NFL Draft Grades 2014: Updated Scores Review and Analysis of Day 2 Results

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NFL Draft Grades 2014: Updated Scores Review and Analysis of Day 2 Results
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The surprises continued on Friday night at the 2014 NFL draft as teams continued to retool for the upcoming season.

A handful of buzzed-about prospects came off the board and a handful of teams filled key needs.

Below, you'll find grades for every second- and third-round pick and for every NFL team on Day 2.

2014 NFL Draft Results - 2nd Round
Pick Team Selection Grade
33 Houston Texans Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA A
34 Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State B+
35 Cleveland Browns Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada C
36 Oakland Raiders Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State B+
37 Atlanta Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota B
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington B
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Marqise Lee, WR, USC A
40 Detroit Lions Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU B
41 St. Louis Rams Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State B+
42 Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt A
43 New York Giants Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State C
44 Buffalo Bills Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama B
45 Seattle Seahawks Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado C
46 Pittsburgh Steelers Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame B
47 Washington Redskins Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford B
48 Baltimore Ravens Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State A
49 New York Jets Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech B-
50 San Diego Chargers Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech B
51 Chicago Bears Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU B
52 Arizona Cardinals Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame C
53 Green Bay Packers Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State A
54 Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington B+
55 Cincinnati Bengals Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU C
56 Denver Broncos Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana A
57 San Francisco 49ers Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State C+
58 New Orleans Saints Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska B
59 Indianapolis Colts Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State C
60 Carolina Panthers Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri C-
61 Jacksonville Jaguars Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State B
62 New England Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois D
63 Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU B
64 Seattle Seahawks Justin Britt, OT, Missouri B

Source: NFL.com

2014 NFL Draft Results - 3rd Round
Pick Team Selection Grade
65 Houston Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa C
66 Washington Redskins Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia B+
67 Miami Dolphins Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State B
68 Atlanta Falcons Dez Southward, S, Wisconsin B-
69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia B
70 San Francisco 49ers Marcus Martin, C, USC B
71 Cleveland Browns Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa B
72 Minnesota Vikings Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State B
73 Buffalo Bills Preston Brown, LB, Louisville C
74 New York Giants Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse B
75 St. Louis Rams Tre Mason, RB, Auburn A
76 Detroit Lions Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas B
77 San Francisco 49ers Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin B
78 Washington Redskins Spencer Long, G, Nebraska B
79 Baltimore Ravens Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State A
80 New York Jets Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland B-
81 Oakland Raiders Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State A
82 Chicago Bears Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State B+
83 Houston Texans Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame B+
84 Arizona Cardinals Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina C
85 Green Bay Packers Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss C
86 Philadelphia Eagles Josh Huff, WR, Oregon C
87 Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice B-
88 Cincinnati Bengals Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia B
89 San Diego Chargers Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame B
90 Indianapolis Colts Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi B
91 Arizona Cardinals John Brown, WR, Pittsburgh State B+
92 Carolina Panthers Trai Turner, G, LSU B
93 Jacksonville Jaguars Brandon Linder, G, Miami A-
94 Cleveland Browns Terrance West, RB, Towson C
95 Denver Broncos Michael Schofield, T, Michigan B
96 Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern B-
97 Pittsburgh Steelers Dri Archer, RB, Kent State C
98 Green Bay Packers Richard Rodgers, TE, California C
99 Baltimore Ravens Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State B
100 San Francisco 49ers Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson B

Source: NFL.com

 

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: B-

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Cyrus Kouandjio's decline in 2013 was disconcerting, but if he can play up to his potential the Bills may have come away with a steal in Round 2. It also doesn't hurt that the former Alabama tackle fills a need for Buffalo.

Still, Louisville's Preston Brown is a head-scratching selection at linebacker.

 

Miami Dolphins: B

The Dolphins were wise to select LSU's Jarvis Landry late in Round 2 and continued their offensive line overhaul by adding North Dakota State's Billy Turner in the third round. 

Landry's ball skills and toughness make him a tremendous acquisition, while Turner will have to improve his technique to succeed against elite competition. 

 

New England Patriots: C

Tom Brady is firmly entrenched in New England, so drafting Eastern Illinois's Jimmy Garoppolo in Round 2 doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the Patriots. 

 

New York Jets: B-

The Jets added an intriguing weapon in Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro in Round 2 and bolstered their secondary with Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle in Round 3. But neither of these selections will inspire New York's fan base.

 

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: A

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The Ravens did extremely well on Day 2, landing a pair of Florida State defenders and a tight end. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks were both excellent value picks and can step in and make an impact right away.

 

Cincinnati Bengals: C

Cincinnati reached for LSU's Jeremy Hill in the second round, but addressed a big need in Round 3 with West Virginia's Will Clarke. With Michael Johnson signing with Tampa Bay in free agency, the 6'6", 270-pound pass-rusher will have a role to compete for.

 

Cleveland Browns: C

Picking up Nevada's Joel Bitonio at No. 35 will help Cleveland solve its issues up front, but the Browns could have landed USC's Marqise Lee instead, a pick that may have been key with Josh Gordon's status up in the air.

Adding Towson running back Terrance West in Round 3 was an interesting move, but one that could potentially pay off.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers: B-

Both of Pittsburgh's Day 2 draft picks made sense, but there's no telling how either will fare. Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt is one of the most gifted athletes in this year's draft, but the effort isn't always there.

Kent State running back Dri Archer is extremely agile and quick, but lacks the size and physicality to fit offensively in Pittsburgh's style. 

