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2018 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East

The NFC East is regularly one of the best divisions in the league and it is home to the reigning Super Bowl champion. The Eagles became world champions after a wild shoot out with the New England Patriots that left them victorious. Now, they have to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

The Eagles are getting back Carson Wentz from injury. The Redskins finally concluded the Kirk Cousins debacle by trading for Alex Smith. The Cowboys are now giving total control over Dak Prescott. The Giants are putting their full trust in Eli Manning and gearing up for one last Super Bowl push under new head coach Pat Shurmer.

There is a lot of exciting story lines in the division and that was all before the draft. So how did the NFC East fare in the draft? Did they manage to obtain the missing pieces to their puzzles or are the Super Bowl champs still king? Lets break it down…

Dallas Cowboys: B
1.) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise St.
2.) Connor Williams, OG, Texas
3.) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado St.
4.) Dorance Armstrong, DE, Kansas
4.) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
5.) Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
6.) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana
6.) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise St.
7.) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama

The host team brought in a quality haul, but failed to address pressing needs. Before the draft the team cut Dez Bryant, then during the draft Jason Witten unofficially announced his retirement, and yet the Cowboys did not address those positions until Round 3 and Round 4. You can’t expect your quarterback to continue to grow if he doesn’t have a quality arsenal of weapons. That being said the team did take late flyers are a couple intriguing prospects in Cedrick Wilson and Bo Scarbrough. As for the early picks, they weren’t missed picks. The linebacking corps has been innjury plagued regularly and Vander Esch offers a wealth of potential. He’s a one year wonder, but if he’s a great fit. He just has to prove his one colossal season in college wasn’t a fluke. Williams, in the second round, fits a need at left guard. The offensive line is the strength of the team, it’s important to keep it that way. He should start Day One.

New York Giants: A
1.) Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St.
2.) Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
3.) Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
3.) BJ Hill, DT, NC State
4.) Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
5.) Rocky McIntosh, DT, Miami

What is better than going into your divisional rivals home and swiping a better a draft class? The G-Men’s draft haul is an impressive one. Some have problems with Barkley going second overall, but look, the best player is the best player and Barkley has the potential to be a generational player. The Giants then turned around and helped Barkley by giving him an absolute road grader in Hernandez. What a perfect union that is. New York is switching to a 3-4 defense and need the right personal to thrive. Carter as a rush linebacker is just what they needed and to get him in the third round is tremendous value. In a similar vein, adding Hill and McIntosh to really flesh out the nose and five-technique along the odd man front is smart. Lauletta, gives the team another quarterback to develop behind Manning.

Philadelphia Eagles: C
2.) Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.
4.) Avonte Maddox, CB, Pitt
4.) Josh Sweat, DE, Florida St.
6.) Matt Pryor, OT, TCU
7.) Jordan Mailata, OT, None

The team traded out of the first round to try and pick up some extra picks to help their cash strapped roster and then took those assets to move up and take Goedert. Yes, they have Zach Ertz, but Philly likes to run two tight end sets and Goedert can really work the seam and be a mismatch for defenses. Sweat, keeps the strength of the Eagles along their defensive line. He had 12.5 sacks over the last two years. Rounding out the draft with depth pieces at corner and tackle was wise. The most intriguing pick is Mailata, an professional rugby player from Australia who is trying his hand at American football.

Washington Redskins: B-
1.) Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
2.) Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
3.) Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
4.) Troy Apke, S, Penn St.
5.) Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
6.) Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
7.) Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech
7.) Trey Quinn, WR, SMU

To be honest, after the past few years I don’t have a lot of trust that the Redskins front office will do the right thing. That being said, they actually brought in a quality haul. The team had the worst rush defense in the entire league last year and needed to sure that up. They did so with Payne and Settle. Settle, could develop into the starting nose tackle, while Payne plays the five-technique opposite last year’s first round pick and former Alabama teammate Jonathan Allen. Guice, fell due to character concerns. Nonetheless, getting a first round target in the second round is always a plus. He could really help Alex Smith. Christian, is a developmental prospect with starter upside. Shaun Dion Hamilton, has serious injury concerns, but if he can beat them Hamilton has the ability to develop into a starter and a quality one at that on the inside of the Redskins 3-4 defense.


