2014 NFL Draft Grades: Day 3 Results and Scores for All 32 Franchises

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Don't believe what you've heard—Day 3 of the NFL draft is not just a mid-afternoon matinee filled with anonymous small-school cornerbacks, mediocre interior linemen and anonymous faces bound to be forgotten or released by August.

Sure, there were those, as there are every draft. There were also national championship-winning quarterbacks, Heisman Trophy finalists and reality television stars—and that was just AJ McCarron. There were also national leading rushers, conference players of the year and guys who will soon become the linchpins of their new franchises.

Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron throws the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There is an inherently wild unpredictability that comes with draft Saturday. There are trades, reaches and compensatory picks galore, but no one knows entirely what to make of the proceedings.

It is, as I dubbed it on TwitterAct Irrationally Excited Over Any Player I've Actually Heard of Day for fans. Local Ohioans will spent the next couple days wondering whether McCarron can push Andy Dalton to the next level, yet it is far more likely Russell Bodine, the semi-anonymous center they drafted out of North Carolina, will be more of an impact player.

The draft is silly (if understandable) in that way. We gravitate toward the known rather than parsing through the so-called boring muck, taking the word of whatever draft expert we happen to be watching on television to conclude whether a pick is good or not. 

That's all well and good—mostly because it is entirely unfair to judge a player four months prior to his stepping on the field. And, in Day 3, teams are looking to fill needs and take advantage of market inefficiencies more than ever, meaning the Bengals probably could have taken a player in the fifth round more likely to impact their roster in 2014 than McCarron, but...I mean, you just gotta do it.

Keep that in mind as we take a look at Saturday's results and try to formulate an inexact science to grade how teams did.

