NFL Draft Grades 2014: Full Results, Analysis and Reaction After Rounds 1-3

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NFL Draft Grades 2014: Full Results, Analysis and Reaction After Rounds 1-3
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Just like that, three rounds of the 2014 NFL draft are in the books.

The first two days seemed to blow by in an instant after months of prospect analysis and mock drafts. It has been a long and arduous road for NFL hopefuls, and now 100 of them have new homes.

Strengthening rosters through the draft is of the highest importance for every NFL franchise. Making the right moves here can ensure success for the long run; however, a couple of bad decisions can set a team back for years.

Of course, we won't know the impact of these rookies until they take the field on a full-time basis. But that won't stop us from speculating.

Let's take a look at the complete list of selections through three rounds of the draft, break down some of the most intriguing picks and highlight reactions from around the Web.

Round 1

2014 NFL Draft: Round 1 Selections and Grades
Pick Team Player Grade
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney A+
2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson A+
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles B-
4 Buffalo Bills Sammy Watkins A+
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack A+
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews A+
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans A+
8 Cleveland Browns Justin Gilbert A
9 Minnesota Vikings Anthony Barr A
10 Detroit Lions Eric Ebron A-
11 Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan A
12 New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. A+
13 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald A+
14 Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller A
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier B+
16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin B+
17 Baltimore Ravens C.J. Mosley A
18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor A-
19 Miami Dolphins Ja'Wuan James C+
20 New Orleans Saints Brandin Cooks A+
21 Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix A+
22 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel A+
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford B-
24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard A+
25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett A+
26 Philadelphia Eagles Marcus Smith B-
27 Arizona Cardinals Deone Bucannon B
28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin A-
29 New England Patriots Dominique Easley A-
30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward A-
31 Denver Broncos Bradley Roby A
32 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater A+

Selections via O'Donnell's grades

The Houston Texans started the draft with a bang, selecting the athletically gifted Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. Pairing him alongside J.J. Watt will be huge for this defense in 2014.

SportsNation tweeted a rather telling image of what is to come in Houston:

The Buffalo Bills made plenty of noise early in the draft, trading up to the No. 4 pick to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. One quarterback was rather excited about the pick, according to his tweet:

After a long wait, former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel finally came off the board at No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns. An NFL-ready signal-caller, he'll take charge of the Browns offense immediately.

Once Manziel was officially a Brown, Cleveland fans took notice, according to a tweet from SportsCenter:


Round 2

2014 NFL Draft: Round 2 Selections and Grades
Pick Team Player Grade
33 Houston Texans Xavier Su'a-Filo A+
34 Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence A-
35 Cleveland Browns Joel Bitonio B
36 Oakland Raiders Derek Carr A
37 Atlanta Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman A+
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Austin Seferian-Jenkins B-
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Marqise Lee A+
40 Detroit Lions Kyle Van Noy B+
41 St. Louis Rams Lamarcus Joyner B-
42 Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Matthews A-
43 New York Giants Weston Richburg B-
44 Buffalo Bills Cyrus Kouandjio A
45 Seattle Seahawks Paul Richardson C+
46 Pittsburgh Steelers Stephon Tuitt A
47 Washington Redskins Trent Murphy B+
48 Baltimore Ravens Timmy Jernigan A
49 New York Jets Jace Amaro A+
50 San Diego Chargers Jeremiah Attaochu A-
51 Chicago Bears Ego Ferguson C
52 Arizona Cardinals Troy Niklas A
53 Green Bay Packers Davante Adams B+
54 Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey A
55 Cincinnati Bengals Jeremy Hill B
56 Denver Broncos Cody Latimer A
57 San Francisco 49ers Carlos Hyde A
58 New Orleans Saints Stanley Jean-Baptiste B
59 Indianapolis Colts Jack Mewhort B+
60 Carolina Panthers Kony Ealy A
61 Jacksonville Jaguars Allen Robinson A+
62 New England Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo B+
63 Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry A-
64 Seattle Seahawks Justin Britt C+

