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NFL Draft Grades 2014: Final Results and Team-by-Team Letter Chart

Houston Texans No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, a defensive end from South Carolina, holds up his new jersey during an introductory NFL football news conference Friday, May 9, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Sometimes it seems silly to grade a draft a day after it has concluded. After all, we have absolutely no idea how any of these players will pan out. It's really just the most exciting crapshoot around. 

And even if you are grading on whether teams got good value on their boards and filled needs, well, you're still making extremely subjective calls. After all, everyone values players very differently, and as the old saying goes, one man's reach is another man's steal (that's not a saying).

But you know what? We all love grading the draft and reading grades anyway, because we all need to put the proceedings into some type of perspective. Did my team get good players when it had the chance to? Did it address major holes on the roster? Did it get guys who feel like good fits? 

In the end, we all just want to know what our teams did, why they did it and if, ultimately, it makes sense. 

So let's get some perspective, shall we?

First off, here is the complete draft order.

2014 NFL Draft Results
Round 1
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1.TexansJadeveon ClowneyDE/OLBSouth Carolina
2.Rams (from WSH)Greg RobinsonOTAuburn
3.JaguarsBlake BortlesQBUCF
4.Bills*Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
5.RaidersKhalil MackOLBBuffalo
6.FalconsJake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
7.BuccaneersMike EvansWRTexas A&M
8.Browns*Justin GilbertCBOklahoma State
9.Vikings*Anthony BarrOLBUCLA
10.LionsEric EbronTENorth Carolina
11.TitansTaylor LewanOTMichigan
12.GiantsOdell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
13.RamsAaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
14.BearsKyle FullerCBVirginia Tech
15.SteelersRyan ShazierOLBOhio State
16.CowboysZack MartinOG/OTNotre Dame
17.RavensC.J. MosleyILBAlabama
18.JetsCalvin PryorFSLouisville
19.DolphinsJa'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
20.Saints*Brandin CooksWROregon State
21.PackersHa'Sean Clinton-DixFSAlabama
22.Browns*Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
23.ChiefsDee FordDE/OLBAuburn
24.BengalsDarqueze DennardCBMichigan State
25.ChargersJason VerrettCBTCU
26.Eagles* (from IND)Marcus SmithDE/OLBLouisville
27.Cardinals*Deone BucannonSSWashington State
28.PanthersKelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
29.PatriotsDominique EasleyDTFlorida
30.49ersJimmie WardSSNorthern Illinois
31.BroncosBradley RobyCBOhio State
32.Vikings*Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
Round 2
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
33.TexansXavier Su'a-FiloOGUCLA
34.Cowboys*Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
