NFL Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Analysis and Grades for Rounds 1-7 Results

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 11, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney, from South Carolina, walks on stage for a group photo with fellow draft prospects before the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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The 2014 NFL draft is over. There were some huge names taken off the board on Saturday. But some of the players who made their names in college on Saturdays were humbled with their draft positions.

Obviously, the players will still get an opportunity to distinguish themselves on Sunday, but it's proving time all over again. 

Here's a look at each team's selections, grades and analysis. 

2014 NFL Draft: Final Draft Grades
TeamPicksBest SelectionOverall Grade
Arizona Cardinals7Deone BucannonB-
Atlanta Falcons9Ra'Shede HagemanB
Baltimore Ravens9C.J. MosleyB+
Buffalo Bills7Sammy WatkinsA
Carolina Panthers6Kony EalyD
Chicago Bears8Kyle FullerB-
Cincinnati Bengals8Darqueze DennardB
Cleveland Browns6Johnny ManzielA-
Dallas Cowboys9Zack MartinF
Denver Broncos6Bradley RobyB-
Detroit Lions8Eric EbronC+
Green Bay Packers9Ha Ha Clinton-DixA-
Houston Texans10Jadeveon ClowneyA
Indianapolis Colts5Donte MoncriefB
Jacksonville Jaguars9Marqise LeeB
Kansas City Chiefs6Aaron MurrayB-
Miami Dolphins8Ja'Wuan JamesB-
Minnesota Vikings10Teddy BridgewaterB+
New England Patriots9Jimmy GaroppoloA-
New Orleans Saints6Brandin CooksB-
New York Giants7Andre WilliamsA-
New York Jets12Jace AmaroB+
Oakland Raiders8Khalil MackA-
Philadelphia Eagles7Jaylen WatkinsC
Pittsburgh Steelers9Ryan ShazierA-
San Diego Chargers6Jason VerrettA
San Francisco 49ers12Carlos HydeB+
Seattle Seahawks9Kevin NorwoodC+
St. Louis Rams11Aaron DonaldA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6Mike EvansB+
Tennessee Titans6Bishop SankeyB
Washington8Morgan MosesB-

Best Selections in Each Round

Round 1 - Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney, DE

John Raoux/Associated Press

The best prospect in the draft should be taken No. 1 overall, and that's exactly what happened on Thursday. Clowney worked tirelessly to prove to the Texans that he deserved to be the top selection.

His pass-rushing ability is elite and that's one of the most coveted skills a defensive player can have in the NFL. This was easily the best pick of the first round.

Round 2 - Tennessee Titans, Bishop Sankey, RB

Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

It took a while before the first running back was taken, but when it happened, the Titans got a really good one.

Sankey is a spectacular athlete with awesome hands. How spectacular and awesome? ESPN reminds us:

Sankey's versatility as a receiver and runner will likely make him the Titans' starting running back from Day 1. In 2013, Sankey was fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,870 yards. He also caught 28 passes for 340 yards.

Look for him to be a front-runner for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and a fantasy football force.

Round 3 - Washington, Morgan Moses, OT

Steve Helber/Associated Press

Moses is a massive man that some had going in the first round. For Washington to tab a player with Moses' upside in the third round was impressive.

The team invested a lot into quarterback Robert Griffin III. Picks like Moses prove Washington is looking to protect its investment.

Round 4 - New York Giants, Andre Williams, RB

Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

Sankey was fourth in the nation in the man who was first. Williams is a big, powerful back who rumbled for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013 for Boston College.

With David Wilson working his way back from a neck injury in 2013, and recently acquired Rashad Jennings likely to see time, Williams could provide a great change of pace.

Round 5 - Minnesota Vikings, David Yankey, G

Dec 7, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive guard David Yankey (54) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Stanford defeated Arizona State 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Yankey was another offensive lineman whose name was floated as a possible first-round selection, but he fell to the fifth round.

The Vikings snatched him up to keep the line in front of Adrian Peterson—and now Teddy Bridgewater—intact.

This is a great later-round pick.

Round 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers, Jordan Zumwalt, ILB

Nov 2, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (35) during the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated Colorado 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If there was ever an inside linebacker who was meant to play for the Steelers, it's Zumwalt.

He plays with an edge and likes to hit, as evidenced by this YouTube video tweeted by Pittsburgh scout, James Wexell:

Once Zumwalt was drafted, he immediately began representing the Steelers. Take a look at the black and yellow ride he shows off in the image from the Orange County Register's Ryan Kartje:

Obviously, Zumwalt embraces the contact and violence of the sport. Speaking with Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports, Zumwalt talked about his relentless style. 

I like to play the game the way the game is meant to be played. It’s not a game where you go out and [play] paddy cake. You know what I mean?

It’s a violent game. They call us modern-day gladiators. I mean, of course we’re not going out there and trying to kill each other. But in the modern era, it’s as close as you’re going to get to that.

His instincts and physicality will make him a favorite of his new teammates, and perhaps a future leader on the defensive side of the ball.

Round 7 - San Diego Chargers, Tevin Reese, WR

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Tevin Reese (16) during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Seventh-round picks are supposed to give teams a chance to snag a player who might be capable of helping in a specialized role.

That's what the Chargers were aiming for in taking Reese.

He is very thin, but he has blazing speed that seems ideal for the return game. Adding some explosiveness to the Chargers' overall attack is advised.


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