2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

It’s usually said because of a bout of excitement, but this year things are lining up to have this actually be the greatest draft ever. They say everything is bigger in Texas, well, tonight’s first round in Dallas may just be the biggest opening round in NFL history.

Most of the time at this point in the draft process you can break down the Top 10 with a fare degree of comfort, but not this year. It’s widely regarded that four quarterbacks (Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen) could all go within the first five picks.

If that is to happen, the Browns would have to trade down from the fourth overall pick. But even if Cleveland doesn’t trade down, Denver (at No. 5) and Indianapolis (at No. 6) have both announced they are willing to trade down.

So, if all these teams are willing to trade down that means teams are willing to trade up. Who are they? Buffalo already moved a lot of capital to get to No. 12, Arizona has publicly said they will be “aggressive” in their pursuit of a quarterback, and then you have Baltimore and Miami as dark horse candidates.

But there is a second issue that arises from a (probable) run on quarterbacks and that is a wealth of talented players at other positions being pushed down the board. Because of this reaction to the (probable) run on quarterbacks, teams like Green Bay are now incentivized to move up to get their skill position players.

It’s all crazy, it’s all fun. Tonight should be an all timer in NFL draft history and I can’t wait. So lets stop talking about scenarios and actually look at how things could break down. Here is the final mock draft of the 2018 NFL draft season…

1.) Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
(Rd 2: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma; Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forrest)
I’m just going to come out and say it…I don’t have a lot of confidence in this pick. Not a great way to start a mock draft, but it had to be said. It’s certainly down to Darnold, Allen, and Mayfield. It’s just a matter of preference. The Browns should select Darnold, but as proven time and time again — the Browns are gonna Brown.

2.) New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St.
(Rd 2: James Daniels, C, Iowa)
The only way Barkley doesn’t go here is if Darnold falls to them and even then I still have a hard time seeing the Giants select a quarterback. The team still believes in Eli Manning and adding Barkley takes a lot off of Manning’s shoulders.

3.) New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Again, Mayfield could go first overall and throw this whole mock draft off, but as I see it Mayfield is the pick here. Like the Browns pick, it’s a matter of preference. Here they will be looking at Mayfield, Darnold, and Rosen.

4.) Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
(Rd 2: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida St.)
This is a matter of best player available. The Browns certainly could take calls from teams looking to trade up, but it’s hard to ignore a player who has racked up 46.5 tackles-for-loss and 20 sacks over the past two seasons.

5.) Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
(Rd 2: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado)
This is the point in the draft where we could really see our first trade of the night take place with either the Bills or Cardinals making the move. I can see the Bills making the jump, but even if Denver stays I think Allen is the pick here.

6.) Indianapolis Colts: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
(Rd 2: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida; Sony Michel, RB, Georgia; Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M)
The Colts are switching to a 4-3 defense under the new Frank Reich regime. With that they need someone who can lead their new look defense and fly sideline to sideline. Smith is that man. He ended his college career with over 130 tackles and 6.5 sacks. That is production the Colts haven’t seen in a long time.

7.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
(Rd 2: Austin Corbett, OT/OG, Nevada)
Fitzpatrick is cursed by his versatility. A tremendous asset, but tricky when it comes to finding a role. He could slide, but for our final mock draft Fitzpatrick stays in the Top 10. Tampa finished last in passing defense last year. That’s a need that has to be addressed quickly when facing Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan twice a year.

8.) Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
(Rd 2: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama)
Last year the Bears moved up to get their man Mitch Trubisky, now they have to protect their asset. Nelson is a 10-year starter who can take the field on Day One. With the college game becoming more and more dedicated to the spread offense, the development of offensive lineman has suffered. Nelson is a rare prospect nowadays.

9.) San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
(Rd 2: Arden Key, DE, LSU)
The Niners selected Reuben Foster in the first round last year and due to severe off-field issues GM John Lynch has already announced that Foster could potentially be released. Edmunds not only addresses a need, but allows the Niners to wash their hands of the Foster mess.

