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

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 10, 2014

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
1Houston TexansJadeveon ClowneyA+
2St. Louis RamsGreg RobinsonA+
3Jacksonville JaguarsBlake BortlesB-
4Buffalo BillsSammy WatkinsA+
5Oakland RaidersKhalil MackA+
6Atlanta FalconsJake MatthewsA+
7Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike EvansA+
8Cleveland BrownsJustin GilbertA
9Minnesota VikingsAnthony BarrA
10Detroit LionsEric EbronA-
11Tennessee TitansTaylor LewanA
12New York GiantsOdell Beckham Jr.A+
13St. Louis RamsAaron DonaldA+
14Chicago BearsKyle FullerA
15Pittsburgh SteelersRyan ShazierB+
16Dallas CowboysZack MartinB+
17Baltimore RavensC.J. MosleyA
18New York JetsCalvin PryorA-
19Miami DolphinsJa'Wuan JamesC+
20New Orleans SaintsBrandin CooksA+
21Green Bay PackersHa Ha Clinton-DixA+
22Cleveland BrownsJohnny ManzielA+
23Kansas City ChiefsDee FordB-
24Cincinnati BengalsDarqueze DennardA+
25San Diego ChargersJason VerrettA+
26Philadelphia EaglesMarcus SmithB-
27Arizona CardinalsDeone BucannonB
28Carolina PanthersKelvin BenjaminA-
29New England PatriotsDominique EasleyA-
30San Francisco 49ersJimmie WardA-
31Denver BroncosBradley RobyA
32Minnesota VikingsTeddy BridgewaterA+
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
33Houston TexansXavier Su'a-FiloA+
34Dallas CowboysDemarcus LawrenceA-
35Cleveland BrownsJoel BitonioB
36Oakland RaidersDerek CarrA
37Atlanta FalconsRa'Shede HagemanA+
38Tampa Bay BuccaneersAustin Seferian-JenkinsB-
39Jacksonville JaguarsMarqise LeeA+
40Detroit LionsKyle Van NoyB+
41St. Louis RamsLamarcus JoynerB-
42Philadelphia EaglesJordan MatthewsA-
43New York GiantsWeston RichburgB-
44Buffalo BillsCyrus KouandjioA
45Seattle SeahawksPaul RichardsonC+
46Pittsburgh SteelersStephon TuittA
47Washington RedskinsTrent MurphyB+
48Baltimore RavensTimmy JerniganA
49New York JetsJace AmaroA+
50San Diego ChargersJeremiah AttaochuA-
51Chicago BearsEgo FergusonC
52Arizona CardinalsTroy NiklasA
53Green Bay PackersDavante AdamsB+
54Tennessee TitansBishop SankeyA
55Cincinnati BengalsJeremy HillB
56Denver BroncosCody LatimerA
57San Francisco 49ersCarlos HydeA
58New Orleans SaintsStanley Jean-BaptisteB
59Indianapolis ColtsJack MewhortB+
60Carolina PanthersKony EalyA
61Jacksonville JaguarsAllen RobinsonA+
62New England PatriotsJimmy GaroppoloB+
63Miami DolphinsJarvis LandryA-
64Seattle SeahawksJustin BrittC+
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
65Houston TexansC.J. FiedorowiczB
66Washington RedskinsMorgan MosesA+
67Miami DolphinsBilly TurnerB+
68Atlanta FalconsDezmen SouthwardB
69Tampa Bay BuccaneersCharles SimsB
70San Francisco 49ersMarcus MartinA+
71Cleveland BrownsChristian KirkseyB
72Minnesota VikingsScott CrichtonB+
73Buffalo BillsPreston BrownB
74New York GiantsJay BromleyB
75St. Louis RamsTre MasonA
76Detroit LionsTravis SwansonA
77San Francisco 49ersChris BorlandA-
78Washington RedskinsSpencer LongB-
79Baltimore RavensTerrence BrooksB+
80New York JetsDexter McDougleC
81Oakland RaidersGabe JacksonA
82Chicago BearsWill SuttonB-
83Houston TexansLouis NixA+
84Arizona CardinalsKareem MartinA
85Green Bay PackersKhyri ThorntonC+
86Philadelphia EaglesJosh HuffB
87Kansas City ChiefsPhillip GainesB-
88Cincinnati BengalsWill ClarkeB+
89San Diego ChargersChris WattA
90Indianapolis ColtsDonte MoncriefA
91Arizona CardinalsJohn BrownC+
92Carolina PanthersTrai TurnerA
93Jacksonville JaguarsBrandon LinderB
94Cleveland BrownsTerrance WestB+
95Denver BroncosMichael SchofieldB
96Minnesota VikingsJerick McKinnonB+
97Pittsburgh SteelersDri ArcherB+
98Green Bay PackersRichard RodgersB+
99Baltimore RavensCrockett GillmoreB-
100San Francisco 49ersBrandon ThomasA-
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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