2014 NFL Draft Picks: Rounds 1-3 Results and Analysis of Top Prospects

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2014 NFL Draft Picks: Rounds 1-3 Results and Analysis of Top Prospects
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After a long offseason full of player analysis and mock drafts, the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL draft seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.

It's safe to say every team got better on Thursday and Friday; however, due to some intelligent selections, some teams may have improved more than others.

The importance of selecting prospects with good upside who can contribute sooner rather than later and seem to fit the schematics of a team is second to none.

Building through the draft is big part of building a successful NFL franchise. Selecting the right player can propel a team deep into the playoffs; making a bad decision can set a team back for years.

We won't know the true impact of this draft for quite some time, but it's never too early to look ahead and analyze the draft's top prospects and how they fit on their new teams.

Let's take a look at the complete list of selections through the first three rounds and highlight some top players who are sure to make a big splash in the NFL right away.

 

Round 1

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

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How devastating will the pairing of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney be in Houston this year?

Clowney will have a bit of a learning curve to face, as he's been dominating the college ranks as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Now, he will move into the outside linebacker position in Houston's 3-4 base defense.

Still, his freakish athleticism will allow him to make a smooth transition. After all, according to a tweet from Fox Sports NFL, Clowney is already calling out a division-rival quarterback:

When the Buffalo Bills moved up in the draft to select wide receiver Sammy Watkins, there was no happier man on earth than quarterback EJ Manuel. His tweet really summed up how he was feeling:

As Manuel continues his development as an NFL quarterback, the Bills needed to surround him with viable weapons. Due to a versatile and exciting skill set, Watkins will play a major role on this young offense moving forward.

Watch out for Brandin Cooks with the New Orleans Saints. Cooks is one of the most explosive receivers in this year's draft, and with Drew Brees at the helm he's poised to make a huge impact during his rookie season.

After losing Darren Sproles, Cooks will certainly fill the void of a shifty, field-stretching target for Brees.

 

Round 2

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

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The Oakland Raiders grabbed their quarterback of the future early in the second round, selecting Derek Carr at No. 36th overall. Carr's solid build and strong arm bode well for his NFL future; however, he will need some time to develop.

Luckily, the Raiders acquired the services of Matt Schaub over the offseason. Schaub's presence will give Carr the time he needs to improve his fundamentals and become a solid starting quarterback.

The Jacksonville Jaguars made a huge splash in Round 2.

After selecting Blake Bortles with the third-overall pick, the Jaguars needed to supply him with weapons. Adding Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson did just that.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com certainly feels Lee and Robinson will fit Bortles' style at the quarterback position, according to his tweet:

One thing is certain: The Jaguars absolutely appear to be giving Bortles every chance possible to succeed.

The New England Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo late in the second round. Could it be the Patriots just acquired Tom Brady's successor?

Garoppolo showed a great amount of talent while at Eastern Illinois. He needs development, but he shows plenty of promise. Learning under Brady for a couple of seasons could do wonders for his future in the NFL.

 

Round 3

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

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The Washington Redskins didn't have many picks early in the draft; however, selecting Morgan Moses in the third round was brilliant.

Robert Griffin III needs some help along the offensive line, and Moses appears to be very much NFL ready. Moses should get the nod to start at right tackle from Day 1 and help keep Griffin upright.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com looked to like the selection, according to his tweet after the pick:

The St. Louis Rams continued a great haul in this year's draft, selecting the speedy Tre Mason in the third round.

St. Louis has a young, budding offense, and pairing Mason with Zac Stacy will form a great, versatile backfield.

Not only is Mason quick, but he can catch out of the backfield and serve as a returner as well. General manager Les Snead's decision to select the running back was easy, according to a tweet from ESPN's Josina Anderson:

It was a big fall from grade for defensive tackle Louis Nix III. Formerly heralded as a potential first-round prospect, he fell toward the middle of the third round.

Houston was right there to scoop him up and add him to a scary defensive line with Watt and Clowney. After his selection, Nix spoke of his excitement to play with his new teammates, according to a tweet from the Texans:

Standing across from this defensive line won't be fun for any of the NFL's quarterbacks this season.

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