10.) Oakland Raiders: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
(Rd 2: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas)
Look crazy? That’s because it is. The draft class is very obviously thin at the tackle position and in years past teams would wait to take a tackle, but this year it looks like the opposite happens. McGlinchey, could start Day One on the right side before taking over for veteran Donald Penn on the left side in his second year.

11.) Miami Dolphins: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
(Rd 2: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.)
This is a dream come true for the Dolphins. Now, a team could very well trade up to fourth overall and select Rosen there or maybe he goes third to the Jets. But for this mock draft (which doesn’t mock trades) Rosen falls into the laps of the Dolphins.

12.) Buffalo Bills: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St.
(Rd 2: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon)
The slide stops for Ward. Don’t get me wrong, Ward is an immensely talented cornerback who is just scratching the surface of his talent, but slides happen every year. Remember fellow Buckeye Malik Hooker dropped last year? Ward lands in a great spot though and will form a formidable pairing with last year’s first-round pick Tre’Davious White.

13.) Washington Redskins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
(Rd 2: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU)
This isn’t the pick I would like to see happen, but something in my gut says it could happen. The Redskins have been really doing their homework on the running backs in this year’s draft with Guice getting the most attention. I’d like to see Vita Vea go here, but alas Guice is the pick.

14.) Green Bay Packers: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
(Rd 2: Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia)
Hughes comes with some baggage off the field, if the Packers feel comfortable with things, they add a much needed piece on defense. He’s a bit raw, as last year was his lone year starting, but he turned in a quality campaign with four interceptions and 11 passes broken up.

15.) Arizona Cardinals: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise St.
(Rd 2: Luke Falk, QB, Washington St.)
Similar to Hughes, Vander Esch is a one year wonder and what a year it was. As a redshirt junior, Vander Esch tallied 141 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions. The Cardinals are switching to a 4-3 defense and need a traditional linebacker to man the middle.

16.) Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
(Rd 2: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma)
I have had Jackson all over the board in my mock drafts and I keep coming back to the Ravens. Joe Flacco looks to be on the back nine of his career, but with his presence it allows Jackson to sit and develop behind him. Jackson is the most intriguing prospect in this year’s draft. If he puts it together, he could be special.

17.) LA Chargers: Derwin James, S, Florida St.
(Rd 2: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford)
James is a wild card. He could go Top 10, he could fall to the Chargers. If he does fall, he falls into a perfect situation. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley helped build the Seattle’s Super Bowl winning defense. If LA can bring in a Kam Chancellor-type of safety, as Derwin has been compared, nobody knows how to utilize his talents better than Bradley.

18.) Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Davenport is a raw prospect, but offers so much potential. He lived in the backfield his last two years at UT-San Antonio, racking up 27 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks. With Seattle having lost Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, and Malik McDowell this offseason  and Cliff Avril nearing the end of his career an injection of youth is needed

19.) Dallas Cowboys: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
(Rd 2: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma St.)
I know, I know. Every mock draft says the Cowboys will take a wide receiver and if Vita Vea goes earlier than this, I promise you they will. But if Vea manages to slide this far down the draft, the Cowboys will have no choice, but to take him. Vea is a Top 10 talent, but because this draft is going to be so crazy, this has the possibility of happening.

20.) Detroit Lions: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
(Rd 2: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia)
Everything here screams Landry. The Lions need more of a pass rushing options than just Ziggy Ansah. Not to mention new defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni coached Landry at BC. Paired with Ansah, Landry has the ability to get back to his 2016 self when he racked up 22 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks.

21.) Cincinnati Bengals: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
(Rd 2: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio St.)
The Bengals offensive line had been a mess for a few years, then they let veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth walk via free agency last offseason. Needless to say things got worse. Hernandez, is an absolute road grader who can stabilize the line.

22.) Buffalo Bills: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma St.
(Rd 2: Rashad Penny, RB, San Diego St.)
If the Bills can’t make the trade up to the fifth overall pick, Rudolph becomes their man. It may be a reach, but there are few teams as desperate for a quarterback as the Bills. They did sign A.J. McCarron, but that’s not enough.

