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2014 NFL Draft Grades - Round: Picks 1-16
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Houston Texans: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE/DT, Alabama: B Grade
A five-tech was needed in the wake of Antonio Smith's departure this offseason. Jeoffrey Pagan fits the range as a sixth-round prospect, so this is another solid choice by Houston.
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Tennessee Titans: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU: A Grade
Tennessee fans have to love this. Zach Mettenberger was viewed as a second-round prospect prior to the torn ACL, positive drug test and other medical issues. That's a lot, so Mettenberger deserved to drop, but he should have gone in the fourth round. He could develop into Tennessee's future starter.
New England Patriots: Jon Halapio, G, Florida: A- Grade
Bill Belichick is taking a Florida player? Wow. Anyway, this is a very good pick. Jon Halapio could have been chosen in the fourth round without any complaints, so New England is getting decent value. Guard depth was viewed as a big need.
San Francisco 49ers: Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU: C Grade
What is up with the 49ers making these fifth- and sixth-round cornerback reaches? I'm not surprised they're drafting cornerbacks at this juncture, but these are players they could sign as UDFAs.
Houston Texans: Alfred Blue, RB, LSU: B- Grade
The Texans signed Andre Brown this offseason, but both of their running backs are injury-prone. They had to take a running back at some point, and I actually thought they'd do so a bit earlier. I don't love this pick, but it makes sense.
Minnesota Vikings: Antone Exum, CB/S, Virginia Tech: A- Grade
I like this pick a lot. The Vikings are addressing a big need in their secondary. A sixth-round pick normally wouldn't have a chance to start at any point, but Antone Exum would've been chosen earlier if it wasn't for injury concerns.
Chicago Bears: David Fales, QB, San Jose State: B Grade
Phil Emery is a liar. He told the media that he didn't see the point in drafting quarterbacks late because they seldom panned out. I don't mind this pick though because David Fales could have gone earlier. Chicago needed a backup quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings: Kendall James, CB, Maine: B Grade
I have no issues with the Vikings taking another defensive back. Their secondary has to be bolstered. Kendall James fits the range as a Round 5-6 prospect. Solid choice.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming: A Grade
The Buccaneers finally drafted a target who isn't 6-foot-4 or taller. Maybe he doesn't fit the height requirement, but Robert Herron is a solid receiver who could have easily gone in Round 3. I love the value Tampa is getting with this selection.
Washington Redskins: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: A Grade
Running back is not a need, but I'm giving the Redskins an "A" for value. Lache Seastrunk could have easily been chosen in the third round. He fell because of the perception that he can't catch passes, but the Baylor offense didn't ask him to do that. He looked good in the receiving drills at the Combine, so it's ridiculous that he slipped this far.
New York Giants: Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame: B Grade
It's never a bad idea to take a cornerback late in the draft. The Giants hadn't done that yet, and Bennett Jackson fits the range as a Round 5-6 prospect, so this is a solid choice.
St. Louis Rams: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri: B+ Grade
The Rams are taking their second cornerback of this draft, but I don't have an issue with that because it's a position that had to be addressed. I figured E.J. Gaines would be chosen a bit earlier than this, so I'm a fan of this selection.
Detroit Lions: T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame: B Grade
The Lions were expected to pick a receiver earlier. They took a tight end in the first round, but a wideout had to be acquired. T.J. Jones fits the range, so this is a fine pick.
Miami Dolphins: Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina: B- Grade
More receiving depth makes some sense. The range is also right, as Matt Hazel was viewed as a Round 6-7 prospect. I don't feel strongly about this pick, one way or the other.
Chicago Bears: Pat O'Donnell, P, Miami: C- Grade
I'll never give a good grade for a punter because they can be signed off the street. Unless a punter comes along who can blast the ball 80 yards every single time, I'll never go higher than a C.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, UCLA: B+ Grade
I thought the Steelers would select two inside linebackers in the draft, given their depth issues. Jordan Zumwalt makes sense for that reason. He also provides some decent value, as some viewed him as a Round 4-5 prospect.
Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Fulton, G, Tennessee: B Grade
It's a shock that the Chiefs waited this long for a guard, as I was told that the position was under consideration in the first round. Zach Fulton fits the range though, so no complaints.
Baltimore Ravens: Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State: B Grade
Keith Wenning was expected to go somewhere in the final two rounds. The Ravens were also expected to find a backup quarterback at some point. This is a logical choice.
New York Jets: Brandon Dixon, CB, NW Missouri State: C+ Grade
The Jets can't reach very much in the middle of the sixth round. I had Brandon Dixon as a Round 7-UDFA player, so this spot is fine. Another cornerback makes sense though.
