2014 NFL Draft Results: Team-by-Team Grades for Overall Picks and Trades

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2014 NFL Draft Results: Team-by-Team Grades for Overall Picks and Trades
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Despite months of buildup, the 2014 NFL draft seemingly came and went in an instant.

But now that it's over, let the dissection begin.  

Below, you'll find grades for all 32 teams following the conclusion of all seven rounds, as well as a closer look at a pair of teams that stood out.

2014 NFL Draft Results
Round 1 Team Player Position School
1. Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB South Carolina
2. Rams (from WSH) Greg Robinson OT Auburn
3. Jaguars Blake Bortles QB UCF
4. Bills* Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
5. Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
6. Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
7. Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8. Browns* Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
9. Vikings* Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
10. Lions Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
11. Titans Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
12. Giants Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
13. Rams Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
14. Bears Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
15. Steelers Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
16. Cowboys Zack Martin OG/OT Notre Dame
17. Ravens C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
18. Jets Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
19. Dolphins Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
20. Saints* Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
21. Packers Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
22. Browns* Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
23. Chiefs Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn
24. Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
25. Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU
26. Eagles* (from IND) Marcus Smith DE/OLB Louisville
27. Cardinals* Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
28. Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
29. Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida
30. 49ers Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
31. Broncos Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
32. Vikings* Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
Round 2 Team Player Position School
33. Texans Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
34. Cowboys* Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
35. Browns Joel Bitonio OT Nevada
36. Raiders Derek Carr QB Fresno State
37. Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
38. Buccaneers Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
39. Jaguars Marqise Lee WR USC
40. Lions* Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
41. Rams* Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State
42. Eagles* Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
43. Giants Weston Richburg C Colorado State
44. Bills* Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
45. Seahawks* Paul Richardson WR Colorado
46. Steelers Stephon Tuitt DT/DE Notre Dame
47. Redskins* Trent Murphy OLB Stanford
48. Ravens Timmy Jernigan DT/DE Florida State
49. Jets Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
50. Chargers* Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
51. Bears Ego Ferguson DT LSU
52. Cardinals Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
53. Packers Davante Adams WR Fresno State
54. Titans* Bishop Sankey RB Washington
55. Bengals Jeremy Hill RB LSU
56. Broncos* (from SF) Cody Latimer WR Indiana
57. 49ers* Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
58. Saints Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
59. Colts Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
60. Panthers Kony Ealy DE Missouri
61. Jaguars* Allen Robinson WR Penn State
62. Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
63. Dolphins* Jarvis Landry WR LSU
64. Seahawks Justin Britt OT Missouri
Round 3 Team Player Position School
65. Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
66. Redskins Morgan Moses OT Virginia
67. Dolphins* Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
68. Falcons Dezmen Southward S Wisconsin
69. Buccaneers Charles Sims RB West Virginia
70. 49ers* Marcus Martin C USC
71. Browns Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
72. Vikings Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
73. Bills Preston Brown ILB Louisville
74. Giants Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