23.) New England Patriots: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
(Rd 2: Rasheem Greene, DE, USC)
Evans is the versatile linebacking option the Patriots sorely missed when Dont’a Hightower went down with an injury and was lost for the season. Most importantly Evans has the speed to cover running backs and tight ends, another quality their linebacking corps has missed for a few years now.

24.) Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
(Rd 2: Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio St.)
Moore broke out in 2017, recording 80 catches for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. He followed that up with a stellar combine and the arrow has been pointing up ever since. The Panthers have had a dearth of weapons for Cam Newton to utilize and then traded away Kelvin Benjamin at the trade deadline last year. Moore will be a welcomed addition.

25.) Tennessee Titans: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
(Rd 2: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa)
I’ve had this pick penciled in before, erased it, and now have come back to it. The Titans are in a tricky spot. They need an inside linebacker badly and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them move up and take one of the top four options (there is a considerable drop off in talent after that). But if Jackson does come off the board here, it would be with the intention to move him to safety.

26.) Atlanta Falcons: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
(Rd 2: Connor Williams, OT/OG, Texas)
The Falcons lost veteran Dontari Poe via free agency and now have big shoes to fix. Atlanta already has a budding playmaker in Grady Jarrett and now need to pair him with a big body to close the running lanes. Payne was built just for that.

27.) New Orleans Saints: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Sutton has been rising up draft boards steadily throughout the process and understandably so. There simply aren’t a lot of receivers who have Sutton’s size, foot work, and ball skills. In back-to-back seasons Sutton went over the 1,000 yard mark and brought in a combined 22 touchdowns.

28.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
(Rd 2: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia)
For years now, the Steelers have been pouring high draft capital into their defense and yet they have still failed to fix the problem. At safety former-second round pick Sean Davis has failed to be consistent and Mike Mitchell was released. Reid, improved considerably each year and capped off his college career with five picks.

29.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
(Rd 2: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama)
Some people have Hurst going higher, but I can’t see a team using too high a draft pick on a prospect who will be 25 years old at the start of the season. That being said, Hayden is arguably the best prospect at his position.

30.) Minnesota Vikings: Frank Ragnow, OG, Arkansas
(Rd 2: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan)
When veteran Joe Berger retired earlier this spring, it left a glaring hole along the teams offensive line. Ragnow, could be a Day One starter and offers versatility, having also played center for the Razorbacks.

31.) New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
(Rd 2: Ronald Jones, RB, USC)
After veteran left tackle Nate Solder left for the Giants via free agency, left tackle became the teams most pressing need. Miller has the height, length, and footwork to succeed on the edge in the NFL, but comes with some injury concerns. If Miller can stay healthy and continue to improve on a impressive 2017 campaign, Tom Brady will be happy.

32.) Philadelphia Eagles: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Super Bowl champs had the 17th ranked pass defense last year and then lost three players at cornerback. That’s not a good combination. Alexander, has his medical concerns, but his playmaking ability is unmistakable. He has the speed and swagger to succeed on the outside in the NFL, but may start out as a nickle corner.

54.) Kansas City Chiefs: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

We are less than two weeks away and yet the draft still can’t come soon enough. We’ve already seen three trades reshape the draft with the New York Jets trading into the Top 3, the Buffalo Bills trading into the Top 15, and more recently the New England Patriots picking up another first-round pick, the No. 23 overall.

And you know the trades aren’t done yet.

On draft day last year, every top quarterback in the draft – Mitch Trubisky, Pat Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson – was landed after a team traded up on draft night. Could the same thing happen again? There’s a very strong possibility with a number of teams (Denver, Miami, Buffalo, Arizona) all within range of a big move up.

The only question after that is, will any quarterback be around to even trade up for? There’s a strong possibility that at least three quarterbacks (Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen) will go within the first five selections and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that a fourth quarterback could be selected within the first four should somebody become enamored enough with another top prospect (Baker Mayfield) to jump ahead of the Denver Broncos who stand looming with the fifth overall pick.

