NFL Draft 2014 Grades: Team-by-Team List of Scores and Overall Day 2 Analysis

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NFL Draft 2014 Grades: Team-by-Team List of Scores and Overall Day 2 Analysis
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Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft is in the books. A few teams are beginning to stand out with their selections.

Rounds 4 through 7 are still ahead on Saturday, but the first three rounds have been filled with drama and a good amount of trades.

Here's a look at every selection made on Friday, along with an individual grade for the pick.

Just below the tables is a look at each team's Day 2 grade and analysis for teams that have created interesting angles to follow through Day 3.

 

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

Selections via NFL.com/Brian Mazique's Grades

 

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

Selections via NFL.com/Brian Mazique's grades

 

NFC North Day 2 Grades

Chicago Bears, B-

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The Bears took two defensive tackles on Day 2 in LSU's Ego Ferguson and Arizona State's Will Sutton.

This was a position of need, but through three picks, the team still hasn't drafted a free safety. The Bears need to come out of the draft with a player capable of starting next season at the position.

After passing on both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor in the first round, it's unclear what direction the Bears are headed.

Players like Ed Reynolds of Stanford are still on the board. Perhaps general manager Phil Emery will tab him on Day 3.

Here are the grades for the other NFC North teams:

  • Green Bay Packers, B-
  • Detroit Lions, B
  • Minnesota Vikings, A

 

AFC North Day 2 Grades

Pittsburgh Steelers, A

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Finding impact players on Day 2 is an awesome thing. That's exactly what the Steelers did in tabbing Kent State's Dri Archer and Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt.

Archer has blazing speed. He can help the Steelers' mundane offense by adding some flair and versatility. His potential as a dynamic return man—think Dante Hall—is also exciting.

Tuitt looks like a great fit as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL. There isn't a much better fit for him than in Pittsburgh. It'll be interesting to see whether offense or defense gets the majority of attention on Saturday.

  • Baltimore Ravens, A
  • Cleveland Browns, B+
  • Cincinnati Bengals, C

 

NFC East Day 2 Grades

Dallas Cowboys, A-

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After inexplicably selecting offensive tackle Zack Martin in the first round, the Cowboys' brain trust came to their senses and addressed the defense.

Dallas was woefully bad on that side of the ball in 2013. Taking Demarcus Lawrence made sense, but it'll take a lot more than him to fix what ails the unit.

Dallas seemingly has to go all in on defense the rest of the way.

  • Washington Redskins, A
  • New York Giants, B
  • Philadelphia Eagles, B+

 

AFC East Day 2 Grades

New England Patriots, A+

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The Pats had just one pick on Day 2. And it took guts to draft Tom Brady's eventual successor in the second round. 

At 36 years old, it's clear Brady's time is running short. Taking Jimmy Garoppolo now gives him a chance to learn from an all-time great. Because Garoppolo doesn't figure to be ready to step in for two to three years, there's no immediate pressure on Brady.

Because of that, he's more apt to tutor the rookie. 

New England may need to grab a tight end on Day 3, if it can.

  • Miami Dolphins, B
  • New York Jets, B
  • Buffalo Bills, B

 

NFC West Day 2 Grades

Arizona Cardinals, C

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Arizona could have done so much more with its three Day 2 selections. This is no shot at John Brown, Kareem Martin and Troy Niklas, but none of these picks help to address the Cardinals' 23rd-ranked rushing offense from 2013.

To take the next step, Arizona has to get better on the ground. So far, no pick it made is going to help facilitate that improvement.

  • San Francisco 49ers, A-
  • Seattle Seahawks, C
  • St. Louis Rams, B+

 

AFC West Day 2 Grades

Oakland Raiders, A

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The Raiders are like a running joke on draft day, but soon, Oakland may be the only team laughing. By taking Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson, the Raiders made two significant selections that could wind up paying major dividends for the team's offense.

As soon as next season, both players could be starters.

  • Denver Broncos, B
  • Kansas City Chiefs, C-
  • San Diego Chargers, B

 

NFC South Day 2 Grades

Carolina Panthers, C-

Is Carolina aware that its receiving corps is horrible? It did take Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, but the Panthers need more than one receiver.

Kony Ealy is a nice defensive prospect, but Penn State's Allen Robinson was on the board at No. 60 when the Panthers chose to add a pass-rusher. This is a team that already had 60 sacks as a team in 2013.

It didn't need another edge-rusher.

  • New Orleans Saints, A
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, B
  • Atlanta Falcons, B-

 

AFC South Day 2 Grades

Houston Texans, A

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The worst team in the league continued to get better on draft day. After tabbing Jadeveon Clowney in the first round, the Texans continued to hit home runs on Day 2.

Houston got strong and younger in the trenches.

Louis Nix III and Xavier Su'a-Filo are grinders on opposite sides of the ball. C.J. Fiedorowicz is an underrated receiving tight end. He could be an excellent addition and one of the Day 2 steals.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars, A
  • Indianapolis Colts, B+
  • Tennessee Titans, A+
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