NFL Draft grades 2014: Green Bay Packers come out on top

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Here's our rapid reaction to the 2014 NFL Draft.

SB Nation 2014 NFL Draft

The first two nights of the NFL Draft had most of the intrigue and drama. But the 2014 NFL Draft grades could not be complete until NFL teams made use of their picks in Rounds 4-7.

With a record number of underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, plenty of talented players fell to the third day of the draft. A few big-name quarterbacks came off the board, and plenty of wide receivers were still available.

Some of the typical teams managed to stockpile draft picks and take advantage of that value. The Green Bay Packers quietly had one of the best drafts of the weekend, but they weren't alone. Plenty of teams had successful drafts. A few others left us scratching our heads.

How do you think your team did this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Arizona Cardinals

  • 27. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
  • 52. Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
  • 84. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
  • 91. John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State
  • 120. Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
  • 160. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
  • 196. Walt Powell, WR, Murray State
Grade: A-

The Cardinals took a few chances on draft weekend, but the risks they took were calculated. They addressed needs with high-upside players like Troy Niklas and Kareem Martin. Some may view Deone Bucannon as a reach in the first round, but he should impact the game early for them. John Brown was an interesting pick at the end of the third round. Late in the draft, Arizona took a calculated risk on Logan Thomas, who should have some time to develop under Carson Palmer. Ed Stinson should fit nicely into the team's 3-4 defense.

NFL Draft grades

Atlanta Falcons

  • 6. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
  • 37. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
  • 68. Dez Southward, DB, Wisconsin
  • 103. Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
  • 139. Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame
  • 147. Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
  • 168. Marquis Spruill, OLB, Syracuse
  • 253. Yawin Smallwood, MLB, Connecticut
  • 255. Tyler Starr, OLB, South Dakota
Grade: B

The Falcons wisely didn’t trade up at pick No. 6 and got the most pro-ready player in the draft in Matthews. He’s a plug-and-play tackle and should be very good straight away. Hageman, a highly athletic defensive tackle, offers some pass rush from the interior or five-technique. The Falcons didn’t add an edge rusher, though, and that was puzzling with Kony Ealy on the board in the second round. Southward is a versatile player, but it seemed like a reach in the third round. Freeman could quickly become Atlanta’s lead running back, but he’s not a pure workhorse. Smallwood could press for playing team on Atlanta’s roster.

Baltimore Ravens

  • 17. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
  • 48. Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
  • 79. Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
  • 99. Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State
  • 134. Brent Urban, DT, Virginia
  • 138. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
  • 175. John Urschel, G, Penn State
  • 194. Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State
  • 218. Mike Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
Grade: B+

The Ravens got a lot younger and a lot faster in the 2014 NFL Draft, especially on defense. Their front seven should be quite a bit better with the additions of C.J. Mosley, Timmy Jernigan and Brent Urban. Another tackle or wide receiver would have been nice, but overall this is another nice haul for Ozzie Newsome.

Buffalo Bills

  • 4. Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
  • 44. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
  • 73. Preston Brown, MLB, Louisville
  • 109. Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
  • 153. Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
  • 221. Randell Johnson, OLB, Florida Atlantic
  • 237. Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Grade: C+

The Bills grade is directly related to giving up a first-round pick in next year’s draft. That’s a steep price for a wide receiver, though Watkins is a very good one. He’s immediately the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo and a top target for E.J. Manuel. The Kouandjio pick is a risk because of his knee, but if it holds out he’s one of the better value picks in the draft. Brown was a reach at No. 73, but the Bills did hit with Kiko Alonso who was thought to be one as well. Cockrell is a good dime man cover corner and Richardson is solid depth inside. Henderson is the one to keep an eye on. When he’s right – on the field and off it – he has first-round ability.

Carolina Panthers

  • 28. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
  • 60. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
  • 92. Trai Turner, G, LSU
  • 128. Tre Boston, S, North Carolina
  • 148. Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State
  • 204. Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
Grade: C+

The Panthers came into the draft needing a wide receiver and an offensive tackle. The wide receiver hole was filled with Benjamin, but he has questionable hands. The team didn’t take an offensive tackle at all. The rest of the draft, though, is a good one. Ealy was a fantastic value at No. 60 as was Turner at 92. Turner could be the Larry Warford of this year’s draft. The rest of the draft is filled out with solid backup options.