75. Rams Tre Mason RB Auburn
76. Lions Travis Swanson C Arkansas
77. 49ers (from TEN) Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
78. Redskins* Spencer Long OG Nebraska
79. Ravens Terrence Brooks S Florida State
80. Jets Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
81. Raiders* Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
82. Bears Will Sutton DT Arizona State
83. Texans* (from PIT) Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
84. Cardinals Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
85. Packers Khyri Thornton DT Southern Mississippi
86. Eagles Josh Huff WR Oregon
87. Chiefs Phillip Gaines CB Rice
88. Bengals Will Clarke DE West Virginia
89. Chargers Chris Watt OG Notre Dame
90. Colts Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
91. Cardinals* John Brown WR Pittsburg State
92. Panthers Trai Turner OG LSU
93. Jaguars* Brandon Linder OG Miami (Fla.)
94. Browns* Terrance West RB Towson
95. Broncos Michael Schofield OT Michigan
96. Vikings (from SEA) Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
97. Steelers Dri Archer RB/WR Kent State
98. Packers Richard Rodgers TE California
99. Ravens Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State
100. 49ers Brandon Thomas OG/OT Clemson
Round 4 Team Player Position School
101. Eagles* Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
102. Redskins Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
103. Falcons Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
104. Jets (from TB) Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma
105. Patriots* Bryan Stork C Florida State
106. 49ers* Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
107. Raiders Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech
108. Seahawks* Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
109. Bills Ross Cockrell CB Duke
110. Rams Maurice Alexander S Utah State
111. Bengals* Russell Bodine C North Carolina
112. Titans DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
113. Giants Andre Williams RB Boston College
114. Jaguars (from BAL) Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
115. Jets Shaquelle Evans WR UCLA
116. Raiders* Keith McGill CB Utah
117. Bears Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
118. Steelers Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
119. Cowboys Anthony Hitchens OLB Iowa
120. Cardinals Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
121. Packers Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
122. Titans* Marqueston Huff CB Wyoming
123. Seahawks* Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
124. Chiefs De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
125. Dolphins* Walt Aikens CB Liberty
126. Saints Khairi Fortt OLB California
127. Browns (from IND) Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
128. Panthers Tre Boston S North Carolina
129. 49ers Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State
130. Patriots James White RB Wisconsin
131. Bears* Brock Vereen S Minnesota
132. Seahawks Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College
133. Lions Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
134. Ravens Brent Urban DT/DE Virginia
135. Texans Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
136. Lions Larry Webster TE/DE Bloomsburg
137. Jets Dakota Dozier OT Furman
138. Ravens Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina
139. Falcons Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
140. Patriots Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
Round 5 Team Player Position School
141. Eagles* Taylor Hart DE Oregon
142. Redskins Ryan Grant WR Tulane
143. Buccaneers Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
144. Jaguars Telvin Smith OLB Florida State
145. Vikings* David Yankey OG Stanford
146. Cowboys* (from OAK) Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
147. Falcons Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
148. Panthers* Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
149. Buccaneers* Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue
150. 49ers* (from DET) Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
151. Titans Avery Williamson ILB Kentucky
152. Giants Nat Berhe S San Diego State
153. Bills* Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
154. Jets Jeremiah George ILB Iowa State
155. Dolphins Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
156. Broncos* Lamin Barrow OLB LSU
157. Steelers Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
158. Lions* Caraun Reid DT Princeton
159. Jaguars (from BAL) Chris Smith OLB/DE Arkansas
160. Cardinals Ed Stinson DE Alabama
161. Packers Corey Linsley C Ohio State
162. Eagles Ed Reynolds S Stanford
163. Chiefs Aaron Murray QB Georgia
