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After a wild weekend, the 2022 NFL Draft came and went, and there was certainly no shortage of action in the NFC East. Let’s take a look at each team’s project class and evaluate how they did it.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Trade:

  • Options 15, 124, 162, and 166 were sold to Texas for the 13th option.
  • For the AJ Brown, the Titans sold 18 and 101 options.
  • Pick 154, 188 and 198 were sold to Jaguars for options.
  • Options 188 and 237 were sold to the Lions for selection 181.

Draft Options:

  • Round 1, Selection 13: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
  • Round 2, Selection 51: Cam Jurgens, C, Nebraska
  • Round 3, Option 83: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
  • Round 6, Selection 181: Kyron Johnson, LB, Kansas
  • Round 6, Option 198: Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU

Good: The AJ Brown trade was fantastic. Brown, who is friends with Jalen Hurts and is still 24 years old, is a perfect fit for this crime as a physical, decisive YAC car. He was paid a reasonable price and was offered a four-year, $ 100 million contract at market value. Simply put, Brown will make the Eagles’ lives easier, divert attention from DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert, and give Hurts a player who can score tough, controversial goals from the sidelines. In my opinion, this was one of the best actions of Howie Roseman’s term.

In addition, the Eagles took calculated risks on Nakobe Dean and Grant Calcaterra. Dean was undoubtedly one of the top 20 talents in this project class, who collapsed due to shoulder problems due to his refusal to undergo surgery. Roseman claims he has undergone a medical and if he can really get through this season in full, he has a chance of being the biggest thief in the project because Dean is a smart, high-energy, athletic defender. flat-out plays both in the transition game and in the running game. Calcaterra is an interesting prospect because he retired before the 2020 season and thought about becoming a firefighter, but eventually decided to try football again. It leaves much to be desired as a blocker, but is a talented receiver with good size and speed (6’4 ”, 241 lbs, 4.62 40 yard dash). He is probably the second best passing player in the tight end position at the Eagles, and if he can play a consecutive role in the two tight end sets, he can gain great value in the sixth round.

Not so good: I know I’m in the minority here, but I don’t like the Jordan Davis option and I don’t like the price they pay to get it. The choice of three mid-laps in the deep draft class to advance two steps beyond the top 10 is a bit careless, and although Davis is undoubtedly a unique and talented player, there is very little short-term need for the position and he continues his mass work as a pass-rusher. . Is it almost guaranteed that he will at least contribute as a space eater who can free the defensive ends in the passing game and the line defenders in the running game? Probably only this feature does not guarantee the thirteenth option and in my opinion the cost to get it. I’d be wrong, and of course I don’t think it’s a disastrous choice, but I’d prefer Kyle Hamilton or Cermaine Johnson without changing it until now.

Cam Jurgens also falls in a similar boat. He’s a good prospect, but Jason Kelce still doesn’t help the short-term need as he anchors on the offensive line. I know the Eagles prefer trenches, and Jurgens is considered the future of the poor man, but there were better prospects on the board. Overall, the Eagles traded in the first round, traded for AJ Brown, and they still made the second and third round selections, and in 2023 won two championships. This is impressive.

Degree: B

DALLAS COWBOYS

Trade: None

Draft Options:

  • Round 1, Selection 24: Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
  • Round 2, Selection 56: Sam Williams, DE, Miss Ole
  • Round 3, Selection 88: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
  • Round 4, 129th choice: Jake Ferguson, TE, Visconsin
  • Round 5, 155th choice: Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota
  • Round 5, Selection 167: DaRon Bland, CB, Fresno State
  • Round 5, Selection 176: Damone Clark, LB, LSU
  • Round 5, Selection 178: John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
  • Round 6, Selection 193: Devin Harper, LB, Oklahoma

Good: Jalen Tolbert won in the third round. The Cowboys needed a receiver after losing Amari Cooper and Cedric Wilson, and Tolbert is a productive, wide-ranging player who ensures that the Cowboys still have a nice buying trio. I also liked the lottery ticket for Jake Ferguson, who lost his ability to pass as Dalton Schultz’s insurance in the fourth round, and Damon Clark, a talented defender who missed the teen season due to surgery at the end of the 5th round.

