2014 NFL Draft Grades: Overview of Results and Letter Marks for Every Franchise

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) reacts after a run during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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Much quicker than it came, the 2014 NFL draft is over. All 32 teams believe they have secured their future with the new talent added to their roster. Nothing is ever that simple, as some franchises had a better weekend than others. 

It's talked about every year, but the biggest separator between the teams that hit and the teams that miss in the draft is playing the board. Some clubs reach for need, instead of looking at what the talent available can do. 

You got a clear sense, especially as the weekend went on, which teams understood how to play the game. We've got a look at picks for each team, grades and tidbits about the biggest winner and loser. j

 

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

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Atlanta Falcons (Grade: C+)
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

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Baltimore Ravens (Grade: B+)
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

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Buffalo Bills (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
14Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
244Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
373Preston BrownILBLouisville
4109Ross CockrellCBDuke
5153Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
7221Randell JohnsonOLBFlorida Atlantic
7237Seantrel HendersonOTMiami

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Carolina Panthers (Grade: C)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
128Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
260Kony EalyDEMissouri
392Trai TurnerOGLSU
4128Tre BostonSSNorth Carolina
5148Bene BenwikereCBSan Jose State
6204Tyler GaffneyRBStanford

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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.

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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

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Cleveland Browns (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
18Justin GilbertCBOklahoma State
122Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
235Joel BitonioOTNevada
371Christian KirkseyOLBIowa
394Terrance WestRBTowson
4127Pierre DesirCBLindenwood

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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

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Denver Broncos (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
131Bradley RobyCBOhio State
256Cody LatimerWRIndiana
395Michael SchofieldOTMichigan
5156Lamin BarrowOLBLSU
6207Matthew ParadisCBoise State
7242Corey NelsonOLBOklahoma

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Detroit Lions (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
110Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
240Kyle Van NoyOLBBYU
376Travis SwansonCArkansas
4133Nevin LawsonCBUtah State
4136Larry WebsterDEBloomsburg
5158Caraun ReidDTPrinceton
6189T.J. JonesWRNotre Dame
7229Nate FreeseKBoston College

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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.

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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

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Indianapolis Colts (Grade: D)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
259Jack MewhortOTOhio State
390Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
5166Jonathan NewsomeDEBall State
6203Andrew JacksonILBWestern Kentucky
7232Ulrick JohnOTGeorgia State

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Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
13Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida
239Marqise LeeWRUSC
261Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
393Brandon LinderOGMiami
4114Aaron ColvinCBOklahoma
5144Telvin SmithILBFlorida State
5159Chris SmithDEArkansas
6205Luke BowankoCVirginia
7222Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida

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Kansas City Chiefs (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
123Dee FordDEAuburn
387Phillip GainesCBRice
4124De'Anthony ThomasRBOregon
5163Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia
6193Zach FultonOGTennessee
6200Laurent Duvernay-TardifOTMcGill

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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

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Minnesota Vikings (Grade: B+)
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

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New England Patriots (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
129Dominique EasleyDTFlorida
262Jimmy GaroppoloQBEastern Illinois
4105Bryan StorkCFlorida State
4130Jame WhiteRBWisconsin
4140Cameron FlemmingOTStanford
6179Jon HalapioOGFlorida
6198Zach MooreDEConcordia-St. Paul
6206Jemea ThomasCBGeorgia Tech
7234Jeremy GallonWRMichigan

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New Orleans Saints (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
120Brandin CooksWROregon State
258Stanley Jean-BaptisteCBNebraska
4126Khairi ForttILBCalifornia
5167Vinnie SunseriSSAlabama
5169Ronald PowellOLBFlorida
6202Tavon RooksOTKansas State

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New York Giants (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
112Odell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
243Weston RichburgCColorado State
374Jay BromleyDTSyracuse
4113Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
5152Nat BerheSSSan Diego State
5174Devon KennardOLBUSC
6187Bennett JacksonCBNotre Dame

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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

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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

