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.
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.
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.
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.