NFL Draft 2014: Letter Grades for Each Franchise's Overall Results

Josh Cohen@@arealjoshcohenCorrespondent IIMay 12, 2014

Minnesota got a steal nabbing Bridgewater at No. 32.
Minnesota got a steal nabbing Bridgewater at No. 32.Elsa/Getty Images

With all 256 draft picks in, all that's left to do regarding the 2014 NFL draft is figure out how well each team selected.

Grading a draft is about more than which organizations landed the best players; otherwise, we'd just give the Houston Texans an A for picking Jadaveon Clowney first and go about our business. Rather, this is about who got the best value over the course of the weekend, leveraging whatever picks they had, early or late or in between, for the maximum gain.

Effective drafting on Saturday as well as Thursday separates the perennial powerhouses, who stay strong despite consistently picking near the end of rounds, from their lowlier counterparts, who fail to capitalize on top-10 picks year after year.

So let's evaluate the results, focusing specifically on the most successful franchises.

2014 NFL Draft: Full Results and Grades
TeamComplete Picks
Arizona CardinalsSS 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)
Atlanta FalconsOT 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)
Baltimore RavensILB 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)
Buffalo BillsWR 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)
Carolina PanthersWR Kelvin Benjamin (28), DL Kony Ealy (60), G Trai Turner (92), S Tre Boston (128), CB Bene Benwikere (148), RB Tyler Gaffney (204)
Chicago BearsCB 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)
Cincinnati BengalsCB 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)
Cleveland BrownsCB Justin Gilbert (8), QB Johnny Manziel (22), OL Joel Bitonio (35), LB Charles Kirksey (71), RB Terrance West (94), CB Pierre Desir (127)
Dallas CowboysOT 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)
Denver BroncosCB Bradley Roby (31), WR Cody Latimer (56), T Michael Schofield (95), LB Lamin Barrow (156), C Matt Paradis (207), LB Corey Nelson (242)
Detroit LionsTE 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)
Green Bay PackersFS 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)
Houston TexansDE 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)
Indianapolis ColtsOL Jack Mewhort (59), WR Donte Moncrief (90), DE Jonathan Newsome (166), LB Andrew Jackson (203), T Ulrick John (232)
Jacksonville JaguarsQB 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)
Kansas City ChiefsDE 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)
Miami DolphinsOT 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)
Minnesota VikingsOLB 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)
New England PatriotsDT 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)
New Orleans SaintsWR Brandin Cooks (20), CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (58), LB Khairi Fortt (126), S Vinnie Sunseri (167), LB Ronald Powell (169), T Tavon Rooks (202)
New York GiantsWR 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)
New York JetsFS 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)
Oakland RaidersOLB 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)
Philadelphia EaglesDE 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)
Pittsburgh SteelersOLB 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)
San Diego ChargersCB Jason Verrett (25), OLB Jeremy Attaochu (50), G Chris Watt (89), DT Ryan Carrethers (165), RB Marlon Grice (201), WR Tevin Reese (240)
San Francisco 49ersSS 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)
Seattle SeahawksWR 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)
St. Louis RamsOT 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)
Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR Mike Evans (7), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (38), RB Charles Sims (69), G Kadeem Edwards (143), T Kevin Pamphile (149), WR Robert Herron (185)
Tennessee TitansOT Taylor Lewan (11), RB Bishop Sankey (54), DT DaQuan Jones (112), CB Marqueston Huff (122), LB Avery Williamson (151), QB Zach Mettenberger (178)
Washington RedskinsLB 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) Cohen's picks

Jacksonville Jaguars

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Blake Bortles (Central Florida) poses for a photo with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Radio City Musi

When you're in desperate need of a franchise quarterback and have the third overall pick, the debate over which prospect is right for you suddenly becomes a whole lot simpler.

Sure, Jacksonville still had to decide between Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, among others, but entering the draft with a clear direction—improving the passing game, immediately and in the long run—allows other pieces to fall into place.

Bortles' big arm was probably the best pair for Cecil Shorts—on the outside anyway—and it will be even more valuable since the Jags grabbed Marquis Lee in the second. Lee's speed and explosiveness will make him a nice counterpart to Short and give Jacksonville a varied set of receiving options for the first time in ages.

And the organization didn't even stop there. With Allen Robinson coming to town also, Bortles suddenly went from one useful receiver to potentially three good ones. After the abject failures Jacksonville experienced trying to move the ball last year, the new aerial attack will be refreshing.

Add Telvin Smith, an experienced and fiery linebacker nabbed in the fifth round, on top of all that offense, and an image of Jacksonville on the upswing begins to come into focus.

Minnesota Vikings

May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman (left) poses with linebacker Anthony Barr at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota needed a quarterback just as badly as Jacksonville did, but by taking the opposite tact and picking defense early, the Vikes got even greater value on offense.

Anthony Barr is the kind of edge rusher that just wouldn't be available in the second round. He came to UCLA as a running back and bulked up as he converted to linebacker. Eventually, he completing his transformation into a player capable of causing havoc on every down and being tough to contain on the outside.

Had Barr played defense all along, he'd be right in the same class as Clowney. There's some risk about how he'll translate to the professional level, but if Minnesota can foster his athleticism, he'll go down as a steal at ninth.

Ditto for Bridgewater at 32nd if he becomes the cornerstone QB many thought he could be.

Many young quarterbacks suffer in their development due to less-than-ideal supporting casts. Bridgewater is not going to have that problem. Between Adrian Peterson pulling every man into the box and Cordarrelle Patterson confounding defenses from any position on the field, he already has an attractive set of weapons with which to work.

Landing David Yankey in the third will give Bridgewater even more time to operate, and defensive picks in the third and fifth will help shore up Minnesota's pass defense. The Vikes won't be an NFC North punching bag much longer.

St. Louis Rams

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Greg Robinson (Auburn) poses with a jersey after being selected as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the St. Louis Rams at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY

The Rams already have Sam Bradford in place under center, though they need to see whether he's the real deal. So they went ahead and made major improvements to everything around the passing game.

Greg Robinson joins Jake Long to immediately form one of the most imposing offensive tackle tandems in the NFL. Robinson has the strength and quickness to do his job from Day One, and, providing Long recovers from an ACL surgery, he won't even have to do it from the left tackle position quite yet.

On the other side of the ball, Aaron Donald adds the same disruptive pass-rushing force on the inside of the line that Robert Quinn and Chris Long already give St. Louis on the outside. He'll make every defense think twice before trying to double one of those edge guys, which will lead to more sacks for everyone.

In later rounds, the Rams grabbed Tre Mason in Round 3; he will join 2013 surprise Kenneth Darby in the running back stable and help set up Bradford's passing game. And then there's another late-round guy adding a sterling college pedigree and impeccable character to the locker room in Michael Sam.

They weren't looking for a franchise QB, but the Rams still exited the draft with an enviable haul. Now Bradford just has to produce with it.


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