35.BrownsJoel BitonioOTNevada
36.RaidersDerek CarrQBFresno State
37.FalconsRa'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
38.BuccaneersAustin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
39.JaguarsMarqise LeeWRUSC
40.Lions*Kyle Van NoyOLBBYU
41.Rams*Lamarcus JoynerCBFlorida State
42.Eagles*Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt
43.GiantsWeston RichburgCColorado State
44.Bills*Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
45.Seahawks*Paul RichardsonWRColorado
46.SteelersStephon TuittDT/DENotre Dame
47.Redskins*Trent MurphyOLBStanford
48.RavensTimmy JerniganDT/DEFlorida State
49.JetsJace AmaroTETexas Tech
50.Chargers*Jeremiah AttaochuOLBGeorgia Tech
51.BearsEgo FergusonDTLSU
52.CardinalsTroy NiklasTENotre Dame
53.PackersDavante AdamsWRFresno State
54.Titans*Bishop SankeyRBWashington
55.BengalsJeremy HillRBLSU
56.Broncos* (from SF)Cody LatimerWRIndiana
57.49ers*Carlos HydeRBOhio State
58.SaintsStanley Jean-BaptisteCBNebraska
59.ColtsJack MewhortOTOhio State
60.PanthersKony EalyDEMissouri
61.Jaguars*Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
62.PatriotsJimmy GaroppoloQB Eastern Illinois
63.Dolphins*Jarvis LandryWRLSU
64.Seahawks Justin BrittOTMissouri
Round 3
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
65.TexansC.J. FiedorowiczTEIowa
66.RedskinsMorgan MosesOTVirginia
67.Dolphins*Billy TurnerOTNorth Dakota State
68.FalconsDezmen SouthwardSWisconsin
69.BuccaneersCharles SimsRBWest Virginia
70.49ers*Marcus MartinCUSC
71.BrownsChristian KirkseyOLBIowa
72.VikingsScott CrichtonDEOregon State
73.BillsPreston BrownILBLouisville
74.GiantsJay BromleyDTSyracuse
75.RamsTre MasonRBAuburn
76.LionsTravis SwansonCArkansas
77.49ers (from TEN)Chris BorlandILBWisconsin
78.Redskins*Spencer LongOGNebraska
79.RavensTerrence BrooksSFlorida State
80.JetsDexter McDougleCBMaryland
81.Raiders* Gabe JacksonOGMississippi State
82.BearsWill SuttonDTArizona State
83.Texans* (from PIT)Louis NixDTNotre Dame
84.CardinalsKareem MartinDENorth Carolina
85.PackersKhyri ThorntonDTSouthern Mississippi
86.EaglesJosh HuffWROregon
87.ChiefsPhillip GainesCBRice
88.BengalsWill ClarkeDEWest Virginia
89.ChargersChris WattOGNotre Dame
90.ColtsDonte MoncriefWROle Miss
91.Cardinals*John BrownWRPittsburg State
92.PanthersTrai TurnerOGLSU
93.Jaguars*Brandon LinderOGMiami (Fla.)
94.Browns*Terrance WestRBTowson
95.BroncosMichael SchofieldOTMichigan
96.Vikings (from SEA)Jerick McKinnonRBGeorgia Southern
97.SteelersDri ArcherRB/WRKent State
98.PackersRichard RodgersTECalifornia
99.RavensCrockett GillmoreTEColorado State
100.49ersBrandon ThomasOG/OTClemson
Round 4
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
101.Eagles*Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
102.RedskinsBashaud BreelandCBClemson
103.FalconsDevonta FreemanRBFlorida State
104.Jets (from TB)Jalen SaundersWROklahoma
105.Patriots*Bryan StorkCFlorida State
106.49ers*Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
107.RaidersJustin EllisDTLouisiana Tech
