WASHINGTON REDSKINS Overall Assessment: A+
Rd 1-Pick 15 (15) Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State
Rd 1-Pick 26 (26) Montez Sweat, EDGE Mississippi St
Rd 3-Pick 13 (76) Terry McLaurin, WR Ohio State
Rd 4-Pick 10 (112) Bryce Love, RB Stanford
Rd 4-Pick 29 (131) Wes Martin, G Indiana
Rd 5-Pick 15 (153) Ros Pierschbacher, C Alabama
Rd 5-Pick 35 (173) Cole Holcomb, LB North Carolina
Rd 6-Pick 34 (206) Kelvin Harmon, WR N. Carolina St
Rd 7-Pick 13 (227) Jimmy Moreland, CB James Madison
Rd 7-Pick 39 (253) Jordan Brailford, EDGE Oklahoma St

Washington came into the draft with a plan and executed it flawlessly. They allowed the board to fall their way while sitting patiently at the 15th pick. They were rewarded for that patience with Dwayne Haskins. After taking their QB of the future they traded back into the 1st for their pass rusher Montez Sweat. Sweat will upgrade their pass rush off the edge. Complimentary players were added for the next few rounds with Terry McLaurin, Bryce Love, Wes Martin, Ros Pierschbacher and Kelvin Harmon. All of those players are going to see significant roles on offense. Cole Holcomb, Jimmy Moreland and Jordan Brailford will all find special teams roles and fill in the depth on defense. Washington could have panicked and desperately made a deal to trade up for Haskins, but instead showed patience is a virtue.

NEW YORK GIANTS: Overall Assessment: C+
Rd 1-Pick 6 (6) Daniel Jones, QB Duke
Rd 1-Pick 17 (17) Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson
Rd 1-Pick 30 (30) Deandre Baker, CB Georgia
Rd 3-Pick 32 (95) Oshane Ximines, EDGE Old Dominion
Rd 4-Pick 6 (108) Julian Love, CB Notre Dame
Rd 5-Pick 5 (143) Ryan Connelly, LB Wisconsin
Rd 5-Pick 33 (171) Darius Slayton, WR Auburn
Rd 6-Pick 7 (180) Corey Ballentine, CB Washburn
Rd 7-Pick 18 (232) George Asafo-Adjel, T Kentucky
Rd 7-Pick 31 (245) Chris Slayton, DT Syracuse

No matter how you slice it taking Jones at 6 was not a reach, but a major over-reach. 6th overall for a quarterback that has a ceiling lower than at least three other quarterbacks in the class is a real stretch. Dexter Lawrence is a scheme fit and makes sense for their 3-4 scheme. Deandre Baker will come in and challenge for a starting spot. Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly and Julian Love will add even more talent to a defense being built virtually from scratch. Darius Slayton will also add special teams value and work his way in on some packages. Corey Ballentine despite the tragedy after being drafted is a fine developmental corner. He was a steal in the 6th. George Asafo-Adjel is a late add for a team that needs tackle help. A little too late for their needs. Chris Slayton adds depth on the interior defensive line. The Giants rebounded from a rough start with plenty of quality and value picks.

DALLAS COWBOYS Overall Assessment: B+
Rd 2-Pick 26 (58) Tristen Hill, DT Central Florida
Rd 3-Pick 27 (90) Connor McGovern, G Penn State
Rd 4-Pick 26 (128) Tony Pollard, RB Memphis
Rd 5-Pick 20 (158) Michael Jackson, CB Miami
Rd 5-Pick 27 (165) Joe Jackson, DE Miami
Rd 6-Pick 41 (213) Donovan Wilson, S Texas A&M
Rd 7-Pick 4 (218) Mike Weber, RB Ohio State
Rd 7-Pick 27 (241) Jalen Jelks, Edge Oregon

The Cowboys looked to continue their recent string of excellent drafts and they did just that despite not having a 1st round pick. Tristen Hill gives them a 3-technique that will have the quickness to get penetration quickly and be disruptive at the snap. Connor McGovern provides more depth behind Zach Martin and Connor Williams. Tony Pollard brings speed to the backfield as a compliment to Ezekiel Elliott. Michael Jackson and Joe Jackson provide depth and versatility to the defense with their length and range. Donovan Wilson is a physical safety that provides depth and special teams playmaker. Mike Weber was a steal in the 7th round and adds needed talent in a top-heavy backfield. Jalen Jelks will try to work his way into the Boys defensive line rotation. Another year, another hit for the Boys in the draft.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Overall Assessment: B-
Rd 1-Pick 22 (22) Andre Dillard, T Washington State
Rd 2-Pick 21 (53) Miles Sanders, RB Penn State
Rd 2-Pick 25 (57) Jose Arcega-Whiteside, WR Stanford
Rd 4-Pick 36 (138) Shareef Miller, EDGE Penn State
Rd 5-Pick 29 (167) Clayton Thorson, QB Northwestern

The Eagles had limited picks to use, and after a trade the had even less. Adding Andre Dillard is a major add as they always need tackle depth to keep their young, oft-injured quarterback Carson Wentz. Miles Sanders and Jose Arcega-Whiteside are major adds to an offense that wants to boost it’s running game and receiving corps. Shareef Miller adds more speed to the pass rush. He is still a raw talent. Clayton Thorson is the Eagles replacement for Nick Foles. With 5 picks the Eagles add the right pieces. They could have used a few more picks to sure up some more needs.

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Born in the Bronx, NY Jeff attended Mount Saint Michael Academy. He played Defensive back and Halfback, and was a member of the Catholic High School Football League 1992 City Championship team. During his Senior Year he led CHSFL with 4 Interceptions as a cornerback. In 1994, Jeff attended Grambling State University. After leaving school in 1995, he started playing in the United Football League. He would play for 8 years earning 3 Allstar nominations in the UFL and GSFL ( Garden State Football League). After retiring, he decided that coaching was his next challenge, he would start out as a Defensive Backs coach. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator the following season. He would later shift his focus to offense becoming an offensive coordinator, and was even named Head Coach in 2009. He would serve as a coordinator reaching 4 league championship games. The highlight was his final season as offensive coordinator winning the New England Football League AAA Championship in 2016 with the Western Connecticut Militia. He picked up a knack for developing players with little to no experience as well as former collegiate athletes. Jeff has knowledge of several offensive systems such as Air Coryell, West Coast, Spread and Wishbone. Jeff has coached both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Jeff is also a Sports Management Worldwide Alumni having been mentored in a scouting and General Manager course by Russ Lande, Mark Dominik and John Wooten. Jeff joined the Major League Football show MLF Weekly as a studio analyst in 2017. He would leave the show in 2018 as he relocated to Florida. He has returned to coaching at the high school level.

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