NFC East Draft Report Card

The Giants Beat takes a look across the division to examine the best, worst and sleeper picks for each team in the NFC East. Find out how the Giants stack up and if they closed grown on the defending NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys.

New York Giants

BEST PICK: DB Landon CollinsAlabama – 2nd Round 1st Overall

Collins fills an immediate area of need for the Giants, as he will presumably start immediately as their FS, replacing Antrel Rolle. Collins is an excellent run tackler with building blocks for zone coverage skills as well. He totaled 106 tackles in his final season with the Crimson Tide and ran a sub 4.5 40 yard dash time. Collins come to the Giants full of potential and with a chip on his shoulder as he expected to be taken in the first round.

WORST PICK: SS Mykkele ThompsonTexas – 5th Round 8th Overall

A lot of expects thought Thompson could have been undrafted, so the Giants reached a little to take him in the 5th round. Thompson even admitted he was a bit surprised about the selection, "I don't even know how to explain it right now. After the numbers I put up this year, I thought free agency was going to be the main goal, probably." However, having another safety to rotate into games is never a bad thing in a young secondary.

SLEEPER PICK: WR Geremey Davis – UCONN – 6th Round 10th Overall

Davis comes in good size, boasting a 6’2’’ frame, and acts as insurance for Cruz as he continues to rehab. The former UCONN wideout led all wide receivers in the bench press with 23 reps, making him the strongest WR in the draft. He’s often criticized for his speed but aside from his 40 yard dash time there is really no reason this prospect should have dropped as far as he did.

OVERALL GRADE: A-

Dallas Cowboys

BEST PICK: DE Randy GregoryNebraska – 2nd Round 28th Overall

The Cowboys steal a top ten talented prospect in the second round of the draft due to his off the field issues. From a character standpoint it’s not a great selection, however from the team that signed Greg Hardy in the offseason, this isn’t too much of a surprise. Gregory was known as the premier pure edge rusher of this draft class and will be certain to make his presence felt for the silver and blue.

WORST PICK: DE Ryan RussellPurdue – 5th Round 27th Overall

The ‘Boys reached with this one, as Russell had 3 sacks in only 12 starts his senior year with the boilermakers. Russell is unlikely to start in a suddenly crowded D-Line rotation and doesn’t have a great first step.

SLEEPER PICK: OT Chaz GreenFlorida – 3rd Round 27th Overall Florida
At Florida, Green played both LT and RT, displaying his athleticism and versatility. Doesn’t fill the biggest need for Dallas however can be a quality rotational player immediately for them. OVERALL GRADE: B+

Washington Redskins

BEST PICK: DE Preston SmithMississippi State – 2rd Round 6th Overall

One of the more talented prospects to drop the second round, Smith plays with freak size and speed, and he can play anywhere on the D-line including defensive tackle. Versatility and physical skillset make Smith and excellent selection.

WORST PICK: HB Matt Jones – Florida – 3rd Round 31st Overall

Talented back but other holes to fill at CB were needed at this point in the draft, especially with Morris and Royster already in front of him on the depth chart. Bad pick because of need not necessarily the talent of the player picked.

SLEEPER PICK: WR Jamison CrowderDuke – 4th Round 6th Overall

Crowder comes to the ‘Skins with big play ability, as he is an elusive and savvy open field runner. At 5’8” he is a dynamic punt returner and produced heavily on the field for Duke.

OVERALL GRADE: A-

<Philadelphia Eagles

BEST PICK: CB Eric RoweUtah – 2nd Round 15th Overall

Moved up five spots to get him, can potentially start mid-way or at the beginning of the season behind a thin CB depth chart after Byron Maxwell. Impressive instincts and ball skills, speedy, best corner available when Eagles were on the clock. Fills on of their biggest needs.

WORST PICK: LB Jordan Hicks – Texas – 3rd Round 20th Overall

He may develop under Kendricks and recently resigned Demeco Ryans but the Eagles drafted a rotational player at best for right now. Aside from special teams Hicks may not have his contribution felt until later years. May have reached in the third round.

SLEEPER PICK: CB JaCorey Sheppard – Kansas - 6th Round 15th Overall

Sheppard was one of the drafts biggest fallers, slow 40 time but his play doesn’t reflect his combine numbers, was a leader on Kansas, can certainly make an impact in the Eagles’ weak secondary.

OVERALL GRADE: B+

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