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

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 11, 2014

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) walks on the sideline in the second half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4120Logan ThomasQBVirginia Tech
5160Ed StinsonDEAlabama
6196Walt PowellWRMurray 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4106Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
4129Dontae JohnsonCBNorth Carolina State
5150Aaron LynchOLBSouth Florida
5170Keith ReaserCBFlorida Atlantic
6180Kenneth AckerCBSMU
7243Kaleb RamseyDLBoston College
7245Trey MillardFB 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4110Mo AlexanderSUtah State
6188E.J. GainesCBMissouri
6214 *Garrett GilbertQBSMU
7226Mitchell Van DykOLPortland State
7241C.B. BryantSOhio State
7249 *Michael SamOLB Missouri 
7250 *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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4108Cassius MarshDEUCLA
4123Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama
4132Kevin Pierre-LouisLBBoston College
5172Jimmy StatenDEMiddle Tennessee
6199Garrett ScottOLMarshall
6208Eric PinkinsDBSan Diego State
7227Kiero SmallFBArkansas

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
5143Kadeem EdwardsGTennessee State
5149Kevin PamphileTPurdue
6185Robert HerronWRWyoming

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4103Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State
4139 *Prince ShemboOLBNotre Dame
5147Ricardo AllenCBPurdue
5168Marquis SpruillOLBSyracuse
7253 *Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut 
7255 *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

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4128Tre BostonSNorth Carolina
5148Bene BenwikereCBSan Jose State
6204Tyler GaffneyRBStanford

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4126Khairi ForttLBCalifornia
5167Vinnie SunseriSAlabama
5169Ronald PowellOLBFlorida
6202Tavon RooksOLKansas 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4117Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
4131Brock VereenSMinnesota
6183David FalesQBSan Jose State
6191Patrick O'DonnellPMiami (FL)
7246Charles LenoOLBoise 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4133 *Nevin LawsonCBUtah State
4136 *Larry WebsterDEBloomsburg
5158Caraun ReidDTPrinceton
6189TJ JonesWRNotre Dame
7229Nate FreeseKBoston 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

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4121Carl BradfordOLBArizona State
5161Corey LinsleyCOhio State
5176 *Jared AbbrederisWRWisconsin
6197Demetri GoodsonCBBaylor
7236Jeff JanisWRSaginaw 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
5145David YankeyGStanford
6182Antone ExumCBVirginia Tech
6184Kendall JamesCBMaine
7220Shamar StephenDTConnecticut
7223Brandon WattsLBGeorgia Tech
7225Jabari PriceCBNorth 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4119Anthony HitchensLBIowa
5146Devin StreetWRPittsburgh
7231Ben GardnerDEStanford
7238Will SmithLBTexas Tech
7248 *Ahmad DixonSBaylor
7251 *Ken BishopDTNorthern Illinois
7254 *Terrance MitchellCBOregon

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4101Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
5141Taylor HartDEOregon
5162Ed ReynoldsSStanford
7224Beau AllenDTWisconsin

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4113Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
5152Nat BerheDBSan Diego State
5174 *Devon KennardLBUSC
6187Bennett JacksonCBNotre 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4102Bashaud BreelandCBClemson
5142Ryan GrantWRTulane
6186Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
7217Ted BolserTEIndiana
7228Zach HockerKArkansas

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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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
5156Lamin BarrowILBLSU
6207Matthew ParadisOLBoise State
7242Corey NelsonLBOklahoma

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
5165Ryan CarrethersDTArkansas State
6201Marion GriceRBArizona State
7240Tevin ReeseWRBaylor

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.SCHOOL
4124De'Anthony ThomasRBOregon
5163Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia
6193Zach FultonGTennessee
6200Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill (Canada)

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the 117th playing of the Civil War on November 29, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Ima
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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

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4107Justin EllisDTLouisiana Tech
4116Keith McGillCBUtah
7219Travis CarrieCBOhio
7235Shelby HarrisDLIllinois State
7247Jonathan DowlingSWestern 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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
259Jack MewhortTOhio State
390Donte MoncriefWROle Miss
5166Jonathan NewsomeDEBall State
6203Andrew JacksonLBWestern Kentucky
7232Ulrick JohnTGeorgia 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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4114Aaron ColvinCBOklahoma
5144Telvin SmithILBFlorida State
5159Chris SmithDEArkansas
6205Luke BowankoGVirginia
7222Storm JohnsonRBUCF

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-

RoundPickPlayerPOSITIONSCHOOL
4112DaQuan JonesDTPenn State
4122Marqueston HuffSWyoming
5151Avery WilliamsonLBKentucky
6178Zach MettenbergerQBLSU

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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4135 *Tom SavageQBPittsburgh
6177Jeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
6181Alfred BlueRBLSU
6211 *Jay ProschFBAuburn
7216Andre HalCBVanderbilt
7256 *Lonnie BallentineDBMemphis

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 02:  Tom Savage #7 of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks to pass against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4111Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
5164A.J. McCarronQBAlabama
6212 *Marquis FlowersLBArizona
7239James WrightWRLSU
7252 *Lavelle WestbrooksCBGeorgia Southern

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide has the ball stripped from him by Eric Striker #19 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisian
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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

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4127Pierre DesirCBLindenwood

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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4134 *Brent UrbanDTVirginia
4138 *Lorenzo TaliaferroRBCoastal Carolina
5175 *John UrschelGPenn State
6194Keith WenningQBBall State
7218Michael CampanaroWRWake 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

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4118Martavis BryantWRClemson
5157Shaquille RichardsonCBArizona
5173 *Wesley JohnsonTVanderbilt
6192Jordan ZumwaltLBUCLA
6215 *Daniel McCullersDTTennessee
7230Rob BlanchflowerTEMassachusetts

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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4109Ross CockrellCBDuke
5153Cyril RichardsonGBaylor
7221Randall JohnsonLBFlorida Atlantic
7237Seantrel HendersonTMiami (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+

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4125Walt AikensCBLiberty
5155Arthur LynchTEGeorgia
5171Jordan TrippOLBMontana
6190Matt HazelWRCoastal Carolina
7234Terrence FedeDLMarist

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-

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4104Jalen SaundersWROklahoma
4115Shaquelle EvansWRUCLA
4137 *Dakota DozierTFurman
5154Jeremiah GeorgeLBIowa State
6195Brandon DixonCBNorthwest Missouri State
6209 *Quincy EnunwaWRNebraska
6210 *IK EnemkpaliDLLouisiana Tech
6213 *Tajh BoydQBClemson
7233Trevor ReillyDEUtah

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03:  Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers runs for a touchdown in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Street
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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

RoundPickPlayerPos.School
4105Bryan StorkCFlorida State
4130James WhiteRBWisconsin
4140 *Cameron FlemingOTStanford
6179Jon HalapioGFlorida
6198Zach MooreDEConcordia-St. Paul
6206Jemea ThomasCBGeorgia Tech
7244Jeremy GallonWRMichigan

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