Chicago Bears

  • 14. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
  • 51. Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
  • 82. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
  • 117. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
  • 131. Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
  • 183. David Fales, QB, San Jose State
  • 191. Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami
  • 246. Charles Leno, OT, Boise State
Grade: B

Fuller should quickly become Chicago’s best defensive back and help improve a middling defense. The choice of Ferguson came a bit earlier than most expected, but doubling up at defensive tackle with Sutton was a savvy move. If one of them becomes a good player – and one of them should – Chicago should become much better against the run. Carey will be a good backup for Matt Forte and could eventually replace him. The Bears had a big need at safety and only addressed it with Vereen, who some think is better at cornerback. Leno was a nice seventh-round flier who flashed starter potential at Boise State.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • 24. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
  • 55. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
  • 88. Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia
  • 111. Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
  • 164. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
  • 212. Marquis Flowers, OLB, Arizona
  • 239. James Wright, WR, LSU
  • 252. Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern
Grade: B-

Dennard was a good, needed choice in the first round. The Bengals’ cornerbacks are older and Dennard gives them a good all-around outside cornerback. Hill provides a good backup for Giovani Bernard, but Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde would have been a better choice. Clarke’s fit is a little unclear. Bodine fills a need in the middle of the offensive line. He was underrated heading into the draft. Easy jokes can be made about McCarron, but Cincinnati should be a good spot for him.

Cleveland Browns

  • 8. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
  • 22. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
  • 35. Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada
  • 71. Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa
  • 94. Terrance West, RB, Towson
  • 127. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Grade: B-

The Browns were the story of the first day of the draft, trading three times in the first round. The Gilbert selection was the pick head coach Mike Pettine wanted. Manziel was likely the one general manager Ray Farmer and owner Jimmy Haslam wanted. Those picks give Cleveland some identity. But the Browns needed a wide receiver even before the news about Josh Gordon came out. To pass on the position was puzzling. There were some very good options when Kirksey was the pick in the third round. West is a perfect backup for Ben Tate. He wins with power running and vision. Desir has upside and will push Buster Skrine.

Dallas Cowboys

  • 16. Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
  • 34. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
  • 119. Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa
  • 146. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
  • 231. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
  • 238. Will Smith, MLB, Texas Tech
  • 248. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
  • 251. Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
  • 254. Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Grade: B

The Cowboys could have made a risky and somewhat illogical choice by taking Johnny Manziel in the first round. Instead, they made the right choice by bolstering the offensive line with Martin in the first round. Dallas had to give up a third-round pick to go and get Lawrence in the second round, but the team badly needed a pass rusher. Street provides solid depth at wide receiver, as does Hitchens at linebacker. Dallas still has a hole at defensive tackle, which can’t be addressed by a seventh-round gamble like Bishop.

Denver Broncos

  • 31. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
  • 56. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
  • 95. Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
  • 156. Lamin Barrow, MLB, LSU
  • 207. Matt Paradis, C, Boise State
  • 242. Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma
Grade: B-

Roby has as much potential as any cornerback in this year’s draft, as long as he plays disciplined. Latimer is a good No. 2 receiver who can get vertical on the outside. He should easily replace Eric Decker. Schofield provides solid depth as a swing tackle, and Barrow will contribute on special teams and as a backup.

Detroit Lions

  • 10. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
  • 40. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
  • 76. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
  • 133. Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
  • 136. Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
  • 158. Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
  • 189. T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
  • 229. Nate Freese, K, Boston College
Grade: A-

In the first round, the Lions smartly didn’t trade up for a receiver. With Ebron, they get a glorified wide receiver who can stretch the field and take some pressure off Calvin Johnson. Van Noy is a good all-around linebacker but he doesn’t have a lot of flash to his game. Lawson is a sneaky good man-cover cornerback who can play inside or outside, and Webster has big-time developmental upside. He could be turned into the next Willie Young for Detroit. Reid was a steal of a choice in the fifth round. He’s a great backup for Nick Fairley and insurance in case he leaves via free agency.

Green Bay Packers

  • 21. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
  • 53. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
  • 85. Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss
  • 98. Richard Rodgers, TE, California
  • 121. Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
  • 161. Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State
  • 176. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
  • 197. Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
  • 236. Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
Grade: A

This has the makings of another great class for Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers. Starting off with Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Davante Adams was as strong a first two rounds as any NFL team had. Richard Rodgers is an athletic tight end with impressive body control who could help ease the loss of Jermichael Finley. They then added Carl Bradford to play inside linebacker and two value picks at wide receiver in Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis. Not bad for Green Bay.

