NFL Draft 2014 Grades: Final Results and Grades Following Day 3

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NFL Draft 2014 Grades: Final Results and Grades Following Day 3
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The final day if the 2014 NFL draft is in the books. It could potentially be the most impacting day of all, as some teams were able to find big time talents late in the draft.

Some teams might have found players who will start from Day 1 with their new franchises. Here's a look at every pick for every team, and grades for each franchise's performance on the draft's final day.

 

Arizona Cardinals, B+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 120 Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
5 160 Ed Stinson DE Alabama
6 196 Walt Powell WR Murray State

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Logan Thomas has great size at 6'6" 248 pounds, and a strong arm. He is a developmental talent, but with Carson Palmer there, the Cardinals could afford to draft a project at the position.

He could blossom into the team's quarterback of the future.

 

San Francisco 49ers, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 106 Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
4 129 Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State
5 150 Aaron Lynch OLB South Florida
5 170 Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
6 180 Kenneth Acker CB SMU
7 243 Kaleb Ramsey DL Boston College
7 245 Trey Millard FB  Oklahoma

The Niners seemingly stayed on the clock on Saturday. They added depth to their secondary by taking three corner backs. You'd have to think at least one of the guys will pan out.

Johnson is a great athlete who can matchup with tight ends split wide, and bigger receivers.

 

St. Louis Rams, B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 110 Mo Alexander S Utah State
6 188 E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
6 214 * Garrett Gilbert QB SMU
7 226 Mitchell Van Dyk OL Portland State
7 241 C.B. Bryant S Ohio State
7 249 * Michael Sam OLB  Missouri 
7 250 * Demetrius Rhaney  Tennessee St. 

The Rams had a plethora of picks on the final day of the draft, but they probably didn't find any hidden gems.

Gilbert is an interesting choice. He has a solid arm and a gunslinger's mentality. However, he may not be ready to contribute for a year or two.

 

Seattle Seahawks, B+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 108 Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
4 123 Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
4 132 Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Boston College
5 172 Jimmy Staten DE Middle Tennessee
6 199 Garrett Scott OL Marshall
6 208 Eric Pinkins DB San Diego State
7 227 Kiero Small FB Arkansas

The Norwood selection stands out from the lot. He seems to fit the mold of a Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate-type of receiver.

He'll get an opportunity to take Tate's place amongst Russell Wilson's tool chest of offensive weapons.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, C-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
5 143 Kadeem Edwards G Tennessee State
5 149 Kevin Pamphile T Purdue
6 185 Robert Herron WR Wyoming

There weren't many opportunities for the Bucs to improve their squad on Day 3. With three picks, Tampa addressed the offense exclusively. Herron is an explosive player who could become a weapon in the slot or in the return game.

 

Atlanta Falcons, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 103 Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
4 139 * Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
5 147 Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
5 168 Marquis Spruill OLB Syracuse
7 253 * Yawin Smallwood  ILB  Connecticut 
7 255 * Tyler Starr  OLB  South Dakota 

The Falcons addressed their defense and the pass rush in a major way on Day 3. Shembo, Spruill and Starr are all interesting prospects.

Shembo had some off-the-field issues, but if he can keep himself focused on football, he could be an explosive pass-rushing specialist.

 

Carolina Panthers, D

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 128 Tre Boston S North Carolina
5 148 Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
6 204 Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford

The Panthers tabbed just one wide receiver in the draft, despite it being the team's weakest position by far. On Day 3, Carolina completely ignored the wideouts, and Cam Newton and Co. will suffer in 2014 because of it.

It's unclear just what the Panthers' brass were thinking.

 

New Orleans Saints, B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 126 Khairi Fortt LB California
5 167 Vinnie Sunseri S Alabama
5 169 Ronald Powell OLB Florida
6 202 Tavon Rooks OL Kansas State

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Sunseri is the type of heady player who can be a glue guy in the secondary. He's come back from a torn ACL injury as well as anyone this side of Adrian Peterson

Watch for him to become one of the more surprising players in the draft, as long as he stays healthy.

