NFL Draft Grades 2014: Final Results, Analysis of Top Prospects and More

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his jersey after being selected first by the Houston Texans at the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in New York, NY.  (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Some teams wisely used seven rounds of the NFL draft to improve the roster. Unfortunately, not everyone was as lucky.

Every organization had different needs coming into the weekend. Some squads were looking to fill specific holes with pro-ready players to help contend for a title, while others needed to add high-upside talent that could improve the future.

Although only time will tell how well each player turned out, we still have a view about which teams did a good job of filling those needs. Some organizations simply did a better job than others at getting value at the positions that were necessary.

With that in mind, here is a complete look at the draft results followed by grades for every team.

2014 NFL Draft Results
Round 1
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1.TexansJadeveon ClowneyDE/OLBSouth Carolina
2.Rams (from WSH)Greg Robinson OTAuburn
3.JaguarsBlake BortlesQBUCF
4.Bills*Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
5.RaidersKhalil Mack OLBBuffalo
6.FalconsJake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
7.BuccaneersMike Evans WRTexas A&M
8.Browns*Justin Gilbert CBOklahoma State
9.Vikings*Anthony Barr OLBUCLA
10.LionsEric Ebron TENorth Carolina
11.TitansTaylor Lewan OTMichigan
12.GiantsOdell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
13.RamsAaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
14.BearsKyle Fuller CBVirginia Tech
15.SteelersRyan ShazierOLBOhio State
16.CowboysZack MartinOG/OTNotre Dame
17.RavensC.J. Mosley ILBAlabama
18.JetsCalvin Pryor FSLouisville
19.DolphinsJa'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
20.Saints*Brandin Cooks WROregon State
21.PackersHa'Sean Clinton-DixFSAlabama
22.Browns*Johnny Manziel QBTexas A&M
23.ChiefsDee Ford DE/OLBAuburn
24.BengalsDarqueze Dennard CBMichigan State
25.ChargersJason Verrett CBTCU
26.Eagles* (from IND)Marcus Smith DE/OLBLouisville
27.Cardinals*Deone Bucannon SSWashington State
28.PanthersKelvin Benjamin WRFlorida State
29.PatriotsDominique Easley DTFlorida
30.49ersJimmie Ward SSNorthern Illinois
31.BroncosBradley Roby CBOhio State
32.Vikings*Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
Round 2
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
33.TexansXavier Su'a-Filo OGUCLA
34.Cowboys*Demarcus Lawrence DEBoise State
35.Browns Joel Bitonio OTNevada
36.Raiders Derek Carr QBFresno State
37.FalconsRa'Shede Hageman DTMinnesota
38.BuccaneersAustin Seferian-Jenkins TEWashington
39.Jaguars Marqise Lee WRUSC
40.Lions*Kyle Van Noy OLBBYU
41.Rams*Lamarcus Joyner CBFlorida State
42.Eagles*Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt
43.Giants Weston RichburgCColorado State
44.Bills*Cyrus Kouandjio OTAlabama
45.Seahawks*Paul Richardson WRColorado
46.Steelers Stephon TuittDT/DENotre Dame
47.Redskins*Trent Murphy OLBStanford
48.Ravens Timmy Jernigan DT/DE Florida State
49.Jets Jace Amaro TETexas Tech
50.Chargers*Jeremiah Attaochu OLBGeorgia Tech
51.Bears Ego Ferguson DTLSU
52.Cardinals Troy Niklas TENotre Dame
53.PackersDavante Adams WRFresno State
54.Titans*Bishop SankeyRBWashington
55.BengalsJeremy Hill RBLSU
56.Broncos* (from SF)Cody Latimer WRIndiana
57.49ers*Carlos Hyde RBOhio State
58.SaintsStanley Jean-Baptiste CBNebraska
59.ColtsJack Mewhort OTOhio State
60.PanthersKony Ealy DEMissouri
61.Jaguars*Allen Robinson WRPenn State
62.PatriotsJimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
63.Dolphins*Jarvis Landry WRLSU
64.Seahawks Justin BrittOTMissouri
Round 3
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