Not so good: The Cowboys definitely had to strengthen their offensive line, but Tyler Smith is a draft of a small program that was a penalty machine last year (16 of them, 12 to catch). He’s a good athlete with a high ceiling, but he’s probably not immediately on the team with the caps and now he has to win. Sam Williams is a talented passer-by, but struggles to escape and was arrested in 2020 for sex. Cowboys have never been afraid to gamble on glamorous talents, but it doesn’t seem to work wonders for them. past Overall, they met some of the needs, but in my opinion, there was a bit left that was desirable in terms of other players available.

Degree: C +

NEW YORK GIANTS

Trade:

  • Sold from 36 Pick to Jet for options 38 and 146.
  • He sold 38 to the Falcons for options 43 and 114.

Draft Options:

  • Round 1, Selection 5: Kayvon Thibodaux, DE, Oregon
  • Round 1, Selection 7: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
  • Round 2, Selection 43: Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
  • Round 3, Selection 67: Joshua Ezeudu, G, UNC
  • Round 3, Option 81: Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
  • Round 4, Selection 112: Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego
  • Round 4, Selection 114: Dane Belton, S, Iowa
  • Round 5, Selection 146: Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
  • Round 5, Option 147: DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State
  • Round 5, Selection 173: Marcus McKethan, G, UNC
  • Round 6, Selection 182: Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

Good: Round One: After nearly half a decade of Dave Getlman’s incompetence, the Giants had to hit the first round of this project because they had two top 7 options with an untalented list. They did it absolutely, in my opinion, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal, respectively, the best passing players in this class and arguably the best offensive line. In fact, not only the players they brought down, but also the strategy behind it was excellent. The two best fights in the class – Ickey Ekwon and Neal – were both available in Pick 5. The giants knew that one of them was guaranteed to be available in Pick 7, so they waited to pick one up and took Thibodeaux altogether instead. I honestly think that the explosive defense end has the opposite side of the Khalil Mack type. Getting out of the first round with both of these players was a job well done by the new general manager, Joe Schoen.

Not so good: Almost everything. I’m fine with the second round trading declines, but the subsequent options were weird. Wan’Dale Robinson is a small but fast and agile receiver, in the form of Kadarius Toney. He’s a fun player, but I think there were a few better options in the current position. Many of their other choices were to pick up players earlier than expected. From rounds 3-7, the only player I heard before the draft was Daniel Bellinger. I do not claim to be an expert on the project, but the project experts themselves were a little surprised by many of these options. It seems that they are probably not the best available, but designed for circuit compatibility, so you get Jalen Reagor instead of Castin Jefferson. Early rounds are more important, so their degree doesn’t suffer much, but Schoen will have to prove he’s smarter than draft fans, or it will look bad to him at the beginning of his career.

Degree: B-

Washington commanders

Trade:

  • The 11th Peak was sold to the Saints for options 16, 98 and 120.
  • Sold to the Panthers from 120 and 189 for options 144 and 149, respectively.

Draft Options:

  • Round 1, Selection 16: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
  • Round 2, Selection 47: Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
  • Round 3, Selection 98: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama
  • Round 4, Selection 113: Percy Butler, S, Louisiana
  • Round 5, Selection 144: Sam Howell, QB, UNC
  • Round 5, Selection 149: Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
  • Round 7, Selection 230: Chris Paul, G, Tulsa
  • Round 7, Selection 240: Christian Holmes, CB, Oklahoma

Good: I thought the last rounds in Washington were very good. Brian Robinson Jr. is a strong running player, he complements Antonio Gibson and passer JD McKissic perfectly. In the 5th round, Sam Howell is a fantastic value. Howell, once considered a favorite to be the first overall pick, doesn’t have the greatest goal, but he’s a productive and intelligent midfielder with some agility, and teams haven’t been able to fully bank Carson Wentz in recent years. Cole Turner also made sense as a tight end after losing Ricky Seals-Jones, and Chris Paul weighed in at 323 pounds and ran a 4.89 40-yard dash – an interesting draft in the 7th round. To 11.

Not so good: Although the commanders could definitely use a different receiver, I think Jahan Dotson was an interesting choice. It has phenomenal hands and is a low field hazard, but it comes with a small frame that doesn’t have the elite burning speed (4.43 40) to overcome it. Personally, I liked Trailon Burks more as a prospect, and they also passed on Chris Olave and Jameson Williams when they got cheaper. Apparently, Washington fell in love with Dotson so much that they did not even need to visit him. We will see how it will be. I also thought that Phidarian Mathis was a bit unnecessary along Washington’s defensive line, although Da’Ron Payne could have left.

Degree: B-

Photo: Joe Vitale / UGA Wire

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