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

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

 

NFL Draft Grades
Team Grade Note
Dallas Cowboys A Made a valuable addition in Zack Martin and then spent the rest of the draft giving much-needed help to the defense.
New York Giants C+ Lots of reaches and took way too long to fill areas of need like secondary and linebacker.
Philadelphia Eagles B- Chip Kelly loves his Oregon guys, but it remains to be seen if he or Marcus Smith can help the team early on.
Washington Redskins B It 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 Cardinals B+ Logan Thomas could be the steal of the class or a wasted pick. Rest of draft was solid but not great.
San Francisco 49ers A+ 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 Seahawks B- 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 Rams A+ Solidified both lines in Round 1 while getting early contributors throughout the draft.
Chicago Bears A- Did a good job of filling needs, but they might have been smarter to get a safety before Day 3.
Detroit Lions B+ Eric Ebron works as another receiver and Kyle Van Noy could help out right away, but secondary still needs help.
Green Bay Packers A- Filled the needs with talented players, but they might have gone overboard when it comes to receivers.
Minnesota Vikings A+ 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 Falcons A Needed to improve both lines and did just that. Also got good value in Prince Shembo and Yawin Smallwood.
Carolina Panthers C Needed 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 Saints A- Brandin Cooks could be a perfect fit in this offense while defensive picks will help down the line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers B+ Drafted zero defensive players, but they at least gave Mike Glennon a lot to work with on offense.
Buffalo Bills B Might have given up too much to get Sammy Watkins, but his addition plus offensive line upgrades will be valuable.
Miami Dolphins B- While offensive line help was needed, the picks were reaches in the first few rounds. Good late selections could help draft.
New England Patriots C Instead 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 Jets A Added playmakers on both sides of the ball, which is something the squad desperately needed.
Denver Broncos B- Lots of risk/reward in Bradley Roby and Cody Latimer. Don't think either will contribute for a few years.
Kansas City Chiefs B Dee Ford and D'Anthony Thomas are good players but fit is questionable. Chiefs did not do much to help offense.
Oakland Raiders A+ 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 Chargers A- Jason Verrett will help out immediately and the team filled needs in other areas.
Baltimore Ravens B+ Grabbed good players in early rounds, but did little to help offensive line, which was biggest problem last season.
Cincinnati Bengals B Lots of intriguing selections but good value with Darqueze Dennard in first round.
Cleveland Browns B+ 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 Steelers A- Throughout the draft, the Steelers looked to upgrade in speed and athleticism, which is perfect for what was an aging roster.
Houston Texans A- 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 Colts C Only had five picks and did not get much value with any of them.
Jacksonville Jaguars A- 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 Titans A Added 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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