108.Seahawks*Cassius MarshDEUCLA
109.BillsRoss CockrellCBDuke
110.RamsMaurice AlexanderSUtah State
111.Bengals*Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
112.TitansDaQuan JonesDTPenn State
113.GiantsAndre WilliamsRBBoston College
114.Jaguars (from BAL)Aaron ColvinCBOklahoma
115.JetsShaquelle EvansWRUCLA
116.Raiders*Keith McGillCBUtah
117.BearsKa'Deem CareyRBArizona
118.SteelersMartavis BryantWRClemson
119.CowboysAnthony HitchensOLBIowa
120.CardinalsLogan ThomasQBVirginia Tech
121.PackersCarl BradfordOLBArizona State
122.Titans*Marqueston HuffCBWyoming
123.Seahawks*Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama
124.ChiefsDe'Anthony ThomasRBOregon
125.Dolphins*Walt AikensCBLiberty
126.SaintsKhairi ForttOLBCalifornia
127.Browns (from IND)Pierre DesirCBLindenwood
128.PanthersTre BostonSNorth Carolina
129.49ersDontae JohnsonCBNorth Carolina State
130.PatriotsJames WhiteRBWisconsin
131.Bears*Brock VereenSMinnesota
132.SeahawksKevin Pierre-LouisOLBBoston College
133.LionsNevin LawsonCBUtah State
134.RavensBrent UrbanDT/DEVirginia
135.TexansTom SavageQBPittsburgh
136.LionsLarry WebsterTE/DEBloomsburg
137.JetsDakota DozierOTFurman
138.RavensLorenzo TaliaferroRBCoastal Carolina
139.FalconsPrince ShemboOLBNotre Dame
140.PatriotsCameron FlemingOTStanford
Round 5
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
141.Eagles*Taylor HartDEOregon
142.RedskinsRyan GrantWRTulane
143.BuccaneersKadeem EdwardsOGTennessee State
144.JaguarsTelvin SmithOLBFlorida State
145.Vikings*David YankeyOGStanford
146.Cowboys* (from OAK)Devin StreetWRPittsburgh
147.FalconsRicardo AllenCBPurdue
148.Panthers*Bene BenwikereCBSan Jose State
149.Buccaneers*Kevin PamphileOTPurdue
150.49ers* (from DET)Aaron LynchDESouth Florida
151.TitansAvery WilliamsonILBKentucky
152.GiantsNat BerheSSan Diego State
153.Bills*Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
154.JetsJeremiah GeorgeILBIowa State
155.DolphinsArthur LynchTEGeorgia
156.Broncos*Lamin BarrowOLBLSU
157.SteelersShaquille RichardsonCBArizona
158.Lions*Caraun ReidDTPrinceton
159.Jaguars (from BAL)Chris SmithOLB/DEArkansas
160.CardinalsEd StinsonDEAlabama
161.PackersCorey LinsleyCOhio State
162.EaglesEd ReynoldsSStanford
163.ChiefsAaron MurrayQBGeorgia
164.BengalsAJ McCarronQBAlabama
165.ChargersRyan CarrethersDTArkansas State
166.ColtsJonathan NewsomeDEBall State
167.SaintsVinnie SunseriSAlabama
168.*FalconsMarquis SpruillILBSyracuse
169.Saints (from NE via PHI)Ronald PowellOLBFlorida
170.49ersKeith ReaserCBFlorida Atlantic
171.Dolphins*Jordan TrippOLBMontana
172.SeahawksJimmy StatenDTMiddle Tennessee
173.SteelersWesley JohnsonOTVanderbilt
174.GiantsDevon KennardOLBUSC
175.RavensJohn UrschelOGPenn State
176.PackersJared AbbrederisWRWisconsin
Round 6
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
177.TexansJeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
178.Titans*Zach MettenbergerQBLSU
179.Patriots*Jon HalapioOGFlorida
180.49ers*Kenneth AckerCBSouthern Methodist
181.Texans (from OAK)Alfred BlueRBLSU