2014 NFL Draft - Day 3 Grades
TeamPlayers TakenDay 3 Grade
Buffalo BillsRoss Cockrell (109th), Cyril Richardson (153rd), Randell Johnson (221st), Seantrel Henderson (237th)B+
Miami DolphinsWalt Aikens (125th), Arthur Lynch (155th), Jordan Tripp (171st), Matt Hazel (190th), Terrence Fede (234th)C+
New England PatriotsBryan Stork (105th), James White (130th), Cameron Fleming (140th), Jon Halapio (179th), Zach Moore (198th), Jemea Thomas (206th), Jeremy Gallon (244th)B+
New York JetsJalen Saunders (104th), Shaq Evans (115th), Dakota Dozier (137th), Jeremiah George (154th), Brandon Dixon (195th), Quincy Enunwa (209th), IK Enemkpali (210th), Tajh Boyd (213th), Trevor Reilly (233rd)B
Baltimore RavensBrent Urban (134th), Lorenzeo Taliaferro (138th), John Urschel (175th), Keith Wenning (194th), Mike Campanaro (218th)B+
Cincinnati BengalsRussell Bodine (111th), AJ McCarron (164th), Marquis Flowers (212th), James Wright (239th), Lavelle Westbrooks (252nd)B
Cleveland BrownsPierre Desir (127th)C+
Pittsburgh SteelersMartavis Bryant (118th), Shaquille Richardson (157th), Wesley Johnson (173rd), Jordan Zumwalt (192nd), Daniel McCullers (215th), Rob Blanchflower (230th)A-
Houston TexansTom Savage (135th), Jeoffrey Pagan (177th), Alfred Blue (181st), Jay Prosch (211th), Andre Hal (216th), Lonnie Ballentine (256th)B-
Indianapolis ColtsJonathan Newsome (166th), Andrew Jackson (203rd), Ulrick John (232nd)C+
Jacksonville JaguarsAaron Colvin (114th), Telvin Smith (144th), Chris Smith (159th), Luke Bowanko (205th), Storm Johnson (222nd)B+
Tennessee TitansDaQuan Jones (112th), Marqueston Huff (122nd), Avery Williamson (151st), Zach Mettenberger (178th)B-
Denver BroncosLamin Barrow (156th), Matthew Paradis (207th), Corey Nelson (242nd)C+
Kansas City ChiefsDe'Anthony Thomas (124th), Aaron Murray (163rd), Zach Fulton (193rd), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (200th)B-
Oakland RaidersJustin Ellis (107th), Keith McGill (116th), Travis Carrie (219th), Shelby Harris (235th), Jonathan Dowling (247th)B-
San Diego ChargersRyan Carrethers (165th), Marion Grice (201st), Tevin Reese (240th)C
Dallas CowboysAnthony Hitchens (119th), Devin Street (146th), Ben Gardner (213st), Will Smith (238th), Ahmad Dixon (248th), Ken Bishop (251st), Terrance Mitchell (254th)B-
New York GiantsAndre Williams (113th), Nat Berhe (152nd), Devon Kennard (174th), Bennett Jackson (187th)B
Philadelphia EaglesJaylen Watkins (101st), Taylor Hart (141st), Ed Reynolds (162nd), Beau Allen (224th)B-
Washington RedskinsBashaud Breeland (102), Ryan Grant (142nd), Lache Seastrunk (186th), Ted Bolser (217th), Zach Hocker (228th)B
Chicago BearsKa'Deem Carey (117th), Brock Vereen (131st), David Fales (183rd), Pat O'Donnell (191st), Charles Leno (246th)B+
Detroit LionsNevin Lawson (133rd), Larry Webster (136th), Caraun Reid (158th), T.J. Jones (189th), Nate Freese (229th)B
Green Bay PackersCarl Bradford (121st), Corey Linsley (161st), Jared Abbrederis (176th), Demetri Goodson (197th), Jeff Janis (236th)B
Minnesota VikingsDavid Yankey (145th), Antone Exum (182nd), Kendall James (184th), Shamar Stephen (220th), Brandon Watts (223rd), Jabari Price (225th)B+
Atlanta FalconsDevonta Freeman (103rd), Prince Shembo (139th), Ricardo Allen (147th), Marquis Spruill (168th), Yawin Smallwood (253rd), Tyler Starr (255th)A-
Carolina PanthersTre Boston (128th), Bene Benwikere (148th), Tyler Gaffney (204th)C+
New Orleans SaintsKhairi Fortt (126th), Vinnie Sunseri (167th), Ronald Powell (169th), Tavon Rooks (202nd)B-
Tampa Bay BuccaneersKadeem Edwards (143rd), Kevin Pamphile (149th), Robert Herron (185th)C+
Arizona CardinalsLogan Thomas (120th), Ed Stinson (160th), Walt Powell (196th)C
St. Louis RamsMo Alexander (110th), E.J. Gaines (188th), Garrett Gilbert (214th), Mitchell Van Dyk (226th), C.B. Bryant (241st), Michael Sam (249th), Demetrius Rhaney (250th)B+
San Francisco 49ersBruce Ellington (106th), Dontae Johnson (129th), Aaron Lynch (150th), Keith Reaser (170th), Kenneth Acker (180th), Kaleb Ramsey (243rd), Trey Millard (245th)A-
Seattle SeahawksCassius Marsh (108th), Kevin Norwood (123rd), Kevin Pierre-Louis (132nd), Jimmy Staten (172nd), Garrett Scott (199th), Eric Pinkins (208th), Kiero Small (227th)B

Best Value Picks of Day 3

Round 4

Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech (No. 107, Oakland Raiders)

The Raiders have some major holes to fill in their defensive line and get a multitalented guy in Ellis who can do just about everything. He's a little short (6'1") for most NFL teams but possesses a wide frame that makes him difficult to move off the line of scrimmage. Guys Ellis' size are typically seen as slow and plodding, but he's quick off the ball and should help against the run and pass.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (No. 118, Pittsburgh Steelers)

In the Steelers' late-round wide receiver scouting department we trust. Pittsburgh has been mining gold out of middle-round receivers in recent years, and Bryant has the potential to join Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown as the latest. Bryant is incredibly raw as a receiver, but he might be the best all-around athlete at his position. He's huge (6'4"), fast (4.42-second 40 time) and consistently wins 50-50 balls with his leaping ability. Ben Roethlisberger will love this kid if Todd Haley ever allows him to throw deep again.

Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood (No. 127, Cleveland Browns)

You've gotta love this kid based on his story alone. A Haitian immigrant who came over to the U.S. at the age of four, Desir was a promising high school star until an unexpected pregnancy and low test scores wound up forcing him to spend his collegiate career at two Division II schools. Desir as a player still is a little raw, and he will have to acclimate himself to NFL speed. But he has all the raw tools to make a name for himself in this league. The Browns had only one pick in Day 3, and they made the most of it.