65.TexansC.J. Fiedorowicz TEIowa
66.RedskinsMorgan Moses OTVirginia
67.Dolphins*Billy Turner OTNorth Dakota State
68.FalconsDezmen SouthwardSWisconsin
69.BuccaneersCharles Sims RBWest Virginia
70.49ers*Marcus Martin CUSC
71.BrownsChristian Kirksey OLBIowa
72.VikingsScott Crichton DEOregon State
73.BillsPreston Brown ILBLouisville
74.GiantsJay Bromley DTSyracuse
75.RamsTre Mason RBAuburn
76.LionsTravis Swanson CArkansas
77.49ers (from TEN)Chris Borland ILBWisconsin
78.Redskins*Spencer Long OGNebraska
79.RavensTerrence Brooks SFlorida State
80.JetsDexter McDougle CBMaryland
81.Raiders* Gabe JacksonOGMississippi State
82.BearsWill Sutton DTArizona State
83.Texans* (from PIT)Louis Nix DTNotre Dame
84.CardinalsKareem Martin DENorth Carolina
85.PackersKhyri Thornton DTSouthern Mississippi
86.EaglesJosh Huff WROregon
87.ChiefsPhillip Gaines CBRice
88.BengalsWill Clarke DEWest Virginia
89.ChargersChris Watt OGNotre Dame
90.ColtsDonte Moncrief WROle Miss
91.Cardinals*John Brown WRPittsburg State
92.PanthersTrai Turner OGLSU
93.Jaguars*Brandon Linder OGMiami (Fla.)
94.Browns*Terrance West RBTowson
95.BroncosMichael Schofield OTMichigan
96.Vikings (from SEA)Jerick McKinnon RBGeorgia Southern
97.SteelersDri Archer RB/WRKent State
98.PackersRichard RodgersTECalifornia
99.RavensCrockett Gillmore TEColorado State
100.49ersBrandon Thomas OG/OTClemson
Round 4
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
101.Eagles*Jaylen Watkins CBFlorida
102.RedskinsBashaud Breeland CBClemson
103.FalconsDevonta Freeman RBFlorida State
104.Jets (from TB)Jalen Saunders WROklahoma
105.Patriots*Bryan Stork CFlorida State
106.49ers*Bruce Ellington WRSouth Carolina
107.RaidersJustin Ellis DTLouisiana Tech
108.Seahawks*Cassius Marsh DEUCLA
109.BillsRoss Cockrell CBDuke
110.RamsMaurice Alexander SUtah State
111.Bengals*Russell Bodine CNorth Carolina
112.TitansDaQuan Jones DTPenn State
113.GiantsAndre Williams RBBoston College
114.Jaguars (from BAL)Aaron Colvin CBOklahoma
115.JetsShaquelle Evans WRUCLA
116.Raiders*Keith McGill CBUtah
117.BearsKa'Deem Carey RBArizona
118.SteelersMartavis Bryant WRClemson
119.CowboysAnthony Hitchens OLBIowa
120.CardinalsLogan Thomas QBVirginia Tech
121.PackersCarl Bradford OLBArizona State
122.Titans*Marqueston Huff CBWyoming
123.Seahawks*Kevin Norwood WRAlabama
124.ChiefsDe'Anthony Thomas RBOregon
125.Dolphins*Walt Aikens CBLiberty
126.SaintsKhairi Fortt OLBCalifornia
127.Browns (from IND)Pierre Desir CBLindenwood
128.PanthersTre Boston SNorth Carolina
129.49ersDontae Johnson CBNorth Carolina State
130.PatriotsJames White RBWisconsin
131.Bears*Brock VereenSMinnesota
132.SeahawksKevin Pierre-Louis OLBBoston College
133.LionsNevin Lawson CBUtah State
134.RavensBrent Urban DT/DEVirginia
135.TexansTom Savage QBPittsburgh
136.LionsLarry Webster TE/DEBloomsburg
137.JetsDakota Dozier OTFurman
138.RavensLorenzo Taliaferro RBCoastal Carolina
139.FalconsPrince Shembo OLBNotre Dame
140.PatriotsCameron Fleming OTStanford
Round 5
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
141.Eagles*Taylor Hart DEOregon
142.RedskinsRyan Grant WRTulane
143.BuccaneersKadeem Edwards OGTennessee State
144.JaguarsTelvin Smith OLBFlorida State
145.Vikings*David Yankey OGStanford
146.Cowboys* (from OAK)Devin Street WRPittsburgh
147.FalconsRicardo Allen CBPurdue
148.Panthers*Bene Benwikere CBSan Jose State
149.Buccaneers*Kevin Pamphile OTPurdue
150.49ers* (from DET)Aaron Lynch DESouth Florida
151.TitansAvery Williamson ILBKentucky
152.GiantsNat Berhe SSan Diego State
153.Bills*Cyril Richardson OGBaylor
154.JetsJeremiah George ILBIowa State
155.DolphinsArthur Lynch TEGeorgia
156.Broncos*Lamin Barrow OLBLSU
157.SteelersShaquille Richardson CBArizona
158.Lions*Caraun Reid DTPrinceton
159.Jaguars (from BAL)Chris Smith OLB/DEArkansas
160.CardinalsEd Stinson DEAlabama
161.PackersCorey Linsley COhio State
162.EaglesEd Reynolds SStanford
163.ChiefsAaron Murray QBGeorgia
164.BengalsAJ McCarronQBAlabama
165.ChargersRyan Carrethers DTArkansas State
166.ColtsJonathan Newsome DEBall State
167.SaintsVinnie Sunseri SAlabama
168.*FalconsMarquis Spruill ILBSyracuse
169.Saints (from NE via PHI)Ronald Powell OLBFlorida
170.49ersKeith Reaser CBFlorida Atlantic
171.Dolphins*Jordan Tripp OLBMontana
172.SeahawksJimmy Staten DTMiddle Tennessee
173.SteelersWesley Johnson OTVanderbilt
174.GiantsDevon Kennard OLBUSC
175.RavensJohn Urschel OGPenn State
176.PackersJared Abbrederis WRWisconsin
Round 6
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
177.TexansJeoffrey Pagan DEAlabama
178.Titans*Zach Mettenberger QBLSU
179.Patriots*Jon Halapio OGFlorida
180.49ers*Kenneth Acker CBSouthern Methodist
181.Texans (from OAK)Alfred Blue RBLSU
182.Vikings*Antone Exum CBVirginia Tech
183.Bears (from TB)David Fales QBSan Jose State
184.VikingsKendall James CBMaine
185.Buccaneers (from BUF)Robert Herron WRWyoming
186.Redskins*Lache Seastrunk RBBaylor
187.GiantsBennett Jackson CBNotre Dame
188.RamsE.J. Gaines CBMissouri
189.LionsTJ Jones WRNotre Dame
190.DolphinsMatt Hazel WRCoastal Carolina
191.BearsPat O'Donnell PMiami (Fla.)
192.SteelersJordan Zumwalt OLBUCLA
193.Chiefs (from DAL)Zach Fulton OGTennessee
194.RavensKeith Wenning QBBall State
195.JetsBrandon Dixon CBNorthwest Missouri State
196.CardinalsWalter Powell WRMurray State
197.PackersDemetri Goodson CBBaylor
198.Patriots (from PHI)Zach Moore DEConcordia-St. Paul
199.Seahawks*Garrett Scott OTMarshall
200.ChiefsLaurent Duvernay-Tardif OTMcGill
201.ChargersMarion Grice RBArizona State
202.SaintsTavon Rooks OTKansas State
203.ColtsAndrew Jackson ILBWestern Kentucky
204.PanthersTyler Gaffney RBStanford
205.Jaguars (from SF)Luke Bowanko CVirginia
206.PatriotsJemea Thomas SGeorgia Tech
207.BroncosMatt Paradis CBoise State
208.SeahawksEric Pinkins SSan Diego State
209.JetsQuincy Enunwa WRNebraska
210.JetsIK Enemkpali DELouisiana Tech
211.TexansJay Prosch FBAuburn
212.BengalsMarquis Flowers OLBArizona
213.JetsTajh Boyd QBClemson
214.RamsGarrett Gilbert QBSMU
215.SteelersDaniel McCullers DTTennessee
Round 7
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
216.TexansDre Hal CBVanderbilt
217.RedskinsTed Bolser TEIndiana
218.Ravens*Michael Campanaro WRWake Forest
219.RaidersT.J. CarrieCBOhio
220.Vikings*Shamar Stephen DTConnecticut
221.Bills*Randell Johnson OLBFlorida Atlantic
222.JaguarsStorm Johnson RBUCF
223.VikingsBrandon Watts OLBGeorgia Tech
224.Eagles*Beau Allen DTWisconsin
225.Vikings* (from NYG)Jabari Price CBNorth Carolina
226.RamsMitchell Van Dyk OTPortland State
227.Seahawks*Kiero Small FBArkansas
228.Redskins*Zach HockerKArkansas
229.Lions* (from CHI)Nate Freese KBoston College
230.SteelersRob Blanchflower TEMassachusetts
231.CowboysBen Gardner DEStanford
232.Colts (from BAL)Ulrick John OTGeorgia State
233.JetsTrevor Reilly OLBUtah
234.DolphinsTerrence Fede DEMarist
235.Raiders (from ARZ)Shelby Harris DEIllinois State
236.PackersJeff Janis WRSaginaw Valley
237.Bills*Seantrel Henderson OTMiami (Fla.)
238.Cowboys (from KC)Will Smith ILBTexas Tech
239.BengalsJames Wright WRLSU
240.ChargersTevin Reese WRBaylor
241.Rams (from IND)Christian Bryant SOhio State
242.Broncos* (from NO)Corey Nelson OLBOklahoma
243.49ers (from CAR)Kaleb Ramsey DTBoston College
244.PatriotsJeremy Gallon WRMichigan
245.49ersTrey Millard FBOklahoma
246.Bears*Charles Leno OTBoise State
247.RaidersJonathan Dowling CBWestern Kentucky
248.CowboysAhmad Dixon SBaylor
249.RamsMichael Sam DEMissouri
250.RamsDemetrius Rhaney CTennessee State
251.CowboysKen Bishop DTNorthern Illinois
252.BengalsLavelle Westbrooks CBGeorgia Southern
253.FalconsYawin Smallwood ILBConnecticut
254.CowboysTerrance Mitchell CBOregon
255.FalconsTyler Starr OLBSouth Dakota
256.TexansLonnie Ballentine SMemphis
*Pick was traded

