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.
Grades:Round 1 • Round 2 • Round 3 • Round 4 • Round 5 • Round 6 • Round 7
|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.
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
The 2014 NFL draft was the 79th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players to the league. The draft, officially the "Player Selection Meeting", was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on May 8th through May 10th, 2014. One of the most anticipated drafts in recent years kicked off on May 8, 2014 at 8 pm EDT. The draft was moved from its traditional time frame in late April due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall.
There was early discussion and rumors leading up to the draft on the future of staying at the current location in New York City, where it has been held since 1965. Given the increased interest the draft has garnered over the past decade, there was belief that the event may have outgrown Radio City Music Hall, which has been the venue for the past nine drafts. The possibility of extending the draft to four days was also being discussed throughout the months leading up to the draft. The NFL decided in that summer that the 2015 NFL Draft will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
The Houston Texans opened the draft by selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina. The last time a defensive player was taken with the first overall selection was in 2006, when the Texans selected Mario Williams. The Texans also closed the draft with the selection of safety Lonnie Ballentine of the University of Memphis as Mr. Irrelevant, which is the title given to the final player selected.
The 2