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2014 NFL Draft Grades - Round: Picks 1-16
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Houston Texans: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt: A- Grade
The Texans wanted a cornerback earlier, but couldn't get around to it because they had too many needs. They waited until Round 7, but they managed to obtain a prospect who could have gone a round or two earlier. Not bad.
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Washington Redskins: Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana: C Grade
Tight end is one of the few positions the Redskins didn't have to address, and it's not like Ted Bolser provides great value.
Baltimore Ravens: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest: B+ Grade
How did the Ravens not choose a receiver until this point? It was one of their biggest needs, and this was a great wideout class, yet they ignored the position. Better late than never, and I like Michael Campanaro at this point, but still.
Oakland Raiders: Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio: C Grade
The Raiders added another corner, which is hardly a surprise. They were better players at the position available, however.
Minnesota Vikings: Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut: A Grade
I had Shamar Stephen going a couple of rounds earlier than this, so I like the value Minnesota is getting here. The team passed on Aaron Donald in the first round, but Stephen is talented and could be a contributor at some point in the near future.
Buffalo Bills: Randell Johnson, OLB, Florida Atlantic: C Grade
I didn't have Randell Johnson as a draftable prospect, and I heard zero buzz about him being on anyone's board. But it's the seventh round, and there is no such thing as a reach at this point.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida: A+ Grade
It would not surprise me at all if Storm Johnson started at some point either this or the 2015 season. Toby Gerhart is a marginal talent, and Storm Johnson could have easily been chosen in the third round. Great value for Jacksonville, and I like the idea of pairing Blake Bortles with his former back.
Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Watts, OLB, Georgia Tech: C Grade
It's odd that this is the first non-pass-rushing linebacker the Vikings have chosen. They could have waited on Brandon Watts, who wasn't projected to be drafted.
Philadelphia Eagles: Beau Allen, NT, Wisconsin: B Grade
I heard some buzz about Beau Allen being drafted late, so this is a solid choice. Allen could develop into a quality backup nose tackle.
Minnesota Vikings: Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina: C Grade
This is Minnesota's third defensive back, so that should tell you how much of a perceived need this was for the team. I don't like this pick as much as the other two, however, because I didn't have Jabari Price as a draftable player.
St. Louis Rams: Mitchell Van Dyk, OL, Portland State: C Grade
There's no such thing as a reach in Round 7, but I highly doubt many teams had Mitchell Van Dyk on their boards.
Seattle Seahawks: Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas: B Grade
A solid choice in the seventh round. Kiero Small could contribute and help Marshawn Lynch increase his YPC figure to normal levels again.
Washington Redskins: Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas: C- Grade
It's hard to get excited over a kicker, especially when a team doesn't need one. Kai Forbath is fine. There was no need for this pick.
Detroit Lions: Nate Freese, K, Boston College: B+ Grade
Now, here's a team that needed a kicker. The Lions were hurt by David Akers' struggles last year, as they screwed up big time by not keeping Kickalicious. Nate Freese was the No. 1 kicker on some boards.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass: B Grade
Heath Miller doesn't have much time left, so the Steelers were expected to take a tight end. This is later than I expected, but Rob Blanchflower fits the range.
Dallas Cowboys: Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford: A- Grade
The Cowboys had to spend multiple picks on defensive ends, given the lack of talent they have at the position. Ben Gardner would have gone earlier if it wasn't for an injury, so I like this value. It feels weird writing that about a Dallas pick.
Indianapolis Colts: Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State: C Grade
An undraftable player, but at least the Colts are investing a pick on Andrew Luck's protection. They can't go wrong with that strategy.
New York Jets: Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah: A+ Grade
The Jets have made some hideous reaches in this draft. This pick is the complete opposite. I have no idea how Trevor Reilly lasted this late, but he's one of the top players available. He could eventually start for the Jets at outside linebacker.
Miami Dolphins: Terrence Fede, DE, Marist: B Grade
Terrence Fede was going to generate a good amount of UDFA interest, so the Dolphins just wanted to pick him before the draft ended. A fourth defensive end was a need for Miami.
Oakland Raiders: Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State: C Grade
Another undraftable player, Shelby Harris will provide depth on the defensive line if he makes the roster. There were many better players available.
Green Bay Packers: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State: B Grade
A third receiver for the Packers may seem strange. Well, it is, but they're getting good value with Jeff Janis, who could have gone in the fifth round. Janis is one of the most athletic players in this draft, so Green Bay must like his potential.
Buffalo Bills: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami: A- Grade
Seantrel Henderson is the definition of boom or bust. He has all the talent in the world, but is lethargic and has never put it together. If the Bills coach him up, they'll have a stud tackle. If not, well, they wasted a seventh-round pick, so who cares?
