CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco analyzes each pick from Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections.
|1||A||Texans select: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina |
I love this pick. He is the draft's best player. I would have traded down, but he will be a star.
|2||B+||Rams select: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn |
An easy pick. They had to take Robinson. He will play guard and then move to left tackle.
|3||A+||Jaguars select: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF |
Love this pick. I knew they loved Bortles and they had to get a quarterback. He's the right guy.
|4||C-||Bills select: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson |
They need an explosive playmaker, and I like Watkins. But moving up can be risky. Does he put them over the top? They gave up too much.
|5||B+||Raiders select: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo |
This is a no-brainer for the Raiders. He is an elite pass rusher and they need one in the worst way.
|6||A-||Falcons select: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M |
They have their left tackle and got what some think is the safest player in the draft. Good pick.
|7||B+||Buccaneers select: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M |
This is who they wanted. They were scared he wouldn't be there. They had to get a playmaker opposite Vincent Jackson.
|8||C||Browns select: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State |
I liked two other corners better, but they need corner help. Why not a QB?
|9||B||Vikings select: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA |
I like this pick for a team that needed to get faster at linebacker. He will amp up the blitz package.
|10||C-||Lions select: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina |
This kid has a ton of talent, but is he really a need? They had other more pressing needs.
|11||C||Titans select: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan |
I don't get this pick after signing Michael Oher. Is this the end for Michael Roos? They had other needs.
|12||B+||Giants select: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU |
I might be in the minority on this pick, but I like it. He will be better than Mike Evans. They need a receiver to go with Victor Cruz.
|13||A||Rams select: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh |
What a great pick from the Rams. They get one of the best defensive players in the draft at this spot.
|14||A||Bears select: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech |
I love this pick. Fuller is the top corner in my mind and they need corners in a division with two good passers.
|15||B+||Steelers select: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State |
This is a speed pick for a team that needs it on defense. I like the player, but can he hold up inside?
|16||B+||Cowboys select: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame |
This is a good pick for a team that needed line help. They didn't get caught up in the hype. The line will be damn good.
|17||B||Ravens select: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama |
They need help next to Daryl Smith, and he isn't a kid anymore. It's a good, solid pick.
|18||B-||Jets select: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville |
They had to get safety help, so this makes sense. He is a thumper in the run game, which will help.
|19||B||Dolphins select: Jawuan James, OT, Tennessee |
They had to get a tackle, and he's played at a high level in a good league. Good pick.
|20||B+||Saints select: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State |
They had to get faster on offense, and he does that for them. I like the move to get him.
|21||A||Packers select: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama |
This is a great pick. They needed range in the secondary and they now have it. Love it.
|22||A||Browns select: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M |
This is a smart move by the Browns. They had to get a quarterback. Great move.
|23||C-||Chiefs select: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn |
Don't they have Justin Houston and Tamba Hali? They had other needs. Strange pick.
|24||B+||Bengals select: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State |
The Bengals had to get a corner with age creeping in, so it makes sense. I might have gone Bradley Roby, but it's close.
|25||B+||Chargers select: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU |
If he was an inch or two taller, he would have gone higher. He fills a big need. Good pick.
|26||B||Eagles select: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville |
The Eagles need a young pass rusher, and he can provide that. He's athletic and fits their scheme. I get it.
|27||B||Cardinals select: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State |
They had to get a safety to upgrade the back end. He's a good football player who will hit you. I like Jimmie Ward more, but that's nitpicking.
|28||C||Panthers select: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State |
They had to get a receiver, but I don't like this pick. He is second-round talent in my book. Why not Marqise Lee?
|29||A||Patriots select: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida |
This is a terrific pick. He would have been a top-10 pick if not for injuries to both knees. He will be a star -- if healthy.
|30||B||49ers select: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois |
He is a heck of a football player, but with Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid was that really a need?
|31||B+||Broncos select: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State |
Great pick. I thought he was one of the top two cornerbacks in the draft. And he fills an immediate need.
|32||B-||Vikings select: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville |
I like the Vikings going up to get Bridgewater. It makes sense when you don't have a quarterback.