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

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NFL Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Analysis and Grades for Rounds 1-7 Results
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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
Team Picks Best Selection Overall Grade
Arizona Cardinals 7 Deone Bucannon B-
Atlanta Falcons 9 Ra'Shede Hageman B
Baltimore Ravens 9 C.J. Mosley B+
Buffalo Bills 7 Sammy Watkins A
Carolina Panthers 6 Kony Ealy D
Chicago Bears 8 Kyle Fuller B-
Cincinnati Bengals 8 Darqueze Dennard B
Cleveland Browns 6 Johnny Manziel A-
Dallas Cowboys 9 Zack Martin F
Denver Broncos 6 Bradley Roby B-
Detroit Lions 8 Eric Ebron C+
Green Bay Packers 9 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix A-
Houston Texans 10 Jadeveon Clowney A
Indianapolis Colts 5 Donte Moncrief B
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 Marqise Lee B
Kansas City Chiefs 6 Aaron Murray B-
Miami Dolphins 8 Ja'Wuan James B-
Minnesota Vikings 10 Teddy Bridgewater B+
New England Patriots 9 Jimmy Garoppolo A-
New Orleans Saints 6 Brandin Cooks B-
New York Giants 7 Andre Williams A-
New York Jets 12 Jace Amaro B+
Oakland Raiders 8 Khalil Mack A-
Philadelphia Eagles 7 Jaylen Watkins C
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 Ryan Shazier A-
San Diego Chargers 6 Jason Verrett A
San Francisco 49ers 12 Carlos Hyde B+
Seattle Seahawks 9 Kevin Norwood C+
St. Louis Rams 11 Aaron Donald A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 Mike Evans B+
Tennessee Titans 6 Bishop Sankey B
Washington 8 Morgan Moses B-
 
       

 

Best Selections in Each Round

Round 1 - Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney, DE

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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

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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

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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

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Sankey was fourth in the nation in rushing...meet 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

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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

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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

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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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