182.Vikings*Antone ExumCBVirginia Tech
183.Bears (from TB)David FalesQBSan Jose State
184.VikingsKendall JamesCBMaine
185.Buccaneers (from BUF)Robert HerronWRWyoming
186.Redskins*Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
187.GiantsBennett JacksonCBNotre Dame
188.RamsE.J. GainesCBMissouri
189.LionsTJ JonesWRNotre Dame
190.DolphinsMatt HazelWRCoastal Carolina
191.BearsPat O'DonnellPMiami (Fla.)
192.SteelersJordan ZumwaltOLBUCLA
193.Chiefs (from DAL)Zach FultonOGTennessee
194.RavensKeith WenningQBBall State
195.JetsBrandon DixonCBNorthwest Missouri State
196.CardinalsWalter PowellWRMurray State
197.PackersDemetri GoodsonCBBaylor
198.Patriots (from PHI)Zach MooreDEConcordia-St. Paul
199.Seahawks*Garrett ScottOTMarshall
200.ChiefsLaurent Duvernay-TardifOTMcGill
201.ChargersMarion GriceRBArizona State
202.SaintsTavon RooksOTKansas State
203.ColtsAndrew JacksonILBWestern Kentucky
204.PanthersTyler GaffneyRBStanford
205.Jaguars (from SF)Luke BowankoCVirginia
206.PatriotsJemea ThomasSGeorgia Tech
207.BroncosMatt ParadisCBoise State
208.SeahawksEric PinkinsSSan Diego State
209.JetsQuincy EnunwaWRNebraska
210.JetsIK EnemkpaliDELouisiana Tech
211.TexansJay ProschFBAuburn
212.BengalsMarquis FlowersOLBArizona
213.JetsTajh BoydQBClemson
214.RamsGarrett GilbertQBSMU
215.SteelersDaniel McCullersDTTennessee
Round 7
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
216.TexansDre HalCBVanderbilt
217.RedskinsTed BolserTEIndiana
218.Ravens*Michael CampanaroWRWake Forest
219.RaidersT.J. CarrieCBOhio
220.Vikings*Shamar StephenDTConnecticut
221.Bills*Randell JohnsonOLBFlorida Atlantic
222.JaguarsStorm JohnsonRBUCF
223.VikingsBrandon WattsOLBGeorgia Tech
224.Eagles*Beau AllenDTWisconsin
225.Vikings* (from NYG)Jabari PriceCBNorth Carolina
226.RamsMitchell Van DykOTPortland State
227.Seahawks*Kiero SmallFBArkansas
228.Redskins*Zach HockerKArkansas
229.Lions* (from CHI)Nate FreeseKBoston College
230.SteelersRob BlanchflowerTEMassachusetts
231.CowboysBen GardnerDEStanford
232.Colts (from BAL)Ulrick JohnOTGeorgia State
233.JetsTrevor ReillyOLBUtah
234.DolphinsTerrence FedeDEMarist
235.Raiders (from ARZ)Shelby HarrisDEIllinois State
236.PackersJeff JanisWRSaginaw Valley
237.Bills*Seantrel HendersonOTMiami (Fla.)
238.Cowboys (from KC)Will SmithILBTexas Tech
239.BengalsJames WrightWRLSU
240.ChargersTevin ReeseWRBaylor
241.Rams (from IND)Christian BryantSOhio State
242.Broncos* (from NO)Corey NelsonOLBOklahoma
243.49ers (from CAR)Kaleb RamseyDTBoston College
244.PatriotsJeremy GallonWRMichigan
245.49ersTrey MillardFBOklahoma
246.Bears*Charles LenoOTBoise State
247.RaidersJonathan DowlingCBWestern Kentucky
248.CowboysAhmad DixonSBaylor
249.RamsMichael SamDEMissouri
250.RamsDemetrius RhaneyCTennessee State
251.CowboysKen BishopDTNorthern Illinois
252.BengalsLavelle WestbrooksCBGeorgia Southern
253.FalconsYawin SmallwoodILBConnecticut
254.CowboysTerrance MitchellCBOregon
255.FalconsTyler StarrOLBSouth Dakota
256.TexansLonnie BallentineSMemphis
*Pick was traded

