'18 NFL Draft - Overview of the NFC

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Continuing on with our initial thoughts from the seven rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, here’s our overview of the NFC.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Except for Michael Gallup in Round 3, which I thought was a bit of a reach, I applaud the Cowboys on a great effort. Leighton Vander Esch, Dalton Schultz and Connor Williams were all bargains and Chris Covington could be a steal in the sixth round.

New York Giants: The Giants’ draft was sensational. They got the best player in the draft in Saquon Barkley and added two more players of first-round value in Will Hernandez and Lorenzo Carter. B.J. Hill was another exquisite pickup.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles had limited resources but made the most of them. They stole Dallas Goedert away from the Cowboys and filled a need at tight end. Josh Sweat was a potential steal, and Avonte Maddox is an underrated corner who can line up in nickel packages. Plus David Akers’ announcement of the Dallas Goedert selection deserves an Oscar.

Washington Redskins: While Redskins fans were upset on Thursday, the selection of Da'Ron Payne will be a huge hit over the next five years. Assuming there’s nothing else behind the curtain, Derrius Guice was great value. Troy Apke will be a starter by his second season in the league.

NFC North

Chicago Bears: The team was able to pick off one of their first-round targets in Roquan Smith, who offers immediate impact. Receivers Anthony Miller and Javon Wims were both decent value. James Daniels will be a dominant center in time

Detroit Lions: Though they drafted no superstars, the Lions came away with a lot of talent that will produce at the next level. Frank Ragnow was steadily moving up draft boards and should quickly break into the starting lineup. Tyrell Crosby could be a bargain if his takes his game to the next level. Da'Shawn Hand will be a steal for the Lions.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers filled holes in the first two days then drafted potential on Day 3. I’m not as high on Jaire Alexander as others, but taking the junior from Louisville in Round 1 and Josh Jackson a round later fortifies the secondary. They should be able to develop one starting receiver from the combination of J'Mon Moore and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Minnesota Vikings: Corner Mike Hughes fills a need and should quickly see action as a rookie. Brian O'Neill and Colby Gossett will both be good additions to the offensive line. Jalyn Holmes was terrific value.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons were looking for a defensive tackle in Round 1, but once Da’Ron Payne was off the board they took Calvin Ridley. The receiver will do very well in that system and that stadium. Isaiah Oliver was good value at the end of Round 3 and Deadrin Senat fills the hole they were looking to plug in Round 1.

Carolina Panthers: There is a lot to like with the Panthers’ draft. Ian Thomas in the fourth round was a steal, as was Marquis Haynes 35 picks later. Donte Jackson and Rashaan Gaulden were both terrific second-day picks.

New Orleans Saints: This is one of the riskier drafts from this past weekend. They gave up a ton to move up and grab Marcus Davenport, a solid pass rusher but not a game changer. Tre'Quan Smith and Rick Leonard were selected several rounds earlier then their grades warranted.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Several of the Bucs’ picks stood out to me. Moving down and getting Vita Vea, the player who we said was their target the night before the draft, was sensational. Carlton Davis was a good pickup late in Round 2 and Justin Watson is a late-round sleeper.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals made a move into the top 10 to get a quarterback and got the best signal caller in the draft in Josh Rosen. Christian Kirk brings big-play ability to the offense and special teams. Drafting versatile Mason Cole also improves the offense.

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams had 11 picks, the first of which was in the third round. Joseph Noteboom in Round 3 and Brian Allen a round later were reaches. Fifth-round picks Micah Kiser and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo were good value. Justin Lawler in the seventh could surprise.

San Francisco 49ers: The Niners surprised many by selecting Mike McGlinchey with the ninth pick, but as I posted on Twitter immediately after selection, they were concerned about Trent Brown. Within 24 hours Brown was traded to the Patriots. Kentavius Street could be a steal once healthy, and the Niners were the team who came away with sleeper Jullian Taylor.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks traded down as they wanted to and shocked many by selecting Rashaad Penny with the 27th selection. Penny was getting some first-round consideration by other teams in the week before the draft. Second round pick Rasheem Green may need some time but has great upside. Shaquem Griffin was drafted right where he was supposed to be.

AFC Draft Overview