164. Bengals AJ McCarron QB Alabama
165. Chargers Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
166. Colts Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State
167. Saints Vinnie Sunseri S Alabama
168. *Falcons Marquis Spruill ILB Syracuse
169. Saints (from NE via PHI) Ronald Powell OLB Florida
170. 49ers Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
171. Dolphins* Jordan Tripp OLB Montana
172. Seahawks Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee
173. Steelers Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
174. Giants Devon Kennard OLB USC
175. Ravens John Urschel OG Penn State
176. Packers Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
Round 6 Team Player Position School
177. Texans Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama
178. Titans* Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
179. Patriots* Jon Halapio OG Florida
180. 49ers* Kenneth Acker CB Southern Methodist
181. Texans (from OAK) Alfred Blue RB LSU
182. Vikings* Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
183. Bears (from TB) David Fales QB San Jose State
184. Vikings Kendall James CB Maine
185. Buccaneers (from BUF) Robert Herron WR Wyoming
186. Redskins* Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
187. Giants Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame
188. Rams E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
189. Lions TJ Jones WR Notre Dame
190. Dolphins Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina
191. Bears Pat O'Donnell P Miami (Fla.)
192. Steelers Jordan Zumwalt OLB UCLA
193. Chiefs (from DAL) Zach Fulton OG Tennessee
194. Ravens Keith Wenning QB Ball State
195. Jets Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State
196. Cardinals Walter Powell WR Murray State
197. Packers Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
198. Patriots (from PHI) Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
199. Seahawks* Garrett Scott OT Marshall
200. Chiefs Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill
201. Chargers Marion Grice RB Arizona State
202. Saints Tavon Rooks OT Kansas State
203. Colts Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky
204. Panthers Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford
205. Jaguars (from SF) Luke Bowanko C Virginia
206. Patriots Jemea Thomas S Georgia Tech
207. Broncos Matt Paradis C Boise State
208. Seahawks Eric Pinkins S San Diego State
209. Jets Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
210. Jets IK Enemkpali DE Louisiana Tech
211. Texans Jay Prosch FB Auburn
212. Bengals Marquis Flowers OLB Arizona
213. Jets Tajh Boyd QB Clemson
214. Rams Garrett Gilbert QB SMU
215. Steelers Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
Round 7 Team Player Position School
216. Texans Dre Hal CB Vanderbilt
217. Redskins Ted Bolser TE Indiana
218. Ravens* Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest
219. Raiders T.J. Carrie CB Ohio
220. Vikings* Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
221. Bills* Randell Johnson OLB Florida Atlantic
222. Jaguars Storm Johnson RB UCF
223. Vikings Brandon Watts OLB Georgia Tech
224. Eagles* Beau Allen DT Wisconsin
225. Vikings* (from NYG) Jabari Price CB North Carolina
226. Rams Mitchell Van Dyk OT Portland State
227. Seahawks* Kiero Small FB Arkansas
228. Redskins* Zach Hocker K Arkansas
229. Lions* (from CHI) Nate Freese K Boston College
230. Steelers Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts
231. Cowboys Ben Gardner DE Stanford
232. Colts (from BAL) Ulrick John OT Georgia State
233. Jets Trevor Reilly OLB Utah
234. Dolphins Terrence Fede DE Marist
235. Raiders (from ARZ) Shelby Harris DE Illinois State
236. Packers Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley
237. Bills* Seantrel Henderson OT Miami (Fla.)
238. Cowboys (from KC) Will Smith ILB Texas Tech
239. Bengals James Wright WR LSU
240. Chargers Tevin Reese WR Baylor
241. Rams (from IND) Christian Bryant S Ohio State
242. Broncos* (from NO) Corey Nelson OLB Oklahoma
243. 49ers (from CAR) Kaleb Ramsey DT Boston College
244. Patriots Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan
245. 49ers Trey Millard FB Oklahoma
246. Bears* Charles Leno OT Boise State
247. Raiders Jonathan Dowling CB Western Kentucky
248. Cowboys Ahmad Dixon S Baylor
249. Rams Michael Sam DE Missouri
250. Rams Demetrius Rhaney C Tennessee State
251. Cowboys Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois
252. Bengals Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern
253. Falcons Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut
254. Cowboys Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon
255. Falcons Tyler Starr OLB South Dakota
256. Texans Lonnie Ballentine S Memphis

