2014 NFL Draft Grades: Written Before the Draft for Extra Timely Analysis!

nfldraft (1)Published May 8, 2014 at 11:14 a.m. ET.

1. Houston Texans

When you have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, you want to have a draft that fundamentally changes your organization and puts you on the path to a Super Bowl. I just don’t see that the Texans did that. Disappointing. Grade: B-

2. St. Louis Rams

With two picks in the first 13 overall picks, the Rams needed to do some damage to turn this franchise around. And I think they did just that. The upside on the haul they brought in is outstanding. Just a great draft for the Rams. Grade: A

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars had a plan coming into the draft, but instead of executing that plan, it seems they let their picks get dictated to them by the teams and movements around them. Not enough here to really like. Grade: D+

4. Cleveland Browns

This was Ray Farmer’s first draft as Cleveland Browns GM and he had to want to hit it out of the park. This was more of a routine sac fly. Maybe one of these guys will tag up and score, but Cleveland needed to do much more than they did. Grade: C

5. Oakland Raiders

Al Davis is no longer around, but sometimes you have to wonder if the Raiders are still being run by him. So many question marks on almost every pick. Just a waste of a draft. Grade: F

6. Atlanta Falcons

Great value throughout their draft. The Falcons positioned themselves in this draft to get right back into playoff contention. Their fans should be excited. Grade: B+

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

A few too many reaches here for my liking. If most of them don’t pan out, the Bucs will look back at this draft as a wasted opportunity. Grade: C-

8. Minnesota Vikings

All-in-all not a bad draft by the Vikings. But the pick that really sticks out is their 5th Round selection. Most projections had him as a 7th Rounder or an undrafted free agent. Yet they took him there when there was much more value to be had. It’s unlikely he’ll even make the team. A huge black mark on an otherwise solid draft. Grade: C+

9. Buffalo Bills 

There was lots of debate about the Bills picks when they came in and I can see that, but I think their 4th Round pick could develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Grade: B+

10. Detroit Lions

Are there any real impact players in this draft haul? It’s great to build depth in a draft, but Super Bowl are won with guys who make plays. Detroit didn’t get any of those. Grade: C+

11. Tennessee Titans

The Titans put themselves in position to be a contender in the AFC South very soon. They have to be feeling good in Tennessee today. Grade: B+

12. New York Giants

If this draft wasn’t an acknowledgement by the Giants that their window is closed, I don’t know what is. There is not much here that will help the team win now. Grade: B-

13. Washington

Washington gave up on this draft when they traded their 1st Round pick to the Rams in the RGIII trade. There’s little they did with the picks they retained to change that perception. Grade: F

14. Chicago Bears

The Bears got a lot of talent … but for what? Most of these players don’t fit into Chicago’s system on the offensive or defensive sides of the ball. You have to wonder what they were thinking. Grade: C-

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

Rarely does a year go by that the Steelers don’t improve themselves with smart value picks throughout the draft. They pick the best player available based on need. It’s not flashy, but it works. Grade: B

16. Dallas Cowboys

Wow. Bold is an understatement. A very Jerry Jones draft. Give him credit for trying to get impact guys. Grade: B

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