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|
|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-|
Updated Selection Order
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