Dallas Cowboys: Will Smith, OLB, Texas Tech: C Grade
And the Cowboys are back to picking undraftable players. It's nice to know that hell hasn't frozen over.
Cincinnati Bengals: James Wright, WR, LSU: C Grade
I didn't have James Wright as a draftable prospect either. The Bengals did need a receiver after losing Andrew Hawkins, but why not go with Brandon Coleman?
San Diego Chargers: Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor: A- Grade
I like this pick a good deal. The Chargers needed a speed complement for Keenan Allen at receiver. Tevin Reese can make plays downfield, and he probably should have gone a round or two earlier.
St. Louis Rams: C.B. Bryant, S, Ohio State: C Grade
This is the Rams' second safety, but I don't feel as though they've appropriately addressed the position. I didn't have C.B. Bryant as a draftable player, and there were better options available.
Denver Broncos: Corey Nelson, OLB, Oklahoma: C Grade
More linebacking depth makes sense, but the Broncos probably could have chosen a superior prospect.
San Francisco 49ers: Kaleb Ramsey, DE/DT, Boston College: B Grade
Kaleb Ramsey will provide depth at five-technique for the 49ers if he makes the roster. He provides good range in Round 7, so this is a solid choice.
New England Patriots: Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan: B- Grade
Jeremy Gallon was viewed as being on the cusp of draftability, so it's no surprise to see him go in the seventh round. I'm sure he'll have a place on New England's special teams.
San Francisco 49ers: Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma: A Grade
I like this pick a lot. The 49ers still use a fullback, and Trey Millard could be a starter in the future. He would have been a fourth-round pick if he didn't tear his ACL. He'll be stashed in 2014 and used the following year.
Chicago Bears: Charles Leno, OT/G, Boise State: A- Grade
The Bears love picking players who can play multiple positions. That applies to Charles Leno, who can be used at tackle and guard. He probably should have gone in Rounds 5-6, so this is a nice value pick.
Oakland Raiders: Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky: B Grade
The Raiders hadn't addressed the safety position yet, so they might as well do that now. Jonathan Dowling was seen as a late-round prospect, so this choice makes a lot of sense.
Dallas Cowboys: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor: A+ Grade
OK, so maybe hell has frozen over after all. Ahmad Dixon was viewed by some as a third-round prospect. I don't understand how he and some others - Marcus Roberson, Christian Jones, Antonio Richardson - have lasted this long. But the Cowboys can't complain because they're getting a steal and potentially filling a position of need.
St. Louis Rams: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri: A Grade
It's ridiculous that Michael Sam lasted this long. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Sure, he doesn't have the measurables, but he can be a very good situational pass-rusher, and those type of players go in Rounds 4-5, which is where Sam should have gone. The Rams are getting great value at this spot, and as Jeff Fisher said before the draft began, you can never have enough pass-rushers.
St. Louis Rams: Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State: C Grade
Nothing wrong with offensive line depth, and the Rams need plenty of it. Demetrius Rhaney wasn't viewed as a draftable player, but it's Pick No. 250, so who cares?
Dallas Cowboys: Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois: B+ Grade
I was told Ken Bishop would generate some interest in Round 6, perhaps even the frame before that. With that in mind, the Cowboys are getting decent value at a position that absolutely needs to be strengthened.
Cincinnati Bengals: Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern: B Grade
Solid range fit for the Bengals here. This is only their second cornerback, and they were expected to select multiple players at that position.
Atlanta Falcons: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut: A Grade
I thought Yawin Smallwood would go much earlier than this. There was a ton of interest in him during the pre-draft process, so seeing him fall to the seventh round is surprising. The Falcons are doing a good job of adding depth to their linebacking corps, and I like Smallwood as a prospect better than the other linebacker they chose.
Dallas Cowboys: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon: A Grade
All eyes are on Michael Sam, but no one is paying attention to the fact that Jerry Jones is absolutely on fire in the seventh round. One team thought Terrance Mitchell would go in the Round 3-4 area, so Dallas getting him here is pretty amazing.
Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Starr, DE/OLB, South Dakota: B Grade
Another linebacker, but this one can get after the quarterback. The value is right for Tyler Starr, and considering the lack of talent at pass-rushing linebacker, the South Dakota prospect could definitely make the roster.
Houston Texans: Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis: A- Grade
A solid Mr. Irrelevant pick. Lonnie Ballentine received lots of attention during the pre-draft process, so I'm surprised he didn't go earlier than this. The Texans hadn't taken a safety yet, so this makes sense.
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