Daily Blitz - May 2: Grading the NFC East

Posted May 2, 2012

The Giants were the only NFC East team not to trade up in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. See how analysts graded the division!

Over the weekend and spilling into the work week, we’ve looked at the Giants’ draft from every angle from front office analysis to what the sports writers are saying.

But what about the rest of the division?

While the Giants played an extra month of football, the other three teams in the NFC East returned to their respective headquarters and planned the offseason. And for all of them, that meant trading up in the first round of the draft in hopes of catching the defending champions.

Along with each team’s full draft, below you’ll see overall grades from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, and Pete Prisco of

Dallas Cowboys

Kiper: C      Burke: B     Prisco: B

CB Morris Claiborne (Rd. 1, 6th overall), LSU
DE Tyrone Crawford (Rd. 3, 81st overall), Boise St
OLB Kyle Wilber (Rd. 4, 113th overall), Wake Forest
S Matt Johnson (Rd. 4, 135th overall), EWU
WR Danny Coale (Rd. 5, 152nd overall), Virginia Tech
TE James Hanna (Rd. 6, 186th overall), Oklahoma
ILB Caleb McSurdy (Rd. 7, 222nd overall), Montana

Philadelphia Eagles

Kiper: A     Burke: A-     Prisco: B

DT Fletcher Cox (Rd. 1, 12th overall), Mississippi State
ILB Mychal Kendricks (Rd. 2, 46th overall), California
DE Vinny Curry (Rd. 2, 59th overall), Marshall
QB Nick Foles (Rd. 3, 88th overall), Arizona
CB Brandon Boykin (Rd. 4, 123rd overall), Georgia
OT Dennis Kelly (Rd. 5, 153rd overall), Purdue
WR Marvin McNutt (Rd. 6, 194th overall), Iowa
OG Brandon Washington (Rd. 6, 200th), Miami
RB Bryce Brown (Rd. 7, 229th), Kansas State

Washington Redskins

Kiper: C      Burke: B-     Prisco: B-

QB Robert Griffin III (Rd. 1, 2nd overall), Baylor
OG Josh LeRibeus (Rd. 3, 71st overall), Southern Methodist
QB Kirk Cousins (Rd. 4, 102nd overall), Michigan State
OLB Keenan Robinson (Rd. 4, 119th), Texas
OG Adam Gettis (Rd. 5, 141st overall), Iowa
RB Alfred Morris (Rd. 6, 173rd overall), Florida Atlantic
OT Tom Compton (Rd. 6, 193rd overall), South Dakota
CB Richard Crawford (Rd. 7, 213th overall) Southern Methodist
CB Jordan Bernstine (Rd. 7, 217th overall), Iowa


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