NFL Draft 2014 Results: Round 1 Grades, Updated Selection Order and Storylines

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NFL Draft 2014 Results: Round 1 Grades, Updated Selection Order and Storylines
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The 2014 NFL draft started with a bang on Thursday night, as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ selection of Blake Bortles at No. 3 ignited what would ultimately be one of the most thrilling first rounds we have seen in a long time.

Not many were expecting the Jags to take the high-risk, high-reward signal-caller from the University of Central Florida, but the club rolled the dice and forced those in the war rooms to hastily update their big boards and change course.

That was just one of many wild decisions in this draft and many more are sure to be on the horizon. Keep reading for a full list of draft grades from Round 1, plus a look at the upcoming order of selections and Day 2 storylines to follow.

2014 NFL Draft - Round 1 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 A
4 Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins WR Clemson C+
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo B+
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 C+
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 C
17 Baltimore Ravens C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama A
18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor S Louisville B+
19 Miami Dolphins Ja'wuan James OT Tennessee C
20 New Orleans Saints Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State B+
21 Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama A
22 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M A+
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 B-
32 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville A

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Updated Order for 2014 NFL Draft
Pick Team
Round 2
33 Houston Texans
34 Washington Redskins
35 Cleveland Browns
36 Oakland Raiders
37 Atlanta Falcons
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
39 Jacksonville Jaguars
40 Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
41 Buffalo Bills
42 Tennessee Titans
43 New York Giants
44 St. Louis Rams
45 Detroit Lions
46 Pittsburgh Steelers
47 Dallas Cowboys
48 Baltimore Ravens
49 New York Jets
50 Miami Dolphins
51 Chicago Bears
52 Arizona Cardinals
53 Green Bay Packers
54 Philadelphia Eagles
55 Cincinnati Bengals
56 San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)
57 San Diego Chargers
58 New Orleans Saints
59 Indianapolis Colts
60 Carolina Panthers
61 San Francisco 49ers
62 New England Patriots
63 Denver Broncos
64 Seattle Seahawks
Round 3
65 Houston Texans
66 Washington Redskins
67 Oakland Raiders
68 Atlanta Falcons
69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
70 Jacksonville Jaguars
71 Cleveland Browns
72 Minnesota Vikings
73 Buffalo Bills
74 New York Giants
75 St. Louis Rams
76 Detroit Lions
77 San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans)
78 Dallas Cowboys
79 Baltimore Ravens
80 New York Jets
81 Miami Dolphins
82 Chicago Bears
83 Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns through Pittsburgh Steelers)
84 Arizona Cardinals
85 Green Bay Packers
86 Philadelphia Eagles
87 Kansas City Chiefs
88 Cincinnati Bengals
89 San Diego Chargers
90 Indianapolis Colts
91 Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans Saints)
92 Carolina Panthers
93 New England Patriots
94 San Francisco 49ers
95 Denver Broncos
96 Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)
97 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)
98 Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection)
99 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)
100 San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection)
Round 4
101 Houston Texans
102 Washington Redskins
103 Atlanta Falcons
104 New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
105 Jacksonville Jaguars
106 Cleveland Browns
107 Oakland Raiders
108 Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
109 Buffalo Bills
110 St. Louis Rams
111 Detroit Lions
112 Tennessee Titans
113 New York Giants
114 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens)
115 New York Jets
116 Miami Dolphins
117 Chicago Bears
118 Pittsburgh Steelers
119 Dallas Cowboys
120 Arizona Cardinals
121 Green Bay Packers
122 Philadelphia Eagles
123 Cincinnati Bengals
124 Kansas City Chiefs
125 San Diego Chargers
126 New Orleans Saints
127 Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts)
128 Carolina Panthers
129 San Francisco 49ers
130 New England Patriots
131 Denver Broncos
132 Seattle Seahawks
133 Detroit Lions (compensatory pick)
134 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory pick)
135 Houston Texans (compensatory pick)
136 Detroit Lions (compensatory pick)
137 New York Jets (compensatory pick)
138 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory pick)
139 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
140 New England Patriots (compensatory pick)
Round 5
141 Houston Texans
142 Washington Redskins
143 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
144 Jacksonville Jaguars
145 Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland Browns)
146 Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders)
147 Atlanta Falcons
148 Minnesota Vikings
149 Buffalo Bills
150 St. Louis Rams (from Jacksonville Jaguars)
151 Tennessee Titans
152 New York Giants
153 St. Louis Rams
154 New York Jets
155 Miami Dolphins
156 Chicago Bears
157 Pittsburgh Steelers
158 Dallas Cowboys
159 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens)
160 Arizona Cardinals
161 Green Bay Packers
162 Philadelphia Eagles
163 Kansas City Chiefs
164 Cincinnati Bengals
165 San Diego Chargers
166 Indianapolis Colts
167 New Orleans Saints
168 Carolina Panthers
169 New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots through Philadelphia Eagles)
170 San Francisco 49ers
171 Denver Broncos
172 Seattle Sehawks
173 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)
174 New York Giants (compensatory selection)
175 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)
176 Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection)
Round 6
177 Houston Texans
178 Washington Redskins
179 Jacksonville Jaguars
180 Cleveland Browns
181 Houston Texans (from Oakland Raiders)
182 Atlanta Falcons
183 Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
184 Minnesota Vikings
185 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills)
186 Tennessee Titans
187 New York Giants
188 St. Louis Rams
189 Detroit Lions
190 Miami Dolphins
191 Chicago Bears
192 Pittsburgh Steelers
193 Kansas City Chiefs (from Dallas Cowboys)
194 Baltimore Ravens
195 New York Jets
196 Arizona Cardinals
197 Green Bay Packers
198 New England Patriots (from Philadelphia Eagles)
199 Cincinnati Bengals
200 Kansas City Chiefs
201 San Diego Chargers
202 New Orleans Saints
203 Indianapolis Colts
204 Carolina Panthers
205 Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco 49ers)
206 New England Patriots
207 Denver Broncos
208 Seattle Seahawks
209 New York Jets (compensatory selection)
210 New York Jets (compensatory selection)
211 Houston Texans (compensatory selection)
212 Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection)
213 New York Jets (compensatory selection)
214 St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection)
215 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)
Round 7
216 Houston Texans
217 Washington Redskins
218 Cleveland Browns
219 Oakland Raiders
220 Atlanta Falcons
221 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
222 Jacksonville Jaguars
223 Minnesota Vikings
224 Buffalo Bills
225 Carolina Panthers (from New York Giants)
226 St. Louis Rams
227 Detroit Lions
228 Tennesse Titans
229 Dallas Cowboys (from Chicago Bears)
230 Pittsburgh Steelers
231 Dallas Cowboys
232 Indianapolis Colts (from Baltimore Ravens)
233 New York Jets
234 Miami Dolphins
235 Oakland Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals)
236 Green Bay Packers
237 Philadelphia Eagles
238 Dallas Cowboys (from Kansas City Chiefs)
239 Cincinnati Bengals
240 San Diego Chargers
241 St. Louis Rams (from Indianapolis Colts)
242 San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints)
243 San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers)
244 New England Patriots
245 San Francisco 49ers
246 Denver Broncos
247 Oakland Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks)
248 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
249 St. Louis Rams (compensatory pick)
250 St. Louis Rams (compensatory pick)
251 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
252 Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory pick)
253 Arlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
254 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
255 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
256 Houston Texans (compensatory pick)

