NFL Draft 2022: NFC East Team Grades

NFL Draft 2022: NFC East Team Grades
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Following on from the 2022 NFL Draft how do things look in the NFC East? Can the Cowboys win the division again? Will the Giants finally take strides forward? Would the Eagles do what was needed to contend? Could the Commanders build around their new franchise QB? Let’s get to some NFC East Team Grades shall we!

Dallas Cowboys – C

Matt Waletzko
  • #24 – Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
  • #56 – Sam Williams, EDGE, Ole Miss
  • #88 – Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
  • #129 – Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
  • #155 – Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
  • #167 – DaRon Bland, CB, Fresno State
  • #176 – Damone Clark, LB, LSU
  • #178 – John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
  • #193 – Devin Harper, LB, Oklahoma State

The Dallas Cowboys always seem to find a way to surprise with their draft selections. Reaching for Tyler Smith in round one and then taking a chance on Sam Williams despite his off field issues in round two were both head scratchers. I totally understand the Cowboys desire to strengthen their offensive line but Smith is incredibly raw and will need more time to develop than you’d normally want for a first round pick.

Dallas did redeem themselves with a number of their later round picks however. Friend of the show Matt Waletzko, my personal TE3 Jake Ferguson, Damone Clark and John Ridgeway all represented excellent value at the spots they were selected. And Jalen Tolbert has significant upside so was well worth adding to their receiver group in round three.

New York Giants – B

Kayvon Thibodeaux
  • #5 – Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
  • #7 – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • #43 – Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
  • #67 – Joshua Ezeudu, OG, North Carolina
  • #81 – Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
  • #112 – Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
  • #114 – Dane Belton, S, Iowa
  • #146 – Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
  • #147 – DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State
  • #173 – Marcus McKethan, OG, North Carolina
  • #182 – Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

When you hit on two first round picks as the Giants did, it’s hard to downgrade this draft too badly. But the Wan’Dale Robinson and Joshua Ezeudu selections were really weird given the others still on the board when they made those picks.

Daniel Bellinger, Dane Belton and Micah McFadden were a good mid-round haul. All will be solid backups immediately and add value on special teams. And Darrian Beavers was one of my favourite linebackers in this class. His versatility and athleticism are traits that I value and I think the Giants got quite a steal in getting him as late as they did.

Philadelphia Eagles – A-

  • #13 – Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  • #51 – Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
  • #83 – Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
  • #181 – Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
  • #198 – Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU

Jumping ahead of the Ravens for Jordan Davis was a very smart move by Philadelphia – Baltimore surely would have taken the athletically freakish nose tackle otherwise. They then traded their second first round pick for Titans WR AJ Brown and agreed a deal to pay him $100m over four years. Whether or not you agree with the size of the contract, getting a known quantity with the 18th overall pick is a smart move and will make this offense better.

Nakobe Dean had first round grades from a number of draft analysts including me, and it was a surprise to see him fall into round three. Cam Jurgens had also received a significant amount of buzz and will be the heir apparent to Jason Kelce.

Washington Commanders – C+

Sam Howell
  • #16 – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
  • #47 – Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
  • #98 – Brian Robinson, RB, Alabama
  • #113 – Percy Butler, S, Louisiana
  • #144 – Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
  • #149 – Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
  • #230 – Chris Paul, OG, Tulsa
  • #240 – Christian Holmer, CB, Oklahoma State

I really wanted to give the Commanders an F after they drafted Jahan Dotson 16th overall. For the second year running, Washington has seemingly made a selection in round one that many others wouldn’t have. I get that they needed to add a receiver to this offense and that there was a run on receivers, but surely a trade down would have been a better idea.

Washington redeemed itself on day three however. Percy Butler, Cole Turner and Chris Paul all have interesting traits that could add value to this Commanders roster. But it is the selection of Sam Howell that boosts this grade for me. If Carson Wentz isn’t the answer for Washington then having someone like Howell in the building and learning the system could really help. I’m a big fan of Howell’s and could see him being a very good NFL starter.

How would you grade the NFC North draft classes? Let us know over on Twitter @ninetynineyards and @UK_draft

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