NFL Draft Results 2014: Complete List of Rounds 1-3 Grades for Each Franchise

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NFL Draft Results 2014: Complete List of Rounds 1-3 Grades for Each Franchise
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It's just impossible to take your eyes away.

The first round of the 2014 NFL draft was a drama-filled, suspenseful night. Day 2 of the draft was fast-paced and just as intriguing for every team and fan base involved.

A few teams have brought in outstanding prospects that make perfect fits for the team. Others have disappointed their fans with head-scratching decisions that could set back the franchise.

As incredible as each round has been, getting a grasp on each team's haul can be a daunting task. Luckily, we're about to take a look at the class so far for each team and grades for every franchise.

2014 NFL Draft Selections By Team (Rounds 1-3)
Team Grades/Analysis
Arizona Cardinals A-: Selection of Deone Bucannon was a reach, but Kareem Martin and John Brown should be great pros.
Atlanta Falcons B: Jake Matthews was a great start, but not addressing actual pass rush through three rounds makes this tough to grade any higher.
Baltimore Ravens B+: Solid draft thus far with C.J. Mosley and Timmy Jernigan, but still haven't addressed loss of Michael Oher on offensive line.
Buffalo Bills A-: Bills trade up for an outstanding receiver and got another great lineman with Cyrus Kouandjio in second round.
Carolina Panthers B-: Kelvin Benjamin fills a need but could wind up being a bust with drops. Kony Ealy addition could be insurance if Greg Hardy walks after franchise tag.
Chicago Bears C+: Reaches all around for the Chicago Bears, with the biggest coming in the first round for Kyle Fuller.
Cincinnati Bengals B+: The Bengals had a glaring need and waited until the third round to address it. But getting Darqueze Dennard late and pairing Jeremy Hill with Gio Bernard could be lethal.
Cleveland Browns B-: Draft evaluation below.
Dallas Cowboys A: Only two picks in the first three rounds, but each addressed needs perfectly for the Cowboys.
Denver Broncos B+: Continuing to build during a strong offseason, the Broncos now have Bradley Roby in a strong secondary and another weapon in Cody Latimer.
Detroit Lions C: Love the pickup of Kyle Van Noy and Eric Ebron, but neither fill the glaring needs in the secondary.
Green Bay Packers A-: Draft evaluation below.
Houston Texans A+: Draft evaluation below.
Indianapolis Colts C: With just five picks in the entire draft, the Colts had to fill needs right away. Jack Mewhort makes sense, Donte Moncrief is a luxury pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars B+: I've changed my mind after blowing up the Jags on Day 1. With two potentially great wide receivers in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, Blake Bortles suddenly has more weapons than Johnny Manziel.
Kansas City Chiefs C: Two picks for the Chiefs and they don't fill a need in the first round. Phillip Gaines is helpful, but a WR or CB in first round makes this a better class.
Miami Dolphins D+: First-round pick is 2-3 round talent. Second pick is a great WR, but on a team with depth at the position. Miami's draft isn't making sense.
Minnesota Vikings B: Unlike the Jags, the Vikings regressed on Day 2. Minnesota got two outstanding players in the first round but took reaches with both third-round picks.
New England Patriots B: The Patriots are allowed to take risks because they have a great team. After taking Dominique Easley and Jimmy Garoppolo, both could be the future for the Pats.
New Orleans Saints A-: Everyone gets what they want with this draft class. Drew Brees and Rob Ryan are happy, as are Saints fans.
New York Giants B+: Filling needs all around, the Giants picked up a dynamic receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. They also get an o-lineman and d-lineman, two other glaring needs.
New York Jets B-: Coming in, the Jets had holes at four different positions. They've only addressed one, but have two great weapons in the first and second rounds.
Oakland Raiders A: Call me silly, but I'm in love with this crop. After being active in free agency, the Raiders now have the best LB in Khalil Mack and their top QB in Derek Carr.
Philadelphia Eagles B-: If at first you don't succeed ... The Eagles addressed the loss of DeSean Jackson with two WRs on Day 2 after a swing-and-miss in the opening round.
Pittsburgh Steelers C+: Ryan Shazier still doesn't make any sense to me in the opening round, and neither does Dri Archer in the third. Stephon Tuitt is the only player saving this crop.
San Diego Chargers B+: The Chargers had needs and immediately filled them with Jason Verrett and Jeremy Attaochu. Philip Rivers also appreciates the third-round selection.
San Francisco 49ers A-: The 49ers had myriad picks, and got most of them absolutely correct. Still in desperate need of a cornerback, but man did that trade improve things.
Seattle Seahawks B: The Seattle Seahawks always baffle with their selections, but they usually get them right. Filled needs with unheralded players that will somehow materialize.
St. Louis Rams A-: First rounders wowed and Lamarcus Joyner doesn't disappoint. Tre Mason alongside Zac Stacy makes the running game lethal, even in the NFC West.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers B+: For a defensive coach in Lovie Smith, he sure has gone crazy on offense. Mike Evans is the only one that really makes sense as the other two positions were set.
Tennessee Titans A: The Titans knew what they wanted and went after it. Taylor Lewan and Bishop Sankey gives the team two outstanding young offensive players.
Washington Redskins B: Without a first-round pick, the Redskins still came away with a great crop in the first three rounds, highlighted by fringe first-rounders Trent Murphy and Morgan Moses.