 

Chicago Bears, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 117 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
4 131 Brock Vereen S Minnesota
6 183 David Fales QB San Jose State
6 191 Patrick O'Donnell P Miami (FL)
7 246 Charles Leno OL Boise State

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Carey was second in the nation in rushing with 1,887 yards in 2013. Though he won't blow people away with his speed, it's hard to argue with his production.

The Bears did well to tab the versatile safety Vereen in the fourth round. He could easily beat out Chris Conte and M.D. Jennings for the starting safety spot.

 

Detroit Lions, B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 133 * Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
4 136 * Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg
5 158 Caraun Reid DT Princeton
6 189 TJ Jones WR Notre Dame
7 229 Nate Freese K Boston College

The secondary was a unit in need of improvement, and the Lions finally addressed it by selecting Lawson.

He reminds me of a poor man's Antoine Winfield. If Detroit can get half the quality Winfield has provided in his career, it'll be happy.

 

Green Bay Packers, A

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 121 Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
5 161 Corey Linsley C Ohio State
5 176 * Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
6 197 Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
7 236 Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley

Bradford is a great fit for the Packers' system as an outside rusher, but Abbrederis is the pick that stands out most for Green Bay on Day 3. Abbrederis could be a major steal if he stays healthy.

He has great hands and route-running ability. However, he has had some concussions in his career, and that's always a sticky situation. If his body holds up, he'll be a contributor in Green Bay.

 

Minnesota Vikings, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
5 145 David Yankey G Stanford
6 182 Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
6 184 Kendall James CB Maine
7 220 Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
7 223 Brandon Watts LB Georgia Tech
7 225 Jabari Price CB North Carolina

Getting Yankey in the fifth round really stands out.

At one point, he was considered a first-round talent. He's the type of inside blocking presence that helps to guide normal running backs to 1,000-yard seasons. For guys like Peterson, Yankey could help to push him to another 2,000-yard campaign.

 

Dallas Cowboys. B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 119 Anthony Hitchens LB Iowa
5 146 Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
7 231 Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7 238 Will Smith LB Texas Tech
7 248 * Ahmad Dixon S Baylor
7 251 * Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois
7 254 * Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon

With one of the worst defenses in NFL history last season, it was good to see Dallas address that side of the ball on Day 3.

All but one of the team's seven picks were defensive players. Hitchens is a smaller, outside linebacker, but he has a nose for the ball and could be a valuable special teams player.

 

Philadelphia Eagles, B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 101 Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
5 141 Taylor Hart DE Oregon
5 162 Ed Reynolds S Stanford
7 224 Beau Allen DT Wisconsin

Defense was the priority on Day 3 for the Eagles as well. Reynolds is an intriguing prospect at safety. The Stanford product isn't a great athlete, but he's a physical player with solid hands.

 

New York Giants, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 113 Andre Williams RB Boston College
5 152 Nat Berhe DB San Diego State
5 174 * Devon Kennard LB USC
6 187 Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame

When a team finds a player who could step right in, start and potentially garner some consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year, it's a good sign.

Williams led the nation in rushing in 2013 for Boston College. He'd be a perfect complement or replacement for David Wilson in the G-Men's backfield.

Look for Williams to have a big rookie season.

 

Washington, B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 102 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
5 142 Ryan Grant WR Tulane
6 186 Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
7 217 Ted Bolser TE Indiana
7 228 Zach Hocker K Arkansas

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Seastrunk and Alfred Morris would be perhaps the most diminutive backfield rotations in the NFL. Morris is a power back and Seastrunk is the shifty, speedy guy.

Adding him to Washington's offense brings about a Baylor reunion with former teammate Robert Griffin III and gives RG3 another weapon.

 

Denver Broncos, C-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
5 156 Lamin Barrow ILB LSU
6 207 Matthew Paradis OL Boise State
7 242 Corey Nelson LB Oklahoma

Barrow is a bit interesting, but this wasn't a strong day overall for Denver. The former LSU Tiger is quick and explosive, but he's only 6'1" 237 pounds. 

