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

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks poses with a jersey after he was picked #1 overall by the Houston Texansduring 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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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2016

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
SelectionPlayerGrade
No. 1 Houston TexansJadeveon Clowney, DEA
No. 2 St. Louis RamsGreg Robinson, OTA
No. 3 Jacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles, QBB-
No. 4 Buffalo BillsSammy Watkins, WRC+
No. 5 Oakland RaidersKhalil Mack, OLBA-
No. 6 Atlanta FalconsJake Matthews, OTA-
No. 7 Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike Evans, WRA
No. 8 Cleveland BrownsJustin Gilbert, CBB+
No. 9 Minnesota VikingsAnthony Barr, OLBB-
No. 10 Detroit LionsEric Ebron, TEC+
No. 11 Tennessee TitansTaylor Lewan, OTC
No. 12 New York GiantsOdell Beckham Jr., WRB+
No. 13 St. Louis RamsAaron Donald, DTA-
No. 14 Chicago BearsKyle Fuller, CBB+
No. 15 Pittsburgh SteelersRyan Shazier, OLBB-
No. 16 Dallas CowboysZack Martin, OTB
No. 17 Baltimore RavensC.J. Mosley, ILBB-
No. 18 New York JetsCalvin Pryor, SB+
No. 19 Miami DolphinsJa'Wuan James, OTC
No. 20 New Orleans SaintsBrandin Cooks, WRB+
No. 21 Green Bay PackersHa Ha Clinton-Dix, SA-
No. 22 Cleveland BrownsJohnny Manziel, QBA-
No. 23 Kansas City ChiefsDee Ford, DEC
No. 24 Cincinnati BengalsDarqueze Dennard, CBA-
No. 25 San Diego ChargersJason Verrett, CBB+
No. 26 Philadelphia EaglesMarcus Smith, DEC
No. 27 Arizona CardinalsDeone Bucannon, SB-
No. 28 Carolina PanthersKelvin Benjamin, WRB
No. 29 New England PatriotsDominique Easley, DTD+
No. 30 San Francisco 49ersJimmie Ward, SB-
No. 31 Denver BroncosBradley Roby, CBB+
No. 32 Minnesota VikingsTeddy Bridgewater, QBA-
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