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

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NFL Draft Grades 2014: Final Results and Team-by-Team Letter Chart
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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
Pick Team Player Position School
1. Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB South Carolina
2. Rams (from WSH) Greg Robinson OT Auburn
3. Jaguars Blake Bortles QB UCF
4. Bills* Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
5. Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
6. Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
7. Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8. Browns* Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
9. Vikings* Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
10. Lions Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
11. Titans Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
12. Giants Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
13. Rams Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
14. Bears Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
15. Steelers Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
16. Cowboys Zack Martin OG/OT Notre Dame
17. Ravens C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
18. Jets Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
19. Dolphins Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
20. Saints* Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
21. Packers Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
22. Browns* Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
23. Chiefs Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn
24. Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
25. Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU
26. Eagles* (from IND) Marcus Smith DE/OLB Louisville
27. Cardinals* Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
28. Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
29. Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida
30. 49ers Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
31. Broncos Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
32. Vikings* Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
Round 2
Pick Team Player Position School
33. Texans Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
34. Cowboys* Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
35. Browns Joel Bitonio OT Nevada
36. Raiders Derek Carr QB Fresno State
37. Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
38. Buccaneers Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
39. Jaguars Marqise Lee WR USC
40. Lions* Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
41. Rams* Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State
42. Eagles* Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
43. Giants Weston Richburg C Colorado State
44. Bills* Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
45. Seahawks* Paul Richardson WR Colorado
46. Steelers Stephon Tuitt DT/DE Notre Dame
47. Redskins* Trent Murphy OLB Stanford
48. Ravens Timmy Jernigan DT/DE Florida State
49. Jets Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
50. Chargers* Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
51. Bears Ego Ferguson DT LSU
52. Cardinals Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
53. Packers Davante Adams WR Fresno State
54. Titans* Bishop Sankey RB Washington
55. Bengals Jeremy Hill RB LSU
56. Broncos* (from SF) Cody Latimer WR Indiana
57. 49ers* Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
58. Saints Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
59. Colts Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
60. Panthers Kony Ealy DE Missouri
61. Jaguars* Allen Robinson WR Penn State
62. Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
63. Dolphins* Jarvis Landry WR LSU
64. Seahawks Justin Britt OT Missouri
Round 3
Pick Team Player Position School
65. Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
66. Redskins Morgan Moses OT Virginia
67. Dolphins* Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
68. Falcons Dezmen Southward S Wisconsin
69. Buccaneers Charles Sims RB West Virginia
70. 49ers* Marcus Martin C USC
71. Browns Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
72. Vikings Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
73. Bills Preston Brown ILB Louisville
74. Giants Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
75. Rams Tre Mason RB Auburn
76. Lions Travis Swanson C Arkansas
77. 49ers (from TEN) Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
78. Redskins* Spencer Long OG Nebraska
79. Ravens Terrence Brooks S Florida State
80. Jets Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
81. Raiders* Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
82. Bears Will Sutton DT Arizona State
83. Texans* (from PIT) Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
84. Cardinals Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
85. Packers Khyri Thornton DT Southern Mississippi
86. Eagles Josh Huff WR Oregon
87. Chiefs Phillip Gaines CB Rice
88. Bengals Will Clarke DE West Virginia
89. Chargers Chris Watt OG Notre Dame
90. Colts Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
91. Cardinals* John Brown WR Pittsburg State
92. Panthers Trai Turner OG LSU
93. Jaguars* Brandon Linder OG Miami (Fla.)
94. Browns* Terrance West RB Towson
95. Broncos Michael Schofield OT Michigan
96. Vikings (from SEA) Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
97. Steelers Dri Archer RB/WR Kent State
