NFL Draft 2014: Updated Order, Day 3 Predictions and Rounds 1-3 Results

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NFL Draft 2014: Updated Order, Day 3 Predictions and Rounds 1-3 Results
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The 2014 NFL draft has been nothing short of epic, complete with great picks, controversial selections, unexpected trades, high-rising prospects surging up the boards, free-falling stars and more.

Hopefully you are still tuning in Saturday, as Day 3 figures to be the most action-packed day of this year’s draft. With a full day and four entire rounds left, you can expect things to heat up as teams desperately look to nab the sleeper prospects they covet or pull off a trade they direly need to improve.

Keep reading for a look at the complete letter grades for all three prior rounds, plus the updated draft order for Rounds 4 through 7 and a bold prediction for Saturday.

2014 NFL Draft Grades for Rounds 1-3
Pick Team Player Grade
Round 1
1. Texans Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina A
2. Rams (from WSH) Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn A
3. Jaguars Blake Bortles, QB, UCF B-
4. Bills* Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson A
5. Raiders Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo A+
6. Falcons Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M A
7. Buccaneers Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M A
8. Browns* Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St D
9. Vikings* Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA C
10. Lions Eric Ebron, TE, UNC C-
11. Titans Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan B+
12. Giants Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU B
13. Rams Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt B
14. Bears Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech B
15. Steelers Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State C+
16. Cowboys Zack Martin, OG/T, Notre Dame B+
17. Ravens C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama B+
18. Jets Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville A
19. Dolphins Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee C+
20. Saints* Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State B+
21. Packers Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama A
22. Browns* Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M A+
23. Chiefs Dee Ford, DE, Auburn C
24. Bengals Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St A
25. Chargers Jason Verrett, CB, TCU B+
26. Eagles* (from IND) Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville C
27. Cardinals* Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington St B
28. Panthers Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St A-
29. Patriots Dominique Easley, DT, Florida C
30. 49ers Jimmie Ward, SS, N. Illinois C-
31. Broncos Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State B
32. Vikings* Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville A
Pick Round 2
33 Houston Texans Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA B
34 Dallas Cowboys* Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise St C+
35 Cleveland Browns Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada C
36 Oakland Raiders Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St A+
37 Atlanta Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota B+
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) Washington C+
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Marqise Lee, WR, USC B+
40 Detroit Lions* Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU B-
41 St. Louis Rams* Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida St B
42 Philadelphia Eagles* Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt B+
43 New York Giants Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St. C+
44 Buffalo Bills* Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama A-
45 Seattle Seahawks* Paul Richardson, WR, Colorada B
46 Pittsburgh Steelers Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame B+
47 Washington Redskins* Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford B
48 Baltimore Ravens Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State A
49 New York Jets Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech A
50 San Diego Chargers* Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Ga Tech C+
51 Chicago Bears Ego Ferguson (DT) LSU B+
52 Arizona Cardinals Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame C+
53 Green Bay Packers Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St B+
54 Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington A
55 Cincinnati Bengals Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU C+
56 Denver Broncos* Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana B
57 San Francisco 49ers* Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St C+
58 New Orleans Saints Stan Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska B+
59 Indianapolis Colts Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio St B+
60 Carolina Panthers Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri B
61 Jacksonville Jaguars* Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State B+
62 New England Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, E Illinois B
63 Miami Dolphins* Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU B
64 Seattle Seahawks Justin Britt, OT, Missouri D
Pick Round 3
65 Houston Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz,TE, Iowa B-
66 Washington Redskins Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia A
67 Miami Dolphins Billy Turner, OT, NDSU B+
68 Atlanta Falcons Dez Southward, S, Wisconsin B+
69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Charles Sims, RB, W Virginia B-
70 Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Martin, C, USC B+
71 Cleveland Browns Chris Kirksey, OLB, Iowa C
72 Minnesota Vikings Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St B
73 Buffalo Bills Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville C+
74 New York Giants Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse B-
75 St. Louis Rams Tre Mason, RB, Auburn A
76 Detroit Lions Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas B+
77 San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee) Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin B+
78 Washington Redskins* Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska C+
79 Baltimore Ravens Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St B
80 New York Jets Dex McDougle, CB, Maryland C
81 Oakland Raiders* Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss St B+
82 Chicago Bears Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St B+
83 Houston Texans* Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame A
84 Arizona Cardinals Kareem Martin, DE, UNC B
85 Green Bay Packers Khyri Thornton, DT, So Miss B
86 Philadelphia Eagles Josh Huff, WR, Oregon B
87 Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice C-
88 Cincinnati Bengals William Clarke, DE, W Virginia B
89 San Diego Chargers Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame B+
90 Indianapolis Colts Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss B
91 Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans) John Brown, WR, Pitt St B-
92 Carolina Panthers Trai Turner, OG, LSU C
93 Miami Dolphins* Brandon Linder, OG, Miami B
94 Cleveland Browns* Terrance West, RB Towson B-
95 Denver Broncos Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan B-
96 Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) Jerick McKinnon, RB, G Southern B+
97 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) Dri Archer, RB, Kent St B+
98 Green Bay Packers (compensatory) Richard Rodgers, TE, California B+
99 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St B-
100 San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson B

Day 3 Bold Prediction: Blockbuster Trade Will Go Down

Noteworthy trades are a hallmark of the NFL draft, but it seems that there have been an even higher number of deals than usual. Many clubs have been constantly shuffling up and down the big board to improve their position or add assets, but they haven’t been dealing too much with established players.

Stevie Johnson, the star Buffalo Bills wideout, was one of the few current NFL players to be dealt during this frenzy of transactions. The veteran receiver was reportedly traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional 2015 draft pick prior to the start of the second round, as per Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury-News.

Expect teams to be a little less reluctant to move pieces around on the final day of the draft, especially if they have been kicking the idea around for some time now.

One candidate to be flipped is Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins. The backup signal-caller displayed an immense amount of potential in limited work filling in for Robert Griffin III over the past two seasons and needs to find a new home in order to finally earn a legit opportunity to start.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there were discussions about the Michigan State product’s availability and cost prior to the draft:

While the Cleveland Browns ultimately decided to nab Johnny Manziel to fill their gaping hole at quarterback, there are still plenty of organizations that have a huge need at the position.

Mark Maske of The Washington Post pointed out that the ‘Skins wanted at least a second-round pick for the signal-caller, so they would have to settle for selections in the 2015 draft if they haven’t relaxed their asking price:

Another quarterback that could possibly be dealt is Ryan Mallett of the New England Patriots. The signal-caller has been riding the pine as Tom Brady’s backup since being drafted in 2011, but he appears poised to finally break out in the near future.

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Many speculated that a trade with the Houston Texans would occur, but it never materialized as the second and third rounds rolled past.

However, Houston has yet to acquire a quarterback and has a severe lack of talent and developmental prospects on the roster at the position. Factor in that the Pats nabbed Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the third round, and it is still a distinct possibility that a deal emerges between these two clubs.

Head coach Bill Belichick was coy when asked about whether or not he would keep three quarterbacks on the roster, as per ESPN’s Mike Reiss:

We'll do whatever is best for the team. We've had four, we've had three, we've had two. So whatever's best for the team, that's what we'll do. Nothing is set in stone. We've had different numbers of guys at different positions. I don't think there's any concrete formula. We'll do what's best for the team. 

It might end up being best to deal Mallett and acquire some talent or value at other positions. Keep a close eye on this situation as Day 3 of the draft unfolds.

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