After seven rounds of steals, reaches and stunning selections, the 2014 NFL draft is over, and fans want to know what grades their favorite teams received for their overall results.
While teams like the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars had excellent drafts, there were teams like the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles that faltered under the pressure and had a lackluster selection process.
Here are the draft grades for every team in the NFL.
|2014 NFL Draft Grades|
|Team||Picks||Notable Picks (Overall Pick)||Grade|
|Arizona Cardinals||7||SS Deone Bucannon (27), TE Troy Niklas (52)||B-|
|Atlanta Falcons||9||OT Jake Matthews (6), DL Ra'Shede Hageman (37)||B|
|Baltimore Ravens||9||ILB C.J. Mosley (17), DT Tim Jernigan (48)||B+|
|Buffalo Bills||7||WR Sammy Watkins (4), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (44)||B-|
|Carolina Panthers||6||WR Kelvin Benjamin (28), DL Kony Ealy (60)||C|
|Chicago Bears||8||CB Kyle Fuller (14), DT Ego Ferguson (51), RB Ka'Deem Carey (117)||B-|
|Cincinnati Bengals||8||CB Darqueze Dennard (24), RB Jeremy Hill (55), QB A.J. McCarron (164)||C+|
|Cleveland Browns||6||CB Justin Gilbert (8), QB Johnny Manziel (22), OL Joel Bitonio (35)||A|
|Dallas Cowboys||9||OT Zack Martin (16), DE Demarcus Lawrence (34)||C-|
|Denver Broncos||6||CB Bradley Roby (31), WR Cody Latimer (56)||B|
|Detroit Lions||8||TE Eric Ebron (10), OLB Kyle Van Noy (40)||C|
|Green Bay Packers||9||FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21), WR Davante Adams (53)||B-|
|Houston Texans||10||DE Jadeveon Clowney (1), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (33), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (65), DT Louis Nix (83)||A|
|Indianapolis Colts||5||OL Jack Mewhort (59), WR Donte Moncrief (90)||D+|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||9||QB Blake Bortles (3), WR Marqise Lee (39), WR Allen Robinson (61)||A-|
|Kansas City Chiefs||6||DE Dee Ford (23), CB Phillip Gaines (87), QB Aaron Murray (163)||C-|
|Miami Dolphins||8||OT Ja'Wuan James (19), WR Jarvis Landry (63)||D+|
|Minnesota Vikings||10||OLB Anthony Barr (9), QB Teddy Bridgewater (32), DE Scott Crichton (72)||B+|
|New England Patriots||9||DT Dominique Easley (29), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (62)||C|
|New Orleans Saints||6||WR Brandin Cooks (20), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (58)||B-|
|New York Giants||7||WR Odell Beckham (12), C Weston Richburg (43), RB Andre Williams (113)||C+|
|New York Jets||12||FS Calvin Pryor (18), TE Jace Amaro (49), WR Jalen Saunders (104)||B+|
|Oakland Raiders||8||OLB Khalil Mack (5), QB Derek Carr (36), OG Gabe Jackson (81)||A-|
|Philadelphia Eagles||7||DE Marcus Smith (26), WR Jordan Matthews (42)||D+|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||9||OLB Ryan Shazier (15), DL Stephon Tuitt (46), WR Dri Archer (97), WR Martavis Bryant (118)||B-|
|San Diego Chargers||6||CB Jason Verrett (25), OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (50)||C+|
|San Francisco 49ers||12||SS Jimmie Ward (30), RB Carlos Hyde (57), OG Marcus Martin (70), ILB Chris Borland (77)||B+|
|Seattle Seahawks||9||WR Paul Richardson (45), OL Justin Britt (64)||D+|
|St. Louis Rams||11||OT Greg Robinson (2), DT Aaron Donald (13), CB Lamarcus Joyner (41), RB Tre Mason (75), DE Michael Sam (249)||A|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||WR Mike Evans (7), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38)||B-|
|Tennessee Titans||6||OT Taylor Lewan (11), RB Bishop Sankey (54), QB Zach Mettenberger (178)||B|
|Washington Redskins||8||LB Trent Murphy (47), OT Morgan Moses (66)||C|
|Source: NFL.com. Grades via Donald Wood|
Team That Thrived on Draft Day: Jacksonville Jaguars
There were many teams that filled needs or selected the best player available in the 2014 NFL draft, but no franchise executed its game plan to perfection better than the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After another terrible season in Jacksonville, the franchise used nine selections (including four in the top 100 picks) to build for the future by selecting players who would have a long-term impact on the organization.
There were many experts who liked the decisions the Jaguars made during the draft, and ESPN’s Mel Kiper gave Jacksonville an “A” grade, according to NFL on ESPN’s Twitter account:
No player stands out more than Central Florida quarterback prospect and No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles. With the raw size (6’5”, 232 lbs) and strength to be a star in the NFL, Jacksonville has found its franchise QB.
After being selected with the Jaguars' first-round pick, Bortles told Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com about the importance of throwing at the scouting combine:
I love to compete. I love to play football and I mean anytime somebody's going to ask you to throw at the combine, you get an opportunity to do that in front of every single NFL coach and GM in the country, I don't know what's wrong with you if you don't take that challenge on and go compete.
The most exciting part of the Bortles selection is that he will not be expected to start right away. With Chad Henne already dubbed the starter, as general manager David Caldwell told DiRocco, Bortles will have the necessary time to acclimate to the NFL before ever stepping onto the field.
While the franchise is clearly building for the future, Jacksonville made smart additions with wide receivers Marqise Lee (39th overall) and Allen Robinson (61st overall) when each fell to the second round, which were smart selections in light of Justin Blackmon's situation.
When Bortles is ready to play, he will have weapons to utilize.
The Jaguars also grabbed a value pick in the third round when Miami (Florida) guard Brandon Linder fell to them at No. 93 overall, and they followed it up with the risky pick of Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin at No. 114 overall.
Colvin suffered a knee injury during the Senior Bowl, but the Jaguars saw enough in the prospect to take the educated gamble in the fourth round. If the tall defensive back recovers and lives up to expectations, this will be a steal.
Jacksonville finished out its draft by taking Florida State inside linebacker Telvin Smith (114th overall), Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith (159th overall), Virginia center Luke Bowanko (205th overall) and Central Florida running back Storm Johnson (222nd overall).
Not only did the team fill major needs across the depth chart, but the Jaguars also managed to get value at each and every pick. This was a smart fundamental draft for Jacksonville and should lead the franchise to a more successful future.
Overall Grade: A-
*Stats via NFL.com.