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Biggest Day 2 Storyline: Who Goes First?

The Texans are back on the clock, this time with the first overall selection in the second round. There are still plenty of elite prospects on the board, so it’ll be quite interesting to see what direction the franchise takes.

Things went as expected when Houston first picked, as the franchise decided to go with a sure thing via Jadeveon Clowney—the once-in-a-generation pass-rushing talent out of South Carolina. However, the club could look to shake it up a bit and gamble with the No. 33 overall selection.

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Quarterback is a clear position of need for this organization, but there is some talk that the Texans will pull off a trade for Ryan Mallett, the New England Patriots' backup signal-caller.

As per NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport (via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com), the Texans have a “lot of interest” in acquiring Mallett, who played under current Texans head coach Bill O’Brien back when he was the Pats’ offensive coordinator.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle explained why the Texans are interested in Mallett’s services:

Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com noted that the Texans might be giving up a third-rounder for Mallett, but there are conflicting reports swirling about:

One source reports that a Ryan Mallett-to-the-Texans trade may completed soon. According to that source, the Patriots will receive a third-round pick in return. Another source, however, says nothing is doing at the moment on Mallett to Houston.

Should the Texans pull off this deal, the odds of them nabbing a quarterback in the second round will be lower. Instead, look for the club to explore the possibility of bringing in a running back to lighten the load of star tailback Arian Foster.

The elite rusher recently suffered through an injury-plagued 2013 campaign and has taken an immense amount of snaps during his short career, while former backup Ben Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns earlier in the offseason.

With no running backs drafted on Day 1, there are several elite-level running backs on the board. Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason should all be in the discussion if Houston elects to upgrade the position in the second round.

However, this draft has been immensely unpredictable and it seems just about every scenario is still in play and will be until the pick is in later tonight.

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