He might be destined for a role on special teams due to his smallish frame for the position.

 

San Diego Chargers, B-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
5 165 Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
6 201 Marion Grice RB Arizona State
7 240 Tevin Reese WR Baylor

As seventh-round picks go, the Reese selection is pretty strong. He's only 5'10", 163 pounds, but he's a dynamic athlete.

It's going to be hard to see him lining up as a traditional wide receiver, but his speed and quick twitch seems perfect for the return game.

 

Kansas City Chiefs, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. SCHOOL
4 124 De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
5 163 Aaron Murray QB Georgia
6 193 Zach Fulton G Tennessee
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif  OT  McGill (Canada)

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With Thomas and Murray, the Chiefs grabbed two of the biggest names available on Day 3. Both filled needs and made sense considering the roster situation.

Dexter McCluster signed with the Tennessee Titans in March, and Alex Smith could be headed toward free agency. Thomas' dynamic playmaking will be a welcomed addition to the offense, and Murray's skills are perfect for head coach Andy Reid's system.

 

Oakland Raiders, C

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 107 Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech
4 116 Keith McGill CB Utah
7 219 Travis Carrie CB Ohio
7 235 Shelby Harris DL Illinois State
7 247 Jonathan Dowling S Western Kentucky

Ellis is a massive tackle who can plug the holds, take on double teams and allow the linebackers behind him to fire through lanes. 

At 6'1", 334 pounds, he'll be a load to handle in the trenches.

 

Indianapolis Colts, C+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
2 59 Jack Mewhort T Ohio State
3 90 Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
5 166 Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State
6 203 Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky
7 232 Ulrick John T Georgia State

Moncrief reminds me a bit of the New Orleans Saints' Robert Meachem. Both are physically strong receivers, with questionable hands.

If Moncrief can be more consistent, he could turn into a quality weapon for Andrew Luck.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 114 Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
5 144 Telvin Smith ILB Florida State
5 159 Chris Smith DE Arkansas
6 205 Luke Bowanko G Virginia
7 222 Storm Johnson RB UCF

You have to love what the Jags did with the Colvin and Johnson selections. Colvin is arguably a first-round talent that Jacksonville was able to secure in the fourth. There was a myriad of secondary players being taken in the first four picks.

It's possible a player with Colvin's skill simply fell through the cracks.

Johnson was very productive in 2013, and he's joining college teammate Blake Bortles with the Jags. He should get an opportunity to shine as a second back in 2014.

 

Tennessee Titans, C-

Round Pick Player POSITION SCHOOL
4 112 DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
4 122 Marqueston Huff S Wyoming
5 151 Avery Williamson LB Kentucky
6 178 Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

The Titans needed to take a quarterback before the sixth round. Mettenberger's history of injuries and lack of mobility make this too risky of a pick.

A player like Tajh Boyd from Clemson—who was still on the board—would have been a better selection.

 

Houston Texans, A+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 135 * Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
6 177 Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama
6 181 Alfred Blue RB LSU
6 211 * Jay Prosch FB Auburn
7 216 Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt
7 256 * Lonnie Ballentine DB Memphis

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Overall, the Texans won the draft. Savage was a great pick, as long as the Texans can provide him more protection than he got at Pittsburgh. Blue is a potential workhorse back with good size (6'1", 223 pounds) and power.

If Arian Foster's injury issues persist, you could see Blue play a big role in 2014.

 

Cincinnati Bengals, B+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 111 Russell Bodine C North Carolina
5 164 A.J. McCarron QB Alabama
6 212 * Marquis Flowers LB Arizona
7 239 James Wright WR LSU
7 252 * Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern

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It's crazy how McCarron slipped to the fifth round, but the Bengals were happy to take him. Though he may have been upset by the snubs, McCarron said all the right things after being drafted.

Per Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, McCarron said:

First, let me say that it's a blessing to be in the NFL. It doesn't matter if you're taken No. 1 overall or No. 199, like (New England quarterback Tom) Brady. It doesn't matter when you get picked, just about where you go and making the most of it when you get there. You've still got to perform no matter where you get picked, and I'm just excited and blessed about this opportunity.

