2021 NFL Draft NFC East Recap
It is the Monday after the draft, and now it’s time to review who our beloved teams have decided to pick up! As we saw throughout the draft, there were major news breaks coming out, some of which sent all the attention to QB Aaron Rodgers and a little bit less attention towards the Day 2 and Day 3 pickups. Thus, we have this review to assure that you do not miss out on your favorite teams’ draft classes!
- 1, Pick 10 (from Dallas) – WR- DeVonta Smith, Alabama
- 2, Pick 37 – C- Landon Dickerson, Alabama
- 3, Pick 73 (from Carolina) – DT- Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
- 4, Pick 123 (from Miami) – CB- Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech
- 5, Pick 150 – RB- Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
- 6, Pick 189 (from Denver via Carolina) – DT- Marlon Tuipulotu, USC
- 6, Pick 191 – DE- Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina
- 6, Pick 224 – S- JaCoby Stevens, LSU
- 7, Pick 234 – OLB- Patrick Johnson, Tulane
Philadelphia did a great job with their first pick, since they picked up a WR who they probably would have drafted any way at pick #6. They were able to add more draft capital as well as fill in needs. As for Dickerson, if he can stay healthy, he would definitely upgrade their Offensive Line. McPhearson can look to be in the mix at CB as well, due to the low amount of depth at the position. Look for the other players to fill in on a rotational basis.
- 1, Pick 12 (from San Francisco via Miami and Philadelphia) – LB- Micah Parsons, Penn State
- 2, Pick 44 – CB- Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
- 3, Pick 75 – DT- Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
- 3, Pick 84 (from Indianapolis via Philadelphia) – DE- Chauncey Golston, Iowa
- 3, Pick 99 – CB- Nahshon Wright, Oregon State
- 4, Pick 115 – LB- Jabril Cox, LSU
- 4, Pick 138 – OT- Josh Ball, Marshall
- 5, Pick 179 – WR- Simi Fehoko, Stanford
- 6, Pick 192 (from Detroit) – DT- Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky
- 6, Pick 227 – CB- Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
- 7, Pick 238 – G- Matt Farniok, Nebraska
Kudos to Dallas for being able to stay disciplined to their draft board! In Rd. 1, they were able to adjust, get an extra pick (though I believe that they should have tried to get a lot more than they ended up getting), and draft one of the highest rated defensive players on most people’s draft boards, after their top two were already taken. In Rd. 2, they were able to take a CB again as they did last year. Let’s hope that we have a similar result and can find a future starter in CB Kelvin Joseph! The Third Round is where the Cowboys did the majority of their damage, as they made 3 picks here. From here onward, they were able to add depth, and they mainly focused on their defense for most of the draft.
The Washington Football Team
- 1, Pick 19 – LB- Jamin Davis, Kentucky
- 2, Pick 51 – OT- Samuel Cosmi, Texas
- 3, Pick 74 (from San Francisco) – CB- Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota
- 3, Pick 82 – WR- Dyami Brown, North Carolina
- 4, Pick 124 – TE- John Bates, Boise State
- 5, Pick 163 – S- Darrick Forrest, Cincinnati
- 6, Pick 225 (from Philadelphia) – LS- Camaron Cheeseman, Michigan
- 7, Pick 240 (from San Francisco via Philadelphia) – DE- William Bradley-King, Baylor
- 7, Pick 246 – DE- Shaka Toney, Penn State
- 7, Pick 258 (from Kansas City via Miami) – WR- Dax Milne, BYU
Again, with their First Round pick, they were able to find some talent that will be able to develop under Coach Rivera’s scheme. Cosmi, their Round 2 pick, will definitely help their Offensive Line struggles, as he is somebody who can play both the Tackle and Guard positions, and he possesses great upside. Still, WFT managed to leave the draft without fulfilling their top need: Quarterback. We will see, for now, what the plan is going forward.
New York Giants
- 1, Pick 20 (from Chicago) – WR- Kadarius Toney, Florida
- 2, Pick 50 (from Miami) – LB- Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
- 3, Pick 71 (from Denver) – CB- Aaron Robinson, UFC
- 4, Pick 116 – LB- Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
- 6, Pick 196 – RB- Gary Brightwell, Arizona
- 6, Pick 201 (from Arizona) – CB- Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
Now, it was the New York Giants’ turn to make something out of nothing. The receiver they so desired was already picked by the time it was their turn. Instead, they decided to get a small haul of picks, move back, and still draft a playmaking WR. In the Second Round, the same scenario unfolded again, and the team was able to draft a good LB while still adding draft capital. They were also able to add depth to the CB position by moving up to get Aaron Robinson. This was important to them, since they showed that CB was a target in free agency as well.
Make sure to stay tuned as we go more into depth with the NFC East 2021 rookie class in the following weeks.
Edited by: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.