2014 NFL Draft Grades

Grading the first 3 rounds

What exactly is the basis of NFL Draft grades immediately after the picks are made? It's not always an exercise to predict the future. Instead, the grades are based more on scheme fit and player value relative to their expected draft position.

NFC South goes defensive Friday

The NFC South got defensive on Friday, beefing up a sometimes-overlooked side of the game.

Draft Grade: Dwayne Gratz

The Jaguars picked back-to-back defensive backs on the second day, this time adding a corner.

Draft Grade: Jon Cyprien

The Jaguars upgraded their secondary with a tone setter at the safety position.

Jaguars, Titans address OL to varied reviews

Jacksonville took advantage of its prime position to take perhaps the best offensive lineman in the draft, while Tennessee, Indianapolis and Houston addressed deficiencies of their own.

Rams add speed, Cards begin rebuild with OL

The teams of the NFC West made some solid picks on day one of the NFL Draft according to the experts.

Lotulelei, Vaccaro, Trufant picks all praised

The Panthers, Saints, and Falcons each took highly touted defenders, leading to a division with three fanbases celebrating their front office's moves Thursday night.

Vikings steal show, Ansah pick draws praise

The Vikings got a steal in Sharrif Floyd, got a solid corner in Xavier Rhodes, and made a controversial -- but possibly great -- trade for Cordarrelle Patterson. Meanwhile, the Lions got a popular pick in defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Questions abound for AFC East picks

If the experts are correct, none of the AFC East teams with a first-round pick Thursday hit a home run.

Fisher an uncontroversial move, Raiders grade well

The Kansas City Chiefs didn't crack under the pressure of having the No. 1 pick by taking Eric Fisher, while the Oakland Raiders managed to make a trade for extra picks and still get their man in D.J. Hayden.

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