2014 NFL Draft Grades: Easy-to-View Results and Letter Scores

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2014 NFL Draft Grades: Easy-to-View Results and Letter Scores
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The 2014 NFL draft was seven rounds of unpredictable action, and it’s time to decipher the results and break down grades for each and every team in the league.

While there were several teams like the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams that dominated the selection process, other organizations like the Philadelphia Eagles made questionable decisions throughout the draft.

Here is a full list of notable results from the 2014 NFL draft and a grade for every franchise.

 

2014 NFL Draft Grades
Team Picks Notable Picks (Overall Pick) Grade
Arizona Cardinals 7 SS Deone Bucannon (27), TE Troy Niklas (52) B-
Atlanta Falcons 9 OT Jake Matthews (6), DL Ra'Shede Hageman (37) B
Baltimore Ravens 9 ILB C.J. Mosley (17), DT Tim Jernigan (48) B+
Buffalo Bills 7 WR Sammy Watkins (4), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (44) B-
Carolina Panthers 6 WR Kelvin Benjamin (28), DL Kony Ealy (60) C
Chicago Bears 8 CB Kyle Fuller (14), DT Ego Ferguson (51), RB Ka'Deem Carey (117) B-
Cincinnati Bengals 8 CB Darqueze Dennard (24), RB Jeremy Hill (55), QB A.J. McCarron (164) C+
Cleveland Browns 6 CB Justin Gilbert (8), QB Johnny Manziel (22), OL Joel Bitonio (35) A
Dallas Cowboys 9 OT Zack Martin (16), DE Demarcus Lawrence (34) C-
Denver Broncos 6 CB Bradley Roby (31), WR Cody Latimer (56) B
Detroit Lions 8 TE Eric Ebron (10), OLB Kyle Van Noy (40) c
Green Bay Packers 9 FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21), WR Davante Adams (53) B-
Houston Texans 10 DE Jadeveon Clowney (1), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (33), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (65), DT Louis Nix (83) A
Indianapolis Colts 5 OL Jack Mewhort (59), WR Donte Moncrief (90) D+
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 QB Blake Bortles (3), WR Marqise Lee (39), WR Allen Robinson (61) A-
Kansas City Chiefs 6 DE Dee Ford (23), CB Phillip Gaines (87), QB Aaron Murray (163) C-
Miami Dolphins 8 OT Ja'Wuan James (19), WR Jarvis Landry (63) D+
Minnesota Vikings 10 OLB Anthony Barr (9), QB Teddy Bridgewater (32), DE Scott Crichton (72) B+
New England Patriots 9 DT Dominique Easley (29), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (62) C
New Orleans Saints 6 WR Brandin Cooks (20), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (58) B-
New York Giants 7 WR Odell Beckham (12), C Weston Richburg (43), RB Andre Williams (113) C+
New York Jets 12 FS Calvin Pryor (18), TE Jace Amaro (49), WR Jalen Saunders (104) B+
Oakland Raiders 8 OLB Khalil Mack (5), QB Derek Carr (36), OG Gabe Jackson (81) A-
Philadelphia Eagles 7 DE Marcus Smith (26), WR Jordan Matthews (42) D+
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 OLB Ryan Shazier (15), DL Stephon Tuitt (46), WR Dri Archer (97), WR Martavis Bryant (118) B-
San Diego Chargers 6 CB Jason Verrett (25), OLB Jeremy Attaochu (50) C+
San Francisco 49ers 12 SS Jimmie Ward (30), RB Carlos Hyde (57), OG Marcus Martin (70), ILB Chris Borland (77) B+
Seattle Seahawks 9 WR Paul Richardson (45), OL Justin Britt (64) D+
St. Louis Rams 11 OT Greg Robinson (2), DT Aaron Donald (13), CB Lamarcus Joyner (41), RB Tre Mason (75), DE Michael Sam (249) A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 WR Mike Evans (7), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38) B-
Tennessee Titans 6 OT Taylor Lewan (11), RB Bishop Sankey (54), QB Zach Mettenberger (178) B
Washington Redskins 8 LB Trent Murphy (47), OT Morgan Moses (66) C

Source: NFL.com. Grades via Donald Wood

 

Team That Dropped the Ball: Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles already had a strong roster coming into the 2014 NFL draft, but the franchise had a great opportunity to add depth and talent to the roster.

While it remains to be seen how the picks perform, the team did not optimize value with each pick.

In the first round, Philadelphia picked Louisville outside linebacker Marcus Smith with the No. 26 overall selection. Smith was predicted by most experts to be taken in the second or even the third round, but the Eagles reached in the first round and got the player they wanted.

For those who don’t think Philadelphia could have traded back even further to select Smith, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com would disagree:

There is no doubt that Smith is an ideal outside linebacker for the Eagles 3-4 defensive scheme, but his college statistics were skewed. While he was able to rack up 18.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks, he was often unblocked as the roaming defender coming from the edge.

When faced with tough blocking, Smith was not nearly as effective.

After trading back to acquire Smith, Philadelphia traded up to get Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews in the second round. As SportsCenter’s official Twitter account pointed out, this selection filled a major need:

Taking Matthews in the second round was the Eagles’ best pick of the draft.

Philadelphia’s reaches continued as the organization took Chip Kelly’s recruit from Oregon and talented wide receiver Josh Huff in the third round. While Huff could be a great fit in Kelly’s system, the Eagles likely could have waited to make this pick.

CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher broke down the Eagles draft:

The Eagles also reached with the first pick of the fourth round as well. Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins is a solid prospect, but he was not the best defensive back on the board at this moment.

Watkins may be versatile enough to play cornerback and safety, but he may be nothing more than a role player that adds depth to the roster.

The trend of reaching for picks continued when Kelly selected Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart in the fifth round.

Philadelphia managed to make two solid selections late in the draft—Stanford safety Ed Reynolds and Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen—but it was too late to salvage an elite grade for their 2014 class.

Season Prediction: 11-5 (second-round playoff loss)

 

*Stats via NFL.com.

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