SB Nation’s 2014 NFL Draft Grades


Houston Texans

  • Jadaveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina, 1st Round, 1st Overall)

  • Xavier Su'a-Filo (OG, UCLA, 2nd Round, 33rd Overall)

  • C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE, Iowa, 3rd Round, 65th Overall)

  • Louis Nix (NT, Notre Dame, 3rd Round, 83rd Overall)

  • Tom Savage (QB, Pittsburgh, 4th Round, 135th Overall)

  • Jeoffrey Pagan (DE, Alabama, 6th Round, 177th Overall)

  • Alfred Blue (RB, LSU, 6th Round, 181st Overall)

  • Jay Prosch (FB, Auburn, 6th Round, 211th Overall)

  • Andre Hal (CB, Vanderbilt, 7th Round, 216th Overall)

  • Lonnie Ballentine (FS, Memphis, 7th Round, 256th Overall)

Houston made the easy choice and the right one by taking Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick. He will undoubtedly wreak havoc in the backfield as J.J. Watt continually sees double-teams. Adding Louis Nix -- who many considered the top nose tackle and a sure-fire first rounder -- to what is an already stacked defensive line was a small coup in the middle third round. We also liked their decision to upgrade the offensive line with Su'a-Filo, who many considered the top guard in the Draft. Throwing in an athletic, versatile tight end in Fiedorowicz was a quality move that just adds one more piece to their offense.

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St. Louis Rams

  • Greg Robinson (OT, Auburn, 1st Round, 2nd Overall)

  • Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh, 1st Round, 13th Overall)

  • Lamarcus Joyner (CB, Florida State, 2nd Round, 41st Overall)

  • Tre Mason (RB, Auburn, 3rd Round, 75th Overall)

  • Mo Alexander (SS, Utah State, 4th Round, 110th Overall)

  • E.J. Gaines (CB, Missouri, 6th Round, 188th Overall)

  • Garrett Gilbert (QB, SMU, 6th Round, 214th Overall)

  • Mitchell Van Dyk (OT, Portland State, 7th Round, 226th Overall)

  • C.B. Bryant (FS, Ohio State, 7th Round, 241st Overall)

  • Michael Sam (DE, Missouri, 7th Round, 249th Overall)

  • Demetrius Rhaney (C, Tennessee State, 7th Round, 250th Overall)

The Rams' first two days of the draft were almost perfect. Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald add tenacity, physicality and explosive power to the trenches on each side and both embody the culture that pervades the NFC West. Joyner is a nice need pick with the departure of Cortland Finnegan, and gives them more flexibility. Tre Mason feels like a luxury pick -- the Rams already have a solid backfield as it is -- but it's an enticing addition and adds some explosive speed to their offense.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Blake Bortles (QB, Central Florida, 1st Round, 3rd Overall)

  • Marqise Lee (WR, USC, 2nd Round, 39th Overall)

  • Allen Robinson (WR, Penn State, 2nd Round, 61st Overall)

  • Brandon Linder (OG, Miami, 3rd Round, 93rd Overall)

  • Aaron Colvin (CB, Oklahoma, 4th round, 114th Overall)

  • Telvin Smith (LB, Florida State, 5th Round, 144st Overall)

  • Chris Smith (DE, Arkansas, 5th Round, 159th Overall)

  • Luke Bowanko (C, Virginia, 6th Round, 205th Overall)

  • Storm Johnson (RB, Central Florida, 7th Round, 222nd Overall)

The Jags shocked the world with their selection of QB Blake Bortles third overall, then quickly announced they would sit him for his entire first season. That said, they used their next couple of picks to give him some weapons, drafting USC's Marqise Lee and Penn State standout Allen Robinson. They upgraded their offensive line with a couple of picks: OG Brandon Linder out of Miami and center Luke Bonwenko out of Virginia. On defense, they added to their young nucleus with two great value picks in OLB Telvin Smith and DE Chris Smith.

