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Grades: 2014 NFL Draft Round 4

by | NFLDraftScout.com

NFLDraftScout.com's Derek Stephens analyzes each pick from Round 4 of the 2014 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections.

Grades: Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7

101B+Eagles select: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

Versatile DB who can line up at safety or corner, and possesses the skill set to press or play off. Good fundamental tackler who plays with desirable physicality for a starting corner at the next level.

102BRedskins select: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

A wiry, long, athletic DB who can disrupt WRs off the line, and has some of the best ball skills in the class. He lacks blazing speed, and will need to get stronger to be a regular on the outside in the NFL.

103B-Falcons select: Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State

Lacks ideal size to be a regular at the next level, and shared carries for most of his career at FSU, but he plays extremely physical for his size, and plays with impressive burst and quickness.

104BJets select: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma

Saunders is an explosive, quick athlete who can make big plays after the catch. His slight frame is obviously a concern, but used in the right role, could be a dangerous complementary weapon for the Jets' offense and could be an immediate upgrade to the return game. Plays bigger than his frame.

105CPatriots select: Bryan Stork, C, Florida State

Stork is limited physically with a stiff, short frame, but he's instinctive, smart, and tough, and may give the Patriots the versatility to line him up at any of the three interior positions.

106B49ers select: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

Still very raw as a route-runner, Ellington's a tough, sure-handed, athletic WR who should be an immediate upgrade to the slot in San Francisco. Another much-needed weapon for Colin Kaepernick in the passing game.

107ARaiders select: Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech

Ellis's rare combination of size and quickness make him an intriguing addition to the Raiders D-line. A wide-bodied plugger who possesses surprising up-field burst against the pass. Could be one of the steals of this draft.

108B-Seahawks select: Cassius Marsh, DT, UCLA

Marsh is a gifted athlete with ideal length to play end at the next level. The biggest knock on him has been surrounding his character, but Seattle has never shied away from players with challenging pasts. The talent is there for Marsh to be a disruptive force as a pass-rusher at the next level.

109B+Bills select: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

Cockrell brings top-notch ball skills, impressive instincts and ideal quickness to play inside or out. His slight frame is a bit of a concern, but if he can bulk up, he may be a consideration to rotate in at safety as well.

110C+Rams select: Maurice Alexander, SS, Utah State

An aggressive, physical DB who possesses many of the desired traits to be an in-the-box safety at the next level. He's still raw, and can be over-aggressive to the point of missing tackles and plays on the ball, but the tools are there to develop into a starter down the road.

111A-Bengals select: Russell Bodine, OG, North Carolina

Bodine is a solid fundamental technician who exhibits fluidity when sliding to pass protect, and plays with a tough demeanor as a run blocker. Possesses movement skills and strength to play any of the interior positions.

112B+Titans select: Daquan Jones, DT, Penn State

Jones is a rare athlete for his size, exhibiting versatility to line up inside or out, and even rushed from a two-point at times, in school. He possesses good natural power, and has instincts and vision to be a good run defender as well. Consistency was his biggest issue in school, but if he can continue to develop, he has the tools to be a special pro.

113AGiants select: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

Williams is a tough, big, physical back who carried the load for Boston College in '13. Possesses nice burst, and an ability to move defenders on contact. Was non-existent in the passing game for the Golden Eagles, which leads to a drop here, but he's one of the most talented backs in this draft, and is known as a high-character, reliable teammate.

114BJaguars select: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Colvin possesses ideal press-corner traits, and plays solid against the run. He's slightly built though, and may need to bulk up if he's to be a regular on the outside at the next level.

115B+Jets select: Shaquelle Evans, WR, UCLA

Evans is a physical receiver with underrated speed, and great ball skills. He's tough over the middle, and exhibits strong, reliable hands when asked to secure the ball off his frame. Could be a major contributor early for the Jets.

116B+Raiders select: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

Off-field red flags have hampered McGill's draft stock, but there's no denying the talent he possesses. He has the ability to be routinely disruptive when he puts his hands on receivers at the line, and despite some stiffness in the hips, demonstrates corrective speed to make up for mistakes. If he can mature, he has the make-up to be a really good press-corner in the NFL.

117BBears select: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Carey was one of the nations top RBs over the last couple of years, displaying toughness, burst and quickness that you like to see in an NFL back. He has no real elite trait, but his vision and explosive first-step give him a chance to be a reliable NFL back.

118A-Steelers select: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Bryant is a rare physical specimen, possessing incredible speed and quickness for his size. He's still raw as a receiver though, often trapping the ball rather than plucking it, and only has one successful year under his belt in college. Needs to improve his routes, and comes with some maturity questions. First-round upside here.

119C-Cowboys select: Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa

Hitchens was a productive tackler at Iowa, and comes with ideal size to play on the inside at the next level. He's limited in space though, and may have been available later in the draft.

120CCardinals select: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Thomas fits the mold of the big, tough gunslinger that Bruce Arians loves. His lack of development and improvement over his career at Virginia Tech has been extremely disappointing though, despite rare athleticism for his size. Has a lot to improve on if he's ever going to be a starter in the NFL. Footwork and decision-making aren't where they need to be.

