NFL Offseason

Offseason Grades: NFC East

  • New York GiantsBest Draft Pick – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
      • I gave Barkley the highest grade I’ve ever given an offensive player. Todd Gurley has now been bumped down to a close second. At Penn State, Barkley posted a career of 653 carries for 3706 yards and 5.7 yards per carry. He followed that up with the best combine I’ve ever seen by anyone not named Myles Garrett. He posted a 4.40 40-yard dash, 29 bench press reps, and a 41-inch vertical jump. I thought the Browns should have taken him at number 1, but instead the Giants got their guy at two. Great pick.
    • Worst Draft Pick – Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia
      • This is not to say Carter was a bad pick. I think he was a good pick, as this was around the right range that Carter should have been picked. However, the Giants had such a good draft that a solid value pick in the third round ended up being their worst pick. That’s a good situation to be in.
    • Best Signing – Nate Solder, T
      • Ereck Flowers is definitely not the guy at left tackle. Period. It sounds like the Giants are going to give him a shot at the right tackle gig, and I hope for his own sake he can manage to produce something of a quality season there. Anyways, Solder should thank Flowers for his poor quality of play the last few seasons, because it netted him a $62 million deal. And Eli Manning should thank Solder for coming to New York because he won’t have to take a beating from the blind side anymore.
    • Worst Loss – Jason Pierre-Paul, DL
      • Pierre-Paul was one of the best defensive ends in the league until he blew up his hand a few years ago. He still provided a decent amount of production for the Giants, though. Unfortunately, he was a necessary loss due to New York’s switch to a 3-4 scheme this season. Pierre-Paul is not quite big enough to be a 3-4 defensive end, and not quite athletic enough to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. I feel like the Giants could have gotten more in return for a guy with a few quality seasons left in him and a good locker-room presence though.
    • Grade: B-
  • Washington RedskinsBest Draft Pick – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
      • I personally think the Buccaneers should have kept Doug Martin as their feature back, but this is totally unrelated to that. Martin was no longer on the roster, and Guice had entered a free-fall. I had a late first-round grade on him, and he should provide the same game-changing presence that Martin did, just with more consistency this time.
    • Worst Draft Pick – Daron Payne, DL, Alabama
      • It was widely known that the Redskins had placed a bulls-eye on Vita Vea, the Washington Huskies’ massive nose tackle. However, Vea went off the board one pick earlier to the Buccaneers. This sent Washington into a scramble looking for another prospect, and they ended up reaching for the next best available nose. I’m not saying that Payne is a bad player, he just didn’t deserve this pick. The ‘Skins should’ve either traded up for Vea or sat back and taken the best available player, someone like Tremaine Edmunds or Derwin James.
    • Best Signing – Paul Richardson, WR
      • Richardson has been fairly inconsistent throughout his career and has also had serious injury issues. Nonetheless, he is the closest the Redskins could get to giving Alex Smith another Tyreek Hill within the constraints of the free agency market. Not a bad signing, assuming he can stay healthy.
    • Worst Loss – Kirk Cousins, QB
      • I understand that the Redskins acquired a similarly skilled quarterback in Alex Smith in anticipation of Cousins’ departure, but this could’ve been much simpler. Washington could’ve paid Cousins, and then kept both Kendall Fuller and their third-round pick. But instead, they brought in a similar-quality but much older quarterback for a large price. Why?
    • Grade: DWorst Draft Pick – Daron Payne, DL, Alabama
    • It was widely known that the Redskins had placed a bulls-eye on Vita Vea, the Washington Huskies’ massive nose tackle. However, Vea went off the board one pick earlier to the Buccaneers. This sent Washington into a scramble looking for another prospect, and they ended up reaching for the next best available nose. I’m not saying that Payne is a bad player, he just didn’t deserve this pick. The ‘Skins should’ve either traded up for Vea or sat back and taken the best available player, someone like Tremaine Edmunds or Derwin James.
  • Best Signing – Paul Richardson, WR
    • Richardson has been fairly inconsistent throughout his career and has also had serious injury issues. Nonetheless, he is the closest the Redskins could get to giving Alex Smith another Tyreek Hill within the constraints of the free agency market. Not a bad signing, assuming he can stay healthy.
  • Worst Loss – Kirk Cousins, QB
    • I understand that the Redskins acquired a similarly skilled quarterback in Alex Smith in anticipation of Cousins’ departure, but this could’ve been much simpler. Washington could’ve paid Cousins, and then kept both Kendall Fuller and their third-round pick. But instead, they brought in a similar-quality but much older quarterback for a large price. Why?
