2017 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East

Apr 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen poses with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 17 overall pick by the Washington Redskins in the first round the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

No team in the NFC East had a better draft last year than the Dallas Cowboys, who were led by two rookies — QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott — deep into the playoffs.

Results like that are hard to come by, but the division came away with a lot of talent by the end of the 2017 NFL Draft.

New York Giants:  B

Draft Class:

Evan Engram | TE | Ole Miss (1.23)
Dalvin Tomlinson | DL | Alabama (2.55)
Davis Webb | QB | Cal (3.87)
Wayne Gallman | RB | Clemson (4.140)
Avery Moss | DE | Youngstown St. (5.167)
Adam Bisnowaty | OL | Pittsburgh (6.200

Analysis:  The New York Giants got better in a lot of areas in the 2017 NFL Draft.  Evan Engram adds another dynamic weapon for Eli Manning and the passing game.  He’s a tight end with wide receiver traits.  In fact, aside from Odell Beckham, Engram will be the offense’s most dynamic playmaker.  Dalvin Tomlinson will help fill the void created by Jonathan Hankins’ departure.  He’ll have a nice pro career.  Davis Webb had a lot of fans inside NFL front offices because of his big arm and appetite for football.  He’s a nice developmental prospect to sit behind Manning.  Wayne Gallman will battle Paul Perkins for reps right away, while Adam Bisnowaty could be a steal for an offensive line looking for consistency.

Dallas Cowboys:  B-

Draft Class:

Taco Charlton | DE | Michigan (1.28)
Chidobe Awuzie | CB | Colorado (2.60)
Jourdan Lewis | CB | Michigan (3.92)
Ryan Switzer | WR | UNC (4.133)
Xavier Woods | S | La Tech (6.191)
Joey Ivie | DT | Florida (7.228)
Noah Brown | WR | Ohio State (7.239)
Jordan Carrell | DT | Colorado (7.246)

Analysis:  The Dallas Cowboys took big steps in improving their defense in the 2017 NFL Draft.  Taco Charlton is an extremely athletic pass rusher who will make an immediate impact from opening day on.  While he won’t be the defensive equivalent of Elliott or Prescott, he has a chance to make a name for himself early in year one.  Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis bring much-needed coverage skill to the secondary. Awuzie has the swagger needed to excel in the NFL.  Ryan Switzer will become Prescott’s new best friend.  The second-year quarterback showed a preference to target Cole Beasley last season; Switzer is a juiced-up version.

Washington Redskins:  A

Draft Class:

Jonathan Allen | DL | Alabama (1.17)
Ryan Anderson | OLB | Alabama (2.49)
Fabian Moreau | CB | UCLA (3.81)
Samaje Perine | RB | Oklahoma (4.114)
Montae Nicholson | S | Michigan State (4.123)
Jeremy Sprinkle | TE | Arkansas (5.154)
Chase Roullier | OC | Wyoming (6.199)
Robert Davis | WR | Georgia State (6.209)
Josh Harvey-Clemons | S | Louisville (7.230)
Josh Holsey | CB | Auburn )7.235)

Analysis:  The Washington Redskins received a gift from the football gods with the free-fall experienced by former Crimson Tide defender Jonathan Allen.  He was one of the five best players in the entire class; The Redskins stole him at No. 17.  Ryan Anderson will add an underrated pass rush right away.  Samaje Perine is already the most talented running back on the Redskins roster and could be this year’s version of Jordan Howard.  Jeremy Sprinkle got overshadowed by the 2017 class of elite tight ends, but he has upside.  He’s not a game-changer, but he’ll be a quality NFL player.  Josh Harvey-Clemons has rare size for a safety.  He has a chance to greatly outplay his draft position.

Philadelphia Eagles:  B-

Draft Class:

Derek Barnett | DE | Tennessee (1.14)
Sidney Jones | CB | Washington (2.43)
Rasul Douglas | CB | West Virginia (3.99)
Mack Hollins | WR | UNC (4.118)
Donnel Pumphrey | RB | San Diego State (4.132)
Shelton Gibson | WR | West Virginia (5.166)
Nathan Gerry | S | Nebraska (5.184)
Elijah Qualls | DT | Washington (6.214)

Analysis:  Many thought the Philadelphia Eagles would grab a running back in the first round, especially with a talent like Dalvin Cook staring at them at No. 14.  Instead, they went with Derek Barnett, who despite his production feels a bit overdrafted.  He’s a solid player, but lacks special traits.  Sidney Jones, on the other hand, is fantastic value in Round 2.  He would’ve been a first-rounder if he hadn’t injured his achilles.  Mack Hollins flew under the radar for most of draft season, but he has a chance to hang around for a long time in the NFL.  He could be a surprise playmaker.  Donnel Pumphrey will have an opportuntiy by default with no real feature back in Philadelphia. He knows how to get every available yard despite his slight frame.  Nathan Gerry will add value to the coverage units on special teams.