With the 2014 NFL draft now finally wrapped up and seven rounds in the books, it's time to begin building toward training camp for each of these 32 teams.
While some organizations had themselves a massive draft haul of as many as a dozen players, others came up with a short list of youngsters. Just as well, some teams made big-splash moves that will pay off, while others reached for talent and made some head-scratching decisions.
The level of parity in the league is staggering, with supposed Super Bowl contenders Washington and Houston finishing with the league's worst records in 2013. There are a few elite teams to which it doesn't apply, but 2014 is sure to see more of the same with teams building stacked draft classes.
Let's break down the full results of the draft and what it means moving forward in the ever-changing NFL.
|2014 NFL Draft: Results and Grades|
|Arizona Cardinals||SS Deone Bucannon (27), TE Troy Niklas (52), DE Kareem Martin (84), WR John Brown (91), QB Logan Thomas (120), DE Ed Stinson (160), WR Walt Powell (196)||B|
|Atlanta Falcons||OT Jake Matthews (6), DL Ra'Shede Hageman (37), S Dez Southward (68), RB Devonta Freeman (103), LB Prince Shembo (139), CB Ricardo Allen (147), LB Marquis Spruill (168), LB Yawin Smallwood (253), LB Tyler Starr (255)||B+|
|Baltimore Ravens||ILB C.J. Mosley (17), DT Tim Jernigan (48), S Terrence Brooks (79), TE Crockett Gilmore (99), DT Brent Urban (134), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (138), G John Urschel (175), QB Keith Wenning (194), WR Michael Campanaro (218)||A-|
|Buffalo Bills||WR Sammy Watkins (4), OT Cyrus Kouandjio (44), LB Preston Brown (73), CB Ross Cockrell (109), G Cyril Richardson (153), LB Randell Johnson (221), T Seantrel Henderson (237)||C-|
|Carolina Panthers||WR Kelvin Benjamin (28), DL Kony Ealy (60), G Trai Turner (92), S Tre Boston (128), CB Bene Benwikere (148), RB Tyler Gaffney (204)||B|
|Chicago Bears||CB Kyle Fuller (14), DT Ego Ferguson (51), DT Will Sutton (82), RB Ka'Deem Carey (117), S Brock Vereen (131), QB David Fales (183), P Pat O'Donnell (191), T Charles Leno (246)||B-|
|Cincinnati Bengals||CB Darqueze Dennard (24), RB Jeremy Hill (55), DE William Clarke (88), C Russell Bodine (111), QB A.J. McCarron (164), LB Marquis Flowers (212), WR James Wright (239), CB Lavelle Westbrooks (252)||B-|
|Cleveland Browns||CB Justin Gilbert (8), QB Johnny Manziel (22), OL Joel Bitonio (35), LB Charles Kirksey (71), RB Terrance West (94), CB Pierre Desir (127)||B+|
|Dallas Cowboys||OT Zack Martin (16), DE Demarcus Lawrence (34), LB Anthony Hitchens (119), WR Devin Street (146), DE Ben Gardner (231), LB Will Smith (238), S Ahmad Dixon (248), DT Ken Bishop (251), CB Terrance Mitchell (254)||B-|
|Denver Broncos||CB Bradley Roby (31), WR Cody Latimer (56), T Michael Schofield (95), LB Lamin Barrow (156), C Matt Paradis (207), LB Corey Nelson (242)||C+|
|Detroit Lions||TE Eric Ebron (10), OLB Kyle Van Noy (40), C Travis Swanson (76), CB Nevin Lawson (133), DE Larry Webster (136), DT Caraun Reid (158), WR T.J. Jones (189), K Nate Freese (229)||C+|
|Green Bay Packers||FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21), WR Davante Adams (53), DT Khyri Thornton (85), TE Richard Rogers (98), LB Carl Bradford (121), C Corey Lindsey (161), WR Jared Abbrederis (176), CB Demetri Goodson (197), WR Jeff Janis (236)||B+|
|Houston Texans||DE Jadeveon Clowney (1), OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (33), TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (65), DT Louis Nix (83), QB Tom Savage (135), DE Jeoffrey Pagan (177), RB Alfred Blue (181), RB Jay Prosch (211), CB Dre Hal (216), S Lonnie Ballentine (256)||A-|
|Indianapolis Colts||OL Jack Mewhort (59), WR Donte Moncrief (90), DE Jonathan Newsome (166), LB Andrew Jackson (203), T Ulrick John (232)||C|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||QB Blake Bortles (3), WR Marqise Lee (39), WR Allen Robinson (61), G Brandon Linder (93), CB Aaron Colvin (114), LB Telvin Smith (144), DE Chris Smith (159), C Luke Bowanko (205), RB Storm Johnson (222)||A-|