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Cleveland Browns

  • Justin Gilbert (CB, Oklahoma State, 1st Round, 8th Overall)

  • Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M, 1st Round, 22nd Overall)

  • Joel Bitonio (OT, Nevada, 2nd Round, 35th Overall)

  • Christian Kirksey (LB, Iowa, 3rd Round, 71st Overall)

  • Terrance West (RB, Towson, 3rd Round, 94th Overall)

  • Pierre Desir (CB, Lindenwood, 4th Round, 127th Overall)

The Browns are hoping that Manziel's dynamic playmaking ability will mesh perfectly with Kyle Shanahan's innovative offensive principles, and Shanahan certainly has a history working with that style of quarterback in Washington. The secondary gets better with Oklahoma's Justin Gilbert and Lindenwood's Pierre Desir, following the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks' blueprint for big, physical cornerbacks. Both Gilbert and Desir factor into the competition as starter opposite All Pro CB Joe Haden, and should factor in at the slot cornerback position that is much more necessary in today's NFL.

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Oakland Raiders

  • Khalil Mack (OLB, Buffalo, 1st Round, 5th Overall)

  • Derek Carr (QB, Fresno State, 2nd Round, 36th Overall)

  • Gabe Jackson (OG, Mississippi State, 3rd Round, 81st Overall)

  • Justin Ellis (DT, Louisiana Tech, 4th Round, 107th Overall)

  • Keith McGill (CB, Utah, 4th Round, 116th Overall)

  • Travis Carrie (CB, Ohio, 7th Round, 219th Overall)

  • Shelby Harris (DE, Illinois State, 7th Round, 235th Overall)

  • Jonathan Dowling (SS, Western Kentucky, 7th Round, 247th Overall)

You can tell Al Davis isn’t calling the shots in Oakland’s draft room anymore, for obvious reasons. The Raiders scored the draft’s most complete pass rushers in Mack. Derek Carr lands in a good situation, getting to hold a clipboard behind Matt Schaub. Gabe Jackson should start right away for an offensive line that was hard up for talent last year.

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Atlanta Falcons

  • Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M, 1st Round, 6th Overall)

  • Ra'Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota, 2nd Round, 37th Overall)

  • Dezmen Southward (S, Wisconsin, 3rd Round, 68th Overall)

  • Devonta Freeman (RB, Florida State, 4th Round, 103rd Overall)

  • Prince Shembo (OLB, Notre Dame, 4th Round, 139th Overall)

  • Ricardo Allen (CB, Purdue, 5th Round, 147th Overall)

  • Marquis Spruill (ILB, Syracuse, 5th Round, 168th Overall)

  • Yawin Smallwood (OLB, UConn, 7th Round, 253rd Overall)

  • Tyler Starr (OLB, South Dakota, 7th Round, 255th Overall)

The Falcons started with the trenches, using their first two picks on OT Jake Matthews and DT/DE Ra'Shede Hageman. Both picks give the Falcons toughness and a huge amount of physicality on the line of scrimmage, and should give them a nice boost in getting back to the top echelon of the tough, smashmouth NFC. On defense, they added a hard-hitting and athletic safety in Dezmond Southward to replace recently departed Thomas DeCoud, and they bolstered their linebacker corps with the Prince Shembo selection.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M, 1st Round, 7th Overall)

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, Washington, 2nd Round, 38th Overall)

  • Charles Sims (RB, West Virginia, 3rd Round, 69th Overall)

  • Kadeem Edwards (OG, Tennessee State, 5th Round, 143rd Overall)

  • Kevin Pamphile (OT, Purdue, 5th Round, 149th Overall)

  • Robert Herron (WR, Wyoming, 6th Round, 185th Overall)

A group of receivers featuring Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Robert Herron is an intimidating bunch. Throw in the addition of Seferian-Jenkins and this offense could rival any other unit in the NFC South. The quarterback situation is still a question mark.

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Minnesota Vikings

  • Anthony Barr (OLB, UCLA, 1st Round, 9th Overall)

  • Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville, 1st Round, 32nd Overall)

  • Scott Crichton (DE, Oregon State, 3rd Round, 72nd Overall)

  • Jerick McKinnon (RB, Georgia Southern, 3rd Round, 96th Overall)

  • David Yankey (OG, Stanford, 5th Round, 145th Overall)

  • Antone Exum (CB, Virginia Tech, 6th Round, 182nd Overall)

  • Kendall James (CB, Maine, 6th Round, 184th Overall)

  • Shamar Stephen (DT, Connecticut, 7th Round, 220th Overall)

  • Brandon Watts (LB, Georgia Tech, 7th Round, 223rd Overall)

  • Jabari Price (CB, North Carolina, 7th Round, 225th Overall)

The Vikings got a premier pass rusher -- always a premium position -- with their early first round pick in OLB Anthony Barr, then traded back up into the first with the Seahawks to select their quarterback of the future in Teddy Bridgewater. Not bad for a day's work. They doubled down on the defensive line with a nice steal in the third round of Oregon State defensive end/defensive tackle Scott Crichton, wo provides ample insurance for replacing departed stalwart Jared Allen. They also added uber-athletic running back Jerick McKinnon to pair with Adrian Peterson as well as added a solid Stanford lineman in David Yankey.

