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7 winners and 5 losers from the 1st round of the NFL Draft - SB Nation
Loser: the Giants. Hoo boy. Hoooooooooo boy. The Giants spent the sixth pick on Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, in what can only be described as one of the biggest reaches in draft history. There is virtually nothing in Jones’ profile that suggests he should have been close to a first-round pick. His college stats were mediocre to bad, and he didn’t consistently improve. He’s 6’5, but he doesn’t have a big arm and doesn’t fit any of the usual prototypes for underachieving college QBs who wind up getting picked highly in the NFL. The only thing that appears unique about Jones is that his Duke head coach was David Cutcliffe, who previously coached both Peyton and Eli Manning. Really, that’s the whole thing. There’s an outside chance Jones is good, but it’s not likely that he can even be average, based on the statistical history of QBs like him. Picking him is made even worse by the fact that a division rival (Washington) was then able to pick an ultra-productive QB (Dwayne Haskins) instead of Jones. The G-Men took Clemson nose tackle Dexter Lawrence 17th overall, using a pick they got from the Browns for Odell Beckham Jr. Lawrence is a fine player, but when you put him in context of the organization’s weird last year, his selection looks stupid. They also traded up for the No. 30 pick, giving up the 37th, 132, and 142nd picks in the draft to do it. They spent the 30th pick on Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker, which seems fine. Still! Either GM Dave Gettleman is playing the world’s most sophisticated game of three-dimensional chess, or he’s bad at his job and shouldn’t be running an NFL team.

Daniel Jones at No. 6: Madness or greatness? Only time will tell - Big Blue View
Let’s start with the worst-case scenario for Daniel Jones. His weaknesses as a prospect start with the decision making in the downfield passing game. Jones is a quarterback who relied heavily - and I do mean heavily - on the quick game as well as one-read concepts in the passing game. 49.2 percent of his throws traveled five yards or less downfield, and 72.6 percent of his “dropbacks” were 0/1 step drops, indicative of simple or singular reads. Now, when he is throwing and executing these quick game concepts, his decision making is sound and his ball placement tends to be good to great. But by comparison, the quarterback who made the highest number of 0/1 step drops last year was Nick Foles, who used those on 58.3 percent of his dropbacks. The NFL average was 33.8 percent. So there is potentially a scheme fit dilemma facing Pat Shurmur and the New York Giants.

Answering the biggest 2019 NFL draft Round 1 questions: What are the Giants doing? - ESPN
Which pick left you shaking your head? My thoughts on Daniel Jones are well-documented. While he has pretty good timing and size, the Duke quarterback crumbles under pressure and is erratic when throwing downfield. He has a very long delivery and his arm strength is middle of the road. So I can’t wrap my head around the Giants taking him at No. 6 overall. I had a Day 2 grade on him as my sixth-ranked QB and No. 59 prospect overall, and I really think he is more of a backup in the NFL.

Daniel Jones Is the Crown Jewel of the Giants’ Disastrous Offseason - The Ringer
Jones’s main strength is that he looks like a quarterback. He is 6-foot-5 and 221 pounds and is considered “tough.” He has a strong throwing foundation after working with Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, who famously groomed both Manning brothers. Now Jones has been tapped to be the one to replace Eli Manning, who turned 38 in January. But Cutcliffe didn’t recruit Jones—Jones wanted to play for Cutcliffe because of his reputation and sought out a spot at Duke (smart kid!). Cutcliffe didn’t offer Jones a scholarship. He accepted Jones as a grayshirt only after a last-ditch call from Jones’s high school coach. While at Duke, he didn’t impress many nationally. He started three seasons and never once surpassed 6.8 yards per pass attempt, which is below average at the NFL level. It is immensely difficult for any quarterback to become a more efficient passer in the NFL, so Jones already has an uphill battle to mediocrity. Even if Jones’s yards per attempt at Duke last year were translated to the NFL, it would put him tied for no. 27 last year, one spot ahead of … Blake Bortles.

Howie Roseman says Andre Dillard was a top 10 player on the Eagles’ draft board - BGN
After the Eagles made the trade up to No. 22 to take offensive tackle Andre Dillard, Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson and Joe Douglas spoke to the media about the evaluation process and what the rookie will bring to the table. Howie said that Andre Dillard was a Top 10 pick in their eyes, and put him as the top tackle in the draft according to their evaluations. He noted that this was not how they thought things would work out, but when he was still available they had to make the move. “When he started to fall we just saw an opportunity to get a Top 10 player. When you have a Top 10 player at an important position, it doesn’t matter about the depth on our team, we’re trying to load up on the lines.”

The Eagles Select Andre Dillard! - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Michael Kist analyze the Eagles’ first round selection of Andre Dillard (OT- Washington State) in the 2019 NFL Draft! PLUS analysis of some of the weird stuff goin’ down in the NFC East! Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

20 players who make sense for the Eagles in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida: Gardner-Johnson played the “Star” position in the Florida defense, which the follow video describes as “a nickel corner on steroids,” who toggles back and forth between corner, safety, and linebacker. That is a role similar to that of Jenkins in the Eagles’ defense, and Gardner-Johnson is very logical successor.

