2014 NFL Draft Results: Grading The NFC East – Final Verdicts

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell poses with the draft prospects in attendance before the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

After months and months of speculation and waiting, the 2014 NFL Draft is finally over. Now, we can take a good look back at the aftermath. For Dallas Cowboys fans, it vitally important we review the NFC East division. As the improvement of those teams in particular have the greatest impact on the Cowboys upcoming regular season.

New York Giants

Round 1, Pick 12 (12) Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Round 2, Pick 11 (43) Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St.
Round 3, Pick 10 (74) Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
Round 4, Pick 13 (113) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Round 5, Pick 12 (152) Nat Berhe, SS, San Diego St.
Round 5, Pick 34 (174) Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
Round 6, Pick 11 (187) Bennett Jackson CB, Notre Dame

Draft Analysis: Although the draft position of Beckham was seen as a slight reach, his addition to the receiver corps fills the void left by Hakeem Nicks. Richburg continues the Giant’s trait of drafting young lineman high in the draft. And Bromley fills a big need on their interior defensive line. Williams and Kennard could be the two gems in their draft. Williams led the nation in rushing yards last year, but had zero catches. He should help pick up the slack if David Wilson isn’t 100% healthy after his neck injury. And the athletic Kennard should help add depth to their shaky linebacker corps.

Grade: B

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  • Bill Smith

    I agree with the “C” especially after seeing what Washington did with those 2 picks they got from us..Add Murphy or Moses to Our draft and take away Hutchins and Dallas has an “A” Draft..Stop giving aay 3rd rounders in a very deep draft.

    • Old Frog

      But then we have no edge rusher?

    • Michael Davis

      We already have 3 to 4 Trent Murphy ‘ s on our defense. We needed that RDE and Lawrance was the last great one in this draft. Did we over pay with our 3rd…yes but we got the guy we wanted and needed. Now let’s hope he proves the Cowboys correct by giving away there 3rd for him.

    • cowboys maniac

      sort of
      You’re right that our 3rd and 4th was an “F”
      but we needed a RDE and they got one they were high on. Who knows
      The 7th round and UDFA were excellent picks and some will make the team.
      But you make the point why we shouldn’t go into the draft with big needs since we end up wasting picks and giving away others.
      After passing on Warford and Bennie Logan last year for a 5th round developmental TE in Escobar, let’s remain positive – it definitely could have been worse.

  • Kingdaddy2000

    Let’s see – a grade of “C” is average, so I’d say it’s par for the course with the Cowboys. Three years of 8-8,8-8, 8-8, what else should we expect these days?

  • Kingdaddy2000

    Remember the old saying “if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting”. It’s beyond frustrating.

  • Juanito Juanito

    Cowboys overpaid in 2nd round, and the worst pick was the 4th round, just image what kind of draft was for the cowboys, since the 2nd round
    All the picks were 7th round caliber guys, joke are the cowboys

  • IBleedBlue

    You think Dallas got “fleeced” by Washington?

    No wonder I don’t read many of your articles.

    • David

      LOL he had Martin coming out of Michigan in one of his articles.

  • ctcowboy1968

    I read a lot about Lawrence. Let’s hope it’s all true. He has to be worth two bodies now. If we stayed put, we could have had Jernigan, Ego Ferguson, Sutton, Ealy, Crichton. Two of those players goes a long way. I can’t see how management concluded that he was worth two of these guys.

  • Brian Niles

    at this point, it’s just too early to tell. I’m happy they passed on Johnny $, but I’m really would have liked to have seen that safety taken instead of the guard in the first round. We addressed the O line last year, but our defense was the worst in history. We needed defensive studs. I hope we got them. Either way, nobody knows what will be at this time, we will just have to wait and see.