Round 5

David Yankey, G, Stanford (No. 145, Minnesota Vikings)

I'm not sure I can adequately express how much I love this pick. One of my favorite value selections of the entire draft. If Yankey isn't starting for the Vikings on Week 1, he'll be doing so eventually in 2014—barring an injury of some sorts. Yankey is a converted tackle who has the smarts to play all over the line and should eventually settle in as a solid interior option. He's not the most athletic player and will have to get bigger at 6'6" to play guard, but he has more than enough all-around skills to step right in.

Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor (No. 153, Buffalo Bills)

As someone whose favorite national pastime is making fun of the I-don't-even-watch-the-ball football fan, I find myself liking a ton of interior line picks in 2014. Richardson, like Yankey, is a guy who should compete for a starting gig from the outset of camp. A behemoth at 6'5" and 329 pounds, Richardson drives smaller defenders off the ball and projects as a very good run defender. He's not quite as much of a sure thing as Yankey, but if Doug Marrone can keep him engaged, Richardson is a long-term starter.

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (No. 176, Green Bay Packers):

The rich keep getting richer. The Packers' receiver corps is almost unfairly deep at this point. Abbrederis joins second-round pick Davante Adams to give Green Bay two very good, NFL-ready prospects who will help offset the loss of James Jones and perhaps provide replacement for future departures. Abbrederis won't ever be a superstar, but he's a solid third receiver type who just knows how to play football. He runs beautiful routes, has very good hands and should quickly pick up an NFL route tree. Don't be surprised when Aaron Rodgers hits him up for 10 receptions in 135 yards in some random game two years from now and causes a waiver-wire rush in your fantasy league.

Round 6

Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (No. 178, Tennessee Titans)

I'd been prepared for months to hate on whatever team took Mettenberger. The bloviating about his prototypical size and skill set grew tiresome, as did the thought he'd somehow eclipse quarterbacks who'd actually been great at the collegiate level. Basically, sub everything bad being said about Tom Savage now and throw it Mettenberger's way. But the former LSU product is a better player than Savage and shockingly lasted until Round 6. His ACL tear undoubtedly had something to do with that. Nevertheless, the Titans could have done a whole lot worse waiting to address their quarterback need than they did. Mettenberger went from soon-to-be-derided to hailed overnight—funny how the draft works.

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor (No. 186, Washington Redskins)

This running back class ain't great shakes, but Seastrunk is going to latch on somewhere as a situational player. He'll have to impress for it to happen in Washington, where the Redskins already boast a deep backfield. This pick probably would have drawn more praise had another team made this selection. Given Washington's need for depth elsewhere, it probably could have survived passing on Seastrunk. Still, the 'Skins got a Day 2 prospect midway through Round 6.

Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs defensive back Eric Pinkins (27) runs with the ball after making an interception during the second quarter against the Brigham Young Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODA

Eric Pinkins, S, San Diego State (No. 208, Seattle Seahawks)

When Pete Carroll drafts a defensive back, buy stock and buy it early. Pinkins is, as per usual with Carroll, a massive, moldable athlete. He has 4.4ish speed with a 6'3" frame that makes him a punisher when hitting receivers at full speed. The Seahawks need to continue finding late-round, cheap gems in the secondary with Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas locked up to cap-sucking deals. Pinkins could be next in line.

Round 7

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Storm Johnson, RB, UCF (No. 222, Jacksonville Jaguars)

The Jaguars are sure making Blake Bortles feel as comfortable as possible, eh? In Round 2, they grabbed him Marqise Lee and an undervalued receiver in Allen Robinson. In Round 7, they ensure Bortles will be handing off to a familiar face through at least rookie minicamp. Johnson is a big, strong back who hearkens to another era. He's also quicker on his feet than most realize, and it wouldn't have been a surprise to see him come off the board three rounds earlier.

Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (No. 237, Buffalo Bills)

At this point in the draft, you're betting on the talent. Henderson's production was intermittent at Miami, and Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported he was among the players who failed his combine drug test. That does little to dispel the notion that he's an entitled but uber-talented kid who might not ever put it all together. If dropping to the seventh round serves as a wake-up call, though, the Bills might have landed a steal.

Michael Sam, DE, Missouri (No. 259, St. Louis Rams)

Don't even remotely care if I'm dead wrong about this one in a few years. If your living room didn't suddenly become overrun with "dust mites" that caused your "eyes to water" when ESPN's broadcast Sam's reaction, you're inhuman. That was a great moment for Sam, the Rams, the NFL and proponents of equality everywhere. I'm rooting for Michael Sam to make this the best pick of the 2014 draft. As should you.