|Kansas City Chiefs||DE Dee Ford (23), CB Phillip Gaines (87), RB De'Anthony Thomas (124), QB Aaron Murray (163), G Zach Fulton (193), T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (200)||C|
|Miami Dolphins||OT Ja'Wuan James (19), WR Jarvis Landry (63), T Billy Turner (67), CB Walt Aikens (125), TE Arthur Lynch (155), LB Jordie Tripp (171), WR Matt Hazel (190), DE Terrance Fede (234)||B-|
|Minnesota Vikings||OLB Anthony Barr (9), QB Teddy Bridgewater (32), DE Scott Crichton (72), RB Jerick McKinnon (96), G David Yankey (145), CB Antone Exum (182), CB Kendall James (184), DT Shamar Stephen (220), LB Brandon Watts (223), CB Jabari Price (225)||B+|
|New England Patriots||DT Dominique Easley (29), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (62), C Bryan Stork (105), RB James White (130), T Cameron Fleming (140), G Jon Halapio (179), DE Zach Moore (198), S Jemea Thomas (206), WR Jeremy Gallon (244)||C-|
|New Orleans Saints||WR Brandin Cooks (20), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (58), LB Khairi Fortt (126), S Vinnie Sunseri (167), LB Ronald Powell (169), T Tavon Rooks (202)||B+|
|New York Giants||WR Odell Beckham (12), C Weston Richburg (43), DT Jay Bromley (74), RB Andre Williams (113), S Nat Berhe (152), LB Devon Kennard (174), CB Bennett Jackson (187)||B|
|New York Jets||FS Calvin Pryor (18), TE Jace Amaro (49), CB Dex McDougle (80), WR Jalen Saunders (104), WR Shaq Evans (115), T Dakota Dozier (137), LB Jeremiah George (154), CB Brandon Dixon (195), WR Quincy Enunwa (209), DE IK Enemkpali (210), QB Tajh Boyd (213), LB Trevor Reilly (233)||B+|
|Oakland Raiders||OLB Khalil Mack (5), QB Derek Carr (36), OG Gabe Jackson (81), DT Justin Ellis (107), CB Keith McGill (116), CB T.J. Carrie (219), DE Shelby Harris (235), S Jonathan Dowling (247)||A-|
|Philadelphia Eagles||DE Marcus Smith (26), WR Jordan Matthews (42), WR Josh Huff (86), CB Jaylen Watkins (101), DE Taylor Hart (141), S Ed Reynolds (162), DT Beau Allen (224)||C|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||OLB Ryan Shazier (15), DL Stephon Tuitt (46), WR Dri Archer (97), WR Martavis Bryant (118), CB Shaquille Richardson (157), C Wesley Johnson (173), LB Jordan Zumwait (192), DT Dan McCullers (215), TE Rob Blanchflower (230)||B+|
|San Diego Chargers||CB Jason Verrett (25), OLB Jeremy Attaochu (50), G Chris Watt (89), DT Ryan Carrethers (165), RB Marlon Grice (201), WR Tevin Reese (240)||B+|
|San Francisco 49ers||SS Jimmie Ward (30), RB Carlos Hyde (57), OG Marcus Martin (70), ILB Chris Borland (77), G Brandon Thomas (100), WR Bruce Ellington (106), CB Dontae Johnson (129), DE Aaron Lynch (150), CB Keith Reaser (170), CB Kenneth Acker (180), DT Kaleb Ramsey (243), FB Trey Millard (245)||A-|
|Seattle Seahawks||WR Paul Richardson (45), OL Justin Britt (64), DE Cassius Marsh (108), WR Kevin Norwood (123), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (132), DT Jimmy Staten (172), T Garrett Scott (199), S Eric Pinkins (208), FB Kiero Smal (227)||D+|
|St. Louis Rams||OT Greg Robinson (2), DT Aaron Donald (13), CB Lamarcus Joyner (41), RB Tre Mason (75), S Maurice Alexander (110), CB E.J. Gaines (188), QB Garrett Gilbert (214), T Mitchell Van Dyk (226), S C.B. Bryant (241), DE Michael Sam (249), C Demetrius Rhaney (250)||A-|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR Mike Evans (7), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38), RB Charles Sims (69), G Kadeem Edwards (143), T Kevin Pamphile (149), WR Robert Herron (185)||B|
|Tennessee Titans||OT Taylor Lewan (11), RB Bishop Sankey (54), DT DaQuan Jones (112), CB Marqueston Huff (122), LB Avery Williamson (151), QB Zach Mettenberger (178)||A-|
|Washington Redskins||LB Trent Murphy (47), OT Morgan Moses (66), G Spencer Long (78), CB Bashaud Breeland (102), WR Ryan Grant (142), RB Lache Seastrunk (186), TE Ted Bolser (217), K Zach Hocker (228)||C|
|NFL.com/Steven Cook's grades|
St. Louis, Welcome to the NFC West
In order to survive in the NFC West and have any shot at the postseason, the Rams knew they had to beef up the trenches to compete with Seattle and San Francisco.