Arizona Cardinals: Walter Powell, WR, Murray State: C Grade
Another receiver is a bit confusing, but it's the sixth round, so I can't complain too much. As with the Jets, the Cardinals are picking a prospect a bit too early, but again, it's not a huge deal.
Green Bay Packers: Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor: B Grade
It's odd to see the Packers taking a cornerback shorter than six feet tall, but Demetri Goodson is a solid choice. He fills a need for corner depth and fits the range as a sixth-round prospect.
New England Patriots: Zach Moore, DE, Concordia: B Grade
Zach Moore is the first player ever chosen at his school, and it's a good pick. The Patriots wanted defensive line depth, and there was some buzz about Zach Moore as a late-round prospect.
Seattle Seahawks: Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall: B Grade
Another lineman makes sense for the Seahawks, and I actually thought that Garrett Scott might be chosen before Justin Britt. Unlike the Britt selection, Seattle is making the choice with appropriate value.
Kansas City Chiefs: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT/G, McGill: A- Grade
There was some buzz about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and some even thought he could go as high as the fourth round. The Canadian could eventually compete for the right tackle job.
San Diego Chargers: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State: B Grade
Marion Grice has become a forgotten man throughout this draft process. He was once viewed as a mid-round prospect, but he dropped a bit. This is a solid move to bring him in though, as San Diego needed another running back on its roster.
New Orleans Saints: Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State: C- Grade
Tackle depth makes sense, but I did not have Tavon Reeks listed as a draftable prospect. If this were the fifth round, I'd give the Saints a Millen, but there are no blatant reaches in the middle of Round 6.
Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky: B+ Grade
The Colts are addressing a need this time, and they're doing it with a player who provides some value. Andrew Jackson was viewed as a possible third-round prospect this past summer, but he struggled a bit in 2013. Perhaps the Colts can coach him up and get him back to 2012 form.
Carolina Panthers: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford: B Grade
The Panthers have an underwhelming running back corps, so they were bound to take a player at the position at some point. Tyler Gaffney fits the range, so he's a logical choice at this juncture.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia: B Grade
The Jaguars had a huge need at center - which was confirmed when they tried to pay Alex Mack a ridiculous amount of money - so it's surprising that they waited this long for a center. This is a decent choice for a Round 6-7 prospect.
New England Patriots: Jemea Thomas, CB/S, Georgia Tech: A- Grade
Secondary depth was needed, and the Patriots hadn't added a defensive back yet. Jemea Thomas, who could've been chosen earlier, can play both cornerback and safety, so I like this pick.
Denver Broncos: Matthew Paradis, C, Boise State: B Grade
A center is a need - especially after what happened in the Super Bowl - and Matthew Paradis fits the range, so this selection makes sense.
Seattle Seahawks: Eric Pinkins, S, San Diego State: C Grade
I didn't have Eric Pinkins as a draftable prospect, but it doesn't matter much at this point. Kam Chancellor is injured, so Seattle taking a safety should surprise no one.
New York Jets: Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska: C Grade
Another reciever reach? Why not? On the bright side, this doesn't matter as much because we're at the end of the sixth round. It's just a shame that the Jets haven't really improved their receiving corps.
New York Jets: IK Enemkpali, DE, Louisana Tech: B Grade
It's a bit surprising that the Jets hadn't drafted an edge rusher yet. The position should have been addressed earlier. Ik Enemkpali fits the range at the bottom of the sixth round, so it's nice to see New York not reach.
Houston Texans: Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn: B Grade
The first and best fullback is off the board. The Texans needed a player at that position, so why not take Jay Prosch at this point? This is a pretty logical choice, and Arian Foster has to be thrilled.
Cincinnati Bengals: Marquis Flowers, OLB, Arizona: C Grade
Cincinnati has ignored the linebacker position thus far. Depth was needed, so taking one at this point makes sense. There were better linebackers available, but it's hard to call a pick a reach at the end of Round 6.
New York Jets: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson: A Grade
Remember when Tajh Boyd was viewed as a potential first-round prospect? Good times. I love this pick. Boyd's stock dropped over the past year, but he should still have been chosen in Rounds 3-4. The Jets are desperate for a franchise quarterback, so perhaps Boyd can develop into one. He might be better than Geno Smith right now.
St. Louis Rams: Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU: B Grade
Jerry Jones' heart is broken because he wanted Garrett Gilbert in the seventh round. The Rams needed to take a young, developmental quarterback, and Gilbert was one of the top signal-callers available.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee: A+ Grade
I don't understand why Daniel McCullers fell this far. He is far too talented to go at the very end of the sixth round. The Steelers are getting a steal all while addressing a position of need. Their fans have to be thrilled with this selection.
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