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Buffalo Bills

  • Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson, 1st Round, 4th Overall)

  • Cyrus Kouandjio (OT, Alabama, 2nd Round, 44th Overall)

  • Preston Brown (LB, Louisville, 3rd Round, 73rd Overall)

  • Ross Cockrell (CB, Duke, 4th Round, 109th Overall)

  • Cyril Richardson (OG, Baylor, 5th Round, 153rd Overall)

  • Randell Johnson (LB, Florida Atlantic, 7th Round, 221st Overall)

  • Seantrel Henderson (OT, Miami, 7th Round, 237th Overall)

The Bills paid a steep price to go up and get Sammy Watkins. However, he could complement Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and C.J. Spiller in what could be the fastest offense in the NFL. Defenses will have to have their speed defenses on the field or risk getting burnt over the top at any time, and this should open things up for the run game. The logic here is that Watkins will change their offense so much that it will be worth the huge cost to make the pick.

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Detroit Lions

  • Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina, 1st Round, 10th Overall)

  • Kyle Van Noy (LB, BYU, 2nd Round, 40th Overall)

  • Travis Swanson (C, Arkansas, 3rd Round, 76th Overall)

  • Nevin Lawson (CB, Utah State, 4th Round, 133rd Overall)

  • Larry Webster (DE, Bloomsburg, 4th Round, 136th Overall)

  • Caraun Reid (DT, Princeton, 5th Round, 158th Overall)

  • T.J. Jones (WR, Notre Dame, 6th Round, 189th Overall)

  • Nate Freese (K, Boston College, 7th Round, 229th Overall)

North Carolina TE Eric Ebron is just another electric, explosive weapon at Matt Stafford's disposal that gives the Lions a great amount of versatility in what they can do schematically. They also invested heavily on the defensive side of the football. A balanced approach to upgrading their defense, Van Noy can come in immediately to play a variety of roles for Detroit, rushing the passer or dropping back into coverage with equal effectiveness.

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Tennessee Titans

  • Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan, 1st Round, 11th Overall)

  • Bishop Sankey (RB, Washington, 2nd Round, 54th Overall)

  • DaQuan Jones (DT, Penn State, 4th Round, 112th Overall)

  • Marqueston Huff (FS, Wyoming, 4th Round, 122nd Overall)

  • Avery Williamson (LB, Kentucky, 5th Round, 151st Overall)

  • Zach Mettenberger (QB, LSU, 6th Round, 178th Overall)

Taylor Lewan looks like a natural fit on Tennessee’s offensive line. It’s fair to wonder if he’ll beat out free agent addition Michael Oher in camp, before eventually taking over for Michael Roos on the left side. Mettenberger’s draft stock got artificially inflated by the media, but his arm talent is more than enough to intrigue a coach Ken Whisenhunt. Don’t sleep on Bishop Sankey as Chris Johnson’s replacement.

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New York Giants

  • Odell Beckham (WR, LSU, 1st Round, 12th Overall)

  • Weston Richburg (C, Colorado State, 2nd Round, 43rd Overall)

  • Jay Bromley (DT, Syracuse, 3rd Round, 74th Overall)

  • Andre Williams (RB, Boston College, 4th Round, 113th Overall)

  • Nat Berhe (SS, San Diego State, 5th Round, 152nd Overall)

  • Devon Kennard (LB, USC, 5th Round, 174th Overall)

  • Bennett Jackson (CB, Notre Dame, 6th Round, 187th Overall)

Beckham was one of the hottest names in the week ahead of the draft. Fortunately for the Giants, they didn’t have to trade up to land a player who should be a huge upgrade over Hakeem Nicks. His route-running ability could mean fewer picks for Eli Manning. Weston Richburg was the best center available and improves the middle part of a shaky offensive line. Don’t overlook Bromley who will make the middle a tough place for opposing running backs to run.

