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2014 NFL Draft Grades - Round: Picks 1-16
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Kansas City Chiefs: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia: B+ Grade
This doesn't fill a need, but there's no denying the value. Sanders Commings could have been taken at the end of the third round. He's a tall corner, which is in vogue right now, so I thought he'd go earlier than No. 134.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Denard Robinson, RB/WR/KR, Michigan: C Grade
Denard Robinson could be useful as a kick returner, but he probably won't offer much else. This seems like a bit of a wasted pick, but it's the fifth round, so why not?
Philadelphia Eagles: Earl Wolff, S, N.C. State: B- Grade
I didn't want to mention to this before the draft because I didn't want to ruin his draft stock, but I know that one team took Earl Wolff off their board because they deemed him "too stupid," that he didn't even know what schemes his college team ran. There's no questioning his talent level though. From a pure skill perspective, he probably should have been a second-round pick.
Seattle Seahawks: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama: A+ Grade
Jesse Williams, what took you so long? It's unbelievable that he fell this far. Some deemed Williams as a late first-round candidate. I thought he'd fall to the second or third because of the lacking need at the position, but there's no excuse for him lasting this long. He doesn't fill an immediate need for the Seahawks, but he'll be useful down the road.
Seattle Seahawks: Tharold Simon, CB, LSU: B+ Grade
You have to wonder where Tharold Simon would have gone had he not been arrested on the first night of the draft for intimidating a police officer. There's no questioning that this is a good value pick from a talent standpoint though. Simon is a great fit in Seattle's defense as a tall, lanky corner.
Indianapolis Colts: Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin: B Grade
I thought Montori Hughes should have gone a bit earlier than this. He'll challenge last year's fifth-round pick, Josh Chapman, to be the long-term starter at nose tackle. One of those guys should pan out.
Arizona Cardinals: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford: A- Grade
Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams aren't exactly the most talented duo at the running back position, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if Stepfan Taylor emerges as the starter at some point. He could have easily gone a round earlier than this, so I really like this pick.
New York Jets: Oday Aboushi, G/OT, Virginia: B Grade
Still no skill-position players, but upgrading the offensive line isn't a bad move. Oday Aboushi played tackle in college, but he may have to move to guard in the NFL because of his short arms. Having said that, it's a good idea to find protection for Geno Smith.
Tennessee Titans: Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU: B Grade
Tennessee had very little depth at defensive end going into the 2013 NFL Draft, so this pick makes sense from a needs standpoint. Lavar Edwards is also in the right range as a fifth-round prospect.
Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Meeks, S, Clemson: C- Grade
Another safety? I'm trying to figure out how this makes sense. Meeks was a borderline draftable prospect, so it's not even like he was one of the top players available.
New Orleans Saints: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma: A- Grade
Receiver wasn't a perceived need for the Saints heading into the draft, but there was room for improvement with Devery Henderson gone. Kenny Stills was a fourth-round prospect, so New Orleans is getting good value with him.
San Diego Chargers: Steve Williams, CB, California: B- Grade
This is a very slight reach, but Steve Williams definitely fills a need. The Chargers have the injury-prone Derek Cox and Marcus Gilchrist at corner, so San Diego had to find help at the position.
Denver Broncos: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky: B Grade
This is a bit later than I thought the Broncos would wait to find a potential replacement for Elvis Dumervil, but Quanterus Smith is a solid pick. He fits the range and fills a need.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Steven Means, DE, Buffalo: D Grade
I wish I could give the Buccaneers a Millen grade for this, but it's the fifth round. Still, this is a bad selection. Steven Means is not a draftable prospect, and a second defensive end wasn't needed.
Carolina Panthers: A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State: B Grade
I thought A.J. Klein would be a fourth-rounder, so this is a nice value selection. Klein won't project as a starter, but he'll provide depth for a Carolina team that wasn't very deep at linebacker.
St. Louis Rams: Brandon McGee, CB, Miami: B Grade
The Rams have their starting cornerbacks set, but they had absolutely no depth at the position. They had to spend at least one selection on a corner, and Brandon McGee is a fine choice in the middle of the fifth round.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois: B+ Grade
The Steelers lost Keenan Lewis in free agency to the Saints, so it's no surprise that they used a mid-round pick on the cornerback position. Terry Hawthorne definitely fits the range.
Dallas Cowboys: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State: A- Grade
This is a pretty solid pick. I feel like Joseph Randle should have gone earlier than this. The Cowboys were desperate for a second running back with Felix Jones gone, as DeMarco Murray is too injury-prone.