So where will Darnold, Allen, Rosen, and Mayfield land? Glad you asked. Each year we release three mock drafts. For this second one things may look crazy, but that’s because we are buying stock in all the rumors. So lets get to it. If rumors stand as truth here is our mock draft projections for the 2018 NFL Draft…

1.) Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Sure Allen could do well in the league, but this move is antithetical to almost every statistic. New GM John Dorsey likes his quaterbacks to have a cannon for an arm and Allen fits that bill.

2.) New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St.
There is a feeling within the Giants organization that the window is still open with Eli Manning at the helm. While the end is close for Manning, if they believe they can win now, they need to give him weapons. Barkley can take a lot off of Manning’s plate.

3.) New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Rosen over Darnold? Believe it. At this moment it seems like Rosen and Mayfield are the two favorites with the Jets. Rosen, all in all, is a good fit and can start right away, which is what the Jets need. With Josh McCown coming back, Rosen would have a good mentor in the building.

4.) Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St.
While Ward isn’t the biggest cornerback in the draft, he may be one of the most skilled. Ward, had to sit behind two first-round picks at OSU before finally getting his shot to start in 2017 and he made the most of it. Ward, could be a Day One starter.

5.) Denver Broncos: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Finally, Darnold comes off the board and lands in a perfect scenario. With plenty of weapons on offense and a loaded defense, Darnold could certainly steer this team to the playoffs, should new man Case Keenum not work out.

6.) Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
The great thing about the Colts moving back and collecting picks, is that the roster is so depleted that any addition is a plus. Chubb, adds the pass rusher the Colts haven’t had since the days of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

7.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
The Bucs defense was a disaster last year and really need help in the secondary. Fitzpatrick, is the duel threat many teams are looking for nowadays as a player who can lineup at safety or cornerback. He should help raise the Bucs from their 32nd ranked pass defense last season.

8.) Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
This is pick just makes too much sense. Nelson, is a Day One starter who can help last year’s first round pick Mitch Trubisky.

9.) San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Smith, is a classic sideline to sideline player and in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s Seattle Seahawks style defense, Smith’s abilities will be gladly welcomed. Smith forms a nice duo with last year’s first round pick Reuben Foster.

10.) Oakland Radiers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Raiders lost three cornerbacks over free agency; Sean Smith, David Amerson, and TJ Carrie. Factor in that last year’s first round pick Gareon Conley only appeared in two games last year, a major overhaul is needed. With that being said Alexander seems like the best option here.

11.) Miami Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
This is a dream come true for the Dolphins, but in reality they may have to trade into the Top 5 of the draft to get their man. Mayfield comes with some question marks, but he is a leader who wins. Can’t ask for much more than that.

12.) Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
At this point Edmunds is just too good a prospect to let slip any further. They need a big body in their linebacking corps and Edmunds can do the job. He’s a physical freak, who can make plays all over the field.

13.) Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Vea is one of the most talented players in the draft and is a mountain of a man, which is precisely what the Redskins need. The Redskins had the worst run defense in league last year and their defensive line is thin on talent. Vea is the nose tackle they need.

14.) Green Bay Packers: Derwin James, S, Florida St.
Like the Radiers, the Packers are in the midst of overhauling their secondary with two of their starters on the move over free agency. James is a rangy playmaker who packs a punch, who can even move into the box and help with run support.

15.) Arizona Cardinals: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise St.
After being a playoff caliber team with the now retired Bruce Arians at the helm, new head coach Steve Wilks will look to the continue that run, but in a different shape. The team is transitioning to a 4-3 and that means a new caliber of player needed. Chiefly a middle linebacker, lucky for them Vander Esch is just the man for the job and is just scratching his potential.

16.) Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Maybe the most polarizing quarterback in the draft, Jackson is off the board. The ends seems near for Joe Flacco and they need a succession plan. Jackson has the raw ability to threaten any defense with his arm or his legs, the only question is can he put it all together.

17.) LA Chargers: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Quite simply, the Chargers need someone to close up those running lanes and Payne is the man. Add him to former first-round edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram and you have a terrifying and talented defensive line.

