NFL Draft Grades 2014: Team-by-Team Scores, Results and Notable Picks

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Missouri's All-American defensive end Michael Sam claps during the Cotton Bowl trophy presentation at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Missouri and Tennessee in Columbia, Mo. Sam was selected in the seventh round, 249th overall, by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year last season for Missouri came out as gay in media interviews this year.   (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)
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The 2014 NFL draft was one of the wildest three-day events in the history of the sport, and fans are desperate to see how their respective teams handled the draft and what grade each franchise was awarded.

From the first pick of the first round on Thursday to the last pick of the seventh round on Saturday, all 32 NFL franchises did their best to improve the roster with youth.

Here are the team-by-team draft grades, notable picks and more from the 2014 NFL draft.


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: Grades via Donald Wood


Team That Made the Biggest Splash: St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams had one of the best drafts of the year, but it was their selection of Missouri linebacker Michael Sam in the seventh round (249th overall) that made the most waves after the selection process.

St. Louis made Sam the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft. SportsCenter shared the historic moment:

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk, about the team’s decision to draft Sam and his thoughts on the overall draft:

I don’t have any concern whatsoever. We drafted a good football player, and I’m excited to get him on the practice field and get him going. It’s going to be a little extra attention for a couple days.

We were very fortunate to have the supplemental choice, and we felt that you use those to pick players you want to give an opportunity to, that you think you want to draft. He’s a good football player, and we got a good football player right after him, so I’m excited about our draft, excited about our production, excited about the possibility of adding him to our defensive front.

While Sam is the player stealing all the headlines, St. Louis quietly is building a powerful franchise in the NFC West. With two first-round picks, the Rams shored up their offensive line with Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson (No. 2 overall) and added a star in the trenches with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald (No. 13 overall).

That’s the right way to get a franchise heading in a positive direction.

St. Louis continued the rebuilding process by adding talented Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner in the second round (No. 41 overall) and skilled Auburn running back Tre Mason in the third round (No. 75 overall).

The Rams added two more players to the defensive secondary by drafting Utah State safety Mo Alexander in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) and Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines in the sixth round (No. 188 overall).

The team also added SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert in the sixth round, before making four selections in the seventh round. Not only did St. Louis add Sam, but the team also drafted Portland State offensive tackle Mitchell Van Dyk, Ohio State safety C.B. Bryant and Tennessee State center Demetrius Rhaney.

With depth and skill at all the positions of need, the Rams made wholesale upgrades to their franchise on draft day and earned their high grade.

Overall Grade: A


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