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2014 NFL Draft: Grades for every pick of Round 2, Round 3

2014 NFL Draft: Grades for every pick of Round 2, Round 3

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33. Houston: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: The Texans nab a great value in the instant-starter, Su'a-Filo here with the 33rd pick. He's athletic, powerful and versatile enough to play four of the five positions up front, and adds some much needed toughness and youth to the front line. GRADE: A

34. Dallas (Traded with Washington): Demarcus Lawrence, OLB/DE, Boise State: Lawrence may not have the explosive get-off that some of the other rushers in the draft possess, but he's athletic, instinctive and has a wide array of moves to get to the quarterback. Solid against the run as well. GRADE: B

35. Cleveland: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada: Though not the long, athletic specimen that teams look for to play on the outside, Bitonio is tough, smart and technically sound, and played all over the front line for Nevada, displaying rare versatility. The Browns get an enforcer with some "nasty" here, and one who should step in and start immediately, probably on the right side. GRADE: B+

36. Oakland: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: The Raiders look to fill the most glaring void on their roster here, grabbing the strongest arm in the class, in Carr. He has a lot of cleaning up to do in terms of footwork, and makes some puzzling decisions from the pocket at times, but the potential is there for him to become a special player at the next level. Has drawn comparisons to Matthew Stafford, for his strong arm, and equally for his inconsistency. GRADE: C

37. Atlanta: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: The Falcons get a first-round talent here in Hageman, who possesses freakish athletic ability for his size, and has flashed dominant capability at times. His problem has been consistency, and he's more "big athlete" than anything at this point. A true boom-or-bust pick for the Falcons, that could pay huge dividends down the road, with some technical development. GRADE: B

38. Tampa Bay: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: ASJ may be the most naturally gifted tight end in the class, but substantial weight gain in 2013 hurt his junior year performance and ultimately dropped him into the second round here. A huge target with great hands and who blocks like a tackle in the run game. Another physical freak who could be an immediate upgrade in both facets of the Bucs' offense. GRADE: B+

39. Jacksonville: Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Perhaps the greatest value in the second round so far, Lee brings another explosive play-maker to the Jags' receiving corps to complement Cecil Shorts, and will be an immediate upgrade in the kick-return game. His lack of size in a draft saturated with big-bodied receivers causes him to drop here. GRADE: A+

40. Detroit (Traded with Seattle): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU: Van Noy can do a little bit of everything. He can generate adequate pass pressure off the edge, line up in a traditional LB role up on the line, rotate inside, or drop back. But he's not a standout in any one area, and lacks a clear-cut NFL position. A little early for this pick. GRADE: D-

41. St. Louis: Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State: The Rams add to their impressive group of young DBs here with one of this year's most versatile in Joyner, who can line up at safety, corner or nickel. Despite his shorter frame (5'8), Joyner plays with leverage, is a great tackler and has instincts to be a strong contributor in both facets of the defense. GRADE: B

42. Philadelphia: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: With the departure of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles grab the sure-handed Matthews who may not be the deep threat that Jackson is, but runs some of the best routes of any receiver coming out this year and presents a big target for Nick Foles at 6'3. GRADE: B+

43. New York Giants: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State: Richburg brings a tough demeanor, great instincts and solid fundamentals to the Giants' front line. He goes higher than many anticipated here, but fills a need in New York. GRADE: C+

44. Buffalo: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Kouandjio is big, athletic and imposing, but has been highly inconsistent. If he's able to put it all together, he has the potential to be a terrific pro. GRADE: B-

45. Seattle: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado: The Seahawks certainly took a hit in the play-making department with the loss of Golden Tate to the Lions in free agency. Though a different athlete than Tate, Richardson can absolutely fly, and gives Russell Wilson another big-play target to line up opposite Percy Harvin. Seattle still needs to add a big, physical target to the group. GRADE: B-

46. Pittsburgh: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame: In an attempt to get bigger and quicker up front, the Steelers take one of the most athletic and talented D-linemen in Tuitt. He can line up inside or out, and poses a constant disruptive threat to both facets of an opposing offense. Had he been more consistent in '13, he might have been a top-15 pick. Big upside. GRADE: A-

47. Washington: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford: Though he may lack the flash and pure athleticism of some of the other ends in the class, Murphy is a smart, hard-working defender with great instincts and a knack for getting to the quarterback. And he's versatile enough to line up as a 3-4 OLB or put his hand in the ground and come off the edge as a traditional DE. GRADE: B

48. Baltimore: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Short arms and a recent off-field red flag impacted Jernigan's stock, but on tape, he's a first round DT. Despite lacking ideal length, Jernigan is a great trench battler who utilizes leverage and power to appear dominant at times against the run, and possesses surprising initial quickness and burst when asked to get up field and rush the passer. GRADE: A+