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Chicago Bears

  • Kyle Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech, 1st Round, 14th Overall)

  • Ego Ferguson (DT, LSU, 2nd Round, 51st Overall)

  • Will Sutton (DT, Arizona State, 3rd Round, 82nd Overall)

  • Ka'Deem Carey (RB, Arizona, 4th Round, 117th Overall)

  • Brock Vereen (FS, Minnesota, 4th Round, 131st Overall)

  • David Fales (QB, San Jose State, 6th Round, 183rd Overall)

  • Pat O'Donnell (P, Miami, 6th Round, 191st Overall)

  • Charles Leno Jr. (OT, Boise State, 7th Round, 246th Overall)

The Bears -- who already possess one of the best ornerback tandems in the NFL in Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings -- used their first round pick to add Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller. It's a passing league, though, and Fuller can come in on day one to play in the Bears' nickel defense, match up against slot receivers and defend the run. In the secnd and third rounds, Chicago upgraded their defensive line with versatile, aggressive prospects in LSU's Ego Ferguson and Arizona State's Will Sutton.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Ryan Shazier (OLB, Ohio State, 1st Round, 15th Overall)

  • Stephon Tuitt (DE, Notre Dame, 2nd Round, 46th Overall)

  • Dri Archer (RB, Kent State, 3rd Round, 97th Overall)

  • Martavis Bryant (WR, Clemson, 4th Round, 118th Overall)

  • Shaquille Richardson (CB, Arizona, 5th Round, 157th Overall)

  • Wesley Johnson (OT, Vanderbilt, 5th Round, 173rd Overall)

  • Jordan Zumwalt (LB, UCLA, 6th Round, 192nd Overall)

  • Daniel McCullers (DT, Tennessee, 6th Round, 215th Overall)

  • Rob Blanchflower (TE, Massachusetts, 7th Round, 230th Overall)

The Steelers got two highly-rated defenders in Shazier and Tuitt, and by going with a linebacker and a defensive end with their first two picks, they were able to stick to their roots and core identity as a franchise. When you think about the Steelers, you think about linebackers and a tough defensive line.

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Washington Redskins

  • Trent Murphy (LB, Stanford, 2nd Round, 47th Overall)

  • Morgan Moses (OT, Virginia, 3rd Round, 66th Overall)

  • Spencer Long (OG, Nebraska, 3rd Round, 78th Overall)

  • Bashaud Breeland (CB, Clemson, 4th Round, 102nd Overall)

  • Ryan Grant (WR, Tulane, 5th Round, 142nd Overall)

  • Lache Seastrunk (RB, Baylor, 6th Round, 186th Overall)

  • Ted Bolser (TE, Indiana, 7th Round, 217th Overall)

  • Zach Hocker (K, Arkansas, 7th Round, 228th Overall)

This is the last year that Washington won’t have a first-round pick. They still managed to make the most of their second round by drafting offensive tackle Morgan Moses, considered by many to be worthy of a first-round pick. Moses should have an instant impact on Washington and RGIII’s fortunes this year. They made some depth plays later in the draft, landing potential contributors like Ryan Grant and Ted Bolser.

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Dallas Cowboys

  • Zack Martin (OL, Notre Dame, 1st Round, 16th Overall)

  • Demarcus Lawrence (DE, Boise State, 2nd Round, 34th Overall)

  • Anthony Hitchens (LB, Iowa, 4th Round, 119th Overall)

  • Devin Street (WR, Pittsburgh, 5th Round, 146th Overall)

  • Ben Gardner (DE, Stanford, 7th Round, 231st Overall)

  • Will Smith (LB, Texas Tech, 7th Round, 238th Overall)

  • Ahmad Dixon (SS, Baylor, 7th Round, 248th Overall)

  • Ken Biship (DT, Northern Illinois, 7th Round, 251st Overall)

  • Terrance Mitchell (CB, Oregon, 7th Round, 254th Overall)

Zack Martin is a steady, consistent, fundamentally sound tackle/guard prospect that should come in and start on day one. He was nearly unbeatable in pass protection his final year at Notre Dame and the Cowboys -- who will likely play him at guard -- are getting an excellent player to place next to last year's first rounder in Travis Frederick. On the defensive side of the field, they drafted their replacement for DeMarcus Ware with the selection of Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence is a powerful, dynamic pass rusher with a very high upside that should come in and play from day one in Dallas.

