Mock Draft: NFC East

The NFC East was one of the weakest divisions last year, but now could have some of the strongest assets in the league. Per Tankathon, all four teams are ranked in the top 14 in terms of draft capital (Eagles 5th, Cowboys 10th, Giants 11th, WFT 14th) and could all make an aggressive push. We picked all 7 rounds for each of the NFC East teams in a PFF Simulated Mock Draft and addressed some obvious and not so obvious needs.

First Round

Micah Parsons | Penn State, LB

The top 5 picks in the simulation were a bit surprising to say the least. Not only was Fields taken over Lawrence by the Jags at the top spot, but Waddle was surprisingly selected by the Bengals at number 5. The Jets took Lawrence at 2, the Dolphins selected Sewell for some added protection at 3, and the Falcons gained some more star power for their already strong receiving group by taking Chase at 4. We were debating either DeVonta Smith or Kyle Pitts here at 6, but elected to take the first defender off the board with Micah Parsons. Parsons is a terrific linebacker prospect who is one of the most instinctual players in the class and checks every box at the position. Parsons is one of those once in a draft type of prospects who can develop into one of the best linebackers in the league.

Christian Barmore | Alabama, DL

Pitts, Smith and Wilson were scooped up to round out the top 9, which capped off the uber elite talent tier for the class. The Cowboys are in desperate need for a versatile defensive lineman that can help stuff the run and add some heat to the pass rush, which perfectly matches the potential for Barmore. He was a volatile prospect for much of the fall, but capped off the season in a big way and was playing like a 1st Round pick at the very end.

Rashawn Slater | Northwestern, OT

Many Giants fans may be disappointed seeing them pass on a weapon for Daniel Jones to throw to, but with Chase, Waddle, Pitts and Smith all off the board they would be foolish to pass up on a player like Slater. I have seen Slater mocked as high as the second overall pick, and despite that being unlikely, he is a lock in our book to be the second offensive lineman picked. The Giants took a step in the right direction by adding a top tier prospect to their line last year (with the developing Andrew Thomas), but could further strengthen Daniel Jones’ protection here. Despite the investment in Thomas, he is the only bright spot on that line and a versatile pick like Slater would work wonders in the future for both the run and pass game.

Rashod Bateman | Minnesota, WR

It is no mystery that Washington is exploring options at Quarterback, but with Lawrence, Fields, Wilson and Lance all gone at this point, there is better value by selecting Rashod Bateman. The Football Team may have found a stud in Terry McLaurin, but by adding another do-it-all receiver with experience and production all over the field would help spread out their offense.

Second Round

37. Eagles – Jaelan Phillips | Miami, Edge

We have Phillips as a fringe Round 1 guy, but if he falls to the 37 it will be hard for the Eagles to pass up. If there was one area that the Eagles excelled in 2020, it was sacking the quarterback…but with pass rushers approaching contract expirations it would be wise to find their future stud.

42. Giants – Elijah Moore | Ole Miss, WR

The Giants get their weapon here, who can immediately plug into the (expectedly) departed Golden Tate’s slot position with ease.

44. Cowboys – Asante Samuel Jr. | Florida State, CB

The Cowboy’s had an atrocious pass defense in 2020, but seem to have found something in rookie Trevon Diggs. Samuel fits the scheme well and could fit opposite of Diggs or could even play the nickel role if needed.

51. WFT – Wyatt Davis | Ohio State, OL

Washington has had one of the best Guards in the game, Brandon Scherff, but his contract has expired and his future with the team is up in the air. Regardless if he returns, Wyatt is a run blocking mauler that could play in either guard spot immediately.

Third Round

70. Eagles – Jalen Mayfield | Michigan, OT

It is no mystery that the Eagles offensive line is deteriorating and rumors have been swirling that several key members like Jason Kelce and Jason Peters may be contemplating retirement. Regardless, Jason Peters is 39 years old and a future replacement should be considered here, if not earlier.

74. WFT – Paris Ford | Pittsburgh, S
Paris Ford’s aggressive play style would complement the scheme and could be a legitimate starter at safety along with Landon Collins.

75. Cowboys – Tyler Shelvin | LSU, DT

If the former LSU star falls this far due to opting out of the 2020 season, the Cowboys could seriously benefit by adding a run stuffing specialist of his caliber to their atrocious interior defensive line. We had the Cowboys taking Barmore at 10, but Shelvin could further strengthen the interior of the line.

76. Giants – Michael Carter | North Carolina, RB

The Giants have struggled with depth behind Saquon Barkley over the last two years and have rotated vets like Devonta Freeman and Deon Lewis. Despite having found a spark-plug in Wayne Gallman, there is a chance he wont be resigned, furthering the need for a young RB. Carter is a versatile and highly talented back that can especially shine as a receiver and special teamer.