 

NFL Draft Grades
TeamGradeNote
Dallas CowboysAMade a valuable addition in Zack Martin and then spent the rest of the draft giving much-needed help to the defense.
New York GiantsC+Lots of reaches and took way too long to fill areas of need like secondary and linebacker.
Philadelphia EaglesB-Chip Kelly loves his Oregon guys, but it remains to be seen if he or Marcus Smith can help the team early on.
Washington RedskinsBIt would've been nice to have a first-round pick, but got great value in Morgan Moses. Needed to get more impact players on defense.
Arizona CardinalsB+Logan Thomas could be the steal of the class or a wasted pick. Rest of draft was solid but not great.
San Francisco 49ersA+Fans were disappointed in lack of activity in first round, but 49ers found value at every stage of draft and are set up for years.
Seattle SeahawksB-Almost every pick was a round ahead of where they should have gone, but Seahawks have proven to be right in the past.
St. Louis RamsA+Solidified both lines in Round 1 while getting early contributors throughout the draft.
Chicago BearsA-Did a good job of filling needs, but they might have been smarter to get a safety before Day 3.
Detroit LionsB+Eric Ebron works as another receiver and Kyle Van Noy could help out right away, but secondary still needs help.
Green Bay PackersA-Filled the needs with talented players, but they might have gone overboard when it comes to receivers.
Minnesota VikingsA+Anthony Barr is a bit of a risk, but along with Teddy Bridgewater has great upside. After a bad season, future is bright in Minnesota.
Atlanta FalconsANeeded to improve both lines and did just that. Also got good value in Prince Shembo and Yawin Smallwood.
Carolina PanthersCNeeded to improve offensive line and get receivers who can contribute right away. While Kelvin Benjamin has potential, Panthers did not improve much in draft.
New Orleans SaintsA-Brandin Cooks could be a perfect fit in this offense while defensive picks will help down the line.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersB+Drafted zero defensive players, but they at least gave Mike Glennon a lot to work with on offense.
Buffalo BillsBMight have given up too much to get Sammy Watkins, but his addition plus offensive line upgrades will be valuable.
Miami DolphinsB-While offensive line help was needed, the picks were reaches in the first few rounds. Good late selections could help draft.
New England PatriotsCInstead of getting players to help Tom Brady, the Patriots started preparing for life after him with long-term prospects. Strange for a team close to winning.
New York JetsAAdded playmakers on both sides of the ball, which is something the squad desperately needed.
Denver BroncosB-Lots of risk/reward in Bradley Roby and Cody Latimer. Don't think either will contribute for a few years.
Kansas City ChiefsBDee Ford and D'Anthony Thomas are good players but fit is questionable. Chiefs did not do much to help offense.
Oakland RaidersA+Khalil Mack might end up being the best defensive player in draft while Derek Carr is well suited to be a franchise quarterback. Perfect draft for Raiders.
San Diego ChargersA-Jason Verrett will help out immediately and the team filled needs in other areas.
Baltimore RavensB+Grabbed good players in early rounds, but did little to help offensive line, which was biggest problem last season.
Cincinnati BengalsBLots of intriguing selections but good value with Darqueze Dennard in first round.
Cleveland BrownsB+Johnny Manziel will be a star whether he wins or not. Terrance West and Pierre Desir were also great picks, but the squad never drafted a receiver.
Pittsburgh SteelersA-Throughout the draft, the Steelers looked to upgrade in speed and athleticism, which is perfect for what was an aging roster.
Houston TexansA-If the Texans had a quarterback in place, this would have been an ideal draft. However, waiting until the fourth round to get Tom Savage could end up being a mistake.
Indianapolis ColtsCOnly had five picks and did not get much value with any of them.
Jacksonville JaguarsA-If they think Blake Bortles is the future, then this was a great pick. Could have long-term value in Aaron Colvin and even Storm Johnson.
Tennessee TitansAAdded impact players at positions that needed help. Plus, Zack Mettenberger could be steal down the line.