98. Packers Richard Rodgers TE California
99. Ravens Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State
100. 49ers Brandon Thomas OG/OT Clemson
Round 4
Pick Team Player Position School
101. Eagles* Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
102. Redskins Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
103. Falcons Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
104. Jets (from TB) Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma
105. Patriots* Bryan Stork C Florida State
106. 49ers* Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
107. Raiders Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech
108. Seahawks* Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
109. Bills Ross Cockrell CB Duke
110. Rams Maurice Alexander S Utah State
111. Bengals* Russell Bodine C North Carolina
112. Titans DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
113. Giants Andre Williams RB Boston College
114. Jaguars (from BAL) Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
115. Jets Shaquelle Evans WR UCLA
116. Raiders* Keith McGill CB Utah
117. Bears Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
118. Steelers Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
119. Cowboys Anthony Hitchens OLB Iowa
120. Cardinals Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
121. Packers Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
122. Titans* Marqueston Huff CB Wyoming
123. Seahawks* Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
124. Chiefs De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
125. Dolphins* Walt Aikens CB Liberty
126. Saints Khairi Fortt OLB California
127. Browns (from IND) Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
128. Panthers Tre Boston S North Carolina
129. 49ers Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State
130. Patriots James White RB Wisconsin
131. Bears* Brock Vereen S Minnesota
132. Seahawks Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College
133. Lions Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
134. Ravens Brent Urban DT/DE Virginia
135. Texans Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
136. Lions Larry Webster TE/DE Bloomsburg
137. Jets Dakota Dozier OT Furman
138. Ravens Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina
139. Falcons Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
140. Patriots Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
Round 5
Pick Team Player Position School
141. Eagles* Taylor Hart DE Oregon
142. Redskins Ryan Grant WR Tulane
143. Buccaneers Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
144. Jaguars Telvin Smith OLB Florida State
145. Vikings* David Yankey OG Stanford
146. Cowboys* (from OAK) Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
147. Falcons Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
148. Panthers* Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
149. Buccaneers* Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue
150. 49ers* (from DET) Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
151. Titans Avery Williamson ILB Kentucky
152. Giants Nat Berhe S San Diego State
153. Bills* Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
154. Jets Jeremiah George ILB Iowa State
155. Dolphins Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
156. Broncos* Lamin Barrow OLB LSU
157. Steelers Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
158. Lions* Caraun Reid DT Princeton
159. Jaguars (from BAL) Chris Smith OLB/DE Arkansas
160. Cardinals Ed Stinson DE Alabama
161. Packers Corey Linsley C Ohio State
162. Eagles Ed Reynolds S Stanford
163. Chiefs Aaron Murray QB Georgia
164. Bengals AJ McCarron QB Alabama
165. Chargers Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
166. Colts Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State
167. Saints Vinnie Sunseri S Alabama
168. *Falcons Marquis Spruill ILB Syracuse
169. Saints (from NE via PHI) Ronald Powell OLB Florida
170. 49ers Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
171. Dolphins* Jordan Tripp OLB Montana
172. Seahawks Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee
173. Steelers Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
174. Giants Devon Kennard OLB USC
175. Ravens John Urschel OG Penn State
176. Packers Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
Round 6
Pick Team Player Position School
177. Texans Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama
178. Titans* Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
179. Patriots* Jon Halapio OG Florida
180. 49ers* Kenneth Acker CB Southern Methodist
181. Texans (from OAK) Alfred Blue RB LSU
182. Vikings* Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
183. Bears (from TB) David Fales QB San Jose State
184. Vikings Kendall James CB Maine
185. Buccaneers (from BUF) Robert Herron WR Wyoming
186. Redskins* Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
187. Giants Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame
188. Rams E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
189. Lions TJ Jones WR Notre Dame
190. Dolphins Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina
191. Bears Pat O'Donnell P Miami (Fla.)
192. Steelers Jordan Zumwalt OLB UCLA
193. Chiefs (from DAL) Zach Fulton OG Tennessee
194. Ravens Keith Wenning QB Ball State
195. Jets Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State
196. Cardinals Walter Powell WR Murray State
197. Packers Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
198. Patriots (from PHI) Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
