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2024 NFL Draft Review: NFC East

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The NFC East has been a top-heavy division as of late, with it being a two-horse race between Dallas and Philadelphia but with this draft class did the Giants and Commanders do enough to make the NFC East a tougher division? 

2024 NFL Draft Review: NFC East

New York Giants

1-6: Malik Nabers, WR LSU
2-47: Tyler Nubin, SAF Minnesota
3-70: Andru Phillips, CB Kentucky
4-107: Theo Johnson, TE Penn State
5-166: Tyrone Tracy Jr, RB Purdue
6-183: Darius Muasau, LB UCLA

Best Overall Pick: Malik Nabers, WR LSU
Best Value: Andru Phillips, CB Kentucky
Biggest Reach: Tyler Nubin, SAF Minnesota
Favorite UDFA: Chris Autman-Bell, WR Minnesota

Up until the pick was in, no one knew if the Giants were going quarterback or wide receiver but for a team that just paid Daniel Jones a big money deal, it makes sense that they would try to get him some pass-catchers. Landing the #2 WR in the class gives them another young option but this time a true #1 to go with Jalin Hyatt and Wan’Dale Robinson

After the dust settled, the Giants came away with three new starters (Nabers, Phillips, and Nubin) and if those players get up to speed fast, this team could be known in 2024 for their defense setting up the offense for success. They have some elite edge rushers, solid linebackers, and a young, developing secondary (not too shabby). The offense is a little different, where the offensive line is a work in progress and it lives and dies by Daniel Jones’s (or Drew Lock‘s) arm. 

Dallas Cowboys

1-29: Tyler Guyton, OT Oklahoma
2-56: Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE Western Michigan
3-73: Cooper Beebe, IOL Kansas State
3-87: Marist Liufau, LB Notre Dame
5-174: Caelen Carson, CB Wake Forest
6-216: Ryan Flournoy, WR Southeast Missouri State
7-233: Nathan Thomas, OT Louisiana-Lafayette
7-244: Justin Rogers, DT Auburn 

Best Overall Pick: Cooper Beebe, IOL Kansas State
Best Value: Cooper Beebe, IOL Kansas State
Biggest Reach: Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE Western Michigan
Favorite UDFA: Julius Wood, S East Carolina

Tyler Guyton will step in as their day-one starter at left tackle, and Cooper Beebe should easily take over a starting guard role and immediately strengthen an offensive line that desperately needed it. Otherwise, this playoff team just needed depth with potential, which they did a good job securing throughout the draft.

I chose Julius Wood as my favorite UDFA because the former 5th year senior from East Carolina could easily make the case he could push for a roster spot with a good camp, as this isn’t a super deep safety room. He’s physical and has no problem going in for the tackle, a player that could also make some plays in the secondary or as a special teamer.

Philadelphia Eagles

1-22: Quinyon Mitchell, CB Toledo
2-40: Cooper DeJean, CB Iowa
3-94: Jalyx Hunt, EDGE Houston Christian University 
4-127: Will Shipley, RB Clemson
5-152: Ainias Smith, WR Texas A&M
5-155: Jeremiah Trotter Jr, LB Clemson
5-172: Trevor Keegan – IOL Michigan
6-185: Johnny Wilson – WR Florida State
6-190: Dylan McMahon – C NC State

Best Overall Pick: Quinyon Mitchell, CB Toledo
Best Value: Cooper DeJean, CB Iowa or Jeremiah Trotter Jr. or Trevor Keegan lol
Biggest Reach: None
Favorite UDFA: Kendall Milton, RB Georgia

The rich got richer in 2024, as the Eagles landed their top two corners of the future with their first two picks, and the board fell just right for them. On top of that, they get a solid edge rusher with tons of potential, some RB depth (like they needed it), some intriguing WR depth (like they needed that either), and some interior offensive linemen that could easily be career backups.

All-in-all, I think Philly nailed the draft with one of the best in the NFC East. They even landed some fun UDFA’s that will have a hard time making the roster. With that being said, I chose Milton because this team really doesn’t mind using multiple backs, and could find a way to keep him if he can do some special teams work. 

Washington Commanders

1-2: Jayden Daniels, QB LSU
2-36: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT Illinois
2-50: Mike Sainristil, CB Michigan
2-53: Ben Sinnott, TE Kansas State
3-67: Brandon Coleman, IOL TCU
3-100: Luke McCaffrey – WR Rice
5-139: Jordan Magee, LB Temple
5-161: Dominique Hampton, SAF Temple
7-222: Javontae Jean-Baptiste, EDGE Notre Dame

Best Overall Pick: Jayden Daniels, QB LSU
Best Value: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT Illinois
Biggest Reach: Brandon Coleman, IOL TCU
Favorite UDFA: Tyler Owens, SAF Texas Tech

If Daniels is their franchise QB, this team could quickly push for playoff contention! Then they grab a defensive tackle that most had as a first-round pick, follow it up with a corner most expected to go earlier, and you begin to see a team that stole some talent in this draft. I liked this whole draft, and don’t see any issues with the picks made. Ownes was a player I thought would be drafted, so he’s easily my favorite UDFA they landed and he could be a special teamer/depth safety in 2024.

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