NFL: NFC East rookie grades: Pro Bowl returns for Giants, Cowboys

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  1. Gangsta Spanksta

    Gangsta Spanksta Well-Known Member

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    The 2018 NFL season is in the books, meaning the 2019 NFL Draft is coming down the pike. But before we completely shift focus to the next crop of prospects entering the league, let's take full stock of the rookies who just finished up Year 1. In this division-by-division Rookie Grades series, we're evaluating each team's 2018 draft class and spotlighting areas to address this offseason. Jeremy Bergman examines the NFC East below.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap30...ie-grades-pro-bowl-returns-for-giants-cowboys
     
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  2. buybuydandavis

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    Oooh, the Giants got a great player out of the 2nd pick in the draft. Genius, baby!

    We got 3 rookie starters, with a pro bowler among them, drafting from 19, and they only give us a B+?

    Technically, even Schultz started half the season, but that was more for lack of decent alternatives.
     
  3. Gangsta Spanksta

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    I like our draft better, but I'm bias. :) Gnats should've got a quarterback.
     
  4. Risen Star

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    DALLAS COWBOYS - B+



    Round 1: (19) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, 16 games/11 starts.
    Round 2: (50) Connor Williams, OG, 13 games/10 starts.
    Round 3: (81) Michael Gallup, WR, 16 games/8 starts.
    Round 4: (116) Dorance Armstrong, DE, 15 games/1 start; (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, 11 games/7 starts.
    Round 5: (171) Mike White, QB, 0 games/0 starts.
    Round 6: (193) Chris Covington, LB, 5 games/0 starts; (208) Ced Wilson, WR, 0 games/0 starts.
    Round 7: (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, 0 games/0 starts.

    Dallas found the present and future of the linebacker position, and it came from Riggins, Idaho. An easy pick for the PFWA All-Rookie Team, Vander Esch stepped in for the oft-injured Sean Lee and finished third in the league in tackles, earning Pro Bowl honors as a replacement for Luke Kuechly. With sideline-to-sideline speed and instinctual ferocity that few young 'backers possess coming out of college, Vander Esch solidified an LB duo alongside Jaylon Smith that is sure to be among the league's best for the next half-decade at least. Behind LVE, Dallas hit on Gallup, who should be assured a starting role across from Amari Cooper next season. Williams shared the left guard spot with Xavier Su'a-Filo to mixed results. Schultz should compete for Dallas' starting tight end spot next season if the club doesn't seek a veteran in free agency.

    Combine/free agency focus: Pay DeMarcus Lawrence A$AP. The top free agent on Gregg Rosenthal's board is coming off a franchise-tag season in which he was paid roughly $17 million, and while the Cowboys can afford to tag him again, it's best not to keep him hanging on for another year. A record-breaking pass-rusher contract is in the offing. But then where does that leave Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, the latter of whom is entering the final year of his cheap rookie deal? And what about Amari Cooper, the second coming of Dez Bryant, who is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie pact? Don't these young studs all deserve new deals? Keeping their top talent should be the Cowboys' primary concern as, thanks to the Cooper trade, they don't own a draft selection until midway through Day 2. But deciding which budding stars to pay and which holdout(s) to endure will be a test.
     
  5. Risen Star

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    How many people would grade that draft class right now a B+?
     
  6. buybuydandavis

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    LVE has already made the pro bowl, and still has huge upside with his limited experience and need to grow into his body.

    After his rookie year, the comparisons to Urlacher went from ridiculous to in the ballpark.
     
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  7. CowboyRoy

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    What is wrong with a B+? Looks pretty accurate to me. If Conner and Gallup continue to develop it could get up to an A.
     
  8. Gangsta Spanksta

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    A+ for LVE alone. at least by the looks of it. It is early and foolish to grade a draft class so soon I think. :) but I'm happy right now.
     
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  9. Gangsta Spanksta

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    Because LVE looks to be the real deal even in his rookie year.
     
  10. CowboyRoy

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    One pro bowl player does not make an A for a draft.
     
  11. ShiningStar

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    LVE, Gallup, and if C Williams pans out, yea, its closer to an A than a B+ and i wasnt big on our draft. Way more out of it than the Giants.
     
  12. Falco78

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    Not me I'd give it an A-
     

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