Monday, May 2, 2011
Grading the draft in the NFC East
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has evaluated each team's draft class and provides his grades. Here are a few of his thoughts on the NFC East:
Dallas Cowboys (Overall: B-)
Kiper: "While I thought Dallas might trade down off No. 9 and get more value at the tackle position a little later in Round 1, [Tyron] Smith made a lot of sense at No. 9, and the Cowboys showed conviction with the pick. ... Dallas got good value later, but never took a player that seemed like a steal at the position."
New York Giants (Overall: B-)
Kiper: "Give the Giants credit -- they got some serious value with their first two picks. ... But I do wonder if the Giants waited a little too long to gain any help along the offensive line. [James] Brewer at No. 117 is a fair pick, but that line is not a young group, and isn't any better than they were three days ago."
Philadelphia Eagles (Overall: C+)
Kiper: "This feels like last year. I look at the Philly board and think, 'Well, they got a lot of guys.' The Eagles targeted what I considered their three biggest needs with their first three picks."
Washington Redskins (Overall: C+)
Kiper: "We know the Redskins need help at quarterback, but I'll give them credit: They realized there wasn't a quarterback in this draft who can help them in 2011, and they moved out of the spot that became the [Blaine] Gabbert pick. ... The Skins added players at pretty much every need outside of quarterback, where they clearly have other ideas in mind. Fair enough. I just don't think impact will be significant."