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

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 10, 2014

Johnny Manziel hugs NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Cleveland Browns at the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in New York, NY.  (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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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
PickTeamPlayerGrade
Round 1
1.TexansJadeveon Clowney, DE, South CarolinaA
2.Rams (from WSH)Greg Robinson, OT, AuburnA
3.JaguarsBlake Bortles, QB, UCFB-
4.Bills*Sammy Watkins, WR, ClemsonA
5.RaidersKhalil Mack, OLB, BuffaloA+
6.FalconsJake Matthews, OT, Texas A&MA
7.BuccaneersMike Evans, WR, Texas A&MA
8.Browns*Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma StD
9.Vikings*Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLAC
10.LionsEric Ebron, TE, UNCC-
11.TitansTaylor Lewan, OT, MichiganB+
12.GiantsOdell Beckham Jr., WR, LSUB
13.RamsAaron Donald, DT, PittB
14.BearsKyle Fuller, CB, Virginia TechB
15.SteelersRyan Shazier, OLB, Ohio StateC+
16.CowboysZack Martin, OG/T, Notre DameB+
17.RavensC.J. Mosley, ILB, AlabamaB+
18.JetsCalvin Pryor, S, LouisvilleA
19.DolphinsJa'Wuan James, OT, TennesseeC+
20.Saints*Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon StateB+
21.PackersHa Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, AlabamaA
22.Browns*Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&MA+
23.ChiefsDee Ford, DE, AuburnC
24.BengalsDarqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan StA
25.ChargersJason Verrett, CB, TCUB+
26.Eagles* (from IND)Marcus Smith, DE, LouisvilleC
27.Cardinals*Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington StB
28.PanthersKelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida StA-
29.PatriotsDominique Easley, DT, FloridaC
30.49ersJimmie Ward, SS, N. IllinoisC-
31.BroncosBradley Roby, CB, Ohio StateB
32.Vikings*Teddy Bridgewater, QB, LouisvilleA
PickRound 2
33Houston TexansXavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLAB
34Dallas Cowboys*Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise StC+
35Cleveland BrownsJoel Bitonio, OT, NevadaC
36Oakland RaidersDerek Carr, QB, Fresno StA+
37Atlanta FalconsRa'Shede Hageman, DT, MinnesotaB+
38Tampa Bay BuccaneersAustin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) WashingtonC+
39Jacksonville JaguarsMarqise Lee, WR, USCB+
40Detroit Lions*Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYUB-
41St. Louis Rams*Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida StB
42Philadelphia Eagles*Jordan Matthews, WR, VanderbiltB+
43New York GiantsWeston Richburg, C, Colorado St.C+
44Buffalo Bills*Cyrus Kouandjio, T, AlabamaA-
45Seattle Seahawks*Paul Richardson, WR, ColoradaB
46Pittsburgh SteelersStephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre DameB+
47Washington Redskins*Trent Murphy, OLB, StanfordB
48Baltimore RavensTimmy Jernigan, DT, Florida StateA
49New York JetsJace Amaro, TE, Texas TechA
50San Diego Chargers*Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Ga TechC+
51Chicago BearsEgo Ferguson (DT) LSUB+
52Arizona CardinalsTroy Niklas, TE, Notre DameC+
53Green Bay PackersDavante Adams, WR, Fresno StB+
54Tennessee TitansBishop Sankey, RB, WashingtonA
55Cincinnati BengalsJeremy Hill, RB, LSUC+
56Denver Broncos*Cody Latimer, WR, IndianaB
57San Francisco 49ers*Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio StC+
58New Orleans SaintsStan Jean-Baptiste, CB, NebraskaB+
59Indianapolis ColtsJack Mewhort, OT, Ohio StB+
60Carolina PanthersKony Ealy, DE, MissouriB
61Jacksonville Jaguars*Allen Robinson, WR, Penn StateB+
62New England PatriotsJimmy Garoppolo, QB, E IllinoisB
63Miami Dolphins*Jarvis Landry, WR, LSUB
64Seattle SeahawksJustin Britt, OT, MissouriD
PickRound 3
65Houston TexansC.J. Fiedorowicz,TE, IowaB-
66Washington RedskinsMorgan Moses, OT, VirginiaA
67Miami DolphinsBilly Turner, OT, NDSUB+
68Atlanta FalconsDez Southward, S, WisconsinB+
69Tampa Bay BuccaneersCharles Sims, RB, W VirginiaB-
70Jacksonville JaguarsMarcus Martin, C, USCB+
71Cleveland BrownsChris Kirksey, OLB, IowaC
72Minnesota VikingsScott Crichton, DE, Oregon StB
73Buffalo BillsPreston Brown, ILB, LouisvilleC+
74New York GiantsJay Bromley, DT, SyracuseB-
75St. Louis RamsTre Mason, RB, AuburnA
76Detroit LionsTravis Swanson, C, ArkansasB+
77San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee) Chris Borland, ILB, WisconsinB+
78Washington Redskins*Spencer Long, OG, NebraskaC+
79Baltimore RavensTerrence Brooks, S, Florida StB
80New York JetsDex McDougle, CB, MarylandC
81Oakland Raiders*Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss StB+
82Chicago BearsWill Sutton, DT, Arizona StB+
83Houston Texans*Louis Nix III, DT, Notre DameA
84Arizona CardinalsKareem Martin, DE, UNCB
85Green Bay PackersKhyri Thornton, DT, So MissB
86Philadelphia EaglesJosh Huff, WR, OregonB
87Kansas City ChiefsPhillip Gaines, CB, RiceC-
88Cincinnati BengalsWilliam Clarke, DE, W VirginiaB
89San Diego ChargersChris Watt, OG, Notre DameB+
90Indianapolis ColtsDonte Moncrief, WR, Ole MissB
91Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans)John Brown, WR, Pitt StB-
92Carolina PanthersTrai Turner, OG, LSUC
93Miami Dolphins*Brandon Linder, OG, MiamiB
94Cleveland Browns*Terrance West, RB TowsonB-
95Denver BroncosMichael Schofield, OT, MichiganB-
96Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)Jerick McKinnon, RB, G SouthernB+
97Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)Dri Archer, RB, Kent StB+
98Green Bay Packers (compensatory)Richard Rodgers, TE, CaliforniaB+
99Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado StB-
100San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)Brandon Thomas, OG, ClemsonB
NFL.com

 

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.

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.