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Ranking the 2021 NFC East draft classes

Who had the best haul?

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Throughout this week, we’ve asked you BGN readers to grade all four NFC East classes from the 2021 NFL Draft. Here are the final results.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

NEW YORK GIANTS

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

DALLAS COWBOYS

If we rank these by combined A and B grades, we get:

1) Football Team: 78%
2) Giants: 69%
3) Eagles: 67%
4) Cowboys: 61%

Interesting. I didn’t expect Washington would grade so favorably. If anything, I thought it would be the Giants who finished on top if it wasn’t going to be the Eagles.

New York did miss out on getting DeVonta Smith, which is kind of a big deal. The Eagles are very happy to have him instead. But the G-Men picking a 2022 first-round pick from the Chicago Bears was also very significant.

Still, I don’t agree with these rankings. I would actually go:

1) Eagles
2) Giants
3) Football Team
4) Cowboys

To be clear, the gap between Philly and New York isn’t very big for me. But I did have to knock them for what felt like forcing a pick on Kadarius Toney.

As for the Football Team, I thought the picks they made were generally fine. But their draft class is still defined by what they didn’t manage to do, which is finding a franchise quarterback.

The Cowboys are the clear-cut losers and I promise you this isn’t me just hating on them like you might expect. I said prior to the NFL Draft that they would be mistaken to only load up on defense while eschewing their need for more offensive line help.

Jimmy Kempski and I analyzed the Giants, Football Team, and Cowboys draft classes in more detail for the latest BGN Radio podcast episode. You can CLICK HERE or use the embed below:

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Poll

Which NFC East team had the best 2021 NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Eagles
    (897 votes)
  • 14%
    Giants
    (202 votes)
  • 14%
    Football Team
    (201 votes)
  • 5%
    Cowboys
    (81 votes)
1381 votes total Vote Now

RJ Ochoa and I also talked about the NFL Draft’s impact on the division in this week’s NFC East Mixtape:

And if you somehow missed Jimmy and I analyzing the Eagles’ draft class, we did that last Sunday:


Can’t get enough podcasts?! I talked about the winners and losers from the 2021 NFL Draft on two episodes of The SB Nation NFL Show this week.

AFC winners and losers:

NFC winners and losers: