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NFL Draft Results 2014: List of Grades by Team and Best Value Picks
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The operative word of any NFL draft is value. Every team wants to find it, though some are better at it than others. It's also the key to building a championship team, as those that can maximize their picks find stars and depth. 

It's not easy to get exactly what you need when you want it, because there are 32 teams competing for the same goal and some have the same idea as others. The best teams are the ones who don't overreact to a selection made ahead of them, but let the board talk to them. 

As we devour all 256 picks in the 2014 NFL draft, some teams clearly had an understanding of what was going to happen and rolled with the punches, either through trades or really good scouting. 

Here's a look at our grades coming out of the weekend's biggest event and the best value selections made. 

 

Arizona Cardinals (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 27 Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
2 52 Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
3 84 Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
3 91 John Brown WR Pittsburgh State
4 120 Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech
5 160 Ed Stinson DE Alabama
6 196 Walt Powell WR Murray State

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Atlanta Falcons (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 6 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
2 37 Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
3 68 Dezmen Southward FS Wisconsin
4 103 Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
4 139 Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
5 147 Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
5 168 Marquis Spruill ILB Syracuse
7 253 Yawin Smallwood OLB Connecticut
7 255 Tyler Starr OLB South Dakota

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Baltimore Ravens (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 17 C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
2 48 Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
3 79 Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
3 99 Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State
4 134 Brent Urban DT Virginia
4 138 Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina
5 175 John Urschel OG Penn State
6 194 Keith Wenning QB Ball State
7 218 Mike Campanaro WR Wake Forest

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Buffalo Bills (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 4 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
2 44 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
3 73 Preston Brown ILB Louisville
4 109 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5 153 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
7 221 Randell Johnson OLB Florida Atlantic
7 237 Seantrel Henderson OT Miami

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Carolina Panthers (Grade: C)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 28 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
2 60 Kony Ealy DE Missouri
3 92 Trai Turner OG LSU
4 128 Tre Boston SS North Carolina
5 148 Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
6 204 Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford

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Chicago Bears (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 14 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
2 51 Ego Ferguson DT LSU
3 82 Will Sutton DT Arizona State
4 117 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
4 131 Brock Vereen FS Minnesota
6 183 David Fales QB San Jose State
6 191 Pat O'Donnell P Miami
7 246 Charles Leno Jr. OT Boise St.

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Cincinnati Bengals (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 24 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
2 55 Jeremy Hill RB LSU
3 88 Will Clarke DE West Virginia
4 111 Russell Bodine C North Carolina
5 164 AJ McCarron QB Alabama
6 212 Marquis Flowers OLB Arizona
7 239 James Wright WR LSU
7 252 Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern

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Cleveland Browns (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 8 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
1 22 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
2 35 Joel Bitonio OT Nevada
3 71 Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
3 94 Terrance West RB Towson
4 127 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

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Dallas Cowboys (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 16 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
2 34 Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
4 119 Anthony Hitchens OLB Iowa
5 146 Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
7 231 Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7 238 Will Smith OLB Texas Tech
7 248 Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor
7 251 Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois
7 254 Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon

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Denver Broncos (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 31 Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
2 56 Cody Latimer WR Indiana
3 95 Michael Schofield OT Michigan
5 156 Lamin Barrow OLB LSU
6 207 Matthew Paradis C Boise State
7 242 Corey Nelson OLB Oklahoma

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Detroit Lions (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 10 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
2 40 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
3 76 Travis Swanson C Arkansas
4 133 Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
4 136 Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg
5 158 Caraun Reid DT Princeton
6 189 T.J. Jones WR Notre Dame
7 229 Nate Freese K Boston College

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Green Bay Packers (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
2 53 Davante Adams WR Fresno State
3 85 Khyri Thornton DT Southern Miss
3 98 Richard Rodgers TE California
4 121 Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
5 161 Corey Linsley C Ohio State
5 176 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
6 197 Demetri Goodson CB Baylor
7 236 Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley St.