*pick acquired by trade. Source: NFL.com

2014 NFL Draft Grades
Team Notable Picks Draft Grade Trade Grade Comments
Arizona Cardinals SS Deone Bucannon (27), TE Troy Niklas (52), QB Logan Thomas (120) B B Arizona addressed a key need at safety and also landed a QB for the future in Logan Thomas.
Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (6), DL Ra'Shede Hageman (37), RB Devonta Freeman (103) A- B The Falcons managed to acquire a pro-ready OT in Round 1 without trading up but could have used a DE.
Baltimore Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley (17), DT Tim Jernigan (48), S Terrence Brooks (79) B B Baltimore added some excellent defensive pieces and filled a need at TE in Round 3.
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (4), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (44) C D Buffalo gave up a first-round pick in 2015 to move up five spots to draft WR Sammy Watkins.
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (28), DL Kony Ealy (60) C B The Panthers made some head-scratching moves early. WR Kelvin Benjamin fills a need but is a boom-or-bust talent.
Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller (14), DT Ego Ferguson (51) B B Chicago went defense with its first three picks, a smart move based on the Bears' performance a year ago.
Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (24), RB Jeremy Hill (55), DE Will Clarke (88) B B Cincinnati addressed needs at CB and DE over the first two days and landed a QB to perhaps challenge Andy Dalton.
Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert (8), QB Johnny Manziel (22), OL Joel Bitonio (35), RB Terrance West (94) B+ A The Browns made just one pick on Day 3, but landed a handful of offensive talents early after taking CB Justin Gilbert eighth overall.
Dallas Cowboys OT Zack Martin (16), DE Demarcus Lawrence (34) B A The Cowboys addressed their defensive line deficiencies and got an elite tackle to protect Tony Romo in Round 1.
Denver Broncos CB Bradley Roby (31), WR Cody Latimer (56) B- B CB Bradley Roby could turn out to be a big pickup for Denver if he can avoid trouble off the field.
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (10), OLB Kyle Van Noy (40) B B- Detroit added another playmaker in TE Eric Ebron, but could have done a better job bolstering its secondary.
Green Bay Packers FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21), WR Davante Adams (53) A B S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was the perfect addition in Round 1 and WR Davante Adams should step in and contribute right away.
Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (1), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (33), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (65), DT Louis Nix (83), QB Tom Savage (135) A B+ DE Jadeveon Clowney is a franchise-changing talent and DT Louis Nix was a steal in Round 3. QB Tom Savage also has potential.
Indianapolis Colts OL Jack Mewhort (59), WR Donte Moncrief (90) C B The Colts made some odd moves, none stranger than OT Jack Mewhort in Round 2 when better linemen were still available.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (3), WR Marqise Lee (39), WR Allen Robinson (61) A A Jacksonville appears to be headed in a new direction after one of the franchise's more impressive drafts.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Dee Ford (23), CB Phillip Gaines (87), RB De'Anthony Thomas (124), QB Aaron Murray (163) B- B DE Dee Ford should boost a pass rush that fell off dramatically last season and RB De'Anthony Thomas and QB Aaron Murray are intriguing.
Miami Dolphins OT Ja'Wuan James (19), WR Jarvis Landry (63) B B- The Dolphins made it their mission to bolster their offensive line, taking two tackles within their first three picks.
Minnesota Vikings OLB Anthony Barr (9), QB Teddy Bridgewater (32), DE Scott Crichton (72) B+ A Minnesota acquired a boom-or-bust prospect in LB Anthony Barr and landed its QB of the future in Teddy Bridgewater all in Round 1.
New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (29), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (62) D+ B- Taking QB Jimmy Garoppolo in Round 2 when Tom Brady is the face of the franchise?
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (20), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (58) C B New Orleans didn't fare too well after its first two picks and trading up for WR Brandin Cooks cost it a third-round pick.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham (12), C Weston Richburg (43) B- B WR Odell Beckham Jr. is a big pickup for the Giants, but to come right back with C Weston Richburg in Round 2?
New York Jets FS Calvin Pryor (18), TE Jace Amaro (49), QB Tajh Boyd (213) B B The Jets added a ton of players to the mix, including three WRs.
Oakland Raiders OLB Khalil Mack (5), QB Derek Carr (36), OG Gabe Jackson (81) B+ A Oakland did well on draft weekend, landing LB Khalil Mack at No. 5 overall and acquiring its QB of the future in Derek Carr early in Round 2.
Philadelphia Eagles DE Marcus Smith (26), WR Jordan Matthews (42) C+ B- WR Jordan Matthews was a nice addition in Round 2, but DE Marcus Smith was likely a reach at No. 26.
Pittsburgh Steelers OLB Ryan Shazier (15), DL Stephon Tuitt (46) C- A Despite desperately needing offensive weapons, Pittsburgh drafted just one WR, and not until Round 4.
San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (25), OLB Jeremy Attaochu (50) B- B The Chargers got their CB in Round 1 and added an edge-rusher in Round 2. Third-round pick G Chris Watt was also a nice add.
San Francisco 49ers SS Jimmie Ward (30), RB Carlos Hyde (57), OG Marcus Martin (70), ILB Chris Borland (77), WR Bruce Ellington (106) A- A The Niners landed WR Steve Johson from Buffalo in exchange for a conditional pick and traded up to get RB Carlos Hyde in Round 2
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (45), OL Justin Britt (64) C B- Seattle's first two picks were bizarre, but the Seahawks managed to salvage the weekend with some underrated Day 3 adds.
St. Louis Rams OT Greg Robinson (2), DT Aaron Donald (13), CB Lamarcus Joyner (41), RB Tre Mason (75), DE Michael Sam (249) A B The Rams made some brilliant moves in the early stages and landed a great value pick in DE Michael Sam.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (7), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38) B+ B Tampa Bay used all six of its picks on offense but landed a handful of playmakers.
Tennessee Titans OT Taylor Lewan (11), RB Bishop Sankey (54), QB Zach Mettenberger (178) B- B OT Taylor Lewan is a stellar prospect, and RB Bishop Sankey fills a key need.
Washington Redskins LB Trent Murphy (47), OT Morgan Moses (66), RB Lache Seastrunk (186) C B+ The Redskins didn't find themselves on the clock until pick No. 47, but they managed to add some potential starters in OT Morgan Moses and CB Bashaud Breeland.