18.) Seattle Seahawks: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.
The Seahawks go out on a limb here with Goedert. They lost Jimmy Graham and Luke Wilson via free agency. Now, they need to get Russel Wilson his security blanket. Granted not a lot of Jack Rabbits make it to the NFL, but Goedert has the size and ball skills to provide a valuable target.

19.) Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Moore has rocketed up draft boards since the combine and with the release of Dez Bryant, this pick is only further cemented. It could be Calvin Ridley in this spot, but regardless of who it is, the position won’t change.

20.) Detroit Lions: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Davenport will be fun to watch on draft day. He could go within the first ten picks or he could fall to the Lions, like he has here. Nonetheless, Davenport has the raw size, athleticism, and pass rush skills that teams love. Give him some time to develop and he’ll become any quarterbacks worst nightmare.

21.) Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Bengals offensive line is an absolute mess. After missing with multiple draft picks and getting picked clean via free agency, they have little left in the cupboard. McGlinchey could start Day One.

22.) Buffalo Bills: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma St.
The Bills sit patiently and still get their man. Yes, six quarterbacks will go in the first round! Believe it. Perhaps Rudolph goes higher, but for this mock draft Rudolph lands here and marinates behind AJ McCarron.

23.) New England Patriots: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Patriots need help on defense at all three levels. Here they get value and pick up Evans. He provides the versatility the Patriots love and while he may be a liability in coverage he provides enough awareness and leadership to make up for it.

24.) Carolina Panthers: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
Hughes fits exactly what the Panthers do on defense. He’s tough, can make the open-field tackle, and can stick on any receiver. He may be a bit short, but in a division with Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Jameis Winston you need sticky cover men.

25.) Tennessee Titans: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
You can never have enough cornerbacks. The signed Malcolm Butler in the offseason and drafted Adoree Jackson in the first round last year, but more is needed. Especially with the pass happy nature of the NFL. Jackson is a tall playmaker with tremendous ball skills.

26.) Atlanta Falcons: James Daniels, C, Iowa
Veteran Alex Mack is nearing the end. Daniels, could start at guard and take over for Mack in 2019. At this point, Daniels’ talent is just too much to pass up.

27.) New Orleans Saints: Arden Key, DE, LSU
Key set the LSU single-season sack record (12) in his sophomore season and only got better. The Saints need another pass rushing option opposite Cam Jordan and Key may have the tools to get the job done. While he is a bit undersized in the Saints’ 4-3 system, his natural pass rushing skills should be able to take over.

28.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
The situation around Le’Veon Bell’s contract doesn’t seem to be getting much better, so the Steelers should start developing their succession plan now. Guice, is an absolute terror with the ball in his hands and would do well in Pittsburgh’s classic smash mouth football.

29.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
The Jaguars are looking to add a compliment to newly acquired Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Hurst is the perfect fit. A dynamic weapon who can line up in multiple spots (and was even used on sweeps in college), Hurst gives quarterback Blake Bortles another target to work with.

30.) Minnesota Vikings: Taven Bryan, DT, Minnesota
Bryan is the classic bull in a china shop lineman. While he may lose where the ball is on some plays, he has the toughness to thrive in head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense.

31.) New England Patriots: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The one glaring need the Patriots have on offense is left tackle, following the departure of Nate Solder via free agency. When you have a 40-year old Tom Brady running things, you need to protect him. The Pats can’t wait on addressing this need.

32.) Philadelphia Eagles: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
This is a value pick. The Eagles are looking to add to their receiving corps and landing Ridley would be a perfect match. Playing opposite Alshon Jeffery and allowing Nelson Agholor to fully take over the slot, would give Carson Wentz a dangerous tool kit to take opponents on with.

2017 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East

The news of the season seemed to center around NFC East and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Would the team trade him? Release him? Where does Romo go after? Ultimately, Romo decided to retire and enter the press booth for CBS.

It seems fitting that Romo retired this offseason. The NFC East is one of the most up and coming divisions in the league with fellow Cowboys Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott leading the charge. Not to mention there is also the Eagles’ Carson Wentz and Giants’ receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.

One of the major stories in the division was the (once again) dysfunctional Washington Redskins front office. They poorly managed contract negotiations with Kirk Cousins and now he seems all, but gone following the 2017 season. Then there was team president Bruce Allen unceremoniously canning GM Scot McCloughan.