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Houston Texans (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2 33 Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
3 65 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
3 83 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
4 135 Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
6 177 Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama
6 181 Alfred Blue RB LSU
6 211 Jay Prosch FB Auburn
7 216 Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt
7 256 Lonnie Ballentine FS Memphis

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Indianapolis Colts (Grade: D)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 59 Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
3 90 Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi
5 166 Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State
6 203 Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky
7 232 Ulrick John OT Georgia State

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Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 3 Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
2 39 Marqise Lee WR USC
2 61 Allen Robinson WR Penn State
3 93 Brandon Linder OG Miami
4 114 Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
5 144 Telvin Smith ILB Florida State
5 159 Chris Smith DE Arkansas
6 205 Luke Bowanko C Virginia
7 222 Storm Johnson RB Central Florida

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Kansas City Chiefs (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 23 Dee Ford DE Auburn
3 87 Phillip Gaines CB Rice
4 124 De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon
5 163 Aaron Murray QB Georgia
6 193 Zach Fulton OG Tennessee
6 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill

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Miami Dolphins (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 19 Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
2 63 Jarvis Landry WR LSU
3 67 Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
4 125 Walt Aikens CB Liberty
5 155 Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5 171 Jordan Tripp OLB Montana
6 190 Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina
7 234 Terrence Fede DE Marist

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Minnesota Vikings (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 9 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
1 32 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
3 72 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
3 96 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
5 145 David Yankey OG Stanford
6 182 Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
6 184 Kendall James CB Maine
7 220 Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
7 223 Brandon Watts OLB Georgia Tech
7 225 Jabari Price CB North Carolina

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New England Patriots (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 29 Dominique Easley DT Florida
2 62 Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
4 105 Bryan Stork C Florida State
4 130 James White RB Wisconsin
4 140 Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
6 179 Jon Halapio OG Florida
6 198 Zach Moore DE Concordia-St. Paul
6 206 Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech
7 234 Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan

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New Orleans Saints (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 20 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
2 58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
4 126 Khairi Fortt ILB California
5 167 Vinnie Sunseri SS Alabama
5 169 Ronald Powell OLB Florida
6 202 Tavon Rooks OT Kansas State

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New York Giants (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 12 Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
2 43 Weston Richburg C Colorado State
3 74 Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
4 113 Andre Williams RB Boston College
5 152 Nat Berhe SS San Diego State
5 174 Devon Kennard OLB USC
6 187 Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame

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New York Jets (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 18 Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
2 49 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
3 80 Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
4 104 Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma
4 115 Shaq Evans WR UCLA
4 137 Dakota Dozier OT Furman
5 154 Jeremiah George ILB Iowa State
6 195 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri State
6 209 Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
6 210 IK Enemkpali DE Louisiana Tech
6 213 Tajh Boyd QB Clemson
7 233 Trevor Reilly OLB Utah

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Oakland Raiders (Grade: B+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 5 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
2 36 Derek Carr QB Fresno State
3 81 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
4 107 Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech
4 116 Keith McGill CB Utah
7 219 Travis Carrie CB Ohio
7 235 Shelby Harris DE Illinois St.
7 247 Jonathan Dowling SS Western Kentucky

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Philadelphia Eagles (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 26 Marcus Smith OLB Louisville
2 42 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3 86 Josh Huff WR Oregon
4 101 Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
5 141 Taylor Hart DE Oregon
5 162 Ed Reynolds FS Stanford
7 224 Beau Allen DT Wisconsin

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Pittsburgh Steelers (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 15 Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
2 46 Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
3 97 Dri Archer RB Kent State
4 118 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
5 157 Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona
5 173 Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
6 192 Jordan Zumwalt ILB UCLA
6 215 Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
7 230 Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts

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San Diego Chargers (Grade: B)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 25 Jason Verrett CB TCU
2 50 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
3 89 Chris Watt OG Notre Dame
5 165 Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
6 201 Marion Grice RB Arizona State
7 240 Tevin Reese WR Baylor

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San Francisco 49ers (Grade: A)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 30 Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
2 57 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
3 70 Marcus Martin C USC
3 77 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
3 100 Brandon Thomas OT Clemson
4 106 Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
4 129 Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State
5 150 Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
5 170 Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic
6 180 Kenneth Acker CB SMU
7 243 Kaleb Ramsey DE Boston College
7 245 Trey Millard FB Oklahoma

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Seattle Seahawks (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 45 Paul Richardson WR Colorado
2 64 Justin Britt OT Missouri
4 108 Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
4 123 Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
4 132 Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College
5 172 Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee State
6 199 Garrett Scott OT Marshall
6 208 Eric Pinkins FS San Diego State
7 227 Kiero Small RB Arkansas

