Washington hopes it found its next franchise QB in local product Dwayne Haskins
After every NFL draft, sports journalists tend to give draft grades, dive into the analytics of each draft pick, and sometimes make season predictions based on draft selections alone. But at the end of the day, each team goes into the draft with an objective in mind. These objectives range from team improvement to adding depth or perhaps replacing a star player.
When all is said and done each team has achieved some type of goal or objective once the seven rounds have concluded. Here is what each NFC East team accomplished with their selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Objective achieved: Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush
The Cowboys bolstered their pass-rushing options by drafting UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill, Miami defensive end Joe Jackson, and Oregon edge rusher Jalen Jelks. All three combined for 139 tackles, 42 tackles for a loss, and 15 sacks in 2018. Throw them into the mix with $105 million man DeMarcus Lawrence and second-year stud Taco Charlton, and the Cowboys will be giving offensive lines fits this upcoming season.
New York Giants
Objective Achieved: They’re ready to move on from Eli Manning
It’s no secret that the franchise is ready to see Eli ride off into the sunset. As for when that happens remains to be seen, but the Giants used the sixth overall pick on Duke’s Daniel Jones in order to prepare for that day. The franchise, however, has been getting heat for not taking Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins. Stay tuned...
Objective Achieved: Bulked up at running back and created a backup quarterback competition
As if trading for Jordan Howard wasn’t big enough, the Eagles got a second-round steal in Penn State’s Miles Sanders (totaled 1,842 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 2018) to load up at running back. They’re also going to have a QB battle when training camp begins. Philadelphia used its final pick (167th overall) on Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson. Combine Thorson with Nate Sudfeld and former AAF signal-caller Luis Perez, and there will indeed be a competition for the backup spot behind Carson Wentz with Nick Foles now in Jacksonville.
Objective Achieved: Addressed the QB position
With the future of Alex Smith in doubt, Washington did the right thing by scooping up Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (whom the Giants passed on) with the 15th overall pick. Although Haskins started just one season with the Buckeyes, he is the most NFL-ready QB in this year’s class outside of Kyler Murray. Haskins may have not been thrilled to fall to the middle of the first round, but Washington was really happy he was still on the board.
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.
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