NFL Draft Grades 2014: Round 1 Results and Analysis of Shocking Storylines

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 9, 2014

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles poses with NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell after being selected as the third pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

As always, the first round of the 2014 NFL draft was anything but predictable.

While some events like Jadeveon Clowney going No. 1 overall were somewhat expected, there was no shortage of tumult. Keeping track of all of the moves that were made can get confusing, but each team got the players they wanted. (Whether or not it was the playeror playersthe fan base wanted is a different story.)

For several prospects like Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel, the first round didn't go exactly as planned, but both players ended up landing with a franchise that makes perfect sense for their style of play.

On the other hand, a few teams took some reaches in the opening round that might not pay off. Before the second day of the draft gets underway, below are the first-round results along with some analysis of the most shocking storylines from Day 1.


2014 First Round Selections
1.TexansJadeveon ClowneyDE/OLBSouth Carolina
2.Rams (from WSH)Greg Robinson OTAuburn
3.JaguarsBlake BortlesQBUCF
4.Bills*Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
5.RaidersKhalil Mack OLBBuffalo
6.FalconsJake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
7.BuccaneersMike Evans WRTexas A&M
8.Browns*Justin Gilbert CBOklahoma State
9.Vikings*Anthony Barr OLBUCLA
10.LionsEric Ebron TENorth Carolina
11.TitansTaylor Lewan OTMichigan
12.GiantsOdell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
13.RamsAaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
14.BearsKyle Fuller CBVirginia Tech
15.SteelersRyan ShazierOLBOhio State
16.CowboysZack MartinOG/OTNotre Dame
17.RavensC.J. Mosley ILBAlabama
18.JetsCalvin Pryor FSLouisville
19.DolphinsJa'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
20.Saints*Brandin Cooks WROregon State
21.PackersHa'Sean Clinton-DixFSAlabama
22.Browns*Johnny Manziel QBTexas A&M
23.ChiefsDee Ford DE/OLBAuburn
24.BengalsDarqueze Dennard CBMichigan State
25.ChargersJason Verrett CBTCU
26.Eagles* (from IND)Marcus Smith DE/OLBLouisville
27.Cardinals*Deone Bucannon SSWashington State
28.PanthersKelvin Benjamin WRFlorida State
29.PatriotsDominique Easley DTFlorida
30.49ersJimmie Ward SSNorthern Illinois
31.BroncosBradley Roby CBOhio State
32.Vikings*Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville


Jaguars Take Blake Bortles at No. 3 Overall

A team with several needs all over the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars went with quarterback Blake Bortles at No. 3 overall.

To be honest, Bortles might materialize into a great quarterback at the next level. But with an offense that features no talent around him, the former UCF signal-caller faces a situation similar to what Geno Smith did during his rookie campaign.

Chris B. Brown of Grantland made his thoughts known on the choice by the Jags:

While there's not much I agree with from Skip Bayless, the ESPN analyst didn't mince his words about the pick:

Without Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield or Justin Blackmon for the foreseeable future, Bortles is set up to fail in Jacksonville. But the team still has time to make up for its woeful start in the coming rounds.


Vikings Move Back Into First Round for Teddy Bridgewater

While one quarterback went entirely too high in the first round, another went extremely low.

Teddy Bridgewater may have wanted to be the No. 1 overall pickor at least be picked within the top fivebut Minnesota is a great fit for the signal-caller. The Vikings traded back into the first round and got a face of the franchise.

Bryan Fischer of provides his analysis of the moves by the Vikes:

The Vikings could have gone a number of directions, but they shored up both sides of the ball in the best way possible. They landed a perfect Jared Allen replacement in the athletic Barr and only had to give up a fourth-round pick (outside the top 100, too) to move up and grab a polished passer. Norv Turner will really like what he's getting in Bridgewater.

Unlike Jacksonville, Minnesota has a plethora of weapons for Bridgewater. With Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, the Louisville product has several options on offense.

The quarterback also has a great track record of success, something that made him a great pick for coach Mike Zimmer, per Albert Breer of NFL Network:

Given the team's current quarterback depth chart, featuring Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, Bridgewater could win the starting job immediately. And in a town desperate to win, Bridgewater brings that mentality to the Vikes right away.


Second Round Loaded With Talent

There's no question about the depth of this year's draft, and that's evident by the prospects that remain available heading into the second round. Amazing players at nearly every position are still on the board as Day 2 gets underway.

Need a quarterback? Take Derek Carr. What about a wide receiver? Marqise Lee and Cody Latimer are your guys. In need of a gritty defensive lineman? Ra'Shede Hageman and Kony Ealy are ripe for the picking.

Then there's the fact that no running back was taken in the first round for the second consecutive year. However, names like Carlos Hyde, Bishop Sankey and Tre Mason will be outstanding offensive weapons for any team next season.

For teams like the Jaguars—sorry to keep belaboring the point—the second and third rounds are crucial. In a draft where talent is teeming, look for several second-rounders to make an instant impact.


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