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New York Jets

  • Calvin Pryor (S, Louisville, 1st Round, 18th Overall)

  • Jace Amaro (TE, Texas Tech, 2nd Round, 49th Overall)

  • Dexter McDougle (CB, Maryland, 3rd Round, 80th Overall)

  • Jalen Saunders (WR, Oklahoma, 4th Round, 104th Overall)

  • Shaq Evans (WR, UCLA, 4th Round, 115th Overall)

  • Dakota Dozier (OT, Furman, 4th Round, 137th Overall)

  • Jeremiah George (LB, Iowa State, 5th Round, 154th Overall)

  • Brandon Dixon (CB, Northwest Missouri State, 6th Round, 195th Overall)

  • Quincy Enunwa (WR, Nebraska, 6th Round, 209th Overall)

  • IK Enemkpali (DE, Louisiana Tech, 6th Round, 210th Overall)

  • Tajh Boyd (QB, Clemson, 6th Round, 213th Overall)

  • Trevor Reilly (OLB, Utah, 7th Round, 233rd Overall)

Calvin Pryor looks and feels like the perfect pick for the Jets defense. He gives them surer coverage on the backend, but his hard-hitting ways are what Jets fans will enjoy the most. Geno Smith could use a tight end like Jace Amaro as a safety valve in that offense. Don’t sleep on Dozier to sneak into the starting lineup this year.

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Baltimore Ravens

  • C.J. Mosley (MLB, Alabama, 1st Round, 17th Overall)

  • Timmy Jernigan (DT, Florida State, 2nd Round, 48th Overall)

  • Terrence Brooks (FS, Florida State, 3rd Round, 79th Overall)

  • Crockett Gillmore (TE, Colorado State, 3rd Round, 99th Overall)

  • Brent Urban (DT, Virginia, 4th Round, 134th Overall)

  • Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, Coastal Carolina, 4th Round, 138th Overall)

  • John Urschel (OG, Penn State, 5th Round, 175th Overall)

  • Keith Wenning (QB, Ball State, 6th Round, 194th Overall)

  • Mike Campanaro (WR, Wake Forest, 7th Round, 218th Overall)

C.J. Mosley is a prototypical Ravens linebacker pick and fits perfectly as a rangy ILB in their 3-4. This defense was already loaded, and the addition of Mosely, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks make the group that much better. They didn’t ignore the offense, filling out the depth chart with some late-round additions.

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Miami Dolphins

  • Ja'Wuan James (OT, Tennessee, 1st Round, 19th Overall)

  • Jarvis Landry (WR, LSU, 2nd Round, 63rd Overall)

  • Billy Turner (OT, North Dakota State, 3rd Round, 67th Overall)

  • Walt Aikens (CB, Liberty, 4th Round, 125th Overall)

  • Arthur Lynch (TE, Georgia, 5th Round, 155th Overall)

  • Jordan Tripp (LB, Montana, 5th Round, 171st Overall)

  • Matt Hazel (WR, Coastal Carolina, 6th Round, 190th Overall)

  • Terrence Fede (DE, Marist, 7th Round, 234th Overall)

The Dolphins set out to replace Jonathan Martin by selecting Tennessee RT Ju'Wuan James in the first. Then the Dolphins added another tough tacke/guard in the third with the selection of Billy Turner, instantly upgrading their offensive line. They gave Ryan Tannehill a dependable pass catching target in the second by adding LSU's Jarvis Landry, and then bolstered that with the selection of TE Arthur Lynch in the fifth and WR Matt Hazel in the sixth.

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Arizona Cardinals

  • Deone Bucannon (S, Washington State, 1st Round, 27th Round)

  • Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame, 2nd Round, 52nd Overall)

  • Kareem Martin (DE, North Carolina, 3rd Round, 84th Overall)

  • John Brown (WR, Pittsburg State (KS), 3rd Round, 91st Overall)

  • Logan Thomas (QB, Virginia Tech, 4th Round, 120th Overall)

  • Ed Stinson (DE, Alabama, 5th Round, 160th Overall)

  • Walt Powell (WR, Murray State, 6th Round, 196th Overall)

The Cardinals upgraded an already highly talented secondary with their first round selection of safety Deone Bucannon. Grouped with Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and the Honey Badger, Arizona's already elite defense just got better in the back end. The defensive line got better with two solid picks in defensive ends Kareem Martin and Ed Stinson, two of the best run defenders in this year's class. Logan Thomas will test his mettle throwing the ball, but if he doesn't work out there, will provide another weapon for the Cardinals as a highly athletic, moveable chess piece at tight end as well.

