Updated: May 14
The gritty NFC East just got even more interesting thanks to the recent draft.
The NFC East (arguably the worst division in football in 2020), certainly did not disappoint during the 2021 NFL Draft. High-level prospects were selected by each team across the board and here's how it broke down:
Pick No.10- Devonta Smith (WR, Alabama) Philadelphia Eagles
Pick No.12 - Micah Parsons (LB, Penn St) Dallas Cowboys
Pick No.19- Jamin Davis (LB, Kentucky) Washington Football Team
Pick No. 20- Kadarius Toney (WR Florida) New York Giants
#10 WR Devonta Smith - Philadelphia Eagles
After the Giants organization failed to keep their pick in-house, the Eagles jumped their division foes and selected Devonta Smith at #10. The Eagles were all over the board before the draft- after owning the 6th and 12th pick for some time, they settled at the 10th pick and got their guy in Smith.
The 2020 Heisman winner be looking to replicate his college success in the NFL. He'll reunite with former Alabama teammate QB Jalen Hurts giving Philly fans something to be excited about in 2021. Especially after the Carson Wentz disaster tainted last season. There will be a lot of pressure on Hurts, and Andrew Layser covers Hurts' expectations in Jalen Hurts: Sink or Swim.
#12 LB Micah Parsons - Dallas Cowboys
With the two best prospect DB's in Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn off the board by pick 10, the Cowboys were thrown off their draft board. They intelligently traded back two spots and gained a 3rd-round pick. Nevertheless, Micah Parsons, whether at No.10 or No.12 was going to be a Cowboy.
Parsons should immediately make an impact on a defense that was putrid last year. If Parsons can stay out of trouble off the field, he will give the Dallas defense a jolt of energy and speed, something it has been missing for some time now. His combination of speed and instinct should make for a huge difference in both coverage, run defense, and with the pass rush.
#19 LB Jamin Davis - Washington Football Team
A surprise to many, the Washington Football Team selected Kentucky LB Jamin Davis. Some mock drafts had Davis going at the end of the 1st round and even more had him going in the 2nd round. By definition, this would be considered a reach.
While inexperienced, Davis is a linebacker who can do it all. He is fast, has good size, and is excellent in pursuit.
However, if Davis can make noise and contribute early, the Washington defense can be even better in 2021. Washington will look for Davis to prowl the middle of the field while pro-bowl pass rusher and former No.2 overall pick Chase Young looks to build off an impressive rookie campaign.
#20 WR Kadarius Toney- New York Giants
Many fans hoped the Giants would take one of the Alabama WR's or improve the O-line but GM David Gettleman, seemingly always doing the unexpected, threw the NFL and its fans a curveball. Trading back and receiving a 1st-round pick next year, the selected WR Kadarius Toney from the University of Florida
Toney is a speedy receiver who can get out of breaks with extreme quickness. He also poses a threat on punt and kick-off returns. The Giants now have a legit receiving core composed of WR Kenny Golladay, WR Sterling Shepard, and Toney.
Daniel Jones will have all the necessary weapons on offense to deal some damage- among the receivers, Jones also gets star-running back Saquon Barkley back from injury. Fans will look for Jones to take a jump in his make or break third season.