NFL Draft 2014 Results: Full List of Grades, Top Prospects Available After Day 2

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IMay 10, 2014

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From defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to guard Brandon Thomas and all 98 picks between the two, the NFL draft just finished off two productive days. Believe it or not, there is still one more day and four more rounds left. 

The final four rounds don't pack the excitement of the first three, but they are pivotal to a franchise's success, nonetheless. A team that consistently drafts players who can contribute from the late rounds has a solid and cheap foundation to build upon. 

Still, it is the guys from the first three rounds who drive initial draft grades. Have a look at my grades for each pick from the first three rounds, and then I'll take a look at the best players available for Saturday's final rounds:


2014 Round 1
1.TexansJadeveon Clowney, DE, South CarolinaA-Clowney was the best player available. He will improve Houston's pass rush.
2.Rams (from WSH)Greg Robinson, OT, AuburnARobinson is a potentially dominant lineman in the pass and run game.
3.JaguarsBlake Bortles, QB, UCFB-A surprise pick that the current Jaguars regime will be hoping pans out.
4.Bills*Sammy Watkins, WR, ClemsonAThe Bills made a bold move to grab the best WR to help bring balance to their offense.
5.RaidersKhalil Mack, OLB, BuffaloA+The Raiders lucked out with Mack falling into their lap.
6.FalconsJake Matthews, OT, Texas A&MAMatthews is a polished pass-blocker who will contribute right away.
7.BuccaneersMike Evans, WR, Texas A&MAEvans will pair with Vincent Jackson to give new quarterback Josh McCown lengthy targets like he had last year.
8.Browns*Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma StDBrowns shouldn't have traded up one spot to make this pick, but Gilbert has big potential.
9.Vikings*Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLACBarr is a bit of a project pick for a franchise that needs instant impact.
10.LionsEric Ebron, TE, UNCC-Ebron is a decent value, but the Lions should've addressed the D- or O-Line
11.TitansTaylor Lewan, OT, MichiganB+Lewan is a potential franchise left tackle and instantly improves the Titans by allowing Michael Oher to move inside.
12.GiantsOdell Beckham Jr., WR, LSUBBeckham is the kind of deep threat the Giants need to open up their vertical offense.
13.RamsAaron Donald, DT, PittBAn explosive DT who will help give the Rams one of the best D-Lines in the NFL.
14.BearsKyle Fuller, CB, Virginia TechBWould've liked to see the Bears go D-Line, but Fuller is a strong prospect.
15.SteelersRyan Shazier, OLB, Ohio StateC+A bit of a reach, but the Steelers have a great track record drafting LBs.
16.CowboysZack Martin, OG/T, Notre DameB+Martin will help give the Cowboys a strong offensive line.
17.RavensC.J. Mosley, ILB, AlabamaB+The Ravens found a player to help solidify their front seven.
18.JetsCalvin Pryor, S, LouisvilleAPryor is a hard-hitting safety who will fit right in with the Jets.
19.DolphinsJa'Wuan James, OT, TennesseeC+James was a bit of a reach, but the Dolphins definitely need help on the O-Line
20.Saints*Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon StateB+The Saints found an explosive playmaker to replace Darren Sproles.
21.PackersHa Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, AlabamaAThe Packers needed a free safety and Clinton-Dix was the best available.
22.Browns*Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&MA+It is a steal to get a quarterback with Manziel's talent at No. 22.
23.ChiefsDee Ford, DE, AuburnCThe Chiefs reached for Ford and did so when pass rush was already a strength.
24.BengalsDarqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan StAA wonderful corner prospect who will be groomed to take over for the aging Terence Newman.
25.ChargersJason Verrett, CB, TCUB+The Chargers needed help in the secondary and grabbed a natural cover man.
26.Eagles* (from IND)Marcus Smith, DE, LouisvilleCMarcus Smith went earlier than most expected, but the Eagles needed someone to boost their pass rush.
27.Cardinals*Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington StBBuccanon is an accomplished safety, but the Cardinals should've gone D-Line
28.PanthersKelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida StA-A lengthy target for a team desperate for competent receivers.
29.PatriotsDominique Easley, DT, FloridaCA reach here, but the Patriots needed the depth on the D-Line
30.49ersJimmie Ward, SS, N. IllinoisC-The 49ers needed secondary help but should've grabbed an accomplished corner.
31.BroncosBradley Roby, CB, Ohio StateBThe Broncos needed help at DB, but Roby is not the most polished corner.
32.Vikings*Teddy Bridgewater, QB, LouisvilleAA strong move by the Vikings to get back into the first round and grab their possible QB of the future.