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St. Louis Rams (Grade: A)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 2 Greg Robinson OT Auburn
1 13 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
2 41 Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State
3 75 Tre Mason RB Auburn
4 110 Mo Alexander SS Utah State
6 188 E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
6 214 Garrett Gilbert QB SMU
7 226 Mitchell Van Dyk OT Portland St.
7 241 C.B. Bryant FS Ohio State
7 249 Michael Sam DE Missouri
7 250 Demetrius Rhaney C Tennessee St.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Grade: A-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 7 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
2 38 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
3 69 Charles Sims RB West Virginia
5 143 Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee St.
5 149 Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue
6 185 Robert Herron WR Wyoming

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Tennessee Titans (Grade: B-)
Round Pick Selection Position College
1 11 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
2 54 Bishop Sankey RB Washington
4 112 DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
4 122 Marqueston Huff FS Wyoming
5 152 Avery Williamson ILB Kentucky
6 178 Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

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Washington Redskins (Grade: C+)
Round Pick Selection Position College
2 47 Trent Murphy OLB Stanford
3 66 Morgan Moses OT Virginia
3 78 Spencer Long OG Nebraska
4 102 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
5 142 Ryan Grant WR Tulane
6 186 Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
7 217 Ted Bolser TE Indiana
7 228 Zach Hocker K Arkansas

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Best Value Picks

Carlos Hyde to San Francisco 49ers (57th overall)

You could include almost all of San Francisco's selections after the first round as great value picks because that's how general manager Trent Baalke operates. Bruce Ellington in the fourth round has tremendous potential with his ability to separate from defensive backs, particularly in the slot. 

For the purposes of this discussion, though, Carlos Hyde is the name that immediately jumps out. He's the perfect heir to Frank Gore, who is 30 years old and entering the final season of his contract. The 49ers can slowly work Hyde into their offense this year with the idea of letting him be the No. 1 guy in 2015. 

Hyde's first quotes after becoming a 49er just fit the style of this team and what Baalke and Jim Harbaugh are trying to build:

The pick also adds more depth to a position that did have a lot of questions. Gore ran for over 1,000 yards last season, but you have to wonder how much longer he can be effective given his age and the volume of hits he's taken. Marcus Lattimore has great potential, but also comes with the baggage of two knee reconstruction surgeries. 

This is a perfect marriage of team and player, so to get the best running back on the board at the end of Round 2 is a steal. 

 

Dri Archer to Pittsburgh Steelers (97th overall)

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The Steelers were very subtle in the draft, filling nearly all of their top needs early with great value picks and looking for bargains in the later rounds. 

While Dri Archer isn't an every-down back due to a slight 5'8", 173-pound frame, and he only appeared in 10 games last season, there's an element to his game that makes him a nightmare for opponents: speed. 

Archer ran a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the combine, the fastest of any player this year and the second-fastest since 1999, giving him the ability to appear in games as a player who catches screen passes, contributes in the return game and potentially lines up outside to stretch the field. 

ESPN's Mel Kiper compared Archer to another diminutive running back who carved out an NFL career by playing multiple roles, via Bob Labriola of Steelers.com. 

Teams rarely rely on one running back anymore, so having players who can serve multiple roles and create on their own is essential. Archer has that kind of ability in the right situation, which he found in Pittsburgh. 

 

Zach Mettenberger to Tennessee Titans (178th overall)

All that you can ask for from a college player coming into the NFL is improvement from season to season. It would be hard for any quarterback to get better than Zach Mettenberger did at LSU last year, based on ESPN's Total QBR from the Stats and Info department. 

There are obvious risks with Mettenberger, who suffered a torn ACL in December and, according to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, produced a diluted urine sample at the combine. 

Mettenberger's knee injury is particularly problematic because he's never shown great mobility in the pocket, so how will he fare against NFL defenses? 

Even with the questions, there's something to be said for a quarterback who spent last season learning to play the position from Cam Cameron, who was LSU's offensive coordinator in 2013, and has the kind of arm strength Mettenberger has. 

The fact that Tennessee was able to get Mettenberger in the sixth round, after fellow quarterbacks like AJ McCarron and Logan Thomas went off the board earlier, was great value and gives the team a chance to develop him behind Jake Locker this season with the hopes of starting in 2015. 

 

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