By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729
Now that the dust has settled and the 2019 NFL Draft is in the recent past, our experts have weighed in on teams choices.
I have to say though, that the NFC East has been of particular interest to me.
What especially intrigued me were the low scores that were given for their picks.
Let’s review some of the best choices along with some of the most puzzling choices.
Philadelphia Eagles – Probably the best pick for the Eagles was offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State. The Eagles addressed their need up front with their first round pick, giving quarterback Carson Wentz more time to move in the pocket and get the ball out of his hands.
This was a smart move by the Eagles considering how other teams had an opportunity to grab him first. In particular the Houston Texans, who also needed to upgrade their offensive line. Although the Texans would more than likely have started Dillard, the Eagles can ease the rookie into the league and allow Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland the opportunity to develop Dillard.
New York Giants – It was no secret that the Giants would pick QB Eli Manning’s successor in the first round. However, with Dwayne Haskins still on the board it was surprising that they chose Daniel Jones from Duke.
Jones was ranked 17th overall but due to his association with Manning’s QB coach. He seemed to be the better pick for the vision the team has under center. Also considering the defensive needs of the Giants, you would have assumed that Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen would have been a better choice with that pick.
Imagine having one of the worst offensive lines in the country and drafting 3 corners in a weak DB class and ZERO o-linemen in a deep class
— Matt Hicks (@TheFF_Educator) April 27, 2019
Washington Redskins – Washington probably got the biggest sleeper in the draft. Seventh round pick cornerback Jimmy Moreland of James Madison. Moreland gained attention at the East-West Shrine Game where he earned a late invitation to the Senior Bowl.
He is known to have a nose for the football and a mouth for the pros. He racked up 18 interceptions which included five pick-sixes during his college career. I expect that Washington Redskins just may have gotten a gem with that pick.
Redskins 6th round pick Jimmy Moreland is asked how he ended up with 18 interceptions at JMU: “I’m a dog.”
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) April 27, 2019
Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have had a history of interesting trades building to the draft. Last year it was sending their first-round pick to Oakland for wide receiver Amari Cooper.
However, they chose to strengthen their defense in the second-round with defensive tackle Trysten Hill out of Central Florida. This particular pick was questionable due to Hill’s decline in performance at his alma mater. But the Cowboys claimed that they have done their homework on him and stand by their decision.
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