 

AFC South

Houston Texans: B

The Texans filled some notable holes on Day 2, but failed to land a quarterback, which is their most pressing need at this point. Notre Dame's Louis Nix is another boost for Houston's impressive defensive line and the versatile Xavier Su'a-Filo should help out up front.

 

Indianapolis Colts: C

After waiting patiently on Day 1, the Colts went offense with both picks on Friday, drafting Ohio State tackle Jack Mewhort and Ole Miss wideout Donte Moncrief

Moncrief produced solid numbers with the Rebels but Mewhort was a reach. 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars: A

Wide receiver was a big need for Jacksonville coming into Day 2, so they drafted two. Marqise Lee has the potential to become an impact player right away and Penn State's Allen Robinson is underrated. 

General manager Dave Caldwell expressed his excitement in landing Lee, per ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco:

We're excited. Obviously we had him highly rated. I think the whole country did. But for whatever reason this is a deep draft and sometimes players fall. This is a good draft with good players. Somebody's got to fall, right? And it just so happened that it [wide receiver] was a need for us.

Adding a guard to help protect Blake Bortles in Round 3 was another solid move.

 

Tennessee Titans: B

Running backs are rarely popular picks these days, but the Titans landed a versatile one in Washington's Bishop Sankey, who fills a need following the departure of Chris Johnson.

 

AFC West

Denver Broncos: B

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It would have been nice to see the Broncos add some depth on defense in Round 2, but Indiana's Cody Latimer is a big-time pickup who gives Peyton Manning another weapon to work with. Michigan tackle Michael Schofield could also potentially earn a starting job at some point.

 

Kansas City Chiefs: C

Kansas City had just one pick on Day 2 and went with Rice defensive back Phillip Gaines, who boasts outstanding ball skills but just average cover skills.

 

Oakland Raiders: A

The Raiders addressed key needs at quarterback and on the interior of their offensive line on Friday, taking Fresno State's Derek Carr and Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson. This is shaping up to be an excellent draft for Oakland.

 

San Diego Chargers: A

San Diego has made some strong moves through the first two days of the draft, and Friday's additions stand out. The Bolts were able to add athleticism at linebacker and land a big body to help bolster the offensive line.

 

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: B+

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The Cowboys used their lone Day 2 pick on Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence, an outside linebacker who many feel is underrated. After taking an offensive lineman in Round 1, it was key for Dallas to get defensive on Friday.

 

New York Giants: C

Colorado State center Weston Richburg is a questionable selection for New York, but Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley fills a crucial need on the defensive line for the Giants following the departure of Linval Joseph in free agency. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles: B

Adding a big, chain-moving receiver in Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews is huge for Chip Kelly's offense. Even Aaron Rodgers agrees: 

  

Washington Redskins: B

The Washington Redskins made it very clear that their top priority is protecting Robert Griffin III. They drafted two offensive linemen on Friday, starting with Virginia tackle Morgan Moses with the second pick in Round 3.

 

NFC North

Chicago Bears: B

Both LSU's Ego Ferguson and Arizona State's Will Sutton could become forces in the middle of Chicago's defensive line down the road. For a team that surrendered tons of yards and points a year ago, retooling up front makes perfect sense.

 

Detroit Lions: B

Brigham Young's Kyle Van Noy will add speed on defense for Detroit, and Arkansas center Travis Swanson will offer a quality option at center. Swanson's awareness stands out more so than any of his other attributes. 

 

Green Bay Packers: B

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Fresno State's Davante Adams should step in and contribute right away in the Packers' aerial attack, while Southern Miss defensive tackle Khyri Thornton can provide quickness and power on the defensive line if he can overcome the character concerns scouts have discussed. 

 

Minnesota Vikings: B

After landing Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater on Thursday, Minnesota only had one pick on Day 2 and used it to fill the void left by Jared Allen's departure this offseason. Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton has an undeniable motor and plays with excellent leverage.

 

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: B

Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is a physical specimen who should boost Atlanta's pass rush, but Wisconsin safety Dez Southward is an athlete who needs some developing if he's going to provide a consistent presence on the back end for the Falcons.

 

Carolina Panthers: C

Missouri's Kony Ealy is a strange pick given Carolina's elite defensive line, but LSU's Trai Turner is a solid acquisition for the Panthers up front as they look to protect Cam Newton next season and beyond. 

 

New Orleans Saints: A

The New Orleans Saints only had one pick on Friday, and made sure to address a key need by selection Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Watch for Jean-Baptiste's size and length to give opposing receivers problems down the road. 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B

The Bucs have made it their mission to retool offensively through the draft. After snagging Mike Evans on Day 1, Tampa Bay took a tight end and a running back on Day 2. Will the trend continue on Saturday?

 

 

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: C

The Cardinals bolstered their passing game with a pair of pass-catchers on Friday, but neglected their secondary and reached on North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin.

 

San Francisco 49ers: B

San Francisco had a busy day on Friday, making four picks. Ohio State's Carlos Hyde was a confusing selection in Round 2, but adding two offensive linemen and a linebacker makes sense for the Niners.  

 

Seattle Seahawks: B

The Seahawks picked a pair of unknowns on Friday but have proven experts wrong in the past. They addressed a key need with Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson and will look to keep Russell Wilson protected with Missouri tackle Justin Britt. 

 

St. Louis Rams: A

One day after taking Auburn tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 overall, St. Louis took the back that ran behind him last season in Tre Mason. And by snagging Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner in Round 2, the Rams bolstered their secondary. 

 

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