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Green Bay Packers

  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S, Alabama, 1st Round, 21st Overall)

  • Davante Adams (WR, Fresno State, 2nd Round, 53rd Overall)

  • Khyri Thornton (DT, Southern Miss, 3rd Round, 85th Overall)

  • Richard Rodgers (TE, California, 3rd Round, 98th Overall)

  • Carl Bradford (LB, Arizona State, 4th Round, 121st Overall)

  • Corey Linsley (C, Ohio State, 5th Round, 161st Overall)

  • Jared Abbrederis (WR, Wisconsin, 5th Round, 176th Overall)

  • Demetri Goodson (CB, Baylor, 6th Round, 197th Overall)

  • Jeff Janis (WR, Saginaw Valley State, 7th Round, 236th Overall)

HaHa Clinton Dix shores up the pass defense and will set a tone as a hard-hitter, a huge priority for Ted Thompson. After getting the pick he had to have in Clinton-Dix, he gave Aaron Rodgers one of the best jump ball passers in the draft in WR Davante Adams. Rodgers can throw the ball into the tightest of windows, and I'm guessing these two will connect for a nice amount of touchdowns over the next few years. Thompson also added a reliable and underrated pass catcher in Jared Abbrederis in the fifth, providing depth to a position that was hurt by injuries in 2013.

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Philadelphia Eagles

  • Marcus Smith (LB, Louisville, 1st Round, 26th Overall)

  • Jordan Matthews (WR, Vanderbilt, 2nd Round, 42nd Overall)

  • Josh Huff (WR, Oregon, 3rd Round, 86th Overall)

  • Jaylen Watkins (CB, Florida, 4th Round, 101st Overall)

  • Taylor Hart (DE, Oregon, 5th Round, 141st Overall)

  • Ed Reynolds (FS, Stanford, 5th Round, 162nd Overall)

  • Beau Allen (DT, Wisconsin, 7th Round, 224th Overall)

Cutting ties with DeSean Jackson was the story of the offseason in Philadelphia and the Eagles are counting on Jordan Matthews to help fans forget him. Matthews doesn’t have Jackson’s speed, but he catches the ball well and moves well for a big man. Marcus Smith was a surprise pick, but his pass rushing ability should be a welcome site on a defense that stocked up on depth during this draft.

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Kansas City Chiefs

  • Dee Ford (DE, Auburn, 1st Round, 23rd Overall)

  • Phillip Gaines (CB, Rice, 3rd Round, 87th Overall)

  • De'Anthony Thomas (RB, Oregon, 4th Round, 124th Overall)

  • Aaron Murray (QB, Georgia, 5th Round, 163rd Overall)

  • Zach Fulton (OG, Tennessee, 6th Round, 193rd Overall)

  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OT, McGill, 6th Round, 200th Overall)

The Chiefs used their first two picks to upgrade one of the best defenses in the NFL, selecting pass rusher Dee Ford in the first round and CB Phillip Gaines in the third. They went offense the rest of the way, selecting dynamic running back/returner De’Anthony Thomas to aid their return game and add an element of speed to their offense. They also added competition at the quarterback position with Aaron Murray. They went to the trenches next, upgrading the depth on their line with Tennesee OG Zach Fulton and McGill G/T Laurent Duveney-Tardif.

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Cincinnati Bengals

  • Darqueeze Dennard (CB, Michigan State, 1st Round, 24th Overall)

  • Jeremy Hill (RB, LSU, 2nd Round, 55th Overall)

  • Will Clarke (DE, West Virginia, 3rd Round, 88th Overall)

  • Russell Bodine (C, North Carolina, 4th Round, 111th Overall)

  • AJ McCarron (QB, Alabama, 5th Round, 164th Overall)

  • Marquis Flowers (LB, Arizona, 6th Round, 212th Overall)

  • James Wright (WR, LSU, 7th Round, 239th Overall)

  • Lavelle Westbrooks (CB, Georgia Southern, 7th Round, 252nd Overall)

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard is a man-coverage specialist with elite click-and-close and superior ability to track the football downfield. He adds to a competitive group at corner and will likely vie for a starting spot in his rookie year. LSU running back Jeremy Hill will contrast Giovanni Bernard's explosive prowess as a between-the-tackles, physical north-south sustaining runner. Adding QB A.J. McCarron in the fifth means Andy Dalton has some competition to hold off at quarterback and provides Cincinnati with some depth at the most important position in football.

