2020 NFL DRAFT GRADES: NFC EAST

Washington Redskins 

Round 1 (2): EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
Round 3 (66): RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis
Round 4 (108): OT Saahdiq Charles, LSU
Round 4 (142): WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
Round 5 (156): IOL Keith Ismael, San Diego State
Round 5 (162): LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
Round 7 (216): S Kamren Curl, Arkansas
Round 7 (229): Edge James Smith-Williams, NC State

It’s hard to peg the Redskins as losers, as they took the best prospect of the class in Chase Young. Young gives Washington one of the leagues top defensive lines from day 1 and should be a lock for at least 10 sacks. The rest of their class however, is underwhelming. Antonio Gibson at the top of round 3 is a bit of a luxury. I love the player and the versatile skill set, but passing on Josh Jones for at best a starting RB/Slot receiver is the wrong move. This is accentuated when you see that developmental 4th round pick  Saahdiq Charles is slotted to start at left tackle. Replacing All-Pro Trent Williams, who was denied a pre deadline move for a 1st round pick, only to be moved on draft day for a 5th and a 2021 3rd. WR Antonio Gandy-Golden sticks out as a nice pick on day 3, he’s a stereotypical jump-ball receiver, who made highlight reel catches at Liberty and should fill a similar role in DC.  Overall, Chase Young is a generational talent who should have a similar impact to Nick Bosa. That being said, Dwayne Haskins will be forced to rise above a porous offensive line, if Washington wants any chance of immediate success.

GRADE: B-

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Antonio Gibson has the skill set to be Christian McCaffrey lite for Ron Rivera.

 

New York Giants 

Round 1 (4): T Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Round 2 (36): S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Round 3 (99): T Matt Peart, Connecticut
Round 4 (110): CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
Round 5 (150): IOL Shane Lemieux, Oregon
Round 6 (183): LB Cam Brown, Penn State
Round 7 (218): Edge Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
Round 7 (238): LB TJ Brunson, South Carolina
Round 7 (247): CB Chris Williamson, Minnesota
Round 7 (255): LB Tae Crowder, Georgia

For the first time in recent memory, Dave Gettleman found himself as a winner on draft day. While Andrew Thomas wasn’t my OT1, he has an incredibly high floor and will be this teams best tackle instantly. He also thrives in the run game and will help the Giants finally establish an identity behind Saquon Barkley. On Day 2 the Giants continued to make great picks. Xavier McKinney is a polished defensive back who can also bring some versatility to the second level and bring coverage skills to the Giants LBs in sub-packages. Getting him at the top of round 2, is eerily reminiscent of former Alabama stud Landon Collins fall in 2015.  Matt Peart is a good tackle prospect who should succeed Nate Solder and form a tackle tandem with Andrew Thomas for the future. Day 3 saw the Giants continue to add talent; Darnay Holmes is high upside slot corner, with five star pedigree. Shane Lemieux gives interior depth to the offensive line, and may be pegged for a starting role into the future. Carter Coughlin seems to be a hybrid edge rusher/linebacker who can potential be a poor mans Kyle Van Noy for new bench boss Joe Judge. All-in-all, Giants nation should be optimistic with Dave Gettleman’s haul, his best yet in my opinion.

GRADE: A-

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Xavier McKinney will be an impact defender from Day 1

 

Dallas Cowboys

Round 1 (17): WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
Round 2 (51): CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Round 3 (82): DI Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
Round 4 (123): CB Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
Round 4 (146): IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Round 5 (179): Edge Bradlee Anae, Utah
Round 7 (231): QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison 

The Cowboys completely hit it out of the park this year. Adding Ceedee Lamb at 17, independent of what they did with their remaining picks, is franchise changing addition. The leagues best passing offense adds arguably the draft’s biggest playmaker, giving Dak Prescott arguably the best weapons in the league. Passing on Kristian Fulton in favor of Trevon Diggs was a mistake in my book, but Diggs has been linked to Dallas all offseason and he can provide youth and depth at both corner and safety. Neville Gallimore at pick 82 is supreme value, as I had him as a top 50 player and think he’s already better than last years second round pick Trysten Hill. Day 3 was more of the same, Reggie Robinson over Amik Robertson will be another slight disagreement between Jerry Jones and myself, however Robinson has the tools to be an outside corner more of a need than a slot guy like Amik. Tyler Biadasz, was who I mocked to Dallas at pick 51, so getting him nearly 100 picks later was fantastic, I expect him to be in the mix to replace former Wisconsin alum Travis Fredrick. Getting Bradlee Anae in the 5th round was once again great value. He’s a proven pass rusher who was only available in round 5 due to lacking the ideal athletic profile for the position.

GRADE: A

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The next great Dallas Cowboy receiver, ladies and gents.

 

Philadelphia Eagles 

Round 1 (21): WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
Round 2 (53): QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Round 3 (103): LB Davion Taylor, Colorado
Round 4 (127): CB K’Von Wallace, Clemson
Round 4 (145): OT Jack Driscoll, Auburn
Round 5 (168): WR John Hightower, Boise State
Round 6 (196): LB Shaun Bradley, Temple
Round 6 (200): WR Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi
Round 6 (210): OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
Round 7 (233): Edge Casey Toohill, Stanford

The Eagles had one of the more underwhelming classes of 2020. While Jalen Reagor is a legit deep threat, passing on the more complete receiver in Justin Jefferson was puzzling. Even more puzzling than that was adding Jalen Hurts in round 2. I see the line of logic that due to Wentz’s inability to stay healthy and Hurts’ sub-package versatility, could indeed culminate in Hurts’ seeing meaningful snaps right away. However, this team isn’t in a position to take that kind of luxury pick, especially with the rest of their picks in context. Davion Taylor was far from the best LB available in my opinion at pick 103 and day 3 saw some more questionable picks. K’von Wallace and the two Auburn tackles; Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho were brightspots. Wallace might be this teams best safety will Malcom Jenkins gone. He’s versatile, playing multiple alignments at Clemson. He’s a smart player who I expect to be one of 2020 day 3 steals. Driscoll and Tega Wanogho were two of the classes better tackle prospects, both hailing from Auburn. Driscoll has experience playing all across the offensive line and Tega Wanogho is a late bloomer who has all the tools to be a starting tackle in the league. If some of the players I highlighted manage to blossom, this class will age better than I’m currently projecting.

GRADE: C+ 

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K’von Wallace will play a big role in year 1

 

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