Monday, April 29, 2013
Mel Kiper Jr.'s draft grades: NFC East
By Dan Graziano
Mel Kiper Jr.'s draft grades are in. Let's take a look at his assessments of the NFC East's teams.
Philadelphia Eagles: B+
Mel gives the Eagles a B for needs and an A for value, especially liking top pick Lane Johnson and second-rounder Zach Ertz.
New York Giants: C+
They get a C for needs and a B for value, with Mel downgrading them for failing to address cornerback or linebacker.
Dallas Cowboys: C+
He gave them a B for needs and a C-minus for value. He's consistent with the popular opinion that they could have had first-rounder Travis Frederick much later, but he likes the middle- and late-round picks, especially running back Joseph Randle and safety J.J. Wilcox.
Washington Redskins: C+
They got a B-minus for needs and a C for value, and Mel says he bumped them up a bit because last year's Robert Griffin III trade included this year's first-round pick.
My take: I might have graded the Cowboys and Redskins a bit better -- Dallas because I'm not as down on the Frederick pick as a lot of people are. But I agree on the Eagles and Giants. We'll discuss these in much greater depth in the coming days.