Sep 7, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Josh Huff (1) kneels down before the games as safety Erick Dargan (4) is in the background. The Ducks defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 59-10 at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014 Results: Grading The NFC East – Post Day Two


The worst division in the league is getting somewhat better with every selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The NFC East continues to improve despite the fact many of the teams are overreaching for prospects. We’ll see if this trend continues as the draft concludes on Saturday. Below, we’ll take a look at each of the divisional franchise’s selections as well as grade their overall draft so far.

New York Giants

Pick #12 – WR, Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Pick #43 – OC, Weston Richburg, Colorado St
Pick #74 – DT, Jay Bromley, Syracuse

Analysis: The draft selection of LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham was a bit if a surprise so early in the draft. Although some might consider this selection a reach for the Giants, it certainly fills a need. On Day Two of the draft, New York continued to build their offensive line with the addition of Richburg. Bromley gives the Giants interior depth along their aging defensive line. All three of New York’s picks appear to be overreaches and could have been further down. But it appears they don’t care. They are getting the players they covet regardless of perceived rank.

Grade: C

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Philadelphia Eagles

Pick #26 – DE, Marcus Smith, Louisville
Pick #42 – WR, Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Pick #86 – WR, Josh Huff, Oregon

Analysis: The Eagles follow up the biggest reach in the first round addressing the exact same position twice. Smith, who has even admitted he’s was a reach that high in the first round, is now joined by Matthews and Huff. Although the latter are two different types of receivers, Philadelphia’s main issues were on the defensive side of the ball last season. Apparently, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly isn’t planning on playing defense in 2014.

Grade: D+

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Dallas Cowboys

Pick #16 – OT, Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Pick #34 – DE, Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

Analysis: After sitting back and being left with only Martin in the first round, Dallas decided to be pro-active on Day Two. The Cowboys gave away their third round pick to the Washington Redskins to move up 13 spots to select Lawrence. Dallas gets the edge rusher they coveted, but overpaid to do so.

Grade: C+

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Washington Redskins

Pick #47 – OLB, Trent Murphy, Stanford
Pick #66 – OT, Morgan Moses, Virginia
Pick #78 – OG, Spencer Long, Nebraska

Analysis: Despite not having a first round pick, the Redskins were able to land two excellent prospects in Murphy and Moses. They were also able to fleece the Cowboys for their third round pick by moving down just 13 spots in the second round. Unfortunately, they used that additional pick to overreach for Long, who is a scheme fit.

Grade: B+

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Dallas Cowboys Grades NFC East

  • I Remember

    Zach Martin use to Stone wall Trent Murphy slow tail!

  • Wayne

    trent murphy is a reach and spencer long was too . you cant give dallas a c based on a trade when you look at those two players compared to lawrence . did you even watch lawrence at boise ?

  • Bill Smith

    I give this draft for Dallas a C-, Mostly because we got Martin, but lost a coveted 3rd rounder, (why do we always overpay yet when a team wants to move up for Our pick we ask for so little) because we keep DOING IT…Put it this way, with our Original picks, we could of had Jernigan and Crichton, we Got Demarcus Lawrence, let’s SEE how those players work out..We still need Badly a DT, Safety and Wide receiver.