Now that all seven rounds of the 2014 NFL draft are complete, it’s time to break down the results and assess grades for all 32 franchises in the league.
With the biggest names in college football finding out where they will start their NFL careers, fans from across the country now know which prospects their team will take into training camp.
Here is a full table of grades for every team after one of the wildest drafts in history.
|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
First-Round Pick to Watch: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
After 31 teams passed on Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings traded back into the first round to use the No. 32 overall pick on the talented QB prospect.
Bridgewater was regarded as a possible No. 1 overall pick before the scouting combine and pro days, and Minnesota should consider getting one of the smartest players in the draft at the very end of the first round.
The Vikings’ official Twitter account was pumped for the selection:
While this looks like a steal on the surface for a franchise in desperate need of a new quarterback—Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel are not the long-term answer—there are serious questions that must be answered before he steps right into a starting job.
One of Bridgewater’s biggest doubters has been ESPN’s Skip Bayless:
Teddy Bridgewater will frustrate Vikings just the way Ponder did. Good kid, just not accurate enough.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 9, 2014
Some of the criticisms are fair, though, especially the concerns about the climate he will be playing in outdoors for the next two seasons. ESPN’s stats department makes it clear why this is such a huge issue:
Teddy Bridgewater grew up in Miami and never played gm in freezing temps in college. Vikings play home gms outdoors for next 2 seasons.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 9, 2014
While criticism has been running rampant, his talent is undeniable and Minnesota’s decision to draft him in the first round proves his worth to the franchise. Bridgewater was hurt by one critique, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network:
Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater on the criticism that stuck out most: "I would say the comparison to Willie Beamon. That was harsh."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 9, 2014
If the criticisms of Bridgewater hurt the prospect, NFL legend Kurt Warner gave him the ultimate vote of confidence, via NFL Network’s Twitter account:
"I would not be surprised at all if Teddy Bridgewater wins the battle and starts Day 1." - @kurt13warner— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 9, 2014
As much as weather could be a factor, the short-pass attack of offensive coordinator Norv Turner is the perfect fit for Bridgewater. With Adrian Peterson running the ball, a tight end like Kyle Rudolph and two star receivers in Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, Bridgewater will have ample weapons.
Even with the odds stacked against him, Bridgewater may have found his ideal landing spot. Football fans will be focused on how he handles the pressure now.
Predicted 2014 Stats: 13 starts, 2,800 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions
*Stats via NFL.com.