NFL Draft 2014 Grades: Scores Table for Overall Picks by Each Franchise

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NFL Draft 2014 Grades: Scores Table for Overall Picks by Each Franchise
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As we put a final bow on the 2014 NFL draft—at least the ceremony since we look forward to seeing all 256 players taken get on the field—it's time for that annual tradition of grading what all 32 teams did. 

It's a daunting task putting a grade to something that we won't know the results to for at least a couple of years, but it's made much easier by the fact that we can look at which teams found value. 

Ultimately that's what anyone is looking for when assigning a grade to a team. Drafts are won and lost based on value. The best teams in the NFL know how to manipulate a board to find it, while others are left searching for answers. Here are our grades for the 2014 NFL draft. 

 

Arizona Cardinals (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 27 Deone Buchannon SS Washington State
2 52 Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
3 84 Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
3 91 John Brown WR Pittsburgh State
4 120 Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
5 160 Ed Stinson DE Alabama
6 196 Walt Powell WR Murray State

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Atlanta Falcons (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 6 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
2 37 Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
3 68 Dezmen Southward FS Wisconsin
4 103 Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
4 139 Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
5 147 Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
5 168 Marquis Spruill ILB Syracuse
7 253 Yawin Smallwood OLB Connecticut
7 255 Tyler Starr OLB South Dakota

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Baltimore Ravens (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 17 C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
2 48 Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
3 79 Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
3 99 Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State
4 134 Brent Urban DT Virginia
4 138 Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina
5 175 John Urschel OG Penn State
6 194 Keith Wenning QB Ball State
7 218 Mike Campanaro WR Wake Forest

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Buffalo Bills (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 4 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
2 44 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
3 73 Preston Brown ILB Louisville
4 109 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5 153 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
7 221 Randell Johnson OLB Florida Atlantic
7 237 Seantrel Henderson OT Miami

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Carolina Panthers (Grade: C)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 28 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
2 60 Kony Ealy DE Missouri
3 92 Trai Turner OG LSU
4 128 Tre Boston SS North Carolina
5 148 Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
6 204 Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford

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Chicago Bears (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 14 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
2 51 Ego Ferguson DT LSU
3 82 Will Sutton DT Arizona State
4 117 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
4 131 Brock Vereen FS Minnesota
6 183 David Fales QB San Jose State
6 191 Pat O'Donnell P Miami
7 246 Charles Leno Jr. OT Boise St.

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Cincinnati Bengals (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 24 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
2 55 Jeremy Hill RB LSU
3 88 Will Clarke DE West Virginia
4 111 Russell Bodine C North Carolina
5 164 AJ McCarron QB Alabama
6 212 Marquis Flowers OLB Arizona
7 239 James Wright WR LSU
7 252 Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern

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Cleveland Browns (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 8 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
1 22 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
2 35 Joel Bitonio OT Nevada
3 71 Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
3 94 Terrance West RB Towson
4 127 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

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Dallas Cowboys (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 16 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
2 34 Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
4 119 Anthony Hitchens OLB Iowa
5 146 Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
7 231 Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7 238 Will Smith OLB Texas Tech
7 248 Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor
7 251 Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois
7 254 Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon

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Denver Broncos (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 31 Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
2 56 Cody Latimer WR Indiana
3 95 Michael Schofield OT Michigan
5 156 Lamin Barrow OLB LSU
6 207 Matthew Paradis C Boise State
7 242 Corey Nelson OLB Oklahoma

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Detroit Lions (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 10 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
2 40 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
3 76 Travis Swanson C Arkansas
4 133 Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
4 136 Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg
5 158 Caraun Reid DT Princeton
6 189 T.J. Jones WR Notre Dame
7 229 Nate Freese K Boston College

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Green Bay Packers (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
2 53 Davante Adams WR Fresno State
3 85 Khyri Thornton DT Southern Miss
3 98 Richard Rodgers TE California
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 St.