199. Seahawks* Garrett Scott OT Marshall
200. Chiefs Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill
201. Chargers Marion Grice RB Arizona State
202. Saints Tavon Rooks OT Kansas State
203. Colts Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky
204. Panthers Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford
205. Jaguars (from SF) Luke Bowanko C Virginia
206. Patriots Jemea Thomas S Georgia Tech
207. Broncos Matt Paradis C Boise State
208. Seahawks Eric Pinkins S San Diego State
209. Jets Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
210. Jets IK Enemkpali DE Louisiana Tech
211. Texans Jay Prosch FB Auburn
212. Bengals Marquis Flowers OLB Arizona
213. Jets Tajh Boyd QB Clemson
214. Rams Garrett Gilbert QB SMU
215. Steelers Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
Round 7
Pick Team Player Position School
216. Texans Dre Hal CB Vanderbilt
217. Redskins Ted Bolser TE Indiana
218. Ravens* Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest
219. Raiders T.J. Carrie CB Ohio
220. Vikings* Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
221. Bills* Randell Johnson OLB Florida Atlantic
222. Jaguars Storm Johnson RB UCF
223. Vikings Brandon Watts OLB Georgia Tech
224. Eagles* Beau Allen DT Wisconsin
225. Vikings* (from NYG) Jabari Price CB North Carolina
226. Rams Mitchell Van Dyk OT Portland State
227. Seahawks* Kiero Small FB Arkansas
228. Redskins* Zach Hocker K Arkansas
229. Lions* (from CHI) Nate Freese K Boston College
230. Steelers Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts
231. Cowboys Ben Gardner DE Stanford
232. Colts (from BAL) Ulrick John OT Georgia State
233. Jets Trevor Reilly OLB Utah
234. Dolphins Terrence Fede DE Marist
235. Raiders (from ARZ) Shelby Harris DE Illinois State
236. Packers Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley
237. Bills* Seantrel Henderson OT Miami (Fla.)
238. Cowboys (from KC) Will Smith ILB Texas Tech
239. Bengals James Wright WR LSU
240. Chargers Tevin Reese WR Baylor
241. Rams (from IND) Christian Bryant S Ohio State
242. Broncos* (from NO) Corey Nelson OLB Oklahoma
243. 49ers (from CAR) Kaleb Ramsey DT Boston College
244. Patriots Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan
245. 49ers Trey Millard FB Oklahoma
246. Bears* Charles Leno OT Boise State
247. Raiders Jonathan Dowling CB Western Kentucky
248. Cowboys Ahmad Dixon S Baylor
249. Rams Michael Sam DE Missouri
250. Rams Demetrius Rhaney C Tennessee State
251. Cowboys Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois
252. Bengals Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern
253. Falcons Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut
254. Cowboys Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon
255. Falcons Tyler Starr OLB South Dakota
256. Texans Lonnie Ballentine S Memphis

*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
Team Grade Analysis
Houston Texans A Great 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 Rams A+ 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 Jaguars A- 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 Bills B The 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 Raiders A Here'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 Falcons B+ 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 Buccaneers B+ 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 Browns B+ 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 Vikings B+ 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 Lions B The 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 Titans B+ 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 Giants B Nice draft for the Giants. Odell Beckham will be a popular choice with Eli Manning, as will Weston Richburg. Nothing glaring to dislike here.
Chicago Bears B- 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 Steelers B Ryan 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 Cowboys C+ 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 Ravens B+ Strong picks all around, especially early on. If C.J. Mosley can stay healthy, the Ravens have their Ray Lewis replacement.
New York Jets B+ 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 Dolphins C The 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 Saints B Brandin 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 Packers B Filled needs all around. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was a great selection, and Davante Adams should produce immediately.
Kansas City Chiefs C Curious 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 Bengals B+ 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 Chargers B+ Nothing too sexy about this draft, but good, solid picks all the way around.
Philadelphia Eagles B- 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 Cardinals B+ 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 Panthers B Kelvin Benjamin is a bit of a project, but his upside is tantalizing. Kony Ealy and Trai Turner were great value picks.
New England Patriots B- 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 49ers B+ Niners seemingly traded 1,547 times, but got nice value with every...single...pick. The rich get richer.
Denver Broncos B- 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.
Washington B Washington got some nice values throughout, namely Morgan Moses, Bashaud Breeland and Lache Seastrunk.
Seattle Seahawks C+ 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 Colts C+ 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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