Top Picks from Each Day

Day 1: No. 32 Teddy Bridgewater to the Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater was considered the best quarterback in the class heading into the offseason, but he slipped down boards during the pre-draft process.

However, Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times is one of many who saw this as a steal for the Vikings:

Bridgewater has all the tools to be an elite quarterback at the next level but might need some time to reach his potential at the next level. This is just fine for Minnesota, which has Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel ready to play quarterback at the start of the year.

The rookie can then learn the playbook and develop his game until he is ready to take over. Head coach Mike Zimmer thinks that he will succeed when that happens:

Minnesota got the quarterback it needed at the end of the first round and it did this before the Houston Texans could take him in Round 2. It was a great maneuver by the organization and it will pay off huge later.

 

Day 2: No. 83 Louis Nix III to the Houston Texans

The Texans upgraded their defensive line when they drafted Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. They then ensured that it would be one of the best in the league when they took Louis Nix III in the third round.

Nix has first-round talent with his ability to clog the middle of the field at defensive tackle and take on blockers. This will free up space to make guys like J.J. Watt and Clowney even better. Bill Barnwell of Grantland discusses why this was such a bargain:

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes that it will not take long for the young player to make an impact:

Finding a quality nose tackle is not easy, and it is almost impossible to grab one in the third round of the draft. The fact that Houston was able to get him this late is ridiculous.

 

Day 3: No. 127 Pierre Desir to Cleveland Browns

It is hard to trust a player out of Lindenwood, but there is a good chance that Pierre Desir would have been a first-round pick if he had gone to a more well-known school.

Instead, the 6'1" cornerback remained on the board throughout the first two days, leading Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated to post this tweet:

Eventually, the Cleveland Browns drafted him to solidify their secondary along with Joe Haden and fellow rookie Justin Gilbert.

Desir is extremely athletic with good instincts and the ability to make plays on the ball. If a quarterback makes a bad pass, he will make them pay.

Although the transition to the NFL might take a while, this is a truly valuable pick for the Browns.

 

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