Needless to say it was interesting to see what new talent would join this burgeoning division. Here is how things shook out in the 2017 NFL Draft…

Dallas Cowboys: B-
1.) Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
2.) Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
3.) Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
4.) Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
6.) Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
6b.) Marquez White, CB, Florida St.
7.) Joey Ivie, DT, Florida
7b.) Noah Brown, WR, Ohio St.
7c.) Jordan Carrell, DT, Colorado

The Cowboys hit on Charlton and Awuzie to kickoff the draft. Charlton was moved around a lot at Michigan, but eventually settled in at end in their 4-3 where he churned out 9.5 sacks in his lone season as a starter. The defensive secondary was a big area of need and the Cowboys loaded up on depth with Lewis, Woods, and White. Woods, will be a force on special teams while he develops. Switzer and Brown provide much needed depth at wide receiver. Switzer, is a clone of current Cowboys’ slot receiver Cole Beasley — short and shifty.

Best pick: Chidobe Awuzie
Awuzie, in Round 2 was a perfect selection. Addressed a need and gives them a versatile player to deploy all over the field whether it’s out wide, in the slot, or even as safety. Awuzie has good size and could help the Cowboys on Day One.

New York Giants: B+
1.) Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
2.) Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
3.) Davis Webb, QB, Cal
4.) Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
5.) Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown St.
6.) Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

This was a fantastic haul by the Giants. My only concern is they waited too long to address the offensive line. Granted, the player they did take, Bisnowaty, was a tremendous choice in Round 6. Bisnowaty, was a four year starter with the smarts and aggression to start, but a injuries pushed him down. Engram, gives Eli Manning another dynamic weapon in the arsenal. Tomlinson and Moss provide depth at their deepest positions on defense. Tomlinson could start Day One. Gallman, puts some thunder in the backfield, complementing current backs Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen well.

Best pick: Davis Webb
Eli Manning isn’t getting any younger and there isn’t much behind. Webb, created such buzz over the process some thought he could wind up in Round 1. To select him in Round 3 and allow him to mature to the NFL game could pay off in a big way.

Philadelphia Eagles: A
1.) Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
2.) Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
3.) Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
4.) Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
4b.) Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego St.
5.) Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
5b.) Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
6.) Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington

The Eagles selected four potential starters with their first four picks. That is a job well done. Especially in the case of Sidney Jones. Some had Jones as the best cornerback prospect in the draft, but he suffered an Achilles injury at his pro day. A smart, long term investment by Philly. Barnett, broke Reggie White’s career sack record at Tennessee. That says something. Hollins, is a quality target for Wentz. He rounds a suddenly impressive receiving corps. Pumphrey, had three straight seasons of rushing for over 1,500-yards. Qualls’ is a perfect prospect to mold under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Best pick: Rasul Douglas
A JUCO transfer to West Virginia, Douglas only started one year for the Mountaineers, but what a year it was with eight interceptions and eight passes broken up. Douglas, has tremendous size at 6’2″, if he continues to develop look out.

Washington Redskins: A
1.) Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
2.) Ryan Anderson,OLB, Alabama
3.) Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
4.) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
4b.) Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan St.
5.) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
6.) Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming
6b.) Robert Davis, WR, Georgia St.
7.) Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
7.) Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn

Very similar to the Eagles, the Redskins hauled in four potential starters with their first four picks with a fallen star cornerback falling into their laps. Allen, is a Top 5 talent, but concerns over his shoulders pushed him down. Doctors say his shoulders won’t be a problem for Allen during his playing years. This a home run. Anderson, will provide some juice off the edge. The defensive secondary was a place of major concern. Moreau, was considered a first-round prospect before suffering a pectoral injury at his pro day. He could become a starter sooner than later. Harvey-Clemons, has a lot of talent, but some considerable off-field issues to overcome.

Best pick: Samaje Perine
How Perine, a man who rushed for over 4,000 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns in three years, fell to the fourth-round I will never know. He is not flashy, but he powers the ball between the tackles and is a smart runner with quality vision. This is a total steal.