More on Andre Dillard - Iggles Blitz

Put on the game tape and you’ll be impressed by Dillard. He is a great pass protector. He mixes up his sets, sometimes moving backward and other times firing aggressively into the rusher. He’s smart to mix up his looks so it keeps rushers off balance. Dillard has quick feet and great agility. He’s also smooth and patient. He can mirror the rusher and keeps his feet quiet. That keeps him from getting off balance or having to lunge. Natural knee-bender. Plays with a good base. Very good with his hands. Can lock onto a rusher and control him. Anchors well. Some people are critical of his run blocking. That needs work, but understand it isn’t like this guy can’t do it or is awful. Washington State doesn’t do a lot of power running. Dillard is an effective run blocker. He can seal. He can down block. There are plays when he sinks his pads and gets into the DL and controls him. The potential is there. Dillard needs reps and coaching. This isn’t like trying to teach a guy to have good feet. You do or you don’t. Run blocking can absolutely be developed. One more reason to like this pick…Jeff Stoutland loved Dillard and really wanted him. It makes a world of difference when coaches embrace rookies and want to work with them.

Andre Dillard selected No. 22 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft - CougCenter

Dillard attended the draft on Thursday, completing a long journey from signing day in 2014 to the first round of the NFL Draft. Dillard arrived in Pullman somewhat under the radar, coming out of high school as a 2-star prospect by Scout and Rivals and a 3-star prospect according to 24/7 Sports. He only held offers from Idaho, Portland State and Eastern Washington. Part of that was because Dillard was a 240-pound offensive lineman who only began playing football shortly before high school. Once he got to Pullman, he didn’t take long to blossom into the stud he is now. Dillard redshirted his first year at WSU and only appeared in three games as a second-year freshman. He was then thrust into the starting lineup at left tackle as a sophomore, and he never looked back. He went on to start 39 straight games, anchoring the Cougars’ offensive line. He finished his college career as a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and was voted to the third team of the AP All-American team as a senior.

Nobody knows who called Andre Dillard, but Eagles’ message couldn’t be clearer - NBCSP
“When I first got the call, it said the number is from Philadelphia, and I was like, ‘Whoa, wait, what?’ I answered it with the speed of sound and I actually thought the call was being dropped because the voice kept cutting in and out and I couldn’t hear them for about 10 seconds. Oh crap, I thought this call was going to fail. I finally heard a voice, but he had already said his name, so I had no idea who it was. Before I could say anything, they passed the phone around the room to coach (Jeff) Stoutland and coach (Doug) Pederson, so it was pretty cool. The surrealism of it all, if that’s even a word. I was just so surprised and so grateful that I had a call come through.”

Eagles Draft Central: Analyzing the Andre Dillard Selection -

Get some insight on the newest member of the Eagles, Andre Dillard, on Eagles Draft Central presented by Dietz and Watson.

Philadelphia Eagles Select Washington State OT Andre Dillard - The Draft Network
With the 22nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Washington State OT Andre Dillard. (Pick acquired via trade with Baltimore Ravens.) Nobody thought Andre Dillard was falling this far, but it’s clear that the Texans loved him at 23 -- so Philly, who also had him high, was willing to make the move to go up and get him. Dillard requires some technical work, but as an heir apparent for LT Jason Peters, Dillard’s an ideal developmental prospect.

Norris: Best Available For Day 2 - Rotoworld

WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss (21st overall). Age: 22 | Athletic Profile: 75th percentile. Where He Wins: Generates instant separation with his animated footwork in routes. Jabs in his breaks and gets downhill quickly out of the slot. If you play off of him, Brown will keep you guessing and work off your false steps to create space. In tight man he will jab and plant to separate. Plenty of exposures winning short, intermediate and deep, and shows sideline and downfield adjustment. Forecast: Mostly viewed as an inside receiver, but took over on the outside when Metcalf went down. If I were forced to predict which receiver in this draft will be most productive in their rookie year, regardless of landing spot, I’d choose Brown.

Washington Redskins Select Dwayne Haskins - Tyler’s Take - Hogs Haven

Being able to stay put at number 15, and select who I feel was the best quarterback in this draft, was a huge win for the Redskins. Haskins may need some time to come in, learn the system, and get up to speed with an NFL playbook, but with Case Keenum here, he’ll have the luxury of not being rushed into action too early. He’s still a young guy, and his ceiling is extremely high, so if it takes a full season to become the starter, fans should not panic. But, if he comes in, picks up the playbook in a hurry, and earns the starting nod, I will not be at all surprised.

Winners, losers from Round 1 | Giants’ Dave Gettleman, Daniel Jones; Raiders’ Mike Mayock -
Dave Gettleman, Giants GM. It’s not even about Daniel Jones or Dexter Lawrence. Both could be good players for the Giants. In fact, it wouldn’t shock me if Jones is the best of a limited group of quarterbacks. But this is about value and common sense. There’s no world in which Jones is a better quarterback prospect now than JetsSam Darnold was a year ago. Gettleman has now compounded a mistake over and over, and will have to deal with this spector hovering over his team in 2019: Fans will want to see Jones earlier than anyone in East Rutherford is probably prepared for.


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