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Houston Texans

  • 1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
  • 33. Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
  • 65. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
  • 83. Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
  • 135. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
  • 177. Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
  • 181. Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
  • 211. Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
  • 216. Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
  • 256. Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis
The grade: A

The Texans got outstanding value with Xavier Su'a-Filo at the top of Round 2. Between Su'a-Filo and Louis Nix, Houston aced the second day of the draft after bringing in Jadeveon Clowney on the first night. Houston's third day wasn't quite as strong. Tom Savage is nothing more than a career backup, and Houston didn't get a ton of players who can contribute right away.

Indianapolis Colts

  • 59. Jack Mewhort, G/OT, Ohio State
  • 90. Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
  • 166. Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State
  • 203. Andrew Jackson, MLB, Western Kentucky
  • 232. Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
Grade: B-

The Mewhort choice in the second round was a bit odd considering the amount of better offensive linemen still on the board. He does give Indianapolis some versatility, but is that what you want out of your first pick in the draft? Moncrief was a steal in the third round. He’ll start as a vertical receiver as he develops his route running. Newsome and Jackson are decent backups. Jackson flashed early in his career at Western Kentucky but never seemed to get better after his freshman season.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • 3. Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
  • 39. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
  • 61. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
  • 93. Brandon Linder, G, Miami
  • 114. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
  • 144. Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State
  • 159. Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
  • 205. Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia
  • 222. Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
The grade: A-

When you take a quarterback high in the draft, you have to surround him with weapons. The Jaguars did that by adding Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. They then grabbed a starter at guard in Brandon Linder, found a LEO in Chris Smith and picked up a center. They hit on a lot of their needs and managed to get some value in the process. Storm Johnson was a really nice value pick in the seventh round.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • 23. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
  • 87. Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
  • 124. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
  • 163. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
  • 193. Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee
  • 200. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill
Grade: B

The Chiefs have done a nice job of adding talent to their defense with a limited number of picks. Kansas City went after De'Anthony Thomas a bit early, but the Aaron Murray pick makes a lot of sense in Andy Reid's scheme. Kansas City also got a few offensive linemen who could develop into starters down the line. Overall, Kansas City did all right for itself this weekend.

Miami Dolphins

  • 19. Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
  • 63. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
  • 67. Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
  • 125. Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
  • 155. Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
  • 171. Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
  • 190. Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina
  • 234. Terrence Fede, DE, Marist
Grade: A-

The No. 1 priority for Miami in this draft was upgrading the offensive line. Billy Turner and Ja'Wuan James will help keep Ryan Tannehill upright. After a successful first three rounds, the Dolphins took some chances on quality sleepers like Jordan Tripp and Matt Hazel. Hazel is a smooth route runner, who along with Jarvis Landry should help the Dolphins' passing attack early on. Landry in particular should get on the field from day one. Tannehill has to be happy with what Miami did this weekend.

Minnesota Vikings

  • 9. Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
  • 32. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
  • 72. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
  • 96. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
  • 145. David Yankey, G, Stanford
  • 182. Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech
  • 184. Kendall James, CB, Maine
  • 220. Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut
  • 223. Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech
  • 225. Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina
Grade: A-

The Vikings have aced the 2014 NFL Draft. After stealing Teddy Bridgewater at the end of the first round, Minnesota got another great value in Scott Crichton. The Vikings also added a bunch of talented defensive backs. If a few of them pan out, Minnesota will have addressed a lot of needs with this draft class. Antone Exum went later than expected because of the injuries he's had, but he could be an impact player either at safety or cornerback. He and Bridgewater were Minnesota's best value picks.

New England Patriots

  • 29. Dom Easley, DT, Florida
  • 62. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
  • 105. Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
  • 130. James White, RB, Wisconsin
  • 140. Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
  • 179. Jon Halapio, G, Florida
  • 198. Zach Moore, DE, Concordia
  • 206. Jemea Thomas, CB, Georgia Tech
  • 244. Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
Grade: C+

The Easley pick was a good one at the end of the first round, but drafting Jimmy Garoppolo seems like a mistake. It was too early for a player with as many flaws as he has. On Day 3, the Patriots didn't have a ton of picks that stood out as particularly good. They added a bunch of offensive linemen, but it's unclear how ready they are to contribute right away. Jeremy Gallon and Jemea Thomas were both decent value late in the draft, but New England made its best pick on the first night of the draft. Bill Belichick once again showed quite a bit of interest in Florida players.

New Orleans Saints

  • 20. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
  • 58. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
  • 126. Khairi Fortt, OLB, California
  • 167. Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
  • 169. Ronald Powell, OLB, Florida
  • 202. Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State
Grade: C

Moving up for Cooks was costly but he should be a star for New Orleans. Jean-Baptiste Is a perfect fit in Rob Ryan’s press defense as long as he can shore up his tackling. The Saints lost their third-round pick in the Cooks trade, and overall this is just an average group after the first two picks. Fortt could never stay healthy at Cal. Sunseri is a decent backup safety option and special teams contributor. The intrigue is Powell in the fifth round. Injuries really torpedoed his college career.

New York Giants

  • 12. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
  • 43. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
  • 73. Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
  • 113. Andre Wiliams, RB, Boston College
  • 152. Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
  • 174. Devon Kennard, OLB, Southern California
  • 187. Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Grade: B-

Beckham should be an immediate contributor for the Giants, taking some pressure off Victor Cruz. Beckham is a playmaker with great speed and hands. Richburg should factor into New York’s offensive line early. He’s a player with few flaws. Bromley is a solid gap-shooting rotational defensive tackle. The sleeper player to keep an eye on here is Kennard. In the Giants’ system, he could really stand out as a player who can line up at linebacker and defensive end.

New York Jets

  • 18. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
  • 49. Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
  • 80. Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland
  • 104. Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
  • 115. Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA
  • 137. Dakota Dozier, OT, Furman
  • 154. Jeremiah George, MLB, Iowa State
  • 195. Brandon Dixon, CB, Northwest Missouri State
  • 209. Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska
  • 210. IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisiana Tech
  • 213. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
  • 233. Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
Grade: B

With 12 picks, the Jets should certainly hit on a few of these choices. That starts with Pryor and Amaro, who are slam-dunk choices. Pryor will set the tone on defense with his big hitting and coverage skills. Amaro is a good pass-catching tight end who can attack the seam. Later in the draft, keep an eye on Dozier, who will press for a starting guard spot early. Finding a few options at wide receiver was smart with an excess of picks. Reilly could factor in as a pass rusher and provided good value in the seventh round.

Oakland Raiders

  • 5. Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
  • 36. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
  • 81. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
  • 107. Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
  • 116. Keith McGill, CB, Utah
  • 219. Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio
  • 235. Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State
  • 247. Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
Grade: B+

The Raiders started off the 2014 NFL Draft on fire going with Mack and Carr. Mack is the draft's most versatile defender and Carr will eventually push Matt Schaub for the starting job. That continued into the third day with the addition of Keith McGill. Oakland picked up nice value with Gabe Jackson in the third round as well. The Raiders missed a few chances to add weapons for their young quarterbacks, but they had a lot of needs to address this weekend and did a nice job of that.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • 26. Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
  • 42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
  • 86. Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
  • 101. Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
  • 141. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
  • 162. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
  • 224. Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
Grade: C+

Smith was one of the more questionable first-round picks in the draft. But if he works out as a pass rusher, no one will remember it. After the questionable start with Smith, the Eagles really picked up as the draft rolled on. Matthews is a steady talent at wide receiver and Huff gives them another speed option. Watkins is the cornerback the team desperately needed to find in this draft and he could push for a starting job early. Hart’s fit on the defense is obvious. He’s a brute of a defensive end and can play inside in four-man looks.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • 15. Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
  • 46. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
  • 97. Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
  • 118. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
  • 157. Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
  • 173. Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
  • 192. Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
  • 215. Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
  • 230. Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts
Grade: B+

The Steelers have added some needed depth to their front seven and then added more juice to their offense by drafting Dri Archer. They swung for the fences with picks like Jordan Zumwalt and Daniel McCullers, but also added a versatile offensive lineman in Wesley Johnson. If McCullers develops a bit, Pittsburgh may have found its nose tackle for the future. Either way, the Steelers once again had a nice draft.

