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

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NFL Draft 2014 Results: Full List of Grades, Top Prospects Available After Day 2
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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
Pick Team Player Grade Analysis
1. Texans Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina A- Clowney was the best player available. He will improve Houston's pass rush.
2. Rams (from WSH) Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn A Robinson is a potentially dominant lineman in the pass and run game.
3. Jaguars Blake Bortles, QB, UCF B- A surprise pick that the current Jaguars regime will be hoping pans out.
4. Bills* Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson A The Bills made a bold move to grab the best WR to help bring balance to their offense.
5. Raiders Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo A+ The Raiders lucked out with Mack falling into their lap.
6. Falcons Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M A Matthews is a polished pass-blocker who will contribute right away.
7. Buccaneers Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M A Evans will pair with Vincent Jackson to give new quarterback Josh McCown lengthy targets like he had last year.
8. Browns* Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St D Browns shouldn't have traded up one spot to make this pick, but Gilbert has big potential.
9. Vikings* Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA C Barr is a bit of a project pick for a franchise that needs instant impact.
10. Lions Eric Ebron, TE, UNC C- Ebron is a decent value, but the Lions should've addressed the D- or O-Line
11. Titans Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan B+ Lewan is a potential franchise left tackle and instantly improves the Titans by allowing Michael Oher to move inside.
12. Giants Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU B Beckham is the kind of deep threat the Giants need to open up their vertical offense.
13. Rams Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt B An explosive DT who will help give the Rams one of the best D-Lines in the NFL.
14. Bears Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech B Would've liked to see the Bears go D-Line, but Fuller is a strong prospect.
15. Steelers Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State C+ A bit of a reach, but the Steelers have a great track record drafting LBs.
16. Cowboys Zack Martin, OG/T, Notre Dame B+ Martin will help give the Cowboys a strong offensive line.
17. Ravens C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama B+ The Ravens found a player to help solidify their front seven.
18. Jets Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville A Pryor is a hard-hitting safety who will fit right in with the Jets.
19. Dolphins Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee C+ James was a bit of a reach, but the Dolphins definitely need help on the O-Line
20. Saints* Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State B+ The Saints found an explosive playmaker to replace Darren Sproles.
21. Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama A The Packers needed a free safety and Clinton-Dix was the best available.
22. Browns* Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M A+ It is a steal to get a quarterback with Manziel's talent at No. 22.
23. Chiefs Dee Ford, DE, Auburn C The Chiefs reached for Ford and did so when pass rush was already a strength.
24. Bengals Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St A A wonderful corner prospect who will be groomed to take over for the aging Terence Newman.
25. Chargers Jason Verrett, CB, TCU B+ The Chargers needed help in the secondary and grabbed a natural cover man.
26. Eagles* (from IND) Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville C Marcus Smith went earlier than most expected, but the Eagles needed someone to boost their pass rush.
27. Cardinals* Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington St B Buccanon is an accomplished safety, but the Cardinals should've gone D-Line
28. Panthers Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St A- A lengthy target for a team desperate for competent receivers.
29. Patriots Dominique Easley, DT, Florida C A reach here, but the Patriots needed the depth on the D-Line
30. 49ers Jimmie Ward, SS, N. Illinois C- The 49ers needed secondary help but should've grabbed an accomplished corner.
31. Broncos Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State B The Broncos needed help at DB, but Roby is not the most polished corner.
32. Vikings* Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville A A strong move by the Vikings to get back into the first round and grab their possible QB of the future.

 

2014 Round 3
Pick Overall Team Player Grade
1 65 Houston Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz,TE, Iowa B-
2 66 Washington Redskins Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia A
3 67 Miami Dolphins Billy Turner, OT, NDSU B+
4 68 Atlanta Falcons Dez Southward, S, Wisconsin B+
5 69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Charles Sims, RB, W Virginia B-
6 70 Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Martin, C, USC B+
7 71 Cleveland Browns Chris Kirksey, OLB, Iowa C
8 72 Minnesota Vikings Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St B
9 73 Buffalo Bills Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville C+
10 74 New York Giants Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse B-
11 75 St. Louis Rams Tre Mason, RB, Auburn A
12 76 Detroit Lions Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas B+
13 77 San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee) Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin B+
14 78 Washington Redskins* Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska C+
15 79 Baltimore Ravens Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St B
16 80 New York Jets Dex McDougle, CB, Maryland C
17 81 Oakland Raiders* Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss St B+
18 82 Chicago Bears Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St B+
19 83 Houston Texans* Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame A
20 84 Arizona Cardinals Kareem Martin, DE, UNC B
21 85 Green Bay Packers Khyri Thornton, DT, So Miss B
22 86 Philadelphia Eagles Josh Huff, WR, Oregon B
23 87 Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice C-
24 88 Cincinnati Bengals William Clarke, DE, W Virginia B
25 89 San Diego Chargers Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame B+
26 90 Indianapolis Colts Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss B
27 91 Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans) John Brown, WR, Pitt St B-
28 92 Carolina Panthers Trai Turner, OG, LSU C
29 93 Miami Dolphins* Brandon Linder, OG, Miami B
30 94 Cleveland Browns* Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan B-
31 95 Denver Broncos Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan B-
32 96 Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) Jerick McKinnon, RB, G Southern B+
33 97 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) Dri Archer, RB, Kent St B+
34 98 Green Bay Packers (compensatory) Richard Rodgers, TE, California B+
35 99 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St B-
36 100 San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson B