82. WFT – Kellen Mond | Texas A&M, QB

There is no telling what Washington will do at QB, but rumors say that they will take a shot at trading for Marcus Mariota or possibly signing Dak Prescott. Despite the two are very different quarterbacks, it is somewhat clear that they certainly are looking for someone a bit more athletic than Alex Smith or Kyle Allen. They could add Mond to the mix by taking him with a late third round pick and a chance to compete for a starting gig.

84. Eagles – Jamie Newman | Wake Forest, QB

The Eagles have also been rumored to be in the QB market and are looking to bring in “young competition” for Jalen Hurts. If Newman is available here, he could be a great, raw prospect who could really have a shot in the league after his stock has fallen due to opting out of the 2020 season.

99. Cowboys – Tommy Tremble | Notre Dame, TE

Tremble isn’t your traditional tight end. He isn’t a top notch receiving threat, but is one of the best blocking tight end prospects to come through the draft. Tremble has a rare athleticism and skillset for the position and he could very well become a fullback hybrid to beef up the run blocking for Elliot.

Fourth Round

115. Cowboys – Trey Smith | Tennessee, OL

We had Trey Smith as a 1st Rounder earlier in his career, but he certainly is a steal in the 4th for a team who has struggled to keep a consistent OL lineup on the field. Smith can play Tackle or Guard and fill in the cracks for the Cowboys.

116. Giants – Deonte Brown | Alabama, OL

Brown is a mammoth of a man and would continue to beef up the weak Giants OL.

124. WFT – K.J. Britt | Auburn, LB

The WFT can add to their strong front 7 by taking Britt in this spot. The Auburn stud is one of the best run processing linebackers in the draft and could compete for a starting spot.

138. Cowboys – Paulson Adebo | Stanford, CB

We had the Cowboys taking a shot on Asante Samuel Jr. in the 2nd, but Adebo in the 4th is great value and could create an awesome cornerback battle in camp. Adebo was one of the top corners a year ago, but is another player who watched his stock fall after opting out. He will need to beef up his run defense to make it at the next level.

Fifth Round

151. Eagles – Talanoa Hufanga | USC, S

The PAC-12 DPOY is a hit sticking machine and can become a tone setter for the Eagles.

157. Eagles – Daelin Hayes | Notre Dame, Edge

Hayes is starting to rise on draft boards following a great week in Mobile. If he is available in the 5th, he is another great option for the Eagles to add youth to their front 7.

164. WFT – D’Wayne Eskridge | Western Michigan, WR

Eskridge is another guy who had a great week in Mobile and could add another element to their passing attack.

179. Cowboys – Tony Poljan | Virginia, TE

If the Cowboys take Tremble as more of a gadget player, they get a true tight end prospect here. Poljan is also a blocking machine, but also has the size (6’7″, 265 lbs) and ability to transform into a red zone target.

Sixth Round

191. Eagles – Kylen Granson | SMU, TE

The Eagles are likely losing Zach Ertz, but can add a receiving threat here to compete for a spot to fill the void.

194. Cowboys – Elijah Mitchell | Louisiana, RB

Pollard has been great and is approaching free agency, which is the problem. He has played so well that he probably will be too expensive to bring back. Mitchell is a deep sleeper who had an awesome career at Louisiana as a one cut back. Mitchell could mix it up in the rotation for the Cowboys and turn some heads.

198. Giants – Frank Darby | Arizona State, WR

The Giants could add Darby late to strengthen the group and hopefully follow Darius Slayton as a late round producer.

203. Giants – Alaric Jackson | Iowa, OT

Alaric Jackson could be another young lineman to come into camp and compete. No position is safe on the current Giants OL, outside of Andrew Thomas.

220. Eagles – Sam Ehlinger | Texas, QB

The Eagles already took Jamie Newman earlier, but could take Ehlinger here to add to the mix and at the very least be a manageable backup and scout teamer.

226. Cowboys – Tre Norwood | Oklahoma, S

Secondary has been a big emphasis for the Cowboys through this mock and they could further strengthen that by adding another guy to compete from nearby Oklahoma.

7th Round

232. Eagles – Kenny Yeboah | Ole Miss, TE

Yeboah is a WR/TE tweener, but could be a great camp body with a shot to turn some heads and earn a spot. He isn’t an NFL caliber blocker, but he finds holes in the defense to exploit and is a very smart route runner.

236. Cowboys – Ian Book | Notre Dame, QB

Book doesn’t have an NFL arm, but is a terrific runner and could be the perfect scout team QB to emulate Jalen Hurts.

243. WFT – Dax Milne | BYU, WR

Milne was a top option for BYU, but could be a deep sleeper who is being ignored due to his small school production with a great QB.

245. WFT – Jermar Jefferson | Oregon State, RB

Jefferson had a great career at Oregon State and is a top 10 running back for some, but in this scenario he falls hard and gets a chance to compete for a job in Washington. Jefferson has the potential to make the roster as a depth piece and special teams player.

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