Despite the many months that both teams around the league and members of the media spend each year trying to project how the NFL draft will play out, there are always players who get drafted much higher than expected.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the teams that drafted those players “reached” in the process, though. Depending on how the draft falls at each position, some players get pushed up the board based on team needs and demand for players who can play specific roles.
Despite that, there were a few picks in the 2014 draft that left reasonable doubt as to why the team drafted the player it did—or at least why it selected that player with that pick.
From the top five picks to later in the draft, each of the following players was a questionable selection relative to the other value on the board and the point at which the player was selected.