2014 Round 3
165Houston TexansC.J. Fiedorowicz,TE, IowaB-
266Washington RedskinsMorgan Moses, OT, VirginiaA
367Miami DolphinsBilly Turner, OT, NDSUB+
468Atlanta FalconsDez Southward, S, WisconsinB+
569Tampa Bay BuccaneersCharles Sims, RB, W VirginiaB-
670Jacksonville JaguarsMarcus Martin, C, USCB+
771Cleveland BrownsChris Kirksey, OLB, IowaC
872Minnesota VikingsScott Crichton, DE, Oregon StB
973Buffalo BillsPreston Brown, ILB, LouisvilleC+
1074New York GiantsJay Bromley, DT, SyracuseB-
1175St. Louis RamsTre Mason, RB, AuburnA
1276Detroit LionsTravis Swanson, C, ArkansasB+
1377San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee) Chris Borland, ILB, WisconsinB+
1478Washington Redskins*Spencer Long, OG, NebraskaC+
1579Baltimore RavensTerrence Brooks, S, Florida StB
1680New York JetsDex McDougle, CB, MarylandC
1781Oakland Raiders*Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss StB+
1882Chicago BearsWill Sutton, DT, Arizona StB+
1983Houston Texans*Louis Nix III, DT, Notre DameA
2084Arizona CardinalsKareem Martin, DE, UNCB
2185Green Bay PackersKhyri Thornton, DT, So MissB
2286Philadelphia EaglesJosh Huff, WR, OregonB
2387Kansas City ChiefsPhillip Gaines, CB, RiceC-
2488Cincinnati BengalsWilliam Clarke, DE, W VirginiaB
2589San Diego ChargersChris Watt, OG, Notre DameB+
2690Indianapolis ColtsDonte Moncrief, WR, Ole MissB
2791Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans)John Brown, WR, Pitt StB-
2892Carolina PanthersTrai Turner, OG, LSUC
2993Miami Dolphins*Brandon Linder, OG, MiamiB
3094Cleveland Browns*Michael Schofield, OT, MichiganB-
3195Denver BroncosMichael Schofield, OT, MichiganB-
3296Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)Jerick McKinnon, RB, G SouthernB+
3397Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)Dri Archer, RB, Kent StB+
3498Green Bay Packers (compensatory)Richard Rodgers, TE, CaliforniaB+
3599Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado StB-
36100San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)Brandon Thomas, OG, ClemsonB
*Trade on draft day


