Going into the 2020 NFL draft, every team in the NFC east had key positions that needed to be filled on either offense or defense. So the real question is which teams in the NFC east addressed these positions and got the best value in the draft?
The first round of the NFL draft was a wild night filled with trades across the board, but the NFC east was relatively quiet in this regard. With all the rumors that were floating around before the draft started, this is quite a surprise.
Even without trades each team in the NFC east seemed to land a potential play maker with their first round pick in the NFL draft. So lets take a look at each teams first round selection and how these players grade against the rest of the NFC east.
Selection: DE Chase Young
Draft Grade: A+
With the Second overall pick in the NFL draft, the Redskins selected DE Chase Young from Ohio State. Not only if Young the best defensive end in the draft, Young is regarded by many as the best player available in the draft and the best DE prospect in recent years.
The Washington Redskins have now used a first round pick on a defensive line prospect in the last three years drafts. Although the Washington Redskins already have a very good defensive line, no one can argue that picking Chase Young was not the right move for the future of the franchise. Last season at Ohio State, Young compiled 16.5 sacks with 6 forced fumbles. If Young’s play transfers to the NFL, these stats show you what kind of production you should see in his rookie season.
If stats alone are not enough, according to PFF, Young posted a 96.1 overall grade, which is than both Nick Bosa and Myles Garrett. If Chase Young can live up to his potential and be better than both of these players, the Redskins would have one of the best pass rush duos in the league with Montez Sweat and Chase Young.
New York Giants
Selection: OT Andrew Thomas
Draft Grade: B+
With the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the New York Giants selected offensive tackle Andrew Thomas from Georgia. With many holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball for the New York Giants, selecting an offensive tackle was the best option for the team.
With the Redskins selection of Chase Young, an offensive tackle became even more of a need for the Giants. While to some, Andrew Thomas may not have been the best offensive tackle in this years draft, the Giants are still getting a good player to fill a big hole on their offensive line.
Andrew Thomas will immediately give the Giants an upgrade at the position and help second year quarterback Daniel Jones in his development. Andrew Thomas will also upgrade the New York Giants running blocking giving new coach Joe Judge the ability to use Saquon Barkley to his full potential.
Selection: WR CeeDee Lamb
Draft Grade: A
With the 17th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft the Dallas Cowboys select wide receiver Ceedee Lamb. Lamb will be an instant playmaker on the Dallas Cowboys offense giving them three star wide receivers.
Many individuals had Lamb ranked as the best wide receiver available in this years draft. Lamb falling all the way to pick 17 was one of the many surprises in this years draft. The Dallas Cowboys had Lamb as one of their top prospects in this years draft, so him falling to them at 17 without trading up was one of the best possibilities that could have happened.
Going into the draft, many expected the Dallas Cowboys to select a defensive player, but Lamb was too good of a player to pass up. In his last two season at Oklahoma, Lamb accumulated 2,485 yards with 25 touchdowns. If Lamb’s production transfers to the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys may have gotten one of the biggest steals of the first round.
Selection: WR Jalen Reagor
Draft Grade: B-
With the 21st overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft the Philadelphia Eagles select wide receiver Jalen Reagor. Going into next season, The Eagles needed to find an offensive playmaker at wide receiver, they got exactly that with Jalen Reagor.
With the top three wide receivers off the board, the Eagles had a limited selection and felt Reagor was the best available. With Justin Jefferson still available, the eagles selecting Jalen Reagor over him is the only problem I see with the eagles selection. Reagor is a speedster who looks to be a huge deep ball threat in the NFL.
While many had Jalen Reagor as a second round pick, it is easy to see why the Eagles selected him in the first round. In his last two years at TCU, Reagor gained 1,672 yards with 14 touchdowns. If Reagor ends up being the player the Eagles expect him to be, he will give Carson Wentz an offensive weapon for the future.
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