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NFL Draft 2014: List of Round 1 Picks, Grades and Updated Selection Order

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NFL Draft 2014: List of Round 1 Picks, Grades and Updated Selection Order
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More often with the NFL draft, despite the vast amount of information out there about the players and team needs, fans are left with raised eyebrows when their favorite franchise makes a pick. We are so quick to judge the names of these players that we don't look at the talent. 

For instance, no pick made in the first round on Thursday drew a bigger reaction than Johnny Manziel to Cleveland at No. 22. He's not the best or most talented player in this class, but because he won a Heisman and plays quarterback, all eyes were focused on him. 

The way teams go about adding talent in the draft, whether it is by staying in the spot they had once the season ended or making a trade, is just as important as whom they are adding. 

Keeping that in mind, these grades for the first round are a reflection of the value and need teams had instead of just looking at the name next to the pick. We won't be able to properly evaluate the players until they, you know, actually play games. 

We also have a look at the draft order through Round 7, and other tidbits to know before things resume on Friday night. 

2014 NFL Draft 1st Round Pick Grades
Selection Player Grade
No. 1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney, DE A
No. 2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson, OT A
No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles, QB B-
No. 4 Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins, WR C+
No. 5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack, OLB A-
No. 6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews, OT A-
No. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans, WR A
No. 8 Cleveland Browns Justin Gilbert, CB B+
No. 9 Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr, OLB B-
No. 10 Detroit Lions Eric Ebron, TE C+
No. 11 Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan, OT C
No. 12 New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr., WR B+
No. 13 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald, DT A-
No. 14 Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller, CB B+
No. 15 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier, OLB B-
No. 16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin, OT B
No. 17 Baltimore Ravens C.J. Mosley, ILB B-
No. 18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor, S B+
No. 19 Miami Dolphins Ja'Wuan James, OT C
No. 20 New Orleans Saints Brandin Cooks, WR B+
No. 21 Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S A-
No. 22 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel, QB A-
No. 23 Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford, DE C
No. 24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard, CB A-
No. 25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett, CB B+
No. 26 Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Smith, DE C
No. 27 Arizona Cardinals Deone Bucannon, S B-
No. 28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin, WR B
No. 29 New England Patriots Dominique Easley, DT D+
No. 30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward, S B-
No. 31 Denver Broncos Bradley Roby, CB B+
No. 32 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater, QB A-

Analysis

 

Updated Selection Order

 

Round 2 Draft Order
Pick Team
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

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Round 3 Draft Order
Pick Team
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 Pittsburgh Steelers through Cleveland Browns)
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)

NFL.com

Round 4 Draft Order
Pick Team
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)

NFL.com

Round 5 Draft Order
Pick Team
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 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Detroit Lions)
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 Seahawks
173 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)
174 New York Giants (compensatory selection)
175 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)
176 Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection)

NFL.com

Round 6 Draft Order
Pick Team
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)

NFL.com

Round 7 Draft Order
Pick Team
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 Tennessee 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 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
254 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
255 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
256 Houston Texans (compensatory pick)

NFL.com

 

What to expect from Day 2

Carlos Hyde market to heat up

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde had no chance to go in the first round on Thursday because the value at that position just isn't there anymore. 

Now that we are into the second round, though, Hyde's market figures to heat up. There are two teams in need of a running back picking early on Friday that could go for the Buckeye: Cleveland at No. 36 and Tennessee at No. 42. 

Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller noted that the expectation is Hyde won't last long on Friday. 

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Thursday that if Hyde was available when the Browns made their second-round pick, they would consider him. 

A league source told cleveland.com that Hyde is on the Browns' radar with their No. 35 pick in the draft.

Depending on how the first round goes, they could also be looking for a receiver or cornerback with that early second-round pick.

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That seems like a long shot, though it would make a nice story since Hyde played at Ohio State, because the Browns still need to find help at wide receiver to take pressure off Josh Gordon. There are a ton of impact receivers still available, including USC's Marqise Lee and Fresno State's Davante Adams. 

The Titans need to find help for quarterback Jake Locker if they want to see what he's capable of doing. They added Taylor Lewan in the first round, who might have been the best player available but doesn't fill a need area. 

A wide receiver or running back, since Chris Johnson is gone, could ease the burden on Locker. Hyde is an excellent downhill runner and is effective in the passing game as a safety net for his next quarterback. 

 

Trade Talk

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A common theme in this draft is everyone wants to move up or down to get the help they need, yet so few actually pull the trigger because the cost is too great or the player value isn't there or (insert reason here). 

Despite the lack of movement, teams are still saying they are open for business. The Houston Texans, who apparently don't want to make one pick they have this year, are listening to deals for the 33rd pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

The Texans' obvious need is at quarterback, though the value doesn't appear to be there with options like Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and AJ McCarron on the board. If they can find someone who likes a tackle (Morgan Moses?), defensive lineman (Stephon Tuitt?) or wide receiver (Lee?), a trade at this spot won't be nearly as difficult as No. 1 was on Thursday. 

Another team willing to deal is one that hasn't made a pick yet. The Washington Redskins, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, are taking offers on the 34th selection. 

Per a league source, G.M. Bruce Allen is listening to calls from teams interested in moving up for a quarterback or a receiver with the second pick in round two...

Allen, we’re told, is being patient, realizing that the deals will get better, not worse, as Friday unfolds.  Then, Allen can decide what to do with the pick once he’s on the clock.

It's a smart move for the Redskins because they have a lot of holes to fill and six picks to do it. Dan Snyder has spent most of his tenure dealing picks, and it would be in his, and the team's, best interest to add anything and everything they can. 

 

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