Grading an NFL Draft immediately after it occurs is akin to giving your compliments to the chef based on the menu.
It will take at least three years before we can truly assess how the 32 NFL teams fared over the weekend.
But waiting is no fun. As such, let's take a look at which teams appear to have done the best job of filling needs and building for the future via the seven rounds of the 2017 draft.
The Cowboys had huge holes to fill in the secondary and edge rusher in the 2017 NFL Draft, but on paper, at least, it appears that the club did a spectacular job of addressing them, patiently waiting for a toolsy edge rusher in Taco Charlton to slide down to them at No. 28 overall and adding two of the better cover corners in the draft in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in the second and third rounds, respectively. Dallas added playmakers at safety (Xavier Woods) and in the return game (Ryan Switzer) on Day Two, as well as a quality developmental receiver in Noah Brown late in the draft. Given the quality of the receivers Dallas will be facing in the NFC East (and now playing against a first-place schedule), it remains to be seen how well the young secondary will fare. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is an accomplished teacher, however, and for the first time in years Dallas has the raw talent on defense to match that on the other side of the ball.
With only six picks, the Giants did not have much to work with in the 2017 draft, but general manager Jerry Reese filled major holes nonetheless. While Mississippi's Evan Engram is more of a hybrid receiver than a traditional tight end, his ability to split the seam gives Eli Manning another dynamic weapon to go along with star Odell Beckham Jr., veteran addition Brandon Marshall and speedy second-year pro Sterling Shepard. New York added a plug 'n play replacement for run-stuffer Jonathan Hankins in Alabama's Dalvin Tomlinson in the second round and a slashing, hard-nosed runner in Wayne Gallman to the backfield in the fourth round. In between, the Giants also addressed the future of the quarterback position with Cal's Davis Webb, a strong-armed pocket passer, who, as the son of a football coach, possesses the mind and work ethic to quickly acclimate to New York's offense and challenge Geno Smith as Manning's backup and eventual replacement. Late rounders Avery Moss and Adam Bisnowaty are schematic fits who could surprise.
The raucous Eagles crowd had plenty to cheer about over draft weekend. The Eagles started things off emphatically, nabbing Tennessee's Derek Barnett -- the pass rusher who broke the late Hall of Famer Reggie White's school career sack record in just three seasons -- as well as Washington cover corner Sidney Jones, a surefire first-round pick until tearing his Achilles at his Pro Day. The Eagles added flashy weapons for young quarterback Carson Wentz in North Carolina's vertical threat Mack Hollins, West Virginia's jitterbug Shelton Gibson and the NCAA's all-time leading rusher in Donnel Pumphrey, a Darren Sproles-like mighty mite out of San Diego State. Don't be surprised if late-round selection defensive tackle Elijah Qualls makes this roster. He plays with the burst and motor to carve out a role. Durability concerns for several of the Eagles' picks drop the grade slightly, but on paper, this is one of the year's better draft classes.
Though he was unceremoniously fired before the draft, former general manager Scot McCloughan's fingerprints were all over this collection of talent for the Washington Redskins as the club consistently nabbed the tough guys that have characterized his previous classes. Certainly helping Washington's cause were the lingering questions about the long-term health of Jonathan Allen's shoulders, which pushed the All-American into Washington's lap at No. 17 overall. Fellow Tide standout Ryan Anderson is the epitome of an alpha male. It will not take him long to land a primary role on this defense. Cornerback Fabian Moreau comes with plenty of durability questions himself, but he is a first-round talent whom the Redskins nabbed at No. 81 overall. Washington added a power back in Samaje Perine to boost its backfield, one of the few true inline blocking tight ends in the draft in Jeremy Sprinkle and some intriguing developmental prospects in Chase Roullier and Robert Davis late. Durability concerns push down this grade slightly, just as it did for the rival Eagles.
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