2014 NFL Draft: Breaking Down Worst Selections of Entire Event

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2014 NFL Draft: Breaking Down Worst Selections of Entire Event
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When building a team through the NFL draft, it's all about maximizing value and making your team better both right away and in the future.

There are a number of factors that can cause draft picks to be viewed as bad selections, whether it be that they were drafted earlier than they should have been, didn't fill a need or won't necessarily do much to make their team better.

The following players all fit that description in one way or another, causing them to be the worst picks of the 2014 NFL draft.

 

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions

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If the Lions were playing Madden or putting together a fantasy football team, then drafting Eric Ebron with the No. 10 pick in the first round would have been a great decision.

However, this is the NFL, and for Detroit, drafting Ebron was the equivalent of buying a Ferrari instead of paying the mortgage on its house.

The Lions had the option of drafting Darqueze Dennard, a player who could have immediately stepped in and been the top cornerback on the team, filling a big need in the process.

Instead, they went with Ebron and will go into next season with Chris Houston as their No. 1 cornerbacka player who missed the end of last season with a toe injury and still hasn't recovered.

After Houston on the depth chart will likely be 2013 second-round pick Darius Slay.

In his limited time last year, Slay was abused in coverage, allowing a 60 percent completion rate, four touchdowns and a 118 quarterback rating when getting targeted, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

There's no doubt the Lions will put a lot of points on the board next season, but they also may be giving up just as much, in large part thanks to the pick of Ebron.

 

Marcus Smith, DE, Philadelphia Eagles

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While the selection of Marcus Smith with the 26th pick of the first round fills a need for the Eagles, he very likely would have been there for the taking in the second and possibly even third round as well.

Smith is a very raw player who likely won't be relied on much in his first year. He is a bit of a tweener but has plenty of potential as an outside linebacker in the Eagles' 3-4 defense.

However, with Marqise Lee still sitting on the board as a possible replacement to DeSean Jackson, the Eagles could have very easily taken Lee and grabbed Smith in the second.

Instead, the pressure mounts on Smith to live up to his first-round selection right away, something that he likely won't be able to do for a couple of years as he continues to develop.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots

The logic behind drafting Jimmy Garoppolo in Round 2 (62nd overall) is that he is the heir apparent to Tom Brady.

However, that was the same logic the Patriots had when they drafted Ryan Mallet in the third round in 2011.

Instead, Mallett has sat on the bench the last three seasons and will likely leave when his contract expires at the end of 2014.

Considering the 36-year-old Brady has already said he will play until he's 40, Garoppolo seems destined for a similar fate. 

With the Patriots' championship window in the Tom Brady era closing, wasting a second-round pick on a player who won't step on the field for at least three years just doesn't make sense.

 

Josh Huff, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

With pressing needs in the defensive secondary, Chip Kelly drafted his second straight receiver in Josh Huff in the third round with the 86th overall pick.

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Understandably, the Oregon connection is what likely drew Kelly to Huff, but with other top defensive players like Phillip Gaines, Pierre Desir and Marqueston Huff on the board, the Eagles could have really bolstered their secondary.

Philadelphia did draft Jaylen Watkins in the fourth, but pairing him with a third-round defensive back could have given Philadelphia an explosive secondary.

It clearly would have been more of an impact than bringing in Huff, who will likely be the team's No. 4 receiver.

Philly addressed the right positions on draft weekend, just at the wrong times.

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