San Diego Chargers

  • 25. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
  • 50. Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech
  • 89. Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame
  • 165. Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
  • 201. Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
  • 240. Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
Grade: B+

The Chargers had my favorite pick in the first round and then were able to address needs throughout the second day. On Day 3, they got a nose tackle and added depth at wide receiver. After the Louis Nix, Ryan Carrethers was one of the best values at nose tackle in this draft. Tevin Reese should be a nice complement to Keenan Allen on the outside. Meanwhile, Marion Grice is a versatile and tough back who should be able to take the load off Ryan Mathews. This was the second straight strong draft class for San Diego.

San Francisco 49ers

Grade: A-

The 49ers once again collected a lot of talented prospects later than some expected. They cleaned up on the first two days, drafting Jimmie Ward and Marcus Martin. They continued the strong drafting on Day 3 with Bruce Ellington and Aaron Lynch. Ellington will add some speed to a group of receivers which lacks that. Lynch could end up being one of the steals of this draft. He was a Day 2 talent who fell because of his lack of production and some character concerns. He's joining a strong locker room and should have a chance to develop.

Seattle Seahawks

  • 45. Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
  • 64. Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
  • 108. Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
  • 123. Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
  • 132. Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
  • 172. Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee State
  • 199. Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall
  • 208. Eric Pinkins, S, San Diego State
  • 227. Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas
Grade: B-

The Seahawks had a questionable start to the draft. If you were told a week before the draft that Seattle’s first two picks would be Richardson and Britt, you’d be laughed at. Richardson and Britt both have injury backgrounds and many thought they’d get picked later. But as the draft wore on, Seattle’s draft picked up. Marsh is a great fit in Seattle’s defense and plays with a lot of aggression. Norwood should factor in as a third or fourth receiver. Pierre-Louis will find a spot on the roster as an incredibly fast and fluid linebacker. Scott has developmental intrigue because of his athleticism.

St. Louis Rams

  • 2. Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
  • 13. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
  • 41. Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State
  • 75. Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
  • 110. Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State
  • 188. E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
  • 214. Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU
  • 226. Mitchell Van Dyk, OT, Portland State
  • 241. Christian Bryant, S, Ohio State
  • 249. Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
  • 250. Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State
Grade: B+

Robinson was the pick the Rams had to make at No. 2. If he can clean up some of his pass-blocking issues, he’ll be a superstar offensive lineman. Donald’s talent on the defensive line is obvious. He’s the most athletic interior lineman in the draft and create havoc in the middle. Joyner will be a move-around defensive back for the Rams in the mold of Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals. Mason is the real sleeper of this group. He should push Zac Stacy and possibly even beat him out for the starting running back spot. Gaines should get an opportunity as a dime cornerback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 7. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
  • 38. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
  • 69. Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
  • 143. Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee State
  • 149. Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue
  • 185. Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Grade: B+

It's tough not to like the firepower that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added in the 2014 NFL Draft. They brought in a few players to help add depth to the offensive line, but this draft was about adding offensive playmakers. Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins give the Buccaneers plenty of height, while Robert Herron was a steal in the sixth round and should be a nice option out of the slot for Tampa Bay.

Tennessee Titans

  • 11. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
  • 54. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
  • 112. DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
  • 122. Marqueston Huff, CB, Wyoming
  • 151. Avery Williamson, MLB, Kentucky
  • 178. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Grade: B+

Lewan should fit right into Tennessee’s line and give the Titans some attitude up front. He can start in David Stewart’s old spot at right tackle before moving to the left side. Sankey was our top-rated running back and was deservedly selected as such. He’ll be in the early discussion for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Jones does fit as a nose tackle in three-man fronts but is athletic enough to play end. Huff and Williamson were good third-day picks and could eventually develop into starters. Mettenberger is obviously a developmental pick, but his arm talent is impressive.

Washington Redskins

  • 47. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
  • 66. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
  • 78. Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
  • 102. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
  • 142. Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
  • 186. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
  • 217. Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
  • 228. Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas
Grade: C+

If you mix up where the Redskins made their first four picks, it’s hard to complain with who they got. Murphy gives the team another pass rusher and some insurance if Ryan Kerrigan leaves Washington. Moses should push for the starting right tackle position and Breeland could quickly develop into a starting cornerback. Long, when healthy, is a mean and nasty blocker on the inside. Seastrunk dropped in the draft because of his timed speed, but on the field he can go.

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