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

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

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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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-
Analysis

 

Updated Selection Order

 

Round 2 Draft Order
PickTeam
33Houston Texans
34Washington Redskins
35Cleveland Browns
36Oakland Raiders
37Atlanta Falcons
38Tampa Bay Buccaneers
39Jacksonville Jaguars
40Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
41Buffalo Bills
42Tennessee Titans
43New York Giants
44St. Louis Rams
45Detroit Lions
46Pittsburgh Steelers
47Dallas Cowboys
48Baltimore Ravens
49New York Jets
50Miami Dolphins
51Chicago Bears
52Arizona Cardinals
53Green Bay Packers
54Philadelphia Eagles
55Cincinnati Bengals
56San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)
57San Diego Chargers
58New Orleans Saints
59Indianapolis Colts
60Carolina Panthers
61San Francisco 49ers
62New England Patriots
63Denver Broncos
64Seattle Seahawks

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Round 3 Draft Order
PickTeam
65Houston Texans
66Washington Redskins
67Oakland Raiders
68Atlanta Falcons
69Tampa Bay Buccaneers
70Jacksonville Jaguars
71Cleveland Browns
72Minnesota Vikings
73Buffalo Bills
74New York Giants
75St. Louis Rams
76Detroit Lions
77San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans)
78Dallas Cowboys
79Baltimore Ravens
80New York Jets
81Miami Dolphins
82Chicago Bears
83Philadelphia Eagles (from Pittsburgh Steelers through Cleveland Browns)
84Arizona Cardinals
85Green Bay Packers
86Philadelphia Eagles
87Kansas City Chiefs
88Cincinnati Bengals
89San Diego Chargers
90Indianapolis Colts
91Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans Saints)
92Carolina Panthers
93New England Patriots
94San Francisco 49ers
95Denver Broncos
96Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)
97Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)
98Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection)
99Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)
100San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection)

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Round 4 Draft Order
PickTeam
101Houston Texans
102Washington Redskins
103Atlanta Falcons
104New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
105Jacksonville Jaguars
106Cleveland Browns
107Oakland Raiders
108Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
109Buffalo Bills
110St. Louis Rams
111Detroit Lions
112Tennessee Titans
113New York Giants
114Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens)
115New York Jets
116Miami Dolphins
117Chicago Bears
118Pittsburgh Steelers
119Dallas Cowboys
120Arizona Cardinals
121Green Bay Packers
122Philadelphia Eagles
123Cincinnati Bengals
124Kansas City Chiefs
125San Diego Chargers
126New Orleans Saints
127Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts)
128Carolina Panthers
129San Francisco 49ers
130New England Patriots
131Denver Broncos
132Seattle Seahawks
133Detroit Lions (compensatory pick)
134Baltimore Ravens (compensatory pick)
135Houston Texans (compensatory pick)
136Detroit Lions (compensatory pick)
137New York Jets (compensatory pick)
138Baltimore Ravens (compensatory pick)
139Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
140New England Patriots (compensatory pick)

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Round 5 Draft Order
PickTeam
141Houston Texans
142Washington Redskins
143Tampa Bay Buccaneers
144Jacksonville Jaguars
145Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland Browns)
146Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland Raiders)
147Atlanta Falcons
148Minnesota Vikings
149Buffalo Bills
150Jacksonville Jaguars (from Detroit Lions)
151Tennessee Titans
152New York Giants
153St. Louis Rams
154New York Jets
155Miami Dolphins
156Chicago Bears
157Pittsburgh Steelers
158Dallas Cowboys
159Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens)
160Arizona Cardinals
161Green Bay Packers
162Philadelphia Eagles
163Kansas City Chiefs
164Cincinnati Bengals
165San Diego Chargers
166Indianapolis Colts
167New Orleans Saints
168Carolina Panthers
169New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots through Philadelphia Eagles)
170San Francisco 49ers
171Denver Broncos
172Seattle Seahawks
173Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)
174New York Giants (compensatory selection)
175Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)
176Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection)

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Round 6 Draft Order
PickTeam
177Houston Texans
178Washington Redskins
179Jacksonville Jaguars
180Cleveland Browns
181Houston Texans (from Oakland Raiders)
182Atlanta Falcons
183Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
184Minnesota Vikings
185Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills)
186Tennessee Titans
187New York Giants
188St. Louis Rams
189Detroit Lions
190Miami Dolphins
191Chicago Bears
192Pittsburgh Steelers
193Kansas City Chiefs (from Dallas Cowboys)
194Baltimore Ravens
195New York Jets
196Arizona Cardinals
197Green Bay Packers
198New England Patriots (from Philadelphia Eagles)
199Cincinnati Bengals
200Kansas City Chiefs
201San Diego Chargers
202New Orleans Saints
203Indianapolis Colts
204Carolina Panthers
205Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco 49ers)
206New England Patriots
207Denver Broncos
208Seattle Seahawks
209New York Jets (compensatory selection)
210New York Jets (compensatory selection)
211Houston Texans (compensatory selection)
212Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection)
213New York Jets (compensatory selection)
214St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection)
215Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)

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Round 7 Draft Order
PickTeam
216Houston Texans
217Washington Redskins
218Cleveland Browns
219Oakland Raiders
220Atlanta Falcons
221Tampa Bay Buccaneers
222Jacksonville Jaguars
223Minnesota Vikings
224Buffalo Bills
225Carolina Panthers (from New York Giants)
226St. Louis Rams
227Detroit Lions
228Tennessee Titans
229Dallas Cowboys (from Chicago Bears)
230Pittsburgh Steelers
231Dallas Cowboys
232Indianapolis Colts (from Baltimore Ravens)
233New York Jets
234Miami Dolphins
235Oakland Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals)
236Green Bay Packers
237Philadelphia Eagles
238Dallas Cowboys (from Kansas City Chiefs)
239Cincinnati Bengals
240San Diego Chargers
241St. Louis Rams (from Indianapolis Colts)
242San Francisco 49ers (from New Orleans Saints)
243San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers)
244New England Patriots
245San Francisco 49ers
246Denver Broncos
247Oakland Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks)
248Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
249St. Louis Rams (compensatory pick)
250St. Louis Rams (compensatory pick)
251Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
252Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory pick)
253Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
254Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick)
255Atlanta Falcons (compensatory pick)
256Houston Texans (compensatory pick)

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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.

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

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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