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The Eagles are the team that makes all the right moves, right? You’ve heard all those stories during the offseason. When you win the Super Bowl, you’ve earned the right for people to think you’re smart. The Eagles front office have rolled the dice and it has worked out nicely for them. There is a trade-off, however – and it comes in the form of their future, starting with their 2018 draft capital.

The Eagles only had one pick in the top 100 and they used it for a tight end. People covering the draft will say the Eagles were clever to jump ahead of the Cowboys to take Goedert, but if that was their plan – it was a waste of resources. Just because Jason Witten is pondering retirement doesn’t mean the Cowboys are going to panic and reach for a player. Connor Williams was the guy the Cowboys wanted, Goedert wasn’t even in consideration. So now, Eagles fans will have to root for Dallas (Goedert) and that doesn’t sit well with them. They’ve already started a Go Fund Me to change his name.

The tight end rankings for this draft class have been all over the place with Goedert, Hayden Hurst, and Mike Gesicki ranging anywhere from first- to third-round projections. Goedert wasn’t very high on the BTB board (64th overall), but that’s because he isn’t a strong blocker and has a tendency to drop passes. While it’s way too early to project what type of player Goedert will be, you still have to wonder about this investment for the Eagles. They gave Zach Ertz a $42 million contract so it sure looks like they are committed to him for the next few years. What kind of targets does that leave for Goedart? Even Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation has a similar concern:

My only quibble with the Goedert pick relates to his potetial playing time. I don’t need him to make some huge impact as a rookie. I just wonder how much he’ll get on the field in the future with Ertz being 27 years old and signed through 2021. Then again, he doesn’t necessarily need to play a ton if he provides the team with a significant impact when he does get snaps.

There were a lot of great cornerbacks in this draft, but Avonte Maddox isn’t one of them. At just 5’9” and 184 pounds, this guy is tiny. He already has durability concerns after missing games due to a shoulder injury last year, but it’s just going to get tougher at the NFL level. NFL Draft Scout has Maddox as the 19th ranked cornerback and Dane Brugler had this to say about him:

The Redskins are always doing stuff. Whether it’s good stuff or bad stuff is left to the discretion of each individual, but the team likes to shake things up on a regular basis. A couple years ago, they went younger at RB. Last year, they let Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson walk in free agency. And this offseason, they’ve changed out Kirk Cousins for Alex Smith at quarterback.

Vita Vea was my “slam dunk” choice for the Cowboys first round pick, but I came to terms early on that he wasn’t going to make it to Dallas. The Redskins and Los Angeles Chargers had the absolute worst run defense in the league last season, each allowing over 130 yards per game. With both of those teams picking ahead of the Cowboys – the best 1-tech in the draft wasn’t making it to 19.

As it turns out, Vea didn’t even make it to Washington at 13 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed him at 12 right before the Redskins picked. That didn’t deter Washington from taking a DT however, as they selected Da’Ron Payne. I’m a big fan of Payne, but 13 might be a little high for him. I do love the value they got in Tim Settle in the fifth round as I would have loved the Cowboys to come away with him that late in the draft. The Redskins doubled-up on DT and they got two good players at the position.

It wouldn’t be a Redskins draft without a running back being taken. For the 10th straight season, Washington has called up a rookie RB to join the team. With the exception of Alfred Morris, none of them have panned out. Most recently, they’ve turned to Matt Jones (2015) and Samaje Perine (2017), but apparently – they aren’t content with those choices. The selection of Derriuce Guice is a risk/reward pick, but at 59th overall, they have to love that value. Guice is a talented player and was the second RB on the BTB board (23rd overall).

If there is one thing you can count on the Giants front office to do, it’s to botch up their draft. That is one of the reasons they have to resort to so much spending in free agency in recent years. But for some reason, unexplained by anyone – they drafted extremely well this year. Having high draft picks certainly helped, but they did a good job of being patient and not reaching based on need.

There were two sneaky-good quarterbacks that became afterthoughts because of all the hype of the big name QBs. The great news is that the Cowboys were able to take one of them in Mike White. The bad news is that the Giants grabbed the other one in Kyle Lauletta. Smart move by the Giants to get a young QB with good upside.

They not only picked some really talented players, but they play positions the team needs help at. There are a lot of things to be excited about from this draft haul. But good luck getting a fourth-round quarterback to pan out into something great. I mean, when has that ever worked for anyone?