Source: NFL.com

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Despite coming off a 4-12 season, things are actually starting to look up for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who snared their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles in Round 1 and then made it their mission to acquire some weapons for him on Day 2.

Landing USC's Marqise Lee at No. 39 overall was a tremendous value pick and could turn out to be one of the draft's biggest steals down the road. 

A nagging knee injury that limited Lee last season hurt his stock leading up to the draft, but his separation skills and big-play ability ranks him right alongside any other receiver in this draft outside of Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. 

Adding Penn State wideout Allen Robinson 22 picks later could also prove huge for Jacksonville, especially with the team seemingly prepared to move on without suspended receiver Justin Blackmon

General manager Dave Caldwell recently said the team has "moved on for this year" and head coach Gus Bradley echoed those sentiments with the following comment, per NBC Sports Pro Football Talk's Mike Wilkening: "Well, we haven’t heard much, and it doesn’t sound like it’s going in the right direction."

The Jaguars were able to acquire Robinson after trading up into the second round, sending the San Francisco 49ers a third- and fifth-round pick in exchange for a shot at a big target for Bortles.

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Caldwell made another trade on Day 2, sending a fourth- and sixth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a third-round selection that turned into Miami guard Brandon Linder.

The moves were clearly made in an effort to make Bortles' life easier, as noted by the Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon:

Jacksonville would use its first three picks of Day 3 on defense, before picking up another ACC offensive lineman in Virginia's Luke Bowanko and productive Central Florida running back Storm Johnson. 

Although Johnson turned out to be a seventh-round pick, he lands in a unique situation as he remains close to where he played his college football and has already established chemistry with Bortles.

With the pieces the Jaguars added, they are sure to be much-improved in 2014 and could have an outside chance at making the playoffs considering the current state of the AFC South. 

 

St. Louis Rams

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The St. Louis Rams, who play in the NFL's toughest division by far, entered the 2014 NFL draft with minimal room for error but managed to knock it out of the park by adding some big-time pieces on both sides of the ball, including one of the most polarizing prospects of this year's class.

With one of their four seventh-round picks, the Rams selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL.

Sam won SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors last season and brings tremendous edge-rushing skills and energy to the table.

Coming into Thursday's first round, no one knew for sure whether the Rams would hold onto their two picks or perhaps make a trade. St. Louis not only kept the picks, but landed two studs in Auburn tackle Greg Robinson and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 2 and No. 13, respectively, per ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen:

Robinson is without a doubt the top tackle in this year's class and will allow the Rams to do a much better job of protecting franchise quarterback Sam Bradford, who is coming off ACL surgery

Meanwhile, Donald adds power and quickness to an already-formidable defensive front in St. Louis.

But it didn't end there. The Rams would add nine more players to the mix over the final two days, including a pair of solid Day 2 selections in Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and Auburn running back Tre Mason, who joins his former teammate, per ESPN Stats & Info:

St. Louis traded up three spots in Round 2 to land Joyner at No. 41, sending the No. 44 pick and a fifth-round selection to the Buffalo Bills. In addition to his size and speed, Joyner's instincts, playmaking ability and versatility make him one of the top Day 2 pickups of any team, as pointed out by USA Today's Paul Myerberg:

And while Mason isn't the explosive power runner Steven Jackson used to be, his combination of quickness and vision make him an ideal third-round pickup. Mason is also versatile enough to contribute in the passing game for St. Louis.

It also doesn't hurt that Mason rushed for 1,800-plus yards and 23 touchdowns behind Robinson last year at Auburn. Playing alongside a familiar face could certainly assist in Mason's transition and development.

While the NFC West is sure to remain one of the most competitive divisions in football next season, the Rams appear ready to challenge the defending Super Bowl champions and others with a retooled offense.

 

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