Selections via O'Donnell's grades

Derek Carr was the first quarterback off the board in the second round. The Oakland Raiders waited patiently for their guy and got him with the 36th selection. Apparently, this was Oakland's plan all along, as ESPN insider Adam Schefter tweeted an interesting tidbit of information:

The Jacksonville Jaguars were a very busy team in Round 2, selecting two wide receivers in an effort to ensure Blake Bortles will have weapons. Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson joined Bortles on Day 2 of the draft in a big, bold move by the Jaguars.

Schefter tweeted the significance:

The first running back also came off the board in Round 2, as the Tennessee Titans replaced the departed Chris Johnson with Bishop Sankey.

He was thrilled to join the Titans, according to a tweet from Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

Could Tom Brady's successor now be in the fold in New England? It's a strong possibility after the Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo near the end of the second round.

According to an instant Twitter poll by NFL on ESPN, the fans liked the selection:

Round 3

2014 NFL Draft: Round 3 Selections and Grades
Pick Team Player Grade
65 Houston Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz B
66 Washington Redskins Morgan Moses A+
67 Miami Dolphins Billy Turner B+
68 Atlanta Falcons Dezmen Southward B
69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Charles Sims B
70 San Francisco 49ers Marcus Martin A+
71 Cleveland Browns Christian Kirksey B
72 Minnesota Vikings Scott Crichton B+
73 Buffalo Bills Preston Brown B
74 New York Giants Jay Bromley B
75 St. Louis Rams Tre Mason A
76 Detroit Lions Travis Swanson A
77 San Francisco 49ers Chris Borland A-
78 Washington Redskins Spencer Long B-
79 Baltimore Ravens Terrence Brooks B+
80 New York Jets Dexter McDougle C
81 Oakland Raiders Gabe Jackson A
82 Chicago Bears Will Sutton B-
83 Houston Texans Louis Nix A+
84 Arizona Cardinals Kareem Martin A
85 Green Bay Packers Khyri Thornton C+
86 Philadelphia Eagles Josh Huff B
87 Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Gaines B-
88 Cincinnati Bengals Will Clarke B+
89 San Diego Chargers Chris Watt A
90 Indianapolis Colts Donte Moncrief A
91 Arizona Cardinals John Brown C+
92 Carolina Panthers Trai Turner A
93 Jacksonville Jaguars Brandon Linder B
94 Cleveland Browns Terrance West B+
95 Denver Broncos Michael Schofield B
96 Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon B+
97 Pittsburgh Steelers Dri Archer B+
98 Green Bay Packers Richard Rodgers B+
99 Baltimore Ravens Crockett Gillmore B-
100 San Francisco 49ers Brandon Thomas A-

Selections via O'Donnell's grades

The Redskins haven't had too many picks to work with thus far in the draft; however, they made their first pick of the third round count in a big way.

Adding Morgan Moses—an offensive tackle who was viewed as a low-end first-rounder by some analysts—will be huge for the protection of Robert Griffin III going forward. Moses is an NFL-ready prospect who will serve nicely as Washington's right tackle.

He was hyped about joining the Redskins, according to his tweet after being drafted:

The Rams continued a strong draft haul in the third round, selecting the speedy Tre Mason. Pairing him with Zac Stacy will form a formidable backfield duo in St. Louis, adding to the explosiveness of this budding offense.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Josina Anderson, general manager Les Snead's decision to select Mason was simple:

The Texans added to their impressive draft by selecting former Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III in the third round.

With Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt already in the fold, Nix makes this defensive look absolutely explosive. He is a true 3-4 nose tackle, and his big frame and gap-filling style of play will secure the interior, while his counterparts rush from the edge.

SportsCenter tweeted its thoughts on the selection:

This should be a monster defensive line, indeed.

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