2014 NFL Draft Results: Full Overview of Grades for Each Franchise

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Sammy Watkins of the Clemson Tigers poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #4 overall by the Buffalo Bills during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There were many teams in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft that came up big with blockbuster trades and marquee selections, and the overall results of this year’s event were as unpredictable as ever.

From the Houston Texans selecting Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall to the Minnesota Vikings taking Teddy Bridgewater No. 32, there wasn’t a dull moment in the entire first round.

Here are the full first-round results and grades for every selection.


2014 NFL Draft Results and Grades
Pick Team Player Position School Grade
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina A
2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson OT Auburn A
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles QB UCF C
4 Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins WR Clemson B
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo A
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M A
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M B
8 Cleveland Browns Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State B
9 Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr OLB UCLA C
10 Detroit Lions Eric Ebron TE North Carolina B
11 Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan OT Michigan C
12 New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU B
13 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh B
14 Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech C
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State C
16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin OL Notre Dame B
17 Baltimore Ravens C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama A
18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor S Louisville A
19 Miami Dolphins Ja'Wuan JamesOT Tennessee C
20 New Orleans Saints Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State A
21 Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama B
22 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M B
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford DE Auburn C
24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State B
25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU B
26 Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Smith OLB Louisville C
27 Arizona Cardinals Deone Bucannon S Washington State C
28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State B
29 New England Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida C
30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois B
31 Denver Broncos Bradley Roby CB Ohio State C
32 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville C
Source: NFL.com


Biggest Risk of the Night: Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills traded up to take Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall, but the cost of the move has many fans concerned.

There is no questioning the raw talent of Watkins, but the franchise gave Cleveland the No. 9 overall pick this year, and 2015 first- and fourth-round picks.

That is a high price to pay for moving up just five positions.

While the trade was a bit lopsided, Buffalo made the deal in order to acquire a bona fide game-changer. With elite speed, reliable hands and a tenacity that will be infectious, the Bills have added a hard-nosed player who will help change the culture of the offensive unit.

Watkins is a star, and Buffalo did what it took to ensure he was on its depth chart.

After being drafted in the top five, Watkins shred his joy on Twitter:

For those football fans still trying to comprehend why the Bills would make such a risky move to acquire a wide receiver like Watkins, ESPN's Adam Schefter reminded everyone just how highly touted this player was coming into the draft:

Rumors were flying about which direction Buffalo would go on draft day, but as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reveals, the Bills likely knew the whole time what the game plan would be and which player they were targeting:

As much as the excitement from fans and experts will have Buffalo supporters excited about Watkins as a player, the undeniable anticipation from his new teammates on Twitter should have this team ready for training camp:

Watkins is one of the most talented players in this draft and will make an instant impact in the NFL. As a track star in high school, Watkins has been able to utilize that speed on the football field by taking the lid off defenses.

Add in his soft hands and ability to catch the ball at its highest point, even through traffic, and Watkins is the difference-maker that can help EJ Manuel blossom into the star the franchise expected when it drafted him.

With Watkins causing havoc alongside another speedster like C.J. Spiller, the Bills will boast a fast-paced offensive unit that will challenge the other teams in the AFC East.

Overall Grade: B


*Stats via NFL.com.