We'll see if he gets a legitimate shot to push Andy Dalton for his job.

 

Cleveland Browns, A

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 127 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

Desir seems like one of those small school prospects that will turn into a real player in the NFL. At 6'1", 198 pounds, he has the frame to match up with today's big receivers. Though he wasn't playing against Division I talent, he did have 10 interceptions in 2013.

He's already married with two daughters, so he's acquired things in life to make him focus on football and responsibility.

This could be one of the best picks in the draft.

 

Baltimore Ravens, B+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 134 * Brent Urban DT Virginia
4 138 * Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina
5 175 * John Urschel G Penn State
6 194 Keith Wenning QB Ball State
7 218 Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest

Baltimore made two smart picks to bolster the running game.

Establishing the ground attack is something the team needs to get back to. Taliaferro isn't going to take Ray Rice's job, but at 6'0", 229 pounds with 4.58 speed, the Coastal Carolina product could give the Ravens some productive touches as he spells Rice.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers, B

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 118 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
5 157 Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
5 173 * Wesley Johnson T Vanderbilt
6 192 Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA
6 215 * Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
7 230 Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts

Bryant continues the recent run of talented Clemson wide receivers. At 6'4", 221 pounds with 4.48, 40-yard-dash speed, Bryant has the physical tools to make an impact.

Zumwalt was born to be a Steelers' linebacker. He hits like a ton of bricks and is a good leader of his unit. He's not the fastest, but his instincts help to make up for a lack of speed.

 

Buffalo Bills, C+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 109 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5 153 Cyril Richardson G Baylor
7 221 Randall Johnson LB Florida Atlantic
7 237 Seantrel Henderson T Miami (FL)

Richardson could be the best thing that ever happened to C.J. Spiller. Richardson's ability to clear the inside running lanes for the running game could be huge.

He still has some work to do from a conditioning standpoint, but Gil Brandt of NFL.com likes Richardson. Brandt wrote this brief scouting report for the big man out of Baylor.

He has worked hard to lose that weight and that hard work paid off at Baylor's pro day, when he looked very good; he looked like the Richardson we remembered from a year ago when he was one of the most highly regarded offensive line prospects in the nation. He had gotten too heavy in 2013 and did not move well enough to be considered a top line prospect.

 

Miami Dolphins, C+

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 125 Walt Aikens CB Liberty
5 155 Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5 171 Jordan Tripp OLB Montana
6 190 Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina
7 234 Terrence Fede DL Marist

Tripp is a versatile linebacker with good speed and instincts. He projects as a player who could surprise if given the chance but may only wind up contributing on special teams.

 

New York Jets, A-

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 104 Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma
4 115 Shaquelle Evans WR UCLA
4 137 * Dakota Dozier T Furman
5 154 Jeremiah George LB Iowa State
6 195 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State
6 209 * Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
6 210 * IK Enemkpali DL Louisiana Tech
6 213 * Tajh Boyd QB Clemson
7 233 Trevor Reilly DE Utah

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The Jets should have their answer at quarterback one way or another. With Michael Vick and Geno Smith already on board, the team took Boyd in the sixth round.

It was a low-risk selection, and it could pan out well for the team. It was smart to use three Day 3 picks on receivers. Receiver was one of the biggest positions of need for the Jets. Adding depth there made sense.

 

New England Patriots, A

Round Pick Player Pos. School
4 105 Bryan Stork C Florida State
4 130 James White RB Wisconsin
4 140 * Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
6 179 Jon Halapio G Florida
6 198 Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
6 206 Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech
7 244 Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan

Aside from Tom Brady, the biggest strength of the Patriots team is its offensive line. That strength figured to get even stronger on Day 3 as the team took three players on the O-Line.

Stork is a potential starter in the next year or two.

He anchored one of the better lines in college football last season. He could earn some playing time sooner than most fourth-round picks.

 

* - Denotes picks acquired from trades 

Draft results, player heights, weight, speed and information per NFL.com

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