The 2016 NFL Draft is complete and like in every draft there are sure to be busts and there are sure to be steals. For the continuously dreadful NFC East, there can only be busts. Last year, none of the teams top picks were any good, and this year should be no different.
The Cowboys entered the draft needing help at every level of defense, they could also use a starting WR opposite Dez Bryant, and they need long term answers behind Tony Romo and Jason Witten. They barely addressed any of these issues.
They were, however, proud to tell you that they kept failing to get the QB that they wanted:
Congratulations Dak Prescott, the Cowboys didn't really want you, but they drafted you.
Top Pick: Ezekiel Elliott. After the Chargers took future bust and potential Cowboys top target Joey Bosa 3rd overall, the Cowboys had a decision to make: either select S Jaylen Ramsey, widely considered to be a player that a team can build a defense around, or take RB Ezekiel Elliott. With the Cowboys draft room on the clock, their brain trust was split on who to draft. Two years after not letting Jerry Jones draft Johnny Manziel, they let him cast the deciding vote to take Elliott. In Elliott they get the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson (until next year) since the last best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson, who was Trent Richardson. Who was the last best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson since the last best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson, who was Darren McFadden. Who they have on their roster. Rarified air for Elliott.
They they tried to trade back into the 1st round and take Paxton Lynch. They probably could have traded back from 4th, still drafted Elliott and then used the pick(s) they got in that trade to out bid the Bronocs. Oh well.
Best Pick(s): Jaylon Smith and Rico Gathers. Sean Lee is a tremendous linebacker when healthy, which he never is, so they need to find a replacement for him. They did so by getting Smith, who is a tremendous linebacker when healthy and is already out for the year. Needing a long term TE solution, the Cowboys drafted Gathers, who is a basketball player. Because Antonio Gates played basketball, this is a tremendous pick.
Worst Pick: Darius Jackson. After drafting Elliott and signing Alfred Morris to join McFadden in the backfield, and having a good pass catching RB in Lance Dunbar, the absolute last position the Cowboys need to draft two of was a RB. Which is exactly what they did.
The Giants entered the draft once again needing playmakers at just about any position you can think of. And they left it with not making a trade to get one, content to once again let teams get the guy they were probably going to take the pick before they could take him. One day they'll just not bother to even show up at the draft.
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Top Pick: Eli Apple, who is an Eagles fan.
Best Pick: Eli Apple, who is an Eagles fan.
Worst Pick: Eli Apple, who is an Eagles fan.
Pugh, Nassib, now Eli Apple. Nobody drafts more Eagle fans than the Giants.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) April 29, 2016
The Howie Roseman Era of Spite continued by Roseman managing to pull off what Chip Kelly could not, trading up to 2nd overall to draft a QB. However Roseman then continued to build on the foundation that Kelly built by drafting a tall white guy who can't play.
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Top Pick: Carson Wentz, who needs three QB coaches and two lousy veterans starting ahead of him to prepare him for the NFL, immediately showed that he's not ready for the spotlight by chewing gum during his press conference. Bad look mayo boy.
Best Pick: Jalen Mills. After giving a contract extension to the best safety the Eagles have had since Brian Dawkins, signing the hardest hitting safety the Eagles will have had since Brian Dawkins, they then drafted a safety who could be the best safety they've had since Brian Dawkins.
Worst Pick: Wentz, who is worse than UDFA Vernon Adams.
I know people, who I think are good football minds, who had Vernon Adams graded higher than Carson Wentz. VA is available at pick 213— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) April 30, 2016
Possibly the best in the draft. That's not even an uncommon opinion among those who actually watch tape. https://t.co/JYcTwC1r0L— Awful White QBs (@AwfulWhiteQBs) April 30, 2016
After drafting a guard 5th overall and "winning" the division in 2015, then giving Josh Norman a blank check last week, expectations were sky high for a franchise that didn't beat a team with a winning record and is still coached by Jay Gruden.
Top Pick: Josh Doctson. With WRs Will Fuller, LeQuan Treadwell and Doctson on the board, the Redskins traded back one spot so Houston could draft Fuller, they could draft Doctson and Minnesota could get Treadwell. Expect Fuller and Treadwell to make the Pro Bowl by 2018.
Best Pick: Nate Sudfeld. Jay Gruden has had a lot of success with really bad QBs, so with Kurt Cousins' contract status still up in the air it was smart for the Redskins to get him another crappy QB.
Worst Pick: Keith Marshall. The Redskins were probably stunned to see that another UGA RB was available in the 7th, and they will be stunned when they find out he's not Nick Chubb, who is not eligible to be drafted until next year.
CLE "won" the first round of the draft by a huge distance. WAS probably second.— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) April 29, 2016
Almost as good as the Browns. Congratulations to the Redskins, the 2016 NFC East Offseason Champions.