121B+Packers select: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State

Bradford brings instincts, fundamentals and a tough demeanor to a Packers' defense that needed to bolster its group of linebackers. He lacks ideal length, but is a good athlete and offers the versatility to rush off the edge, or rotate inside and be a productive tackler with his toughness and instincts against the run.

122C+Titans select: Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming

Huff is a versatile DB who brings hustle and heart to the Titans' defense, but may lack the skill set to be a regular on the outside at the next level. He diagnoses and closes on plays in front of him though, and could be a future contributor at safety. Immediate special teams contributor.

123B+Seahawks select: Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

Norwood isn't the elite athlete that you look for in the early rounds, but he's sure-handed, has good size, is fundamentally sound and has better speed than people give him credit for. A true possession type with a nice catching radius and who runs clean routes.

124B-Chiefs select: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

After losing Dexter McCluster, the Chiefs grab a similar type of player here in Thomas, who lacks refinement and polish as a route-runner and true receiver, but is a game-breaker with the ball in his hands. He'll take some time to develop as a receiver, but should be a major contributor in the return game immediately.

125C+Dolphins select: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

Aikens possesses natural athleticism, fluidity and instincts to be an impact press corner at the next level. He comes with some character questions after an arrest early in his college career though, and doesn't possess elite long speed. A potential starter down the road if he can prove mature.

126B+Saints select: Khairi Fortt, OLB, California

Fortt wasn't the producer at Cal that he appeared to be at Penn State, before transferring, but he's a really good athlete who's fluid enough to drop into coverage, but also possesses toughness, anticipation and solid fundamentals to be a solid run defender in the box.

127A-Browns select: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

Desir possesses one of the best combinations of athleticism, size and ball-skills in this class of corners, and could compete for a starting role right away. He needs to become more physical against the run though, and is still a bit raw technically. A true NFL starting-caliber talent though.

128CPanthers select: Tre Boston, SS, North Carolina

Boston is a vocal leader who plays with intensity and physicality of an NFL safety. He's inconsistent technically though, plays out of control and doesn't display great instincts. Needs a lot of refinement, but possesses the athleticism to eventually be a significant contributor in the Panthers' defensive backfield. An ideal special teams athlete right out of the gate.

129B49ers select: Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State

Johnson is long, lean and physical, and could be a steal here for the Niners at 129. A true press corner who utilizes violent, active hands at the line, and who offers some versatility to rotate inside at safety. He's vulnerable over the top though, and gambles too often. He's raw, but has nice upside.

130C+Patriots select: James C. White, RB, Wisconsin

White lacks explosiveness and athleticism to be an every-down back at the next level, but he exhibits good vision, decent burst, and toughness on contact. he'll be a reliable, complementary back in the Patriots offense.

131C+Bears select: Brock Vereen, FS, Minnesota

Vereen is a smart, athletic DB who diagnoses early and supports both the run and pass with consistency. He could improve technically, and hasn't proven to be a ball hawk in his time at Minnesota, so he'll need to continue to develop if he's going to end up an NFL starter.

132BSeahawks select: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College

Pierre-Louis is an athletic, run-and-hit 'backer who has impressive speed and tools, but can be out-physical'd by bigger blockers up near the line, and could stand to get a bit stronger. His speed will be a nice addition to Seattle's explosive defense, and he should contribute on special teams right away.

133BLions select: Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State

If it weren't for Lawson's smallish frame, he may have gone as early as the second round, considering his natural coverage skill-set, and impressive athleticism. In the right role, Lawson could be a major contributor early, considering his solid fundamentals, coupled with better-than-average athleticism and coverage instincts.

134B+Ravens select: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia

Urban's intriguing combination of size and athleticism make him a potentially very exciting pick for the Ravens here in the late fourth. You can put him on the outside as a five technique, or rotate him inside as a pass-rushing DT, considering his natural burst and length. Big upside here.

135BTexans select: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

Savage has a big arm, demonstrates toughness in the pocket, and shows nice touch on all the throws. He hopped between three schools before settling on Pitt, and really only has one year of prolific pass production. Has an NFL skill set, but can he produce for the long haul?

136C+Lions select: Larry Webster, TE, Bloomsburg

Webster's natural burst to go with a prototypical long, broad frame give him the makings of a potentially disruptive end, but he'll need to fill out and get stronger if he's going to be a regular in the NFL.

137AJets select: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

Dozier's "plus" athleticism and movement skills are extremely impressive for a big man, and may remind some of last year's seventh overall pick Jonathan Cooper. Dozier's limited experience against high-level competition and very recent conversion to guard (Shrine Game) certainly differentiate him from Cooper in terms of draft value, but his upside could be massive and it wouldn't be surprising to see him develop into one of the league's best, down the road.

138C+Ravens select: Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina

Taliaferro is a patient, one-cut runner who may lack natural burst to be a starter at the NFL level, but has the chance to be a productive short-yardage contributor relatively quickly.

139B+Falcons select: Prince Shembo, DE, Notre Dame

Shembo is far from the best athlete in the class, and lacks ideal length, but he's tough, gritty and demonstrates a high motor to win at the point of attack. A good run defender who could compete for a significant role on the left side in a 3-4, right away. Good instincts and awareness in both facets.

140B+Patriots select: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

While he lacks ideal fluidity to operate on an island, Fleming's size, strength and functional power make him an ideal candidate to move inside and succeed as an NFL guard.


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