*Trade on draft day

 

2014 Round 2
Pick Overall Team Pick Grade Analysis
1 33 Houston Texans Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA B Su'a-Filo is a needed addition to the O-Line, but the Texans should've grabbed a QB.
2 34 Dallas Cowboys* Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise St C+ The Cowboys gave up too much value for me to grade this favorably.
3 35 Cleveland Browns Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada C Given the possible suspension of Josh Gordon, it was shocking the Browns didn't go WR.
4 36 Oakland Raiders Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St A+ The Raiders must be ecstatic to get Mack in the first round and still find a QB as talented as Carr.
5 37 Atlanta Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota B+ The Falcons added needed size and strength on the D-Line
6 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) Washington C+ Tight end was not a big need in Tampa. Seferian-Jenkins will have to improve his consistency to warrant the pick.
7 39 Jacksonville Jaguars Marqise Lee, WR, USC B+ Lee has injury issues, but he is a talented WR and the Jaguars needed a weapon.
8 40 Detroit Lions* Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU B- I like the Lions targeting an LB, but they didn't have to trade up to address the need.
9 41 St. Louis Rams* Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St B Joyner is small but explosive, and the Rams had the resources to trade up.
10 42 Philadelphia Eagles* Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt B+ With the top receiver prospects going off the board, the Eagles made an aggressive and needed move.
11 43 New York Giants Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St. C+ The Giants boosted their rebuilding of the offensive line with a solid center, but not the best value
12 44 Buffalo Bills* Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama A- A good value who fills a need.
13 45 Seattle Seahawks* Paul Richardson, WR, Colorada B A small receiver who will add more explosiveness to Seattle.
14 46 Pittsburgh Steelers Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame B+ A strong interior presence for the Steelers to rebuild their defense with.
15 47 Washington Redskins* Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford B The Redskins were wise to target defense. Murphy is an explosive LB.
16 48 Baltimore Ravens Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State A Most had Jernigan going in the first round. He is a good fit and value for Baltimore.
17 49 New York Jets Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech A The Jets need offensive playmakers, and that's what Amaro is at TE.
18 50 San Diego Chargers* Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Ga Tech C+ The Chargers made an aggressive move to try and boost their pass rush. They have too many needs on defense to give up value.
19 51 Chicago Bears Ego Ferguson (DT) LSU B+ The Bears had to add muscle to the interior of their D-Line. Ferguson brings that.
20 52 Arizona Cardinals Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame C+ Niklas has potential but is raw. This was too early for the Cardinals to take a project pick.
21 53 Green Bay Packers Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St B+ This was a solid value and it was a smart decision to give Aaron Rodgers another weapon.
22 54 Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington A Finally! An RB was drafted. The Titans have a potentially great offensive line. Sankey will flourish behind good blocking.
23 55 Cincinnati Bengals Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU C+ Hill is an upgrade over Green-Ellis, but the Bengals didn't need to adress RB.
24 56 Denver Broncos* Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana B Latimer is a good value here. The Broncos needed another receiver.
25 57 San Francisco 49ers* Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St C+ Hyde fits the 49ers' physical style, but San Francisco has plenty of depth at the position.
26 58 New Orleans Saints Stan Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska B+ After spending the first pick on a WR, the Saints were wise to add a corner here.
27 59 Indianapolis Colts Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio St B+ When you have a QB like Andrew Luck, you make sure he is protected.
28 60 Carolina Panthers Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri B Great value here, but I'm surprised the Panthers didn't grab an LT.
29 61 Jacksonville Jaguars* Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State B+ The Jaguars are making sure new QB Bortles has weapons. Robinson is a good value.
30 62 New England Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, E Illinois B The Patriots have another QB to groom and now have the freedom to trade R. Mallett.
31 63 Miami Dolphins* Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU B The Dolphins need more weapons on offense. Landry was a decent value.
32 64 Seattle Seahawks Justin Britt, OT, Missouri D The 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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