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April 25, 2020

A look around at what the rest of the NFC East did on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft

In Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, I would say that two of the Philadelphia Eagles' three divisional rivals did well for themselves. Here we'll analyze each pick that the "other" NFC East teams made on Day 2.


Washington didn't have a second round pick because they traded it to the Colts last year to move up into the first round for edge rusher Montez Sweat. They were widely praised for that move at the time, but now it's not looking so wise. The details of that trade:

Washington got Colts got 
 26th overall in 2019 (Montez Sweat) 46th overall (2019)
  34th overall (2020)

Because Washington finished 3-13 and are picking 2nd overall in this draft, they are giving up 300 points on the draft value chart on that deal.

Pick 66: Antonio Gibson, RB/WR, Memphis: Gibson was a versatile playmaker for Memphis, working out of the slot, as a running back, and as a kick returner. He is stoutly built, and he has some juice, as he ran a 4.39 40 at the Combine at 228 pounds.

Gibson is something of a late bloomer as a senior JUCO transfer who really hadn't produced until the 2019 season. He played more as a wide receiver than he did as a running back. His receiving numbers: 

Antonio Gibson Rec Yards YPC TD 
 201899 16.5 
 201938 735 19.3 

He also added 33 carries for 369 yards (11.2 yards per carry) and 4 TDs as a runner, and a 28.0 kick return average (1 TD) in 2019.

I think he'll play running back for Washington.


Pick 36: Xavier McKinney, S, AlabamaMcKinney is a versatile playmaker who is drew comparisons to another former Bama DB in Minkah Fitzpatrick. McKinney was only a starter for two years in college, but he put up impressive numbers in a defense where there sometimes aren't enough big plays to go around:

 Xavier McKinneyTackles (TFL) Sacks INT FF PBU 
 201874 (6) 10 
 201995 (5.5) 

McKinney can play either safety spot, and he was comfortable covering running backs, tight ends, and slot receivers. He's also an aggressive tackler, and a savvy blitzer. A highlight reel:

At pick No. 36, that's very good value for a Giants team desperately in need of some leadership on defense.

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Pick 99: Matt Peart, OT, UConnPeart played for a UConn program that went 9-39 in the four years he was there, and he still managed to get noticed as an NFL prospect competing at the Senior Bowl. In his time there, he racked up a lot of experience starting all four years, playing left tackle for two season, right tackle for two season, and even occasionally filling in at guard. 

At 6'7, with enormous 36 5/8" arms, he has excellent length for the NFL, and athleticism to go along with it. 

Peart's floor is as a swing tackle, and he has a chance to develop into a good starter. Really good pick.


Pick 51: Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaDiggs is the younger brother of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, and he started out initially at Alabama at receiver before switching to the defensive side of the ball. Here's a little glimpse of Diggs as a receiver and returner early in his Bama career: 

At 6'1, 205, with 33" arms he has ideal length for a corner. As a former receiver, he has good ball skills (3 INTs and 8 PBUs in 2019). At Bama, Diggs has played both inside and outside.

Some thought Diggs could maybe sneak into the back end of the first round. Long speed is what likely kept him out. Pick 51 was appropriate value.

Pick 82: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma: Gallimore was thought of an athletic beast who landed at No. 2 in Bruce Feldman's 2019 college football Freaks List (via The Athletic). However, while he had a fast 40 time, overall his Combine performance didn't match the hype.

Gallimore's career production (8.5 sacks) at Oklahoma was underwhelming, and he didn't stand out at the Senior Bowl. The Cowboys have a pair of older DTs in Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, so Gallimore does make sense as a player they will look to develop into a more consistent player.

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