There are plenty of articles around grading each team, so let’s take a different approach by looking briefly at how these two hotly contested divisions were affected.
2018 Champion: Chicago Bears
The Bears had few holes but still took their guy: three down running back David Montgomery. They then nabbed raw wide receiver Riley Ridley in round four. The Packers upgraded their defense with their first two picks, but the most intriguing pick is TE Jace Sternberger. Look for him to do what Jimmy Graham could not. Detroit went with freakishly talented TE T.J. Hockenson, who will likely improve both their passing and running game as he is one of the best blocking TEs ever drafted. Minnesota was dedicated to improving their offensive line, spending their first round pick on C Garrett Bradbury.
Despite not having a first or second round pick in this draft, look for the Bears to win the division again with Montgomery getting the handoffs.
2018 Champion: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys traded away their first-round pick to the Raiders last season, so their first selection was DT Trysten Hill at number 58, who looked as if he would go in round three or four. They took, among others, RB Tony Pollard, who will likely back up Elliott. Washington may have had the best draft of all teams with a class headlined by QB Dwayne Haskins, who fell lower than most experts saw him going. They then turned around and stole potential star DE Montez Sweat.
Regardless of their fluke (Double-doink) playoff victory, the Eagles had plenty of needs. They upgraded their offensive line with OT Andre Dillard but did little to impress experts with the rest of their picks. Eagles fans should be hoping Clayton Thorson (7th round QB) or Nate Sudfeld is ready to back up Wentz should he get hurt yet again this year. The New York Giants needed a Quarterback of the future, and they took Dway- Daniel Jones? Look, nobody is saying that Jones won’t be able to contribute at this level, but he certainly should not have been the second QB off the board. If Dave Gettleman can prove all the critics wrong and start winning this (Winnable) division with Jones at the helm in a couple of years, then he will be owed an apology. If the Giants wanted Jones that bad, they could have traded down and still got him, in my humble opinion.
I actually like Washington to win this division next season, with Philadelphia getting in the Wild Card spot. Remember how good the Redskins were before the Alex Smith injury and how the Cowboys put all their eggs in the Amari Cooper basket. If Haskins is as good as he is expected to be, the Redskins take the division and the Cowboys go home wondering what went wrong.