They made a huge surge in that direction over the weekend.
St. Louis selected Auburn's Greg Robinson at No. 2 overall—acquired from the Redskins via the Robert Griffin III trade—to give Sam Bradford a star at tackle to protect him. Next, the Rams stole Aaron Donald with the 13th overall pick.
The two moves caught the eye of ESPN's Chris Mortensen early on:
And what a first round it was for the Rams. In locking up the draft's best offensive lineman and the best interior defensive lineman, they should be stout in the trenches for years to come.
While Robinson will be a much-needed boost to the offensive line, Donald will only add more formidable talent to a defensive line flooded with studs, per ESPN's Nick Wagoner:
Jeff Fisher has been slowly but surely building a playoff-caliber roster heading into 2014 and beyond. That's only amplified by this draft, which also included Lamarcus Joyner and Tre Mason on Day 2 and seven more players on Day 3.
It might take more than just two solid first-round moves for St. Louis to trim the gap between it and its two elite rivals, but the Rams certainly trimmed that gap at least a little bit over the weekend with these two safe picks.
Bucs Add Jump Ball to Offensive Repertoire
First it was Lovie Smith, then it was Josh McCown, now to top it off, the Bucs have tall receivers. Tampa Bay is certainly starting to shape up like the Chicago Bears.
The Buccaneers added Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick, a 6'5", 225-pound pass-catcher who emerged as one of the nation's best in 2013.
With their second pick, they looked in a similar direction by drafting tall, athletic Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins is a massive 6'6" and 260 pounds, but his basketball pedigree and leaping ability makes him the draft's most skilled pass-catching tight end after Eric Ebron.
General manager Jason Licht wasn't ready to call his new-look offense a 'jump-ball' one—well, he still pretty much did in fancy words, per the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman:
Of course, Tampa Bay already had Vincent Jackson—one of the most skilled vertical threats in the NFL even at the age of 31. This will only give McCown or Mike Glennon even more aerial targets, and allow for more flexibility rather than just mashing Doug Martin into the goal line in red-zone situations.
By the end of the draft, the Bucs were going all-in on offense, with all of their draft picks going to that side of the ball.
Smith is certainly a defense-first coach, but games are won in the NFL with superior talent on offense, and Tampa Bay just got some big injections of that.
Cleveland's First-Round Haul
With how hyped and over-analyzed Johnny Manziel's first-round slide was, few would have batted an eye if the Browns would have selected him after trading down to No. 9—then No. 8—overall.
Instead, they landed the best corner in the draft and still got their guy behind center.
Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert came off the board at No. 8 to the Browns, allowing them to put another lockdown corner opposite Joe Haden.
Then, the Browns waited and waited. Manziel kept getting passed up on. And with their No. 26 pick looming, they traded up four spots and got Johnny Football.
Cleveland certainly hopes he brings his winning ways to town, per ESPN Stats and Information:
It could not have been a much better first-round haul for the Browns. They needed a franchise quarterback—they got one. They needed a future All-Pro corner to play alongside Haden and give the front seven more freedom to bring heavy blitzes—they got one.
There are still holes at receiver, and Manziel is sure to undergo some growing pains, but with a future star at quarterback and a great improvement to the defense, the Browns' stock is soaring.
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