New York Giants: Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond: B- Grade
Cooper Taylor drew a ton of attention in pre-draft visits, so it's not surprising to see him get drafted in the fifth round. I feel like this is a bit early for him, but he does fill a need for safety depth with Kenny Phillips gone.
Atlanta Falcons: Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU: B Grade
The Falcons continue to draft well. This is another pick that makes sense, as Atlanta had to double dip at the defensive end position. Stansly Mapgona fits the range as a fifth-round prospect.
Washington Redskins: Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State: C- Grade
Surprise, surprise, Mike Shanahan used a late-round pick on a running back. I don't know anyone who considered Chris Thomas a draftable prospect, but I don't want to be one to question a Shanahan running back pick.
Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Locke, P, UCLA: D Grade
I'm not a fan of drafting a punter in the first five rounds, especially when a punter isn't needed. Maybe the Vikings have grown tired of Chris Kluwe's Twitter antics, but it's still not a reason to take a punter at this point. It's like drafting a kicker in the 11th round of your fantasy league.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas: C- Grade
Tanner Hawkinson was a borderline draftable prospect, so this is a reach. I also don't see how Tanner Hawkinson contributes anytime soon. I'm not a fan of this selection.
San Francisco 49ers: Quinton Dial, DE/DT, Alabama: B Grade
It's not surprising to see the 49ers draft a second defensive lineman. They were hurting for depth in that area heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. Quinton Dial fits the range as a fifth-round prospect.
Seattle Seahawks: Luke Willson, TE, Rice: C+ Grade
I never thought I'd be talking about an "other" Rice tight end, but Luke Willson could have a chance to start down the road because of the lack of talent Seattle has at the position. He's a bit of a reach though.
Green Bay Packers: Micah Hyde, CB/S, Iowa: B Grade
Micah Hyde played cornerback at Iowa, but he may have to move to safety in the NFL because of speed concerns. Ted Thompson could be fine with that. He likes versatile players and needed help at the safety position. I thought Hyde would go in the middle of the fifth round, so this is the right range for him.
St. Louis Rams: Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt: B+ Grade
I thought the Rams would address the running back position earlier in the 2013 NFL Draft, but with solid talents like Zac Stacy available in the fifth round, they could afford to be patient. Stacy could be the starter this season.
Denver Broncos: Tavarres King, WR, Georgia: A- Grade
Tavarres King doesn't fill a need at all, but there's no denying his value near the bottom of the fifth round. Why not go with one of the top players available? King will definitely be useful if one of Peyton Manning's receivers goes down with an injury.
Washington Redskins: Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State: B+ Grade
The Redskins found out the hard way how important rush linebacking depth is when Brian Orakpo went down in Week 2 last year. Brandon Jenkins is coming off an injury of his own (foot), but he'll provide a solid Plan B in the event of another player getting hurt.
Chicago Bears: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech: B Grade
So, I guess the Bears wanted to focus on the offensive line and linebacker groups in the draft. Jordan Mills is a right tackle who should be able to challenge J'Marcus Webb. He fits the range, so this is a solid pick.
Miami Dolphins: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida: A Grade
Lamar Miller is currently projected to be the starting running back, so the Dolphins had to find someone to at least challenge him because he's so unproven. Either Miller or Mike Gillislee should be able to emerge as the guy. I like Gillislee a lot; he's a tough runner who should have gone earlier than this.
Detroit Lions: Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State: C- Grade
Unlike the Vikings, Detroit actually needed a punter. But this is still a bad pick. Again, it's like selecting a kicker in the 10th or 11th round of a fantasy league. It's lazy. Solid punters can be found as undrafted free agents.
Miami Dolphins: Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida: C+ Grade
I'm not crazy about drafting kickers this high either, but that's more understandable than selecting punters because they actually score points. Dan Carpenter is unreliable, so Caleb Sturgis should be an upgrade.
Green Bay Packers: Josh Boyd, DE/DT, Mississippi State: B Grade
It's no surprise that the Packers spent two selections on the defensive line because they have some expiring contracts coming up soon. Josh Boyd is a solid selection who fits the range as a fifth-round prospect.
Baltimore Ravens: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin: B Grade
The Ravens needed some tackle depth, so this selection makes sense for both a needs and a draft range perspective. He's a right tackle only though, so he's definitely not a replacement for Bryant McKinnie.
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