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San Diego Chargers

  • Jason Verrett (CB, TCU, 1st Round, 25th Overall)

  • Jeremiah Attaochu (LB, Georgia Tech, 2nd Round, 50th Overall)

  • Chris Watt (OG, Notre Dame, 3rd Round, 89th Overall)

  • Ryan Carrethers (DT, Arkansas State, 5th Round, 165th Overall)

  • Marion Grice (RB, Arizona State, 6th Round, 201st Overall)

  • Tevin Reese (WR, Baylor, 7th Round, 240th Overall)

San Diego needed a cornerback and it drafted one. The Chargers needed a pass rusher; they got a pass rusher. Fortunately for the Chargers, they got a steal on both. Jason Verrett is considered by many to be the best pure cover corner in the draft, but slipped over size concerns. Jeremiah Attaochu has some work to do before he can play all three downs, but he should be able to contribute as a pass rusher this year.

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Indianapolis Colts

  • Jack Mewhort (OT, Ohio State, 2nd Round, 59th Overall)

  • Donte Moncrief (WR, Mississippi, 3rd Round, 90th Overall)

  • Jonathan Newsome (DE, Ball State, 5th Round, 166th Overall)

  • Andrew Jackson (LB, Western Kentucky, 6th Round, 203rd Overall)

  • Ulrick John (OT, Georgia State, 7th Round, 232nd Overall)

The Colts got a nasty, physical offensive lineman with their first pick in Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort. Mewhort is versatile enough to play any position for the Colts and should fit their smash-mouth, pulling/trapping run scheme well. He displays the temperament that you like to see at the position and will compete from day one, likely on the interior. As Mike Mayock pointed out on Draft day, some believe his best eventual position is center, where the Colts have a need. In the third, Indy got good value when they selected WR Donte Moncrief out of Ole Miss. Moncrief is a physical wonder that projects as an eventual No. 1 X-receiver with a little time to develop.

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New Orleans Saints

  • Brandin Cooks (WR, Oregon State, 1st Round, 20th Overall)

  • Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB, Nebraska, 2nd Round, 58th Overall)

  • Khairi Fortt (LB, California, 4th Round, 126th Overall)

  • Vinnie Sunseri (SS, Alabama, 5th Round, 167th Overall)

  • Ronald Powell (LB, Florida, 5th Round, 169th Overall)

  • Tavon Rooks (OT, Kansas State, 6th Round, 202nd Overall)

Drew Brees and Sean Payton are going to like having Brandin Cooks in the Saints’ arsenal. Shifty and fast, he gave defenders fits in the Pac 12. He’ll do the same in the NFL with a future Hall of Famer throwing him the ball. The defense wasn’t ignored -- Stanley Jean-Baptiste fits the mold of a big, physical NFL corner. Rob Ryan’s pass rushers will have an easier time with a beefed-up secondary.

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Carolina Panthers

  • Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State, 1st Round, 28th Overall)

  • Kony Ealy (DE, Missouri, 2nd Round, 60th Overall)

  • Trai Turner (OG, LSU, 3rd Round, 92nd Overall)

  • Tre Boston (SS, North Carolina, 4th Round, 128th Overall)

  • Bene Benwikere (CB, San Jose State, 5th Round, 148th Overall)

  • Tyler Gaffney (RB, Stanford, 6th Round, 204th Overall)

The Panthers went into the Draft with wide receiver as their top need and came out of the first day with a boom-bust prospect in Kelvin Benjamin. A physical specimen with elite jump-ball prowess, he should be an intriguing weapon in Cam Newton's offense. In the the second round, they grabbed DT/DE Kony Ealy improving their already-stacked defensive line.