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Philadelphia Eagles (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
126Marcus SmithOLBLouisville
242Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt
386Josh HuffWROregon
4101Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
5141Taylor HartDEOregon
5162Ed ReynoldsFSStanford
7224Beau AllenDTWisconsin

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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

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San Diego Chargers (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
125Jason VerrettCBTCU
250Jeremiah AttaochuOLBGeorgia Tech
389Chris WattOGNotre Dame
5165Ryan CarrethersDTArkansas State
6201Marion GriceRBArizona State
7240Tevin ReeseWRBaylor

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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

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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

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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.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
17Mike EvansWRTexas A&M
238Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
369Charles SimsRBWest Virginia
5143Kadeem EdwardsOGTennessee St.
5149Kevin PamphileOTPurdue
6185Robert HerronWRWyoming

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Tennessee Titans (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
111Taylor LewanOTMichigan
254Bishop SankeyRBWashington
4112DaQuan JonesDTPenn State
4122Marqueston HuffFSWyoming
5152Avery WilliamsonILBKentucky
6178Zach MettenbergerQBLSU

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Washington Redskins (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
247Trent MurphyOLBStanford
366Morgan MosesOTVirginia
378Spencer LongOGNebraska
4102Bashaud BreelandCBClemson
5142Ryan GrantWRTulane
6186Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
7217Ted BolserTEIndiana
7228Zach HockerKArkansas

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Best Draft: San Francisco 49ers

It's only fitting that the best division in football would produce the only two draft classes that get a perfect "A" grade (San Francisco and St. Louis). 

The 49ers get a slight edge as the top overall class because they were able to hit immediate needs with the likes of center Marcus Martin and speedy wide receiver Bruce Ellington in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. 

Grantland's Bill Barnwell put it best when he made this pronouncement on Twitter after the 49ers moved back and still landed Martin with the 70th pick. 

On top of that, general manager Trent Baalke kept his eye on 2015 and beyond. Frank Gore is 30 years old and entering the last year of his contract. Carlos Hyde is a bigger version of Gore with more top-end speed.

Star linebacker NaVorro Bowman is still recovering from that brutal knee injury suffered in the NFC Championship Game, so the 49ers added Chris Borland, who has terrific instincts and moves all over the field.

Guard Brandon Thomas would have been an early second-round pick if he didn't blow out his ACL during the draft process. No problem, as the 49ers can redshirt him in 2014 and get him ready to take over for Mike Iupati, who is due to become a free agent after next season. 

Even first-round pick Jimmie Ward, who didn't light the world on fire Thursday night, has the versatility to fill the nickel corner spot vacated by Carlos Rogers. 

Oh yeah, the 49ers were also able to bolster their receiver corps by landing Stevie Johnson in a trade with the Bills on Friday. 

Seattle is on top of the NFL world right now, but San Francisco reminded everyone why it's not sitting on its hands hoping to get there. An absolutely brilliant draft for a franchise that needed good news considering all the offseason headlines it's been in. 

 

Worst Draft: Indianapolis Colts

It's a good thing the Colts stunk two years ago to get Andrew Luck as Peyton Manning's replacement, because the front office isn't doing him a lot of favors when it comes to the draft. 

MLB Network host Chris Rose, who has dabbled in work on NFL Network, summed up the future for Luck very nicely with this nugget:

One year after having a mediocre draft that Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke essentially said was doomed to fail, the Colts entered the 2014 draft without a first-round pick due to the Trent Richardson trade. Their first pick was Jake Mewhort, a run-blocking specialist who will have to play guard in the NFL. 

Donte Moncrief has speed but isn't polished as a route-runner and doesn't show the ability to make plays over the middle. He's basically a slower version of Darrius Heyward-Bey. 

Meanwhile, the Colts did nothing to address their need at safety after losing Antoine Bethea to free agency and will rely on the stellar-but-aging Robert Mathis to carry the defensive line. 

Luck has hidden a lot of Indianapolis' problems the last two years, but eventually the front office has to start surrounding him with young, impact talent to win a championship. 

 

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