Philadelphia, Dallas, New York and DC all came out of the 2017 NFL draft with solid players ready to help their respective teams. Take a look at how I graded the division below, and let me know what you think on Twitter @FF_EvilEmpire!
The Cowboys have done an excellent job of drafting offensive players the past several years in the first round. They’ve been able to secure studs like Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Ezekiel Elliott. Unfortunately, when the Cowboys have gone defense, they haven’t been as lucky, picking Morris Claiborne and Byron Jones. In 2017, Dallas decided to go with defense with their first three picks, and all three have a chance to make a difference.
Round 1, Pick 28 (No. 28 overall) Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Round 2, Pick 28 (No. 60) Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Round 3, Pick 28 (No. 92) Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Round 4, Pick 27 (No. 133) Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
Round 6, Pick 7 (No. 191) Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
Round 6, Pick 33 (No. 216) Marquez White, CB, Florida State
Round 7, Pick 10 (No. 228) Joey Ivie, DT, Florida
Round 7, Pick 21 (No. 239) Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
Round 7, Pick 28 (No. 246) Jordan Carrell, DT, Colorado
Taco Charlton in the first round was a good value pick. He is steady against the run but will be unleashed as a rusher against the pass. He fills a need for the Cowboys which makes sense. Next, Dallas spent their 2nd and 3rd rounders on CB. I believe both Awuzie and Lewis can help, at least in the nickel package, with Awuzie having a chance to start early. The rest of the draft is fine, with some quality depth, but this draft will be made if Taco and Chidobe turn out to be special.
New York Giants
Maybe Eli Manning has incriminating photos of the Giants GM Jerry Reese or something… How else does one explain the Giants using a first round pick to load up the aerial attack, selecting Evan Engram? My guess is that Eli is the happiest QB in the league since he now gets to throw to Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Engram. Wow is all I can say to that.
As for the rest of the draft, Tomlinson is a solid B for me, while Webb has a chance to be the QB of the future in New York, if he pans out. Gallman is an average, mostly effort guy, while the rest of the selections didn’t really do much for me.
Round 1, Pick 23 (No. 23 overall) Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Round 2, Pick 23 (No. 55) Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
Round 3, Pick 23 (No. 87) Davis Webb, QB, Cal
Round 4, Pick 34 (No. 140) Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
Round 5, Pick 23 (No. 167) Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State
Round 6, Pick 16 (No. 200) Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Overall, I like Engram a lot, but should the Giants have taken a linebacker like Foster or Cunningham? Only time will tell, but for now, I give this haul an average grade for the G-men.
The Eagles were asked to host the 2017 NFL draft, and all they were able to accomplish was getting a quarter of a million people to come out and watch the event. That is remarkable, to say the least. On top of exceeding all expectations attendance wise, Philadelphia also put together an excellent draft this year. I project Derek Barnett to be a stud DE under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who will bring back memories of the Minister of Defense, Reggie White (he’s not quite Reggie White, let’s be real here). Sidney Jones was thought of as a potential top-10 pick before that setback at his pro day, getting him in round two will work too. Finally, Donnel Pumphrey out of San Diego State has all the ability to be the new version of Darren Sproles.
Round 1, Pick 14 (No. 14 overall) Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Round 2, Pick 11 (No. 43) Sidney Jones, CB, Washington:
Round 3, Pick 35 (No. 99) Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia:
Round 4, Pick 12 (No. 118) Mack Hollins, WR, UNC
Round 4, Pick 26 (No. 132) (From Vikings) Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Round 5, Pick 22 (No. 166) Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
Round 5, Pick 41 (No. 184) (Compensatory pick, from Dolphins) Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
Round 6, Pick 31 (No. 214) Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
All in all, Philadelphia had a tremendous 2017 NFL draft, scoring solid value at a variety of positions. In IDP fantasy drafts, target Barnett late in the draft, you’ll thank me in a few years if you do.
The Washington Redskins made the obvious selection at pick 17, scoring a top 5 talent on the defensive line in Alabama’s Jonathan Allen. This pick alone gives the Redskins a solid grade for the 2017 draft. Add in Samaje Perine, an underrated RB out of Oklahoma and a flyer like Josh Harvey-Clemons and you have yourself a nice little draft. I think the Redskins could have used a WR earlier in the draft, but otherwise, they’re looking solid coming out of Philadelphia with their draft haul.
Round 1, Pick 17 (No. 17 overall) Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Round 2, Pick 17 (No. 49) Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
Round 3, Pick 17 (No. 81) Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Round 4, Pick 7 (No. 114, via Jets) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Round 5, Pick 10, (No. 154, via Saints) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, University of Arkansas
Round 6, Pick 15 (No. 199, from Vikings) Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming
Round 6, Pick 25 (No. 209, via Texans) Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
Round 7, Pick 12 (No. 230, via Vikings, Eagles) Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
Round 7, Pick 17 (No. 235) Joshua Holsey, DB, Auburn
As I mentioned above, I like the players selected by Washington in the Draft, the problem in Washington, unfortunately, extends to the front office and ownership. This offseason, the club fired their GM, they let go their top two WRs, and they refuse to commit to their talented QB. This organization is an annual dumpster fire, so one cannot expect good players to overcome this type of culture. Therefore, even though the talent is there, I downgrade the draft because of those in charge.
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