49. New York Jets: Jayce Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: Amaro brings a much needed pass-catching dimension to the Jets' tight end group. You won't get much out of him as a run blocker, but he's a natural hands catcher with sneaky speed down the seam, who can line up in the slot, and exhibits toughness after the catch. GRADE: B

50. San Diego: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech: Attaochu struggled to find a permanent spot for a bit at Georgia Tech, but settled in nicely as an edge-rusher in '13, racking up 12.5 sacks as a down 4-3 end, and exhibiting natural edge-turn ability. Has the potential to end up one of the top pure rushers from this draft. GRADE: B+

51. Chicago: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU: The loss of Henry Melton to free agency was a big one for the Bears, but they grab another explosive, talented interior rusher here in Ferguson. He'll get lost against the run at times and needs to stay low off the snap, but he possesses unique quickness and strong hands, and should challenge for a key interior rusher role right away in Chicago. GRADE: B-

52. Arizona: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame: Niklas is still a bit raw as a receiver, having been converted from DE to TE only two years ago, but he poses an intriguing combination of size, athleticism and natural pass-catching ability that suggest he's only scratched the surface. Another big weapon to match up with the physical defenses of the NFC West. GRADE: B

53. Green Bay: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: Aaron Rodgers has a knack for making receivers better, and Adams could be the next in line. He has size, length and exhibits impressive hands and body control. The Packers still have a ton of work to do on the defensive side of the football though, and considering the depth of WR in this draft, they may have been better suited addressing this position later on. GRADE: C-

54. Tennessee: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington: The Titans fill a huge need here with the reliable, consistent Sankey who, although he's not the explosive game-breaker that fans in Tennesse grew accustomed to in Chris Johnson, exhibits patience, vision and strong initial burst to routinely break of nice chunks of yards. A solid receiver as well. GRADE: B+

55. Cincinatti: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU: The Bengals look to add some size and power here to complement the quick Giovanni Bernard, but many questions remain concerning Hill's consistency, as well as his maturity off the field (multiple arrests). Carlos Hyde would have been the less risky, more explosive pick here, but Hill is still a nice talent. GRADE: C+

56. Denver: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: Latimer fills a huge need with the loss of Decker here, and brings more natural athleticism and explosiveness than the former Golden Gopher. GRADE: A

57. San Francisco: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: The 'Niners nab the top-rated running back on many boards here, in Hyde, who gives them a tough, physical running style that they don't currently have on the roster. Another smart move by a team facing nasty NFC West defenses at least six times a year. GRADE: A

58. New Orleans: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: Jean-Baptiste is an effective press-corner who demonstrates an ability to control opponents at the line of scrimmage. He's vulnerable downfield though and will need some time to develop if he's going to be a well-rounded starting corner in the league. GRADE: C+

59. Indianapolis: Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State: Mewhort is a great value this late in the round, as he possesses one of the more balanced skill sets among this year's O-linemen. His athleticism is underrated, he's very instinctive, and his experience all over the front line gives him versatility to play on either side. GRADE: B+

60. Carolina: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: The Panthers need a long-term edge rusher to line up opposite Charles Johnson, and they get a good one here in Ealy. He's not the most explosive end, but plays smart, defends the run well, and demonstrates effort and strength to get to the QB with an effective bull rush. GRADE: A

61. Jacksonville: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: David Caldwell and Gus Bradley continue their rebuild here with a big, physical addition to the wideout group, in Robinson. He's a clean route-runner, has good hands, and is tough to bring down after the catch. With Justin Blackmon potentially out for the year due to suspension, a big-bodied, possession target like Robinson is a smart pick here. GRADE: B+

62. New England: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois: The Pats break the mold of the tall gunslinger here by grabbing the smart, tough Garoppolo. He's got a quick release, demonstrates good accuracy, and possesses strong leadership quality, despite lacking prototypical arm strength. He should compete with Mallett right away for the backup job. GRADE: B-

63. Miami: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU: Landry brings a toughness that is unrivaled by any receiver in this class, runs clean routes, and has great hands. His lack of straight-line speed pushed him down here, but he has routinely demonstrated an ability to separate with hip flexibility and strong burst out of cuts. May not be a game-breaker, but he'll be a reliable possession target for the Dolphins. GRADE: B

64. Seattle: Justin Britt, OT, Mizzou: Another Seattle surprise here, as the Seahawks take the technically-savvy, versatile Britt who can play on either side of the line, and is most likely meant to be a replacement for the free agency-departed Breno Giacomini (Jets). Some predicted that Britt could fall as far as the fourth or fifth round, so a 64th overall selection here seems like a bit of a reach. Britt may very well be a second-round talent, but if they could have nabbed him later, is it the right pick? GRADE: D


