NFC East Grades for the 2016 NFL Draft; One team had an amazing draft

Cowboys killed the 2016 NFL Draft, and I think they are headed on the right path
Cowboys killed the 2016 NFL Draft, and I think they are headed on the right path

NFL Draft Diamonds is grading the 2016 NFL Draft.  We are going to give our explanations below the draft class.  Let’s see how the teams did below…

Washington Redskins

» Round 1: (No. 22 overall) Josh Doctson, WR.
» Round 2: (53) Su’a Cravens, OLB/SS.
» Round 3: (84) Kendall Fuller, CB.
» Round 5: (152) Matthew Ioannidis, DT.
» Round 6: (187) Nate Sudfeld, QB.
» Round 7: (232) Steven Daniels, ILB; (242) Keith Marshall, RB.

  • Redskins had a great draft. They landed three studs in the first three rounds. Doctson, Cravens and Fuller will all be starters down the road.  I loved those picks, after that I do not know what happened to the Redskins. They kind of fell asleep in the draft room.  I like Keith Marshall in the seventh round, but Sudfeld?  For that I am giving the Redskins a B+ for their 2016 NFL Draft class.

Dallas Cowboys

» Round 1: (No. 4 overall) Ezekiel Elliott, RB.
» Round 2: (34) Jaylon Smith, OLB.
» Round 3: (67) Maliek Collins, DT.
» Round 4: (101) Charles Tapper, DE; (135) Dak Prescott, QB.
» Round 6: (189) Anthony Brown, CB; (212) Kavon Frazier, SS; (216) Darius Jackson, RB; (217) Rico Gathers, TE.
  • The Dallas Cowboys had the best draft in the NFC East.  Ezekiel Elliott will be a Pro Bowler behind the Cowboys offensive line.  They were then able to land Jaylon Smith in round two who could end up being a free first round pick in 2017.  I loved the Charles Tapper pick and Kavon Frazier pick.  I give the Cowboys an A- for their 2016 NFL Draft Class.

New York Giants

» Round 1: (No. 10 overall) Eli Apple, CB.
» Round 2: (40) Sterling Shepard, WR.
» Round 3: (71) Darian Thompson, S.
» Round 4: (109) B.J. Goodson, OLB.
» Round 5: (149) Paul Perkins, RB.
» Round 6: (184) Jerell Adams, TE.

  • Giants keep signing and drafting tight ends, I am so confused by this. I cannot knock them for taking Jerrell Adams late, because the guy should have been drafted in the first two rounds.  I love the Sterling Shepard pick but I think they reached big time on Eli Apple. I would have traded down and tried to get him later. I give the Giants a B+ for their draft, but it could have been an A if they traded down in round one.

Philadelphia Eagles

» Round 1: (No. 2 overall) Carson Wentz, QB.
» Round 3: (79) Isaac Seumalo, OG.
» Round 5: (153) Wendell Smallwood, RB; (164) Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT.
» Round 6: (196) Blake Countess, CB.
» Round 7: (233) Jalen Mills, FS; (240) Alex McCalister, DE; (251) Joe Walker, ILB.

  • The only pick I like from the Eagles draft class was Carson Wentz.  The rest is hard to love.  I think the Eagles really dropped the ball on this draft class. Smallwood should have not been drafted, but that is not my problem.  Eagles land a C for their 2016 NFL Draft Class.

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