  • Grade: DDallas CowboysBest Draft Pick – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
      • I think this was a decent pick, but not a great one. If the Cowboys truly wanted to make over their linebacker corps, they should’ve traded up for Tremaine Edmunds. Instead, they stood pat and took Vander Esch, the next best linebacker on the board. The pick of a linebacker is great, though, because now the Cowboys have an amazing linebacker group with Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and now Vander Esch.
    • Worst Draft Pick – Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
      • Mike White was one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this class. However, I hate the fit in Dallas. The Cowboys already had the two quarterbacks they were going to carry into the season in Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush, so what was the point here?
    • Best Signing – Allen Hurns, WR
      • Hurns was a great signing to provide the ‘Boys with a new big-bodied replacement for Dez. As he has a very similar size to Bryant, he should slide right in as Dak’s number 1 red zone target.
    • Worst Loss – Dez Bryant, WR
      • This isn’t a huge loss, as Bryant had started to show signs of age in the last few years. However, seeing the Cowboys without Dez is going to be weird. It’s going to be just like the Seahawks without Richard Sherman. Both franchises lost a huge personality that many thought would never leave.
    • Grade: C
    • Philadelphia EaglesBest Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • The question mark above is due to Mailata’s having never played a down of organized football. He played an attacking position in rugby, so that might push him towards the defensive line. However, he has perfect size to be an offensive tackle. Either way, Mailata is a longshot to ever start in the NFL, but if he does, he’ll be fun to watch. Even with his 6’8”, 345 lbs. frame, he still ran a 5.12 40 at his pro day. He could be a dominating player a few years down the line, or he could be out of the league. We’ll just have to wait to find out.
    • Worst Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • I know I just put Mailata as the Eagles’ best pick due to his ceiling, but he was also their worst pick due to his floor. It’s very likely he doesn’t make the roster this year and will probably be a practice squad player for a couple of seasons. At the worst, he may never play a down in the NFL.
    • Best Signing – Haloti Ngata, DL
    • Ngata has been an elite nose tackle in the NFL for many years. At this point in his career, he isn’t quite a dominating presence anymore, but at the least, he can be a solid rotational player and a quality locker room presence.
    • Worst Loss – Mychal Kendricks, LB
    • Kendricks has been a productive and popular member of the Eagles franchise for many years but unfortunately was too expensive for the team to keep this season. Worse yet, Philadelphia didn’t draft a single linebacker in this year’s draft. They did sign Paul Worrilow, but he’s an average starter at best.
    • Grade: BPhiladelphia EaglesBest Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
  • The question mark above is due to Mailata’s having never played a down of organized football. He played an attacking position in rugby, so that might push him towards the defensive line. However, he has perfect size to be an offensive tackle. Either way, Mailata is a longshot to ever start in the NFL, but if he does, he’ll be fun to watch. Even with his 6’8”, 345 lbs. frame, he still ran a 5.12 40 at his pro day. He could be a dominating player a few years down the line, or he could be out of the league. We’ll just have to wait to find out.
  • Worst Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
  • I know I just put Mailata as the Eagles’ best pick due to his ceiling, but he was also their worst pick due to his floor. It’s very likely he doesn’t make the roster this year and will probably be a practice squad player for a couple of seasons. At the worst, he may never play a down in the NFL.
  • Best Signing – Haloti Ngata, DL
  • Ngata has been an elite nose tackle in the NFL for many years. At this point in his career, he isn’t quite a dominating presence anymore, but at the least, he can be a solid rotational player and a quality locker room presence.
  • Worst Loss – Mychal Kendricks, LB
  • Kendricks has been a productive and popular member of the Eagles franchise for many years but unfortunately was too expensive for the team to keep this season. Worse yet, Philadelphia didn’t draft a single linebacker in this year’s draft. They did sign Paul Worrilow, but he’s an average starter at best.
  • Grade: BBest Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
  • The question mark above is due to Mailata’s having never played a down of organized football. He played an attacking position in rugby, so that might push him towards the defensive line. However, he has perfect size to be an offensive tackle. Either way, Mailata is a longshot to ever start in the NFL, but if he does, he’ll be fun to watch. Even with his 6’8”, 345 lbs. frame, he still ran a 5.12 40 at his pro day. He could be a dominating player a few years down the line, or he could be out of the league. We’ll just have to wait to find out.