NFL.com (Grades are personal opinion)

 

Grades Analysis

Cleveland Browns: B-

Simply put, the Cleveland Browns won the first round. Unfortunately, they didn't exactly fill the obvious hole at wide receiver in the second or third round.

After selecting Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert in the opening round, two outstanding choices, reports surfaced that Josh Gordon might be suspended for the 2014 season, per SportsCenter:

So the Browns have to go after a wide receiver, right? Apparently not, according to their Day 2 selections.

Rather than taking a player like Marqise Lee or Cody Latimer at the top of the second round, Cleveland chose an offensive tackle. With names like Cyrus Kouandjio, Jack Mewhort and Morgan Moses still on the board, Joel Bitonio was the clear choice.

Keeping with the trend, the Browns then went with an outside linebacker and traded up for a running back. Way to deal with that glaring need for your new quarterback. Welcome to the Browns, Johnny Cleveland.

 

Houston Texans: A+

It's easy to pick apart teams with multiple choices in the first round. But when a franchise gets every selection so right, you just have to bask in the glory of their choices.

That's exactly what the Houston Texans have done thus far in the 2014 draft. And it all started with the first pick in Jadeveon Clowney, as Nate Davis of USA Today notes:

There's no doubt he would have been the No. 1 pick in last year's draft, too, had he been eligible. But he weathered injuries, criticism, triple teams and reduced production with South Carolina in 2013 before finally landing in the catbird seat.

After getting the best player in the draft, the Texans then went out and filled a need with Xavier Su'a-Filo in the second round. The UCLA product was projected as a first-round talent but fell to the Texans at the opening of Day 2.

In the third round, Houston got an all-around tight end with C.J. Fiedorowicz and possibly one of the biggest steals of the draft with Louis Nix III. Adding the gritty tackle to a line with Clowney and J.J. Watt should strike even more fear into AFC South quarterbacks—as if they weren't already having nightmares.

 

Green Bay Packers: A-

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It may appear that these grades are a bit generous, but both the Texans and Green Bay Packers have made excellent choices thus far.

The Packers had an outstanding safety in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fall to them in the first round and promptly snatched him up. Not only does it fill an immediate need, but it gives a playoff team the best safety in the class.

As for the only decision that doesn't quite make sense, Green Bay took Davante Adams out of Fresno State. While he could pan out to be a great wide receiver, Cody Latimer still being on the board makes this somewhat questionable.

 

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