something the Redskins haven’t seen in a while.
The next pick, at #26 via trade from Colts, the Redskins selected DE/EDGE Montez Sweat from Mississippi State. I had Sweat going as quick as #8 to the Lions and low as the second round, due to the fact of reports of a recurring heart condition. Sweat is worth the low risk because of the speed, 4.41u 40-time, he can provide at the EDGE position. In a division of Dak, Wentz and now possibly Daniel Jones twice a year, your team needs a pass rusher and Sweat is the answer.
To address the problem at wideout, the Redskins selected Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin. With an already good rapport with current QB Haskins, he has a chance to make a baby impact.Running 4.35u 40-time and 6’0 208 lbs. size I see him lining up in the slot as a speedy underneath catcher that can see reps as earlier as day 1.
New York Giants: The Giants had a very up-and-down vibe the whole draft making good decisions and bad decisions. At #6 overall pick in the draft the Giants selected QB Daniel Jones from Duke. Giants must’ve thought they were the New York Knicks drafting someone from Duke. Jones wasn’t mine first choice in the draft but I’m not the one make the big decisions. Jones is a pocket passer but not with the greatest arm strength but with a great supporting cast of Engram, Shepard and Tate he should be successful. That's if he starts which is still a question.
Eleven picks later the Giants beefed up their 2nd to last pass defense, selecting DT Dexter Lawrence from Clemson. This pick was acquired by the notorious OBJ trade and the Giants used it right. Lawrence one of three of the Clemson big three of the D-line, Dexter can clog up lanes as much as get to the QB in a hurry. Quick mobile tank that can wrap up runners with ease.
Another surprising trade at the tail end of the draft happened as the Giants traded for the 30th pick selecting CB DeAndre Baker from Georgia. The first cornerback selected and my #1 ranked CB on the board. Quickness at pursuing with great foot movement when needed. Baker didn’t allow a touchdown and caught 5 INT in the process since 2017. A great need at DB with a division full of amazing talents of Cooper of Dallas, the Eagles wideout committee and young Redskins receivers
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles traded up to, what I thought was going to be RB, but selected OT Andre Dillard from Washington State. He dropped to #22 which wasn’t to much of a drop after I had him going #13 to the Falcons. Regardless the Eagles snagged a great OT and a must need. Protecting Wentz is priority number 1 after the history of injuries they need protection. With the run game pretty much absent last year, so an OT was needed.
Speaking of an absent run game the Eagles went a drafted the second best RB Miles Sanders from Penn State. Miles is explosive and powerful and that's just what the Eagles needed. With addition of Andre Dillard is helpful for both the running and passing game. Following in the footsteps of Penn State alumni Saquon, Miles is a day 1 starter and can make an impact as the cow bell of an very talented offense.
All offense for the Eagles in the first round, 4 picks later at #57 overall, the Eagles selected WR Jose Arcega-Whiteside from Stanford. JJ has a basketball background can postup in the red zone overpowering corners. Winner in most 50/50 balls he can fit right in the already skilled wideout on the roster. He can see backup reps and don’t be surprised if he gets in the endzone more then once in 2019.