65. Houston: C.J. Feidorowicz, TE, Iowa: Feidorowicz gives the Texans a well-rounded pass-catching tight end who's an effective blocker, and despite lacking top-notch athleticism, has sneaky speed to separate at the second level. Will drop the easy one occasionally, and needs to clean up his routes. GRADE: B

66. Washington: Moses Morgan, OT, Virginia: Morgan isn't the sum of his parts yet, as he struggles to play with consistent clean technique, but he possesses the physical tools to develop into a terrific starting tackle, on either side. GRADE: B+

67. Miami: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State: Turner has the light, swift feet that you look for in an NFL tackle, to go with ideal length and frame. He's still extremely raw technically though, and needs to play with better control as he tends to abandon technique when engaging defenders out on the edge. The tools are there, but they need a lot of refinement. GRADE: C-

68. Atlanta: Dezmen Southward, S, Wisconsin: Southward is a fast, explosive athlete who lacks the fluidity to play corner, but is a dynamic downhill player who could compete for time at safety and should have an impact on special teams right away. GRADE: C

69. Tampa Bay: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia: An explosive, one-cut runner who may lack the frame to be an every-down back in the NFL, but is the best receiver in the class and can make big plays in space. Should complement Doug Martin nicely. GRADE: B+

70. San Francisco: Marcus Martin, Center, USC: Thick, natural bender who provides the versatility to play any of the interior positions up front, but needs to play more to his size, as he lacks the aggression youd like to see out of a guy with his natural strength. GRADE: A

71. Cleveland: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa: An extremely underrated and fluid athlete who can play the run in the box, drop into zone, or even cover the slot. He's still raw technically, but he could be a day-one rotational impact player for the Browns, with the upside to be an eventual starter. GRADE: B+

72. Minnesota: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Chrichton is a hard-working, blue-collar end who can wear down blockers as a rusher. He's not a top-tier athlete and may not have a ton of upside, but does possess strong natural get-off, and flashes a few nice moves to get to the quarterback. GRADE: B+

73. Buffalo: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville: Brown has limited range, but is one of the best run-stuffers in the box among this year's linebackers. Prides himself on the big hit, and should add an "enforcer" element to the Bills' defense right away. GRADE: B+

74. New York Giants: Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse: Bromley is a quick, rush-oriented D-tackle who could provide rotational support on passing downs, but will need to improve his overall strength and technique if he's going to be an every-down contributor for the Giants. GRADE: C-

75. St. Louis: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn: The Rams struggled to generate a consistent running game last season, and will certainly welcome the vision and explosiveness of Mason who is one of the more balanced RBs in the class, but may stand to add some bulk if he's going to carry the load at the next level. GRADE: A

76. Detroit: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas: Swanson is a quick, technically-savvy lineman who plays smart but needs to generate better power on contact, and lacks athleticism to provide any significant versatility. GRADE: D

77. San Francisco: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin: Borland isn't the rangiest of linebackers in this class, but he's tough, smart and a better athlete than he's often given credit for. He brings some "nasty" to an already intimidating 'Niner defense, and should stand out on special teams right away. GRADE: B-

78. Washington: Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska: Long's nasty, tough demeanor will be a welcomed addition to the Washington front line, where he's capable of competing at either guard spot, or right tackle. A starting-caliber lineman, and a good value at 78. GRADE: B+

79. Baltimore: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State: Brooks is a rangy DB with explosiveness and fluidity in space, who could be plugged in at safety, corner or nickel. Lacks top-end ball skills but could potentially develop in that area, and should be a special teams standout. GRADE: B-

80. New York Jets: Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland: McDougle's small frame and short arms have drawn him criticism, despite his excellent speed and cover skills to mirror receivers down field. Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in September. Will be best suited to compete for a slot role. GRADE: C+

81. Oakland: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State: A potential steal here for Oakland, as Jackson's combination of size, flexibility and sound technique make him an immediate candidate to step in and start at one of the guard spots for the Raiders. GRADE: A

82. Chicago: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: The Bears take their second talented interior rusher in as many rounds, as Sutton brings quickness, power and a wide body to contribute nicely in both facets of the defense, despite lacking ideal height (6'0). He drew a ton of double teams in '13 and wasn't as effective as he was in the prior year, but he's an intriguing talent who could make an impact right away. GRADE: B

83. Houston: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: Nix is the drop of the draft here, considering that many expected him to go as early as the first round. He's big, athletic and powerful, but has struggled with his weight at times, has lacked consistency, and underwent season-ending knee surgery. Considering the tools, he's a gamble worth taking though here at 83. GRADE: A-

