Draft NFL Grades: The NFC East Went Talent Over Needs

The NFL Draft is finally over, so it’s time for my favorite part of the year. That’s right, time to judge talent and make proclamations on whether they will be good or not. It never fails. After months and months of overreaction, it’s time to overreact to whether these guys, now slotted onto teams, will be good or not.

Let’s start with the NFC East. The main theme I see in these draft classes is the lack of addressing the major need, but ultimately snagging some pretty good talent, some of which, could start right away for their respective teams. We were teased with Johnny Manziel and Dallas, but other than that, this class came and went pretty quietly. Alphabetical order.

Dallas Cowboys

16. Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
34. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
119. Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa
146. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
231. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
238. Will Smith, MLB, Texas Tech
248. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
251. Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
254. Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

The Cowboys nabbed a couple of good players with their first two picks. Martin should stabilize one of the guard positions, while giving the Cowboys three offensive lineman under the age of 24. Demarcus Lawrence joins a vaunted pass rushing unit. The problem, however, is the Cowboys gave up a third rounder to get Lawrence (Why not wait and see if Kony Ealy falls to you?) and missed their chance to grab a safety.

All in all, I like the first two picks, Devin Street is intriguing, and the Dixon/Mitchell additions will serve as depth in the future.

Grade: B


New York Giants

12. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
43. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
73. Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
113. Andre Wiliams, RB, Boston College
152. Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
174. Devon Kennard, OLB, Southern California
187. Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame

Wasn’t the biggest fan of this draft, but what do I know? Odell Beckham has all the tools to be a great weapon for Eli Manning, and Weston Richburg is a plug-and-play player at the center position. I like the Andre Williams pick, but his value is limited because of his inability to catch out of the backfield. Bromley felt like a reach, but fills that three tech role at defensive tackle.

Grade: C+


Philadelphia Eagles

26. Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
86. Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
101. Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
141. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
162. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
224. Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin

I was a bit shocked when Philadelphia passed up on defensive backs until day three. Even with a need at receiver, I’m not sure if you needed two in the top 100. Marcus Smith was a reach at 26, but should give them a boost in the pass rush, and Jaylen Watkins should join a group of lackluster defensive backs in Philadelphia. Not a fan when it comes to their needs.

Grade: C


Washington Redskins

47. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
66. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
78. Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
102. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
142. Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
186. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
217. Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
228. Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas

Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of this draft, but in retrospect, it makes sense. The Redskins needed a pass rusher for after 2015 with Orakpo and Kerrigan potentially gone, Morgan Moses can be start right away at right tackle, and Bashaud Breeland projects a starter at the cornerback position eventually. Not a fan of where they took these guys, but if they all panned out, I wouldn’t be shocked.

Grade: C

The First Round of The NFL Draft Thoughts

The Browns plucked one of the top cornerbacks off the board.

The first round of the NFL Draft has come and gone, and we now have 32 new players in the NFL. From Clowney to Bridgewater, the draft had some usual talking points (where are the QB’s going?), and some not so typical points (The desperate plea from different fan bases in the 20s over taking a quarterback). I have some thoughts to share, so here we go.

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Hot Takes! NFL Mock Draft 2014

The NFL Draft is Thursday, and I couldn’t be more excited. As a Green Bay Packers fan, this is my Christmas, since the Pack never decide not to spend money in free agency. With the drafting being pushed back from the end of April to the beginning of May, we’ve seen plenty of media hype, media backlash, stock ups, and stock downs, more than the norm. Finally, it ends. To show my appreciation, I wanted to display my own mock draft. Not only is it what I think will happen, but I’m going to factor in some of the media takes.

Warning: My take isn’t that scorching, but rather, and actual mock draft.

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On the Brink of Elimination

I’ve been away trying to become a content master. While I was gone on my journey, my roommate decided to follow in my content creating footsteps. Here’s the content he, Logan Cordes, created about the Pacers. Read his content, love his content, let his content fill your heart.  Continue reading

Manga Review: Mirai Nikki

Mirai Nikki is a delightfully twisted manga masquerading as your average loner-youth-gains-superpowers tale. Don’t be fooled by the shonen art style; There is surprising depth to the characters and a surprising edge of ruthlessness to each of them. Mirai Nikki starts a bit slow, but gets tough to put down as Yuki fights for his own life against an increasingly deranged cast of antagonists bent on winning the game. It’s vicious and at times confusing, but Mirai Nikki is also a gripping for those who like a little bite to their manga. Continue reading

Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The battle-tested daughter of vampire royalty works to preserve the future of her people while dealing with romantic feelings for her lycanthropic companion. Okay; okay, I’ll stop. Yes, that’s the premise to Underworld, but that’s also the background to Dance in the Vampire Bund, and it only makes it easier to jump into the story. Continue reading