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2014 NFL Draft Grades: Team-by-Team Results and Letter Marks After Day 3

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, right is greeted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell  after being selected as the 39th pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Friday, May 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 10, 2014

The 2014 NFL draft is in the books, and each team took steps over the course of the three-day event to make improvements for the future. But not every team made the smartest moves with each of its selections.

That's where the grading process comes in.

While no team failed the draft this time around, there were certainly a few teams that made some questionable decisions early on in the selection process. Making these mistakes early impacted their outlook for the rest of the draft, and that's where some stretches and more questionable decisions were made.

Below is a full team-by-team compilation of every pick of the 2014 NFL draft, including a grade for each of the 32 NFL franchises and followed by commentary on some notable grades.

Arizona Cardinals (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
127Deone BuchannonSSWashington State
252Troy NiklasTENotre Dame
384Kareem MartinDENorth Carolina
391John BrownWRPittsburgh State
4120Logan ThomasQBVirginia Tech
5160Ed StinsonDEAlabama
6196Walt PowellWRMurray State
NFL.com
Atlanta Falcons (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
16Jake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
237Ra'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
368Dezmen SouthwardFSWisconsin
4103Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State
4139Prince ShemboOLBNotre Dame
5147Ricardo AllenCBPurdue
5168Marquis SpruillILBSyracuse
7253Yawin SmallwoodOLBConnecticut
7255Tyler StarrOLBSouth Dakota
NFL.com
Baltimore Ravens (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
117C.J. MosleyILBAlabama
248Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
379Terrence BrooksFSFlorida State
399Crockett GillmoreTEColorado State
4134Brent UrbanDTVirginia
4138Lorenzo TaliaferroRBCoastal Carolina
5175John UrschelOGPenn State
6194Keith WenningQBBall State
7218Mike CampanaroWRWake Forest
NFL.com
Buffalo Bills (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
14Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
244Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
373Preston BrownILBLouisville
4109Ross CockrellCBDuke
5153Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
7221Randell JohnsonOLBFlorida Atlantic
7237Seantrel HendersonOTMiami
NFL.com
Carolina Panthers (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
128Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
260Kony EalyDEMissouri
392Trai TurnerOGLSU
4128Tre BostonSSNorth Carolina
5148Bene BenwikereCBSan Jose State
6204Tyler GaffneyRBStanford
NFL.com
Chicago Bears (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
114Kyle FullerCBVirginia Tech
251Ego FergusonDTLSU
382Will SuttonDTArizona State
4117Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
4131Brock VereenFSMinnesota
6183David FalesQBSan Jose State
6191Pat O'DonnellPMiami
7246Charles Leno Jr.OTBoise St.
NFL.com
Cincinnati Bengals (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
124Darqueze DennardCBMichigan State
255Jeremy HillRBLSU
388Will ClarkeDEWest Virginia
4111Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
5164AJ McCarronQBAlabama
6212Marquis FlowersOLBArizona
7239James WrightWRLSU
7252Lavelle WestbrooksCBGeorgia Southern
NFL.com
Cleveland Browns (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
18Justin GilbertCBOklahoma State
122Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
235Joel BitonioOTNevada
371Christian KirkseyOLBIowa
394Terrance WestRBTowson
4127Pierre DesirCBLindenwood
NFL.com
Dallas Cowboys (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
116Zack MartinOTNotre Dame
234Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
4119Anthony HitchensOLBIowa
5146Devin StreetWRPittsburgh
7231Ben GardnerDEStanford
7238Will SmithOLBTexas Tech
7248Ahmad DixonSSBaylor
7251Ken BishopDTNorthern Illinois
7254Terrance MitchellCBOregon
NFL.com
Denver Broncos (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
131Bradley RobyCBOhio State
256Cody LatimerWRIndiana
395Michael SchofieldOTMichigan
5156Lamin BarrowOLBLSU
6207Matthew ParadisCBoise State
7242Corey NelsonOLBOklahoma
NFL.com
Detroit Lions (Grade: C)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
110Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
240Kyle Van NoyOLBBYU
376Travis SwansonCArkansas
4133Nevin LawsonCBUtah State
4136Larry WebsterDEBloomsburg
5158Caraun ReidDTPrinceton
6189T.J. JonesWRNotre Dame
7229Nate FreeseKBoston College
NFL.com
Green Bay Packers (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
121Ha Ha Clinton-DixFSAlabama
253Davante AdamsWRFresno State
385Khyri ThorntonDTSouthern Miss
398Richard RodgersTECalifornia
4121Carl BradfordOLBArizona State
5161Corey LinsleyCOhio State
5176Jared AbbrederisWRWisconsin
6197Demetri GoodsonCBBaylor
7236Jeff JanisWRSaginaw Valley St.
NFL.com
Houston Texans (Grade: A)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
11Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina
233Xavier Su'a-FiloOGUCLA
365C.J. FiedorowiczTEIowa
383Louis NixDTNotre Dame
4135Tom SavageQBPittsburgh
6177Jeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
6181Alfred BlueRBLSU
6211Jay ProschFBAuburn
7216Andre HalCBVanderbilt
7256Lonnie BallentineFSMemphis
NFL.com
Indianapolis Colts (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
259Jack MewhortOTOhio State
390Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
5166Jonathan NewsomeDEBall State
6203Andrew JacksonILBWestern Kentucky
7232Ulrick JohnOTGeorgia State
NFL.com
Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
13Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida
239Marqise LeeWRUSC
261Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