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Houston Texans (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2 33 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
3 65 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
3 83 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
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 FS Memphis

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Indianapolis Colts (Grade: D)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 59 Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
3 90 Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi
5 166 Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State
6 203 Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky
7 232 Ulrick John OT Georgia State

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Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 3 Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
2 39 Marqise Lee WR USC
2 61 Allen Robinson WR Penn State
3 93 Brandon Linder OG Miami
4 114 Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
5 144 Telvin Smith ILB Florida State
5 159 Chris Smith DE Arkansas
6 205 Luke Bowanko C Virginia
7 222 Storm Johnson RB Central Florida

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Kansas City Chiefs (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 23 Dee Ford DE Auburn
3 87 Phillip Gaines CB Rice
4 124 De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
5 163 Aaron Murray QB Georgia
6 193 Zach Fulton OG Tennessee
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill

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Miami Dolphins (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 19 Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
2 63 Jarvis Landry WR LSU
3 67 Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
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 DE Marist

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Minnesota Vikings (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 9 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
1 32 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
3 72 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
3 96 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
5 145 David Yankey OG Stanford
6 182 Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
6 184 Kendall James CB Maine
7 220 Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
7 223 Brandon Watts OLB Georgia Tech
7 225 Jabari Price CB North Carolina

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New England Patriots (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 29 Dominique Easley DT Florida
2 62 Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
4 105 Bryan Stork C Florida State
4 130 Jame White RB Wisconsin
4 140 Cameron Flemming OT Stanford
6 179 Jon Halapio OG Florida
6 198 Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
6 206 Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech
7 234 Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan

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New Orleans Saints (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 20 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
2 58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
4 126 Khairi Fortt ILB California
5 167 Vinnie Sunseri SS Alabama
5 169 Ronald Powell OLB Florida
6 202 Tavon Rooks OT Kansas State

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New York Giants (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 12 Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
2 43 Weston Richburg C Colorado State
3 74 Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
4 113 Andre Williams RB Boston College
5 152 Nat Berhe SS San Diego State
5 174 Devon Kennard OLB USC
6 187 Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame

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New York Jets (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 18 Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
2 49 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
3 80 Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
4 104 Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma
4 115 Shaq Evans WR UCLA
4 137 Dakota Dozier OT Furman
5 154 Jeremiah George ILB Iowa State
6 195 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State
6 209 Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
6 210 IK Enemkpali DE Louisiana Tech
6 213 Tajh Boyd QB Clemson
7 233 Trevor Reilly OLB Utah

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Oakland Raiders (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 5 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
2 36 Derek Carr QB Fresno State
3 81 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
4 107 Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech
4 116 Keith McGill CB Utah
7 219 Travis Carrie CB Ohio
7 235 Shelby Harris DE Illinois St.
7 247 Jonathan Dowling SS Western Kentucky

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Philadelphia Eagles (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 26 Marcus Smith OLB Louisville
2 42 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3 86 Josh Huff WR Oregon
4 101 Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
5 141 Taylor Hart DE Oregon
5 162 Ed Reynolds FS Stanford
7 224 Beau Allen DT Wisconsin

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Pittsburgh Steelers (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 15 Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
2 46 Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
3 97 Dri Archer RB Kent State
4 118 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
5 157 Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
5 173 Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
6 192 Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA
6 215 Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
7 230 Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts

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San Diego Chargers (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 25 Jason Verrett CB TCU
2 50 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
3 89 Chris Watt OG Notre Dame
5 165 Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
6 201 Marion Grice RB Arizona State
7 240 Tevin Reese WR Baylor

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San Francisco 49ers (Grade: A)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 30 Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
2 57 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
3 70 Marcus Martin C USC
3 77 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
3 100 Brandon Thomas OT Clemson
4 106 Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
4 129 Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State
5 150 Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
5 170 Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
6 180 Kenneth Acker CB SMU
7 243 Kaleb Ramsey DE Boston College
7 245 Trey Millard FB Oklahoma

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Seattle Seahawks (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 45 Paul Richardson WR Colorado
2 64 Justin Britt OT Missouri
4 108 Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
4 123 Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
4 132 Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College
5 172 Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee State
6 199 Garrett Scott OT Marshall
6 208 Eric Pinkins FS San Diego State
7 227 Kiero Small RB Arkansas

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St. Louis Rams (Grade: A)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 2 Greg Robinson OT Auburn
1 13 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
2 41 Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State
3 75 Tre Mason RB Auburn
4 110 Mo Alexander SS Utah State
6 188 E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
6 214 Garrett Gilbert QB SMU
7 226 Mitchell Van Dyk OT Portland St.
7 241 C.B. Bryant FS Ohio State
7 249 Michael Sam DE Missouri
7 250 Demetrius Rhaney C Tennessee St.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 7 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
2 38 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
3 69 Charles Sims RB West Virginia
5 143 Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee St.
5 149 Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue
6 185 Robert Herron WR Wyoming