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New England Patriots

  • Dominique Easley (DT, Florida, 1st Round, 29th Overall)

  • Jimmy Garoppolo (QB, Eastern Illinois, 2nd Round, 62nd Overall)

  • Bryan Stork (C, Florida State, 4th Round, 105th Overall)

  • James White (RB, Wisconsin, 4th Round, 130th Overall)

  • Cameron Fleming (OT, Stanford, 4th Round, 140th Overall)

  • Jon Halapio (OG, Florida, 6th Round, 179th Overall)

  • Zach Moore (DE, Concordia, 6th Round, 198th Overall)

  • Jemea Thomas (CB, Georgia Tech, 6th Round, 206th Overall)

  • Jeremy Gallon (WR, Michigan, 7th Round, 244th Overall)

The Patriots intrigued the NFL world with the selection of QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round, igniting intrigue about the future of Ryan Mallett, then added to their offensive line in the fourth with the selections of center Bryan Stork and tackle Cameron Fleming. A typical surprising draft for Bill Belichick. They got their guy with the selection of DT Dominique Easley, a premiere interior pass rusher that fell due to injury concerns. The versatile pass rusher should be healthy in time for training camp though, and will provide New England with an excellently timed snap-count jump and a disruptive presence.

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San Francisco 49ers

  • Jimmie Ward (S, Northern Illinois, 1st Round, 30th Overall)

  • Carlos Hyde (RB, Ohio State, 2nd Round, 57th Overall)

  • Marcus Martin (C, USC, 3rd Round, 70 Overall)

  • Chris Borland (LB, Wisconsin, 3rd Round, 77th Overall)

  • Brandon Thomas (OT, Clemson, 3rd Round, 100th Overall)

  • Bruce Ellington (WR, South Carolina, 4th Round, 106th Overall)

  • Dontae Johnson (CB, NC State, 4th Round, 129 Overall)

  • Aaron Lynch (DE, South Florida, 5th Round, 150th Overall)

  • Keith Reaser (CB, Florida Atlantic, 5th Round, 170th Overall)

  • Kenneth Acker (CB, SMU, 6th Round, 180th Overall)

  • Kaleb Ramsey (DE, Boston College, 7th Round, 243rd Overall)

  • Trey Millard (FB, Oklahoma, 7th Round, 245 Overall)

Stacked with an incredible amount of ammunition, the Niners did not disappoint with the picks they made. I'm particularly impressed with what they've done to add Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas in the third round. Both of those picks feel like great values and add to a strong offensive line.

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Denver Broncos

  • Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State, 1st Round, 31st Overall)

  • Cody Latimer (WR, Indiana, 2nd Round, 56th Overall)

  • Michael Schofield (OT, Michigan, 3rd Round, 95th Overall)

  • Lamin Barrow (OLB, LSU, 5th Round, 156th Overall)

  • Matt Paradis (C, Boise State, 6th Round, 207th Overall)

  • Corey Nelson (OLB, Oklahoma, 7th Round, 242nd Overall)

Bradley Roby was once thought to be the elite cornerback prospect for this class but faded in 2013 with some inconsistency and off-field issues. That said, if he can regain some focus and get to where he was in 2012, Denver will have stolen a player who can come in and play immediately. After investing in defense, they added yet another dynamic, jump-ball receiver for Peyton Manning in Cody Lattimore, who can replace Eric Decker.

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Seattle Seahawks

  • Paul Richardson (WR, Colorado, 2nd round, 45th overall)

  • Justin Britt (OT, Missouri, 2nd Round, 64th Overall)

  • Cassius Marsh (DE, UCLA, 4th Round, 108th Overall)

  • Kevin Norwood (WR, Alabama, 4th Round, 123rd Overall)

  • Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB, Boston College, 4th Round, 132nd Overall)

  • Jimmy Staten (DT, Middle Tennessee State, 5th Round, 172nd Overall)

  • Garrett Scott (OT, Marshall, 6th Round, 199th Overall)

  • Eric Pinkins (S, San Diego State, 6th Round, 208th Overall)

  • Kiero Small (FB, Arkansas, 7th Round, 227th Overall)

The champs came into the draft with an impossibly deep roster, made some trades and came away with an even better roster. Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood are useful role players with enough upside to carve an important niche with Russell Wilson in the offense. Justin Britt shores up the tackle spot that could have been better last season. It’s going to be year of rough-and-tumble football in the NFC West.

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