And here you can find my full grades for every team. Joel McHale, if you are reading this, can we just be friends?

2014 NFL Draft Grades
TeamGradeAnalysis
Houston TexansAGreat draft for the Texans. Got the best player in the draft (Jadeveon Clowney), the best guard prospect (Xavier Su'a-Filo), the best nose-tackle prospect (Louis Nix), a nice tight-end prospect (C.J. Fiedorowicz) and perhaps their future quarterback (Tom Savage) in the fourth round.
St. Louis RamsA+With virtually every pick they got excellent value, and they plugged a bunch of needs along the way. Time will be the true indicator, but at the moment, this was the league's strongest draft.
Jacksonville JaguarsA-Jags fans may have liked to seen a running back taken a little sooner, but in general, the team identified some major needs and really addressed them. The passing game in particular got a major boost.
Buffalo BillsBThe Bills gave up a lot—let's call a spade a spade, they probably gave up too much—to get Sammy Watkins, but he is an exciting prospect. They got solid value late in the draft, but are they close enough to contending that they could sacrifice a first-round pick next year?
Oakland RaidersAHere's something you don't find yourself saying often—the Raiders crushed this draft, particularly their first four picks of Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson and Justin Ellis. Could this be the draft we look back on in three years as a turning point for Oakland.
Atlanta FalconsB+Strong draft. Jake Matthews is obviously an immediate starter, while Ra'Shede Hageman and Devonta Freeman should contribute early on as well. Solid moves all around for Atlanta.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersB+In Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Charles Sims (an excellent receiver out of the backfield), the Bucs made improving the pass offense a priority. In general, the offense should be much improved after this draft. It better be—the team didn't select a single defensive player.
Cleveland BrownsB+They won the first round after nabbing Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel and the Bills' first-rounder next year. Judged in a vacuum, the Browns nailed every pick. But after the Josh Gordon news broke, how could they justify completely ignoring wide receiver?
Minnesota VikingsB+Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater were excellent gets in the first round. David Yankey was as steal in the fifth. Nice draft for the Vikes.
Detroit LionsBThe Lions made some nice selections, though Eric Ebron at No. 10 was a bit of a head-scratcher. Ebron is a talent, no doubt, but was a luxury pick at tight end really the way to go there?
Tennessee TitansB+Taylor Lewan was a classic value pick, because tackle wasn't the team's biggest need. Far from it. Bishop Sankey will be this team's starting running back before long. DaQuan Jones and Zach Mettenberger were excellent values.
New York GiantsBNice draft for the Giants. Odell Beckham will be a popular choice with Eli Manning, as will Weston Richburg. Nothing glaring to dislike here.
Chicago BearsB-A lot of upside in this Bears draft, but some reaches, too. Can Marc Trestman—the quarterback whisperer—turn David Fales into a star someday?
Pittsburgh SteelersBRyan Shazier seemed like a slight reach, but he'll be a big part of a refurbished linebacker crew. Stephon Tuitt, Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant were all excellent values.
Dallas CowboysC+Zack Martin and Demarcus Lawrence were nice picks, though the Cowboys had a few reaches on their board. Jerry Jones marches to his own beat, though it hasn't been the beat of "We are the Champions" in many, many years.
Baltimore RavensB+Strong picks all around, especially early on. If C.J. Mosley can stay healthy, the Ravens have their Ray Lewis replacement.
New York JetsB+A lot of picks for the Jets, and plenty of solid ones. Calvin Pryor is going to be a good one, and it was good to see the Jets continue to add weapons in the passing game (Jace Amaro, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans).
Miami DolphinsCThe Dolphins needed to rebuild the offensive line, and they addressed the position with two of their first three picks. But the selections of Ja'Wuan James and Billy Turner felt like reaches.
New Orleans SaintsBBrandin Cooks could be the Offensive Rookie of the Year in this offense. Saints did well to add some players on defense after that.
Green Bay PackersBFilled needs all around. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was a great selection, and Davante Adams should produce immediately.
Kansas City ChiefsCCurious draft. Dee Ford is talented and will pay off down the line, perhaps, but where does he fit in now with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston already on the edge? De'Anthony Thomas and Aaron Murray were intriguing picks.
Cincinnati BengalsB+So Andy Dalton's backup will be AJ McCarron, a Dalton clone? Alrighty then. Bengals nailed Darqueze Dennard, Jeremy Hill, Will Clarke and Russell Bodine picks, however.
San Diego ChargersB+Nothing too sexy about this draft, but good, solid picks all the way around.
Philadelphia EaglesB-So that Chip Kelly guy loves his SEC players, huh? Jordan Matthews could put up some big numbers in this offense. Jaylen Watkins was an excellent value pick. Marcus Smith was a reach, but Eagles really needed another edge-rusher.
Arizona CardinalsB+Logan Thomas' risk as a quarterback is lessened somewhat by the fact that he has the athletic talent to switch to tight end. Cardinals had a strong draft throughout.
Carolina PanthersBKelvin Benjamin is a bit of a project, but his upside is tantalizing. Kony Ealy and Trai Turner were great value picks.
New England PatriotsB-Dominique Easley is biggest high-risk, high-reward pick in draft given his injury risk. Goodbye, Ryan Mallett; hello, Jimmy Garoppolo. Solid if unspectacular draft from Pats.
San Francisco 49ersB+Niners seemingly traded 1,547 times, but got nice value with every...single...pick. The rich get richer.
Denver BroncosB-Bradley Roby needs to translate his impressive athleticism to more consistent production on the field, but upside was the name of the game here. Cody Latimer is another intriguing prospect, and about the 547th weapon on offense Peyton Manning has at his disposal.
WashingtonBWashington got some nice values throughout, namely Morgan Moses, Bashaud Breeland and Lache Seastrunk.
Seattle SeahawksC+Seattle has a way of seeing something in players the rest of us miss, so this grade may look really silly in a few years. There were reaches throughout, but as usual, the Seahawks identified upside players and pounced on them.
Indianapolis ColtsC+The Colts had just five picks, so they better hope they nailed them. This grade would be much higher if Trent Richardson didn't act like he forgot how to play football last season.

