While there are a couple of divisions in the NFL where one team is clearly dominant, there are several more that are totally up for grabs. The moves made in free agency and during the draft are what can potentially swing a division in favor of one team or another, so it is particularly important that the teams in those divisions get their offseason moves just right. One such division is the NFC East, where the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys battled it out for first in a fight that went all the way to the final week of the season. The Giants and Redskins are well off the pace, but a good draft could move one of them forward this coming season. The 2020 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday night, April 23, so let’s take a closer look at how the teams in the NFC East might go about their business this coming weekend and their 2020 Draft Odds.
NFC East Mock Draft For 2020 Draft
The Eagles won the NFC East division with a 9-7 record last season, but other than diehard Philly fans, no-one really thought they had a shot in the playoffs, which proved to be the case. At first glance, you would assume that the Eagles would go all in on linebackers in the early rounds, but they are not as bad off as you might think there. Their glaring need would be a deep threat with speed to burn, which they would get with Henry Ruggs if he falls down to the #21 spot, which is certainly not a given. If he is not available, they might go linebacker first and address their WR needs in day 2.
While all the offseason chatter thus far has been about the hiring of a new head coach and getting a deal done with Dak Prescott, it may have gone unnoticed that the Cowboys lost a lot of defensive talent to free agency. Having an explosive offense means very little if they are constantly needing to play catchup because of a porous defense. The Cowboys will be looking to bolster a weakened D-line, while also adding some talent to the secondary. All of their early round picks are going to address those needs on defense, although they may go looking for a WR in the later rounds.
New York Giants
While the Giants struggled last season on their way to a 4-12 record, there were still some bright spots to be found. The biggest of those positives was the emergence of QB Daniel Green, who looks like a kid with all the tools to be a starter in the NFL for many years to come. The Giants have a number of needs, but you would have to think that protecting their young QB would be very high on the list, so do not be surprised if they go for someone like Jedrick Wills with their first pick. They could also use an edge player, so perhaps Isaiah Simmons will be the way they go. Also look for them to add a WR for Green to pass to.
When you are a team that is getting one of the top picks in the draft, there aren’t usually any real surprises when it comes to that first pick. The Redskins will get to pick second on Thursday night, with all signs pointing to them going with Chase Young, the most dominant edge player we have seen in college football in quite some time. After that, you would assume that Washington would go looking for help on the offensive side of the football, with WR and TE picks almost certainly coming in the next rounds.