84. Arizona: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina: Martin possesses the length and athleticism to be a nice fit in Arizona's 3-4 scheme, both as a hand-down end, as well as in an occasional stand-up OLB role considering his impressive burst and agility for his size. A good athlete with room to grow, and the potential to be a good NFL pass rusher. GRADE: B

85. Green Bay: Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss: The Packers get a tough, gritty defender who may lack elite natural tools, but plays smart, utilizes leverage and possesses versatility to play multiple positions up front. GRADE: B

86. Philadelphia: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon: Huff is a naturally fluid athlete with soft hands and good awareness in space. He runs clean routes and is underrated as a play-maker after the catch. Has an incredible personal story, and should be a fan favorite in Philly. There were more dynamic recievers to be had here, but there's something to be said for consistency and reliability - both of which Huff offers. GRADE: C+

87. Kansas City: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice: Gaines is a fluid athlete with nice length and strong natural coverage skills, demonstrating an ability to mirror receivers all over the field. He lacks physicality though, and may need to bulk up if he's going to be a regular on the outside. GRADE: B

88. Cincinnati: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia: Clarke's length, tough demeanor and natural explosiveness could be a great fit in Cincinnati, considering their success with big, physical ends. He lacks flexibility to be a consistent edge-turner, but he's good with his hands and will wear opponents down with his relentless attack. GRADE: B+

89. San Diego: Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame: Watt isn't a tremendous athlete, but he's got good size, has instincts, plays with a tough demeanor, and is a consistent technician. Not the sexiest pick here for the Chargers, but starting caliber linemen with versatility are a good value at 89. GRADE: B

90. Indianapolis: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi: Moncrief's rare blend of size, strength and speed make him a possible steal here for the Colts at 90, but he'll need to be a more consistent hands-catcher, and is unpolished as a route-runner. Has true number one WR potential, despite his rawness. GRADE: A

91. Arizona: John Brown, WR, Pittsburgh State: Brown is an explosive playmaker with great speed and good hands, despite lacking size and strength to consistently face and beat press coverage out on the edge. Should have an immediate impact on the return game for the Cardinals. GRADE: C

92. Carolina: Trai Turner, OG, LSU: Turner is a road-grader with impressive natural power, who probably should have stayed in school another year, as he's still raw in many areas. Has upside to be a good one down the road though. GRADE: C

93. Jacksonville: Brandon Linder, OG, Miami: The Jags add a consistent, reliable and durable guard in Linder, who overcomes a lack of top-notch athleticism, with good instincts and strong technique. Should challenge for a starting role right away. GRADE: B+

94. Cleveland: Terrance West, RB, Towson: West is a grinder with good vision, solid cutback ability and a physical running style. He's not incredibly explosive and won't pull away from NFL secondaries, but he's a tough, determined runner, and is an underrated receiver out of the backfield. GRADE: C+

95. Denver: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan: In Schofield, the Broncos get a tough, strong competitor who, due to movement limitations, will probably best fit as a guard where he can put his strong hands and natural anchoring strength to use in the trenches, and won't be as vulnerabe to getting beat laterally as he would if he were out on an island. GRADE: C

96. Minnesota: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern: McKinnon looks the part of an NFL running back with a thick lower half, a smooth, shifty running style, and good vision. He was stretched across multiple positions at Georgia Southern though and only committed to tailback his senior year, so his lack of experience and high level of competition could lead to the Vikings needing to bring him along slowly. GRADE: C

97. Pittsburgh: Dri Archer, RB, Kent State: Archer's world-class speed and position versatility are undeniable, despite his slight frame and injury history. The potential reward could certainly be worth the risk here, as the Steelers take a gamble on a guy who could turn out to be one of the NFL's most explosive play-makers if he can stay healthy. GRADE: B

98. Green Bay: Richard Rodgers, TE, California: Rodgers is a natural hands catcher who has struggled with weight and injuries in the past, but has the potential to be a reliable target in Green Bay's offense, considering his ball skills. Taken a bit too high here, though. GRADE: C-

99. Baltimore: Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State: Gilmore has potential to be a great blocker in the run game, and possesses soft hands as a pass-catcher. Could use some route-running refinement and needs to work on his technique as a blocker, but there's certainly upside for a well-rounded tight end, down the road. GRADE: C

100. San Francisco: Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson: Prior to his workout injury, Thomas was one of the more highly regarded guard prospects coming into the draft. The 'Niners make a move similar to that of the Lattimore and Carradine picks last year, grabbing a guy they can "red shirt", who has the tools to become one of the league's best at his position, assuming he wholly recovers from the injury. GRADE: B

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