2014 Round 2
133Houston TexansXavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLABSu'a-Filo is a needed addition to the O-Line, but the Texans should've grabbed a QB.
234Dallas Cowboys*Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise StC+The Cowboys gave up too much value for me to grade this favorably.
335Cleveland BrownsJoel Bitonio, OT, NevadaCGiven the possible suspension of Josh Gordon, it was shocking the Browns didn't go WR.
436Oakland RaidersDerek Carr, QB, Fresno StA+The Raiders must be ecstatic to get Mack in the first round and still find a QB as talented as Carr.
537Atlanta FalconsRa'Shede Hageman, DT, MinnesotaB+The Falcons added needed size and strength on the D-Line
638Tampa Bay BuccaneersAustin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) WashingtonC+Tight end was not a big need in Tampa. Seferian-Jenkins will have to improve his consistency to warrant the pick.
739Jacksonville JaguarsMarqise Lee, WR, USCB+Lee has injury issues, but he is a talented WR and the Jaguars needed a weapon.
840Detroit Lions*Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYUB-I like the Lions targeting an LB, but they didn't have to trade up to address the need.
941St. Louis Rams*Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida StBJoyner is small but explosive, and the Rams had the resources to trade up.
1042Philadelphia Eagles*Jordan Matthews, WR, VanderbiltB+With the top receiver prospects going off the board, the Eagles made an aggressive and needed move.
1143New York GiantsWeston Richburg, C, Colorado St.C+The Giants boosted their rebuilding of the offensive line with a solid center, but not the best value
1244Buffalo Bills*Cyrus Kouandjio, T, AlabamaA-A good value who fills a need.
1345Seattle Seahawks*Paul Richardson, WR, ColoradaBA small receiver who will add more explosiveness to Seattle.
1446Pittsburgh SteelersStephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre DameB+A strong interior presence for the Steelers to rebuild their defense with.
1547Washington Redskins*Trent Murphy, OLB, StanfordBThe Redskins were wise to target defense. Murphy is an explosive LB.
1648Baltimore RavensTimmy Jernigan, DT, Florida StateAMost had Jernigan going in the first round. He is a good fit and value for Baltimore.
1749New York JetsJace Amaro, TE, Texas TechAThe Jets need offensive playmakers, and that's what Amaro is at TE.
1850San Diego Chargers*Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Ga TechC+The Chargers made an aggressive move to try and boost their pass rush. They have too many needs on defense to give up value.
1951Chicago BearsEgo Ferguson (DT) LSUB+The Bears had to add muscle to the interior of their D-Line. Ferguson brings that.
2052Arizona CardinalsTroy Niklas, TE, Notre DameC+Niklas has potential but is raw. This was too early for the Cardinals to take a project pick.
2153Green Bay PackersDavante Adams, WR, Fresno StB+This was a solid value and it was a smart decision to give Aaron Rodgers another weapon.
2254Tennessee TitansBishop Sankey, RB, WashingtonAFinally! An RB was drafted. The Titans have a potentially great offensive line. Sankey will flourish behind good blocking.
2355Cincinnati BengalsJeremy Hill, RB, LSUC+Hill is an upgrade over Green-Ellis, but the Bengals didn't need to adress RB.
2456Denver Broncos*Cody Latimer, WR, IndianaBLatimer is a good value here. The Broncos needed another receiver.
2557San Francisco 49ers*Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio StC+Hyde fits the 49ers' physical style, but San Francisco has plenty of depth at the position.
2658New Orleans SaintsStan Jean-Baptiste, CB, NebraskaB+After spending the first pick on a WR, the Saints were wise to add a corner here.
2759Indianapolis ColtsJack Mewhort, OT, Ohio StB+When you have a QB like Andrew Luck, you make sure he is protected.
2860Carolina PanthersKony Ealy, DE, MissouriBGreat value here, but I'm surprised the Panthers didn't grab an LT.
2961Jacksonville Jaguars*Allen Robinson, WR, Penn StateB+The Jaguars are making sure new QB Bortles has weapons. Robinson is a good value.
3062New England PatriotsJimmy Garoppolo, QB, E IllinoisBThe Patriots have another QB to groom and now have the freedom to trade R. Mallett.
3163Miami Dolphins*Jarvis Landry, WR, LSUBThe Dolphins need more weapons on offense. Landry was a decent value.
3264Seattle SeahawksJustin Britt, OT, MissouriDThe Seahawks have had success drafting players that appeared to be reaches, but not when it comes at O-Line.
*Traded on Draft Day


Top Talent Remaining

AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

Maybe AJ McCarron should have played in the Senior Bowl after all. The supremely accomplished college quarterback remains on the board after three rounds and the selection of five other quarterbacks. 

As Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News tweeted, McCarron isn't the only quarterback in his conference to slide in the draft: 

McCarron is a two-time national champion who threw 58 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions over the past two seasons. 

He does not have the greatest arm or mobility, but he's shown that he can handle the moment with poise and winning results. He made a lot of big throws while at Alabama. 

I wouldn't expect McCarron to be on the board for more than a few picks on Saturday, but then again, I didn't think he would last past the third round, either. 


Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

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Bruce Ellington is being limited by his height (5'9"). He has good explosion, but he does not possess the kind of jaw-dropping quick-twitch muscles that would allow him to overcome his height and be selected within the first two rounds. 

After a season where he pulled in 59 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns, however, he could have gone off the board in the third round. 

Ellington is a good fit for any team looking for a player with the kind of moves needed to turn short passes into long gains. He won't last long in the fourth round.


DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

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DaQuan Jones is a strong, run-stuffing defensive tackle who is coming off a breakout season that saw him earn all All-Big Ten honors. 

He has the ability to penetrate the opposing backfield with a powerful bull rush, and he can also occupy multiple blockers on the line of scrimmage. 

He is not great in pursuit and will occasionally take plays off, however, which explains why he is still available. 

Still, for any team looking to beef up in the defensive trenches, Jones is the best option left. 


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