393Brandon LinderOGMiami
4114Aaron ColvinCBOklahoma
5144Telvin SmithILBFlorida State
5159Chris SmithDEArkansas
6205Luke BowankoCVirginia
7222Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida
NFL.com
Kansas City Chiefs (Grade: C)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
123Dee FordDEAuburn
387Phillip GainesCBRice
4124De'Anthony ThomasRBOregon
5163Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia
6193Zach FultonOGTennessee
6200Laurent Duvernay-TardifOTMcGill
NFL.com
Miami Dolphins (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
119Ja'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
263Jarvis LandryWRLSU
367Billy TurnerOTNorth Dakota State
4125Walt AikensCBLiberty
5155Arthur LynchTEGeorgia
5171Jordan TrippOLBMontana
6190Matt HazelWRCoastal Carolina
7234Terrence FedeDEMarist
NFL.com
Minnesota Vikings (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
19Anthony BarrOLBUCLA
132Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
372Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
396Jerick McKinnonRBGeorgia Southern
5145David YankeyOGStanford
6182Antone ExumCBVirginia Tech
6184Kendall JamesCBMaine
7220Shamar StephenDTConnecticut
7223Brandon WattsOLBGeorgia Tech
7225Jabari PriceCBNorth Carolina
NFL.com
New England Patriots (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
129Dominique EasleyDTFlorida
262Jimmy GaroppoloQBEastern Illinois
4105Bryan StorkCFlorida State
4130Jame WhiteRBWisconsin
4140Cameron FlemmingOTStanford
6179Jon HalapioOGFlorida
6198Zach MooreDEConcordia
6206Jemea ThomasCBGeorgia Tech
7234Jeremy GallonWRMichigan
NFL.com
New Orleans Saints (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
120Brandin CooksWROregon State
258Stanley Jean-BaptisteCBNebraska
4126Khairi ForttILBCalifornia
5167Vinnie SunseriSSAlabama
5169Ronald PowellOLBFlorida
6202Tavon RooksOTKansas State
NFL.com
New York Giants (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
112Odell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
243Weston RichburgCColorado State
374Jay BromleyDTSyracuse
4113Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
5152Nat BerheSSSan Diego State
5174Devon KennardOLBUSC
6187Bennett JacksonCBNotre Dame
NFL.com
New York Jets (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
118Calvin PryorFSLouisville
249Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
380Dexter McDougleCBMaryland
4104Jalen SaundersWROklahoma
4115Shaq EvansWRUCLA
4137Dakota DozierOTFurman
5154Jeremiah GeorgeILBIowa State
6195Brandon DixonCBNorthwest Missouri State
6209Quincy EnunwaWRNebraska
6210IK EnemkpaliDELouisiana Tech
6213Tajh BoydQBClemson
7233Trevor ReillyOLBUtah
NFL.com
Oakland Raiders (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
15Khalil MackOLBBuffalo
236Derek CarrQBFresno State
381Gabe JacksonOGMississippi State
4107Justin EllisDTLouisiana Tech
4116Keith McGillCBUtah
7219Travis CarrieCBOhio
7235Shelby HarrisDEIllinois St.
7247Jonathan DowlingSSWestern Kentucky
NFL.com
Philadelphia Eagles (Grade: C)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
126Marcus SmithOLBLouisville
242Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt
386Josh HuffWROregon
4101Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
5141Taylor HartDEOregon
5162Ed ReynoldsFSStanford
7224Beau AllenDTWisconsin
NFL.com
Pittsburgh Steelers (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
115Ryan ShazierOLBOhio State
246Stephon TuittDENotre Dame
397Dri ArcherRBKent State
4118Martavis BryantWRClemson
5157Shaquille RichardsonCBArizona
5173Wesley JohnsonOTVanderbilt
6192Jordan ZumwaltILBUCLA
6215Daniel McCullersDTTennessee
7230Rob BlanchflowerTEMassachusetts
NFL.com
San Diego Chargers (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
125Jason VerrettCBTCU
250Jeremiah AttaochuOLBGeorgia Tech
389Chris WattOGNotre Dame
5165Ryan CarrethersDTArkansas State
6201Marion GriceRBArizona State
7240Tevin ReeseWRBaylor
NFL.com
San Francisco 49ers (Grade: A)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
130Jimmie WardSSNorthern Illinois
257Carlos HydeRBOhio State
370Marcus MartinCUSC
377Chris BorlandILBWisconsin
3100Brandon ThomasOTClemson
4106Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
4129Dontae JohnsonCBNorth Carolina State
5150Aaron LynchDESouth Florida
5170Keith ReaserCBFlorida Atlantic
6180Kenneth AckerCBSMU
7243Kaleb RamseyDEBoston College
7245Trey MillardFBOklahoma
NFL.com
Seattle Seahawks (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
245Paul RichardsonWRColorado
264Justin BrittOTMissouri
4108Cassius MarshDEUCLA
4123Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama
4132Kevin Pierre-LouisOLBBoston College
5172Jimmy StatenDTMiddle Tennessee State
6199Garrett ScottOTMarshall
6208Eric PinkinsFSSan Diego State
7227Kiero SmallRBArkansas
NFL.com
St. Louis Rams (Grade: A+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
12Greg RobinsonOTAuburn
113Aaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
241Lamarcus JoynerCBFlorida State
375Tre MasonRBAuburn
4110Mo AlexanderSSUtah State
6188E.J. GainesCBMissouri
6214Garrett GilbertQBSMU
7226Mitchell Van DykOTPortland St.
7241C.B. BryantFSOhio State
7249Michael SamDEMissouri
7250Demetrius RhaneyCTennessee St.
NFL.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
17Mike EvansWRTexas A&M
238Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
369Charles SimsRBWest Virginia
5143Kadeem EdwardsOGTennessee St.
5149Kevin PamphileOTPurdue
6185Robert HerronWRWyoming
NFL.com
Tennessee Titans (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
111Taylor LewanOTMichigan
254Bishop SankeyRBWashington
4112DaQuan JonesDTPenn State
4122Marqueston HuffFSWyoming
5152Avery WilliamsonILBKentucky
6178Zach MettenbergerQBLSU
NFL.com
Washington Redskins (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
247Trent MurphyOLBStanford
366Morgan MosesOTVirginia
378Spencer LongOGNebraska
4102Bashaud BreelandCBClemson
5142Ryan GrantWRTulane
6186Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
7217Ted BolserTEIndiana
7228Zach HockerKArkansas
NFL.com