I really think the Cleveland Browns crushed the first round, you guys. Crushed it. Sure, Johnny Manziel is a few hits away from needing a stretcher on the field if he doesn't learn to play a little less recklessly, but he has instantly energized the city of Cleveland. It's just a shame he won't have Josh Gordon to throw to.

Still, as general manager Ray Farmer told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns can't be reliant on one player, even if losing Gordon is a major blow:

I would say that frustration is a natural part of it. I think that's what was felt and heard when that announcement was made, so I don't fault the fans for their reaction. I don't fault anyone for being disappointed. To that end, it's our job to make those decisions less painful. And in time, it's no different than if a player was going out during the offseason and broke an ankle or tore an ACL playing pickup hoops or doing something different. 

We have to build a football team that can win regardless of who is missing. I think that's the charge that we have. That's my job, that's coach Pettine's job is to prepare this football team to win games regardless of who's missing.

But it seemed like the Browns were involved in most of the major storylines for the first two days, both good and bad, as Manziel's "drop" basically captivated a nation on Thursday night. That the Browns—the often boring, often irrelevant Browns—were the ones to end that slide seemed to usher in a new day of Browns football. 

I wasn't the only one enamored with their first round—Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk was a fan, too:

I wasn't a huge fan of the Blake Bortles pick at No. 3 from a purely value perspective, but I love that the Jacksonville Jaguars instantly gave him talented young receivers to work with in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Sammy Watkins will heat up Buffalo, but the Bills really gave up a lot to get him.

The Oakland Raiders, of all teams, made the perfect picks in the first two rounds, adding the future faces of both the offense and defense, Khalil Mack and Derek Carr. I think both are going to be very, very good. The New York Jets adding Calvin Pryor was one of my favorite picks in the first round. 

He's just a Rex Ryan guy, and he's going to terrorize receivers over the middle for the next decade. 

All in all, as I said above, the St. Louis Rams had the top draft. Greg Robinson could be the best offensive lineman in the game in a few years. His upside is immense. Aaron Donald was a great value and should be dominant in the middle of the Rams front. With his selection, boy, it's hard to argue folks who want to claim the Rams have the best defensive line in football.

And I won't lie, I became a bit of a Rams fan for their Michael Sam pick. Not only does he make a ton of sense schematically, but both he and the Rams were a part of history when he was selected in the seventh round. 

He'll probably never be a three-down starter, but as a situational pass-rusher, he could make an impact in this league. He's certainly already made an impact on our society.

 

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