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

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles poses with NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell after being selected as the third pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

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)
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 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.

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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