2014 NFL Draft: Second & Third Round Grades


Day 2: the second day with double the madness.

The first round had a few interesting picks, but there weren’t too many reaches. In Day 2, there were a couple of bad reaches and a few fantastic pick ups late. Here’s out top five team from Day 2 and a list of grades for each pick!

Top Five Team Draft Grades

1. San Francisco 49ers – Hyde, Martin, Borland & Thomas

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Lee, Robinson & Linder

3. Houston Texans – Su’a-Filo, Fiedorowicz & Nix III

4. Minnesota Vikings – Critchton & McKinnon

5. Cleveland Browns – Binonio, Kirksley & West

Round 2

33. Houston Texans | Xavier Su’a-Filo | B

- My top offensive guard. Thought this would be Louis Nix, but Su’a-Filo is appropriate.

34. Dallas Cowboys | Demarcus Lawrence | B

- The Cowboys traded up for their top pass rusher, but he wasn’t mine. Lawrence is a primary 4-3 DE rusher, but Ra’Shede Hageman would’ve been my choice. Still a top need filled here with them fixing an offensive line need in the first round.

35. Cleveland Browns | Joel Bitonio | B-

- Offensive tackle was a need, and I do think Bitonio has good value in the early second round. But what about wide receiver? No Gordon? No anyone? Tough passing up Lee.

36. Oakland Raiders | Derek Carr | A-

- Love this pick. Gunslinger quarterback of the future.

37. Atlanta Falcons | Ra’Shede Hageman | B+

- Atlanta wanted Clowney as their pass rushing savior, but Hageman should be a great second-round replacement.

38. Tampa Bay Bucs | Austin Seferian-Jenkins | B+

- Bucs assembled quite the receiving corps with Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. They could afford to hold off on offensive and defensive line for the talent here.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars | Marqise Lee | B+

- Great pick up for the Jags. New offensive regime with Bortles and Lee.

40. Detroit Lions | Kyle Van Noy | B-

- Linebacker is a need for Detroit, but I seriously worry about their secondary. They really must trust their young guys  – too much if you ask me.

41. St. Louis Rams | Lamarcus Joyner | B+

- Joyner is a high speed, playmaking safety. He’s undersized, but could work well for this value and with St. Louis’ front seven pressure.

42. Philadelphia Eagles | Jordan Matthews | B+

- Matthews hasn’t received enough credit during this draft process. Eagles picked up a fan favorite of mine. Great hands, determination and aggressive to the catch.

43. New York Giants | Weston Richburg | B

- New York needed to solidify the line; Richburg was the top center in the class.

44. Buffalo Bills | Cyrus Kouandjio | C+

- I worry about Kouandjio’s durability. And with Morgan Moses being passed up, I worry about the value as well.

45. Seattle Seahawks | Paul Richardson | B-

- Picking up any speed receiver wasn’t my cup of tea for Seattle, but it addresses the wide receiver need. I would’ve rather seen Donte Moncreif or Allen Robinson here. But I suppose Seattle isn’t going for balance.

46. Pittsburgh Steelers | Stephon Tuitt | B

- Solid pick with a player that can fill multiple needs on Pittsburgh’s defensive front. Tuitt wasn’t so good in 2013, but he showed flashes of promise in 2012.

47. Washington Redskins | Trent Murphy | D

- Hated this pick. One of the first picks I really hated. Murphy was very overdrafted here. Doesn’t have the ability to shed blocks well enough and isn’t really filling a need either.

48. Baltimore Ravens | Timmy Jernigan | C

- Jernigan’s talent is a nice pick up, but I think he’s best as a 4-3 defensive tackle. Where does he fit with Baltimore?

49. New York Jets | Jace Amaro | A

- Perfect pick for New York. Even Jets fans loved it.

50. San Diego Chargers | Jeremiah Attaochu | A-

- San Diego stole my NFL draft heart with Verrett and Attaochu. Two very talented players who fits needs and the scheme perfectly for the Chargers.