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Tennessee Titans (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 11 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
2 54 Bishop Sankey RB Washington
4 112 DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
4 122 Marqueston Huff FS Wyoming
5 152 Avery Williamson ILB Kentucky
6 178 Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

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Washington Redskins (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 47 Trent Murphy OLB Stanford
3 66 Morgan Moses OT Virginia
3 78 Spencer Long OG Nebraska
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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Best Draft for Franchise that Needed It: Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s not easy being a fan of the Jaguars. They just lost their best and most popular player in free agency (Maurice Jones-Drew) and have won a grand total of 11 games since 2011.

There wasn’t exactly a parade being thrown when Blake Bortles was the No. 3 pick, especially with players like Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack and Mike Evans still on the board. Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel was likely echoing the sentiments of many Jacksonville fans with this:

It was made even worse by the fact that there’s a gap between the first and second rounds of the draft, because we don’t get a feel for what teams want to do in the initial round. You have to let the board play out, then make an assessment.

Things came into focus early on Friday when wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson fell into Jacksonville’s lap in the second round. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah highlighted how those two wideouts are going to play a key role in Bortles’ development:

On top of the offensive playmakers Jacksonville got, cornerback Aaron Colvin has excellent eyes in coverage and instincts to close quickly. He may not play this year after tearing his ACL in January, but he has a bright NFL future.

Offensive line was an area of need and the Jaguars got a solid guard with Brandon Linder in the third round. He’s not the most athletic player in the world, but is a big, bruising monster on the interior and can start soon.

As these things so often go, the success or failure of this class rests on Bortles’ ability to play quarterback. The Jaguars needed to find a signal caller for the future, targeted their guy early and were able to get him help later. It’s a strong start to rebuilding a franchise that needs something to cheer about.

 

Most Underrated Draft: San Diego Chargers

As you search for draft grades today, no one is going to say anything particularly negative about what the Chargers did. You’re just going to see words like “solid” and “effective,” which are better than some teams can say, but it doesn’t do justice to what general manager Tom Telesco accomplished.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke felt that the Chargers started strong and coasted a little bit after that, particularly on Day 3:

Loved the start, which featured CB Jason Verrett at No. 25 and OLB Jeremiah Attaochu at No. 50. The rest of San Diego’s work was a little humdrum, albeit need-based humdrum that landed G Chris Watt and 337-pound NT Ryan Carrethers. Seventh-round WR Tevin Reese should have a chance to speed his way to playing time, if he proves a viable deep threat during camp and into the preseason.

Sometimes drafting according to need isn’t sexy, which is the script San Diego stuck to. It was a strong need-based draft, though. Cornerback Jason Verrett got dinged for being 5’9”, but the only other corner who can match his intensity and man-on-man coverage skills is Darqueze Dennard.

Getting after the quarterback has been a problem for the Chargers, so when Jeremy Attaochu was there for them at 50, they pounced. It’s not a deep class with only six picks, but the ability to fill immediate needs without reaching anywhere makes it a good draft.

 

Most Surprising Draft: Oakland Raiders

We have gotten so accustomed to seeing the Raiders do dumb things in the draft—Darrius Heyward-Bey, Ronaldo McClain and D.J.Hayden are all names that sting Oakland fans—that no one expects much of them anymore.

At least that used to be the case.

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Even with a roster that has a long way to go before competing with the top teams in the AFC West, the Raiders put on a spectacular show this weekend. They lucked into Khalil Mack with the fifth overall pick, giving them the impact edge-rusher they desperately need who can also play back in coverage.

Matt Schaub can handle the quarterback position for a year or two while Derek Carr learns the system and gets ready to take over. The Fresno State star has to show better poise when the pocket collapses, but the accuracy and arm strength are very good.

They needed help on the offensive line, especially after the free-agent debacle with Roger Saffold, and got excellent value with 336-pound Gabe Jackson in the third round. Keith McGill is a massive cornerback at 6’3”, 210 pounds who can be a starter in time.

It’s about time the Raiders gave their fans something to be excited about, even if that means just not screwing up a draft.

 

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