2014 NFL Draft Results - Round 4
101.Eagles*Jaylen Watkins CBFlorida
102.RedskinsBashaud Breeland CBClemson
103.FalconsDevonta Freeman RBFlorida State
104.Jets (from TB)Jalen Saunders WROklahoma
105.Patriots*Bryan Stork CFlorida State
106.49ers*Bruce Ellington WRSouth Carolina
107.RaidersJustin Ellis DTLouisiana Tech
108.Seahawks*Cassius Marsh DEUCLA
109.BillsRoss Cockrell CBDuke
110.RamsMaurice Alexander SUtah State
111.Bengals*Russell Bodine CNorth Carolina
112.TitansDaQuan Jones DTPenn State
113.GiantsAndre Williams RBBoston College
114.Jaguars (from BAL)Aaron Colvin CBOklahoma
115.JetsShaquelle Evans WRUCLA
116.Raiders*Keith McGill CBUtah
117.BearsKa'Deem Carey RBArizona
118.SteelersMartavis Bryant WRClemson
119.CowboysAnthony Hitchens OLBIowa
120.CardinalsLogan Thomas QBVirginia Tech
121.PackersCarl Bradford OLBArizona State
122.Titans*Marqueston Huff CBWyoming
123.Seahawks*Kevin Norwood WRAlabama
124.ChiefsDe'Anthony Thomas RBOregon
125.Dolphins*Walt Aikens CBLiberty
126.SaintsKhairi Fortt OLBCalifornia
127.Browns (from IND)Pierre Desir CBLindenwood
128.PanthersTre Boston SNorth Carolina
129.49ersDontae Johnson CBNorth Carolina State
130.PatriotsJames White RBWisconsin
131.Bears*Brock VereenSMinnesota
132.SeahawksKevin Pierre-Louis OLBBoston College
133.LionsNevin Lawson CBUtah State
134.RavensBrent Urban DT/DEVirginia
135.TexansTom Savage QBPittsburgh
136.LionsLarry Webster TE/DEBloomsburg
137.JetsDakota Dozier OTFurman
138.RavensLorenzo Taliaferro RBCoastal Carolina
139.FalconsPrince Shembo OLBNotre Dame
140.PatriotsCameron Fleming OTStanford
2014 NFL Draft Results - Round 5
141.Eagles*Taylor Hart DEOregon
142.RedskinsRyan Grant WRTulane
143.BuccaneersKadeem Edwards OGTennessee State
144.JaguarsTelvin Smith OLBFlorida State
145.Vikings*David Yankey OGStanford
146.Cowboys* (from OAK)Devin Street WRPittsburgh
147.FalconsRicardo Allen CBPurdue
148.Panthers*Bene Benwikere CBSan Jose State
149.Buccaneers*Kevin Pamphile OTPurdue
150.49ers* (from DET)Aaron Lynch DESouth Florida
151.TitansAvery Williamson ILBKentucky
152.GiantsNat Berhe SSan Diego State
153.Bills*Cyril Richardson OGBaylor
154.JetsJeremiah George ILBIowa State
155.DolphinsArthur Lynch TEGeorgia
156.Broncos*Lamin Barrow OLBLSU
157.SteelersShaquille Richardson CBArizona
158.Lions*Caraun Reid DTPrinceton
159.Jaguars (from BAL)Chris Smith OLB/DEArkansas
160.CardinalsEd Stinson DEAlabama
161.PackersCorey Linsley COhio State
162.EaglesEd Reynolds SStanford
163.ChiefsAaron Murray QBGeorgia
164.BengalsAJ McCarronQBAlabama
165.ChargersRyan Carrethers DTArkansas State
166.ColtsJonathan Newsome DEBall State
167.SaintsVinnie Sunseri SAlabama
168.*FalconsMarquis Spruill ILBSyracuse
169.Saints (from NE via PHI)Ronald Powell OLBFlorida
170.49ersKeith Reaser CBFlorida Atlantic
171.Dolphins*Jordan Tripp OLBMontana
172.SeahawksJimmy Staten DTMiddle Tennessee
173.SteelersWesley Johnson OTVanderbilt
174.GiantsDevon Kennard OLBUSC
175.RavensJohn Urschel OGPenn State
176.PackersJared Abbrederis WRWisconsin
2014 NFL Draft - Round 6
177.TexansJeoffrey Pagan DEAlabama
178.Titans*Zach Mettenberger QBLSU
179.Patriots*Jon Halapio OGFlorida
