2014 NFL Draft

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

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 17:  Dri Archer #1 of the Kent State Golden Flashes breaks a tackle by Paul Swan #33 of the Bowling Green Falcons on November 17, 2012 at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio. Kent State defeated Bowling Green 31-24. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 10, 2014

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
PickTeamPlayerGrade
33Houston TexansXavier Su'a-Filo, GA+
34Dallas CowboysDemarcus Lawrence, DEA-
35Cleveland BrownsJoel Bitonio, OTA-
36Oakland RaidersDerek Carr, QBA+
37Atlanta FalconsRa'Shede Hageman, DTC+
38Tampa Bay BuccaneersAustin Seferian-Jenkins, TEA-
39Jacksonville JaguarsMarqise Lee, WRA+
40Detroit LionsKyle Van Noy, OLBB-
41St. Louis RamsLamarcus Joyner, CBB+
42Philadelphia EaglesJordan Matthews, WRA+
43New York GiantsWeston Richburg, CB-
44Buffalo BillsCyrus Kouandjio, OTB+
45Seattle SeahawksPaul Richardson, WRD
46Pittsburgh SteelersStephon Tuitt, DEA-
47WashingtonTrent Murphy, OLBA-
48Baltimore RavensTimmy Jernigan, DTA+
49New York JetsJace Amaro, TEB-
50San Diego ChargersJeremiah Attaochu, OLBB-
51Chicago BearsEgo Ferguson, DTB
52Arizona CardinalsTroy Niklas, TEC
53Green Bay PackersDavante Adams, WRC
54Tennessee TitansBishop Sankey, RBA+
55Cincinnati BengalsJeremy Hill, RBC
56Denver BroncosCody Latimer, WRA-
57San Francisco 49ersCarlos Hyde, RBA+
58New Orleans SaintsStanley Jean-Baptiste, CBA
59Indianapolis ColtsJack Mewhort, OTB+
60Carolina PanthersKony Ealy, DED
61Jacksonville JaguarsAllen Robinson, WRA+
62New England PatriotsJimmy Garoppolo, QBA+
63Miami DolphinsJarvis Landry, WRB
64Seattle SeahawksJustin Britt, OTB-

Selections via NFL.com/Brian Mazique's Grades

 

2014 NFL Draft: Round 3 Selections and Grades
PickTeamPlayerGrade
65Houston TexansC.J. Fiedorowicz, TEB+
66WashingtonMorgan Moses, OTA+
67Miami DolphinsBilly Turner, OTA-
68Atlanta FalconsDezmen Southward, FSC
69Tampa Bay BuccaneersCharles Sims, RBB+
70San Francisco 49ersMarcus Martin, CA
71Cleveland BrownsChristian Kirksey, OLBB-
72Minnesota VikingsScott Crichton, DEA-
73Buffalo BillsPreston Brown, ILBB+
74New York GiantsJay Bromley, DTB+
75St. Louis RamsTre Mason, RBA
76Detroit LionsTravis Swanson, CA
77San Francisco 49ersChris Borland, ILBA
78WashingtonSpencer Long, OGB
79Baltimore RavensTerrence Brooks, FSA-
80New York JetsDexter McDougle, CBB
81Oakland RaidersGabe Jackson, OGA
82Chicago BearsWill Sutton, DTC+
83Houston TexansLouis Nix, NTA
84Arizona CardinalsKareem Martin, DEB-
85Green Bay PackersKhyri Thornton, DTC
86Philadelphia EaglesJosh Huff, WRB-
87Kansas City ChiefsPhillip Gaines, CBC-
88Cincinnati BengalsWill Clarke, DEB+
89San Diego ChargersChris Watt, OGB
90Indianapolis ColtsDonte Moncrief, WRA
91Arizona CardinalsJohn Brown, WRC+
92Carolina PanthersTrai Turner, OGB-
93Jacksonville JaguarsBrandon Linder, OGB+
94Cleveland BrownsTerrance West, RBA+
95Denver BroncosMichael Schofield, OTB-
96Minnesota VikingsJerick McKinnon, RBB+
97Pittsburgh SteelersDri Archer, RBA
98Green Bay PackersRichard Rodgers, TEA
99Baltimore RavensCrockett Gillmore, TEB-
100San Francisco 49ersBrandon Thomas, OTC+

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

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 19: Stephon Tuitt #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes against Kevin Graf #77 of the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 19, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated USC 14-10.
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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-

Oct 19, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (8) during the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
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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+

Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA;  Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the third quarter against the Towson Tigers at O'Brien Field. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
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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

Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Troy Niklas (85) makes a catch during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Michigan Wolverines defeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-30. Mandatory Cred
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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

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) drops back to pass against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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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

Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish nose tackle Louis Nix (1) walks to the sideline in the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Pitt won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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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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