  • Worst Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
  • I know I just put Mailata as the Eagles’ best pick due to his ceiling, but he was also their worst pick due to his floor. It’s very likely he doesn’t make the roster this year and will probably be a practice squad player for a couple of seasons. At the worst, he may never play a down in the NFL.
  • Best Signing – Haloti Ngata, DL
  • Ngata has been an elite nose tackle in the NFL for many years. At this point in his career, he isn’t quite a dominating presence anymore, but at the least, he can be a solid rotational player and a quality locker room presence.
  • Worst Loss – Mychal Kendricks, LB
  • Kendricks has been a productive and popular member of the Eagles franchise for many years but unfortunately was too expensive for the team to keep this season. Worse yet, Philadelphia didn’t draft a single linebacker in this year’s draft. They did sign Paul Worrilow, but he’s an average starter at best.
  • Grade: BPhiladelphia Eagles
  • Best Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • The question mark above is due to Mailata’s having never played a down of organized football. He played an attacking position in rugby, so that might push him towards the defensive line. However, he has perfect size to be an offensive tackle. Either way, Mailata is a longshot to ever start in the NFL, but if he does, he’ll be fun to watch. Even with his 6’8”, 345 lbs. frame, he still ran a 5.12 40 at his pro day. He could be a dominating player a few years down the line, or he could be out of the league. We’ll just have to wait to find out.
  • Worst Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • I know I just put Mailata as the Eagles’ best pick due to his ceiling, but he was also their worst pick due to his floor. It’s very likely he doesn’t make the roster this year and will probably be a practice squad player for a couple of seasons. At the worst, he may never play a down in the NFL.
  • Best Signing – Haloti Ngata, DL
    • Ngata has been an elite nose tackle in the NFL for many years. At this point in his career, he isn’t quite a dominating presence anymore, but at the least, he can be a solid rotational player and a quality locker room presence.
  • Worst Loss – Mychal Kendricks, LB
    • Kendricks has been a productive and popular member of the Eagles franchise for many years but unfortunately was too expensive for the team to keep this season. Worse yet, Philadelphia didn’t draft a single linebacker in this year’s draft. They did sign Paul Worrilow, but he’s an average starter at best.
  • Grade: BPhiladelphia Eagles
  • Best Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • The question mark above is due to Mailata’s having never played a down of organized football. He played an attacking position in rugby, so that might push him towards the defensive line. However, he has perfect size to be an offensive tackle. Either way, Mailata is a longshot to ever start in the NFL, but if he does, he’ll be fun to watch. Even with his 6’8”, 345 lbs. frame, he still ran a 5.12 40 at his pro day. He could be a dominating player a few years down the line, or he could be out of the league. We’ll just have to wait to find out.
  • Worst Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • I know I just put Mailata as the Eagles’ best pick due to his ceiling, but he was also their worst pick due to his floor. It’s very likely he doesn’t make the roster this year and will probably be a practice squad player for a couple of seasons. At the worst, he may never play a down in the NFL.
  • Best Signing – Haloti Ngata, DL
    • Ngata has been an elite nose tackle in the NFL for many years. At this point in his career, he isn’t quite a dominating presence anymore, but at the least, he can be a solid rotational player and a quality locker room presence.
  • Worst Loss – Mychal Kendricks, LB
    • Kendricks has been a productive and popular member of the Eagles franchise for many years but unfortunately was too expensive for the team to keep this season. Worse yet, Philadelphia didn’t draft a single linebacker in this year’s draft. They did sign Paul Worrilow, but he’s an average starter at best.
  • Grade: BWorst Draft Pick – Jordan Mailata, ?, Australia
    • I know I just put Mailata as the Eagles’ best pick due to his ceiling, but he was also their worst pick due to his floor. It’s very likely he doesn’t make the roster this year and will probably be a practice squad player for a couple of seasons. At the worst, he may never play a down in the NFL.
  • Best Signing – Haloti Ngata, DL
    • Ngata has been an elite nose tackle in the NFL for many years. At this point in his career, he isn’t quite a dominating presence anymore, but at the least, he can be a solid rotational player and a quality locker room presence.
  • Worst Loss – Mychal Kendricks, LB
    • Kendricks has been a productive and popular member of the Eagles franchise for many years but unfortunately was too expensive for the team to keep this season. Worse yet, Philadelphia didn’t draft a single linebacker in this year’s draft. They did sign Paul Worrilow, but he’s an average starter at best.
  • Grade: B
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