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NFL Draft 2014: Winners and Losers

The 2014 NFL Draft has come to a close. The selected players have arrived to their respective teams and are ready to embark on their careers as professional athletes.

This year’s draft had quite a story line from Jadeveon Clowney being the 1st overall pick to the underdog Blake Bortles being the first QB taken off the board.  The depth of the draft allowed many teams to secure good grades as a result of their selections. But even with a talent-heavy pool, some teams weren’t able to get it done.

Here’s our take on some of the key standouts:

WINNERS

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Grade: B

Drafted: OLB Anthony Barr, QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Scott Crichton, RB Jerick McKinnon, G David Yankey, CB Antone Exum, CB Kendall James, DT Shamar Stephen, LB Brandon Watts, CB Jabari Price

Comments: Vikings’ staff must have had defense in mind because they only drafted 3 offensive players.  The most notable pick being QB Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville that Minnesota traded for to end the 1st Round of the draft.

 

Team:  Jacksonville Jaguars

Grade: A

Drafted: QB Blake Bortles, WR Marqise Lee, WR Allen Robinson, G Brandon Linder, CB Aaron Colvin, LB Telvin Smith, DE Chris Smith, C Luke Bowanko, RB Storm Johnson

Comments:  The Jaguars grabbed the first QB off the board by drafting Bortles. They immediately did the smart thing by providing him with weapons that he could grow with in  Lee and Robinson. One of the better performing teams of the draft hands down.

 

Team:  Baltimore Ravens

Grade: A

Drafted: LB C.J. Mosley, DT Tim Jernigan, S Terrence Brooks, TE Crockett Gilmore, DT Brent Urban, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, G John Urschel, QB Keith Wenning, WR Michael Companaro

Comments: The Ravens in typical fashion loaded up on defense. They drafted 3 players scouted ranked in the top 10 of their respected positions.  Look for Mosley, Jernigan, & Brooks to be impact players very early on in the upcoming season.


LOSERS 

Team:  Miami Dolphins

Grade:  C

Drafted:  OT Ja’Wuan James, WR Jarvis Landry, T Billy Turner, CB Walt Aikens, TE Arthur Lynch, LB Jordie Tripp, WR Matt Hazel, DE Terrance Fede

Comments: It’s hard to see what the Dolphins were thinking going into the draft.   There were legitimate weapons left on the board at their first pick that they passed up on.    

 

Team:  Kansas City Chiefs

Grade:  D

Drafted:  DE Dee Ford, CB Phillip Gaines, RB De’Anthony Thomas, QB Aaron Murray, G Zach Fulton, T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Comments: The Chiefs failed to get a WR in the draft which was by far their most crucial need.  Their defense was already solid and one would think they’d at least try to improve their offense.  Hopefully they’ll make some moves before the start of the season.

 

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