 

New York Giants

While Odell Beckham was an interesting selection at No. 12 due to the availability of offensive lineman Zack Martin, the New York Giants really made some smart decisions the rest of the way.

The goal for general manager Jerry Reese this offseason was to upgrade the offensive line. He did some major modifications via free agency, but he was still without a center. The current one on the roster, J.D. Walton, is not the future of the position.

Weston Richburg is, however. This was a great choice in Round 2. He'll be the starter from Day 1.

Another smart pickup was Andre Williams. Rashad Jennings is currently the lead back for the Giants, and nobody knows what to expect from David Wilson as he battles back from injury. This left a gaping hole in the backfield. Michael Eisen of Giants.com highlighted everything that attracted the team to the young running back:

Williams is a powerfully-built 5-10, 230-pounder. In his first three years at BC, he totaled 349 carries for 1,497 yards and 10 touchdowns. Then he topped all those numbers as a senior, when he had 355 rushing attempts for 2,177 yards (both Atlantic Coast Conference records) and 18 touchdowns. He had nine 100-yard games, five 200-yard games and an ACC-record 339 yards (on 42 carries) vs. North Carolina State.

The Giants made smart moves to fill holes and pick the best available players at the same time.

 

Detroit Lions

With Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria on the roster, one would think that the Detroit Lions would be set at tight end, right?

Well, apparently not. The team took UNC product Eric Ebron with the No. 10 overall selection. In doing so, they neglected to adequately address their pressing needs in the secondary—needs that Kyle Meinke of MLive.com knew the team needed to address:

The Lions will absolutely address the secondary. Here are their top two corners: Rashean Mathis, who will be 34 at the start of the season, and Chris Houston, who still hasn't recovered from a toe injury he suffered last year and might require surgery. Concern grows by the day that he won't return to form.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kyle Fuller and Calvin Pryor were all available at No. 10. Instead, the team waited until much later to take Utah State's Nevin Lawson. While a team drafting who it feels is the best player available is understandable, this team needs to keep up with the beast receivers of the NFC North. Instead of trying to outscore them, the Lions should try to stop them.

 

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans had an overall solid draft. Taking Taylor Lewan at No. 11 was a no-brainer, but it's how the team followed those picks up that makes me happy with what they've done.

In Round 2, Tennessee took the first running back of the draft—Bishop Sankey. Sankey, a speed back, will do his best to replace Chris Johnson. He'll probably split carries with Shonn Greene at the start, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Jason Michael will quickly realize he is deserving of the bulk of the carries.

Everyone figured the Titans would grab a quarterback, but the fact that they waited so long to do so before taking Zach Mettenberger was surprising. Jake Locker has struggled to take that next step in the NFL, and Mettenberger is an ample reserve.

Don't be surprised if Mettenberger is handed the job when Locker inevitably struggles or goes down with an injury. He's probably the future quarterback of the franchise.

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