In 2018, the NFC East had a successful season as a division. Two teams represented the division in the NFC playoffs tournament. The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles were the cream of the division, while the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants were plainly getting creamed. Each team, whether looking to restock or rebuild, will have plenty holes to fill through free agency and the draft.
Texas Sports Review held its first mock draft before the combine and free agency hit. This is a summary of the picks for the NFC East. (Alec Miller shares credit for research and analysis.)
1. New York Giants: 6th Pick of the First Round
Holes: QB, OL, Defense
Pick: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Weight: 282 lbs.
Analysis: Despite the need for a QB to groom as a replacement for the aging Eli Manning, the Giants go with best player available. Rashan Gary’s freak athletic ability combined with his ability to play anywhere on the defensive line make this pick plausible. The Giants ranked in the bottom tier in sacks as well as total defense. Fixing the defense should complement the offense with superstar running back Saquon Barkley wearing out the other team, thus creating a ground-and-pound identity for the team.
2. Washington Redskins: 15th Pick of the First Round
Holes: QB, OL, Safety, CB, Receiver
Pick: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Weight: 225 lbs.
Analysis: The Washington Redskins were hit with the injury bug this season, especially at QB. That situation creates repercussions for the future of the team. With this in mind, selecting a QB would be a reach. The team outlook isn’t bright for the 2019 season. The chances of a high pick next year, combined with a great QB class in 2020, leads to selecting a top WR for the Redskins’ future. Projecting a future that includes Derrius Guice, last year’s top selection, a top-level WR in Metcalf, and one of the QBs of 2020, this team will be exciting to watch. Dare I say, “Trust the Process”?
3. Philadelphia Eagles: 25th Pick of the First Round
Holes: Secondary, OL, RB
Pick: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Weight: 337 lbs.
Analysis: This is a value pick. Ford could be selected higher but has fallen in this mock draft. Eagles have other needs in the secondary, but they have an extra second-round pick that can be used to trade up to find help in the secondary. Still, the F-250 Ford is a physical offensive lineman that will protect their franchise QB Wentz. The OL was a key part of their Super Bowl run.