180.49ers*Kenneth Acker CBSouthern Methodist
181.Texans (from OAK)Alfred Blue RBLSU
182.Vikings*Antone Exum CBVirginia Tech
183.Bears (from TB)David Fales QBSan Jose State
184.VikingsKendall James CBMaine
185.Buccaneers (from BUF)Robert Herron WRWyoming
186.Redskins*Lache Seastrunk RBBaylor
187.GiantsBennett Jackson CBNotre Dame
188.RamsE.J. Gaines CBMissouri
189.LionsTJ Jones WRNotre Dame
190.DolphinsMatt Hazel WRCoastal Carolina
191.BearsPat O'Donnell PMiami (Fla.)
192.SteelersJordan Zumwalt OLBUCLA
193.Chiefs (from DAL)Zach Fulton OGTennessee
194.RavensKeith Wenning QBBall State
195.JetsBrandon Dixon CBNorthwest Missouri State
196.CardinalsWalter Powell WRMurray State
197.PackersDemetri Goodson CBBaylor
198.Patriots (from PHI)Zach Moore DEConcordia-St. Paul
199.Seahawks*Garrett Scott OTMarshall
200.ChiefsLaurent Duvernay-Tardif OTMcGill
201.ChargersMarion Grice RBArizona State
202.SaintsTavon Rooks OTKansas State
203.ColtsAndrew Jackson ILBWestern Kentucky
204.PanthersTyler Gaffney RBStanford
205.Jaguars (from SF)Luke Bowanko CVirginia
206.PatriotsJemea Thomas SGeorgia Tech
207.BroncosMatt Paradis CBoise State
208.SeahawksEric Pinkins SSan Diego State
209.JetsQuincy Enunwa WRNebraska
210.JetsIK Enemkpali DELouisiana Tech
211.TexansJay Prosch FBAuburn
212.BengalsMarquis Flowers OLBArizona
213.JetsTajh Boyd QBClemson
214.RamsGarrett Gilbert QBSMU
215.SteelersDaniel McCullers DTTennessee
2014 NFL Draft Results - Round 7
216.TexansDre Hal CBVanderbilt
217.RedskinsTed Bolser TEIndiana
218.Ravens*Michael Campanaro WRWake Forest
219.RaidersT.J. CarrieCBOhio
220.Vikings*Shamar Stephen DTConnecticut
221.Bills*Randell Johnson OLBFlorida Atlantic
222.JaguarsStorm Johnson RBUCF
223.VikingsBrandon Watts OLBGeorgia Tech
224.Eagles*Beau Allen DTWisconsin
225.Vikings* (from NYG)Jabari Price CBNorth Carolina
226.RamsMitchell Van Dyk OTPortland State
227.Seahawks*Kiero Small FBArkansas
228.Redskins*Zach HockerKArkansas
229.Lions* (from CHI)Nate Freese KBoston College
230.SteelersRob Blanchflower TEMassachusetts
231.CowboysBen Gardner DEStanford
232.Colts (from BAL)Ulrick John OTGeorgia State
233.JetsTrevor Reilly OLBUtah
234.DolphinsTerrence Fede DEMarist
235.Raiders (from ARZ)Shelby Harris DEIllinois State
236.PackersJeff Janis WRSaginaw Valley
237.Bills*Seantrel Henderson OTMiami (Fla.)
238.Cowboys (from KC)Will Smith ILBTexas Tech
239.BengalsJames Wright WRLSU
240.ChargersTevin Reese WRBaylor
241.Rams (from IND)Christian Bryant SOhio State
242.Broncos* (from NO)Corey Nelson OLBOklahoma
243.49ers (from CAR)Kaleb Ramsey DTBoston College
244.PatriotsJeremy Gallon WRMichigan
245.49ersTrey Millard FBOklahoma
246.Bears*Charles Leno OTBoise State
247.RaidersJonathan Dowling CBWestern Kentucky
248.CowboysAhmad Dixon SBaylor
249.RamsMichael Sam DEMissouri
250.RamsDemetrius Rhaney CTennessee State
251.CowboysKen Bishop DTNorthern Illinois
252.BengalsLavelle Westbrooks CBGeorgia Southern
253.FalconsYawin Smallwood ILBConnecticut
254.CowboysTerrance Mitchell CBOregon
255.FalconsTyler Starr OLBSouth Dakota
256.TexansLonnie Ballentine SMemphis

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