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NFC East: What the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins Accomplished in the 2020 NFL Draft

NFC East: What the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins Accomplished in the 2020 NFL Draft

NFC East: What the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins Accomplished in the 2020 NFL Draft

Since the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, the NFC East as a whole has taken its lumps. The four teams in the division are a collective 52-76 in the regular season and just 2-3 in the playoffs (all games played by Eagles and Cowboys).

With Washington and the New York Giants picking early and Dallas and Philadelphia both looking to fill key holes on their roster, how did each NFC East team fare in the 2020 NFL Draft?

Dallas Cowboys

Objective Achieved: Added another weapon on offense, injected some fresh blood into the defense

While it wasn't the team's biggest need, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones simply couldn't pass on Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb when he was still on the board when Dallas first went on the clock at No. 17 overall. The secondary was addressed with the additions of cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson while the defensive line got some reinforcements in end Bradlee Anae and tackle Neville Gallimore. The Cowboys also made a rare trade with the Eagles to take Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz with the last pick of the fourth round (No. 146 overall). The hope is Biadasz will eventually be the next Badger to start at center for Dallas, following the retirement of five-time Pro Bowler Travis Frederick.

New York Giants

Objective Achieved: Offensive line overhaul continues

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The offensive line has been a well-documented sore spot for the past several seasons and GM Dave Gettleman and new head coach Joe Judge really hope this year's draft will foster a turnaround up front. The Giants drafted three offensive linemen, a trio headlined by No. 4 overall pick, tackle Andrew Thomas. The other seven picks were used on defenders a group made up of three defensive backs and four linebackers. Second-round pick Xavier McKinney (No. 36 overall) is expected to start right away while the others will have to earn their spot in the rotation or make their mark as situational players and on special teams.

Philadelphia Eagles

Objective Achieved: Added a wild card on offense

The Eagles surprised many by taking Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round (No. 53 overall). The fourth quarterback off of the board, Hurts adds even more intrigue to Philadelphia's offense considering his skill set. The team is fully committed to Carson Wentz as the starter as you don't commit $128 million to him otherwise, but Hurts' mere presence gives head coach Doug Pederson another weapon at his disposal. Hurts also serves a solid insurance policy should the injury bug bite Wentz again. Don't be surprised if Wentz and Hurts are on the field at the same time at some point this season to give defensive coordinators even more to game plan for.

The Eagles' first-round pick was used on TCU's Jalen Reagor, who should not only boost the passing attack but also make an impact on special teams as a kick returner. Reagor was one of three wide receivers drafted (John Hightower, Quez Watkins) and the team acquired Marquise Goodwin from San Francisco as part of a deal that involved swapping places in the sixth round (20 spots). Philadelphia has made a concerted effort to remake its receiving corps after the position was plagued by injuries and a lack of production last season. The team's other six picks were used to bolster depth along the offensive line and throughout the defense.

Washington Redskins

Objective Achieved: Added the best player in the draft

Washington smartly used the second overall pick on Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who was the No. 1 player on pretty much everyone's board. New head coach Ron Rivera, who is a defensive-minded guy, couldn't ask for a better housewarming gift then to add Young to what should be a fearsome defensive line. The other seven picks were used to add depth to several positions. The most intriguing newcomers from this group could be Liberty wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, whose size (6-4, 223) could add a new element to the passing attack and Memphis running back Antonio Gibson, whose versatility and explosiveness could have him filling a number roles this season.

— 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.