51. Chicago Bears | Ego Ferguson | C+

- Ferguson ended up being the better prospect of he and teammate Anthony Johnson at LSU, but with Sutton and Nix still on the board, I question the value.

52. Arizona Cardinals | Troy Niklas | B

- Nice pick up in the receiving and blocking game for the Cards.

53. Green Bay Packers | Davante Adams | B+

- More weapons for Aaron Rodgers. Adams is a dynamic speedster on the outside who allows Randall Cobb to play full-time slot receiver again.

54. Tennessee Titans | Bishop Sankey | C+

- First running back off the board wasn’t even close to my No. 1 running back. Fills the Chris Johnson hole, but why Sankey? Maybe he’ll prove to me why in the next coming years. I hope he does.

55. Cincinnati Bengals | Jeremy Hill | C+

- And then back-to-back running backs, funny. Not really a need for Hill at all, but Cincy doesn’t have a lot of needs. Defensive end would’ve been nice.

56. Denver Broncos | Cody Latimer | B+

- Great value for Latimer here this late. Latimer and Thomas could do wonders like Decker and Thomas did.

57. San Francisco 49ers | Carlos Hyde | B-

- Three out the last four picks then running backs. Hyde is the top back, but he goes to a team stacked with running backs. Although, James is on his way out, Gore is aging and Lattimore can’t be trusted (yet). Good talent for the pick.

58. New Orleans Saints | Stanley Jean-Baptiste | B-

- New Orleans addressing their need in attempt to get their own Richard Sherman-type corner. I’m not the biggest SJB advocate, but he fills the need. Preference, I guess.

59. Indianapolis Colts | Jack Mewhort | B-

- Colts had the chance to pick up Nix and they didn’t. Instead fill and offensive lineman need with a marginal tackle who will probably move to guard.

60. Carolina Panthers | Kony Ealy | C

- Still no offensive tackle for Carolina. Tisk tisk.

61. Jacksonville Jaguars | Allen Robinson | A-

- The Jags impressed me these first two rounds by completely turning over their offensive personnel with Bortles, Lee and now Robinson. Robinson can be a legitimate No. 1 receiver.

62. New England Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo | C

- No need. None. But, if the Ryan Mallett trade could be coming soon, this is why.

63. Miami Dolphins | Jarvis Landry | B+

- I’m glad Landry went in the second round; I think he’s wroth it. Miami needed a determined receiver who can come up with a catch in crucial times. Wallace isn’t that guy, Landry can be.

64. Seattle Seahawks | Justin Britt | C+

- Reach for Britt here, especially with Moses still on the board. Not a fan.

Round 3

65. Houston Texans | C.J. Fiedorowicz | C+

- Average pick up, but why not Nix!?

66. Washington Redskins | Morgan Moses | A-

- FINALLY! This makes up for that terrible Murphy pick. Murphy would’ve still been on the board here if they picked Moses in the second round!

67. Miami Dolphins | Billy Turner | B+

- Mauler, and a strong inside force for the run game. Turner needs work in pass protection, though.

68 Atlanta Falcons | Dezmen Southward | B-

- Could be a future replacement for DeCoud.

69. Tampa Bay Bucs | Charles Sims | D

- Doug Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey…. Hm…. I don’t get this one… At all.

70. San Francisco 49ers | Marcus Martin | B+

- Fantastic value for Martin. Could’ve been a late first round choice.

71. Cleveland Browns | Christian Kirksey | B-

- Browns pick up a speed linebacker, but still no receiver?

72. Minnesota Vikings | Scott Crichton | B+

- Really like Crichton’s value this late. Vikings are having a top notch draft.

73. Buffalo Bills | Preston Brown | C+

- Inside linebacker is very weak this year, so I guess if you know a guy you like you better take him. Brown plays with heavy feet, but can hit hard and make impact on piles. Not sure he’s instinctive enough in coverage for this spot, though.

74. New York Giants | Jay Bromley | B-

- Another Syracuse interior pass protector. Giants knew what their need was going into this draft.

75. St. Louis Rams | Tre Mason | B

- Tre Mason reuniting with Greg Robinson and now complimenting Zac Stacy. Great situation for him.

76. Detroit Lions | Travis Swanson | B

- Third center off the board. Not a flashy pick, but the Lions needed something there with the aging Raiola their starter.

77. San Francisco 49ers | Chris Borland | B

- Borland is one of the best “football players” in this draft. Finding a good fit for him is tough, but putting him an environment and just letting him go would be ideal. He’ll hold his own.

78. Washington Redskins | Spencer Long | C+

- Not a big Spencer Long fan. I thought it was a reach with better offensive guards on the board.

79. Baltimore Ravens | Terrance Brooks | C+

- Matt Elam, the erratic safety, now paired with Terrance Brooks, the erratic safety. Not sure how well this will work in coverage. We’ll see.

80. New York Jets | Dexter McDougle |

- Nope.

81. Oakland Raiders | Gabe Jackson | B-

- Stopping Jackson’s slide was good for Oakland who has a world of chemistry problems on the offensive line. They need consistency.

82. Chicago Bears | Will Sutton | B-

- I thought Louis Nix could fill an interior need for the Bears at No. 14. Sutton at No. 82 could pay off big time.

83. Houston Texans | Louis Nix | A-

- Clowney, Watt and now Nix on the same line. That’s fun.

84. Arizona Cardinals | Kareem Martin | B+

- Great passer rusher on the outside after passing on their chance at Dee Ford in round one. Martin’s talent’s were masked this season from poor play on UNC’s defensive line.

85. Green Bay Packers | Khyri Thornto | B

- Character concerns are what dropped him, but he’s an intimidating force when on the field.

86. Philadelphia Eagles | Josh Huff | B

- Oregon man takes in the Oregon boy. I think Chip will use Huff to a tee.

87. Kansas City Chiefs | Phillip Gaines | B+

- Gaines and Desir were two cornerbacks I had in my mind as I watched the other teams pick corners before this. The Chiefs got the better player later.

88. Cincinnati Bengals | Will Clarke | B

- Edge rusher hoping to replace Michael Johnson. I don’t think he’s that dynamic.

89. San Diego Chargers | Chris Watt | C+

- Too many solid offensive guards still left like Yankey and Turner to take Watt, in my opinion.

90. Indianapolis Colts | Donte Moncrief | B+

- Moncreif’s target was always the third round for me. New weapon for Andrew Luck.

91. Arizona Cardinals | Josh Brown | C+

- This may come as a surprise, but I’m not the biggest Josh Brown fan. Maybe I’m completely wrong, but I think this is way too early for him.

92. Carolina Panthers | Trai Turner | A-

- This is a great pick for Carolina, I just wish it wasn’t their first offensive lineman.

93. Jacksonville Jaguars | Brandon Linder | B-

- Nice center pick up for the Jags. They needed one, he’s one of the few serviceable ones left.

94. Cleveland Browns | Terrance West | B+

I’m high on West’s potential at the next level. He dominated teams in the FCS, and it looks like Cleveland is going to run the ball 40-50 times per game with no reliable receivers left on the roster.

95. Denver Broncos | Michael Schofield | B-

- Will end up moving to guard, most likely, but with Turner now gone, it’s not a terrible pick. This fills some of a major offensive line need.

96. Minnesota Vikings | Jerick McKinnon | B-

- Jerick McKinnon is a dynamic player to compliment Adrian Peterson. I’m a fan

97. Pittsburgh Steelers | Dri Archer | B

- The next Chris Rainey project? Speed Kills.

98. Green Bay Packers | Richard Rodgers | B+

- Packers stacking up on offensive weapons; Richard Rodgers more of a vertical threat tight end. Rodgers to Rodgers? That has a nice ring.

99. Baltimore Ravens | Crockett Gillmore | B-

- His name is Crockett. Great pick.

100. San Francisco 49ers | Brandon Thomas | B+

- Thomas is one of the better offensive guards but is coming off an ACL tear. San Francisco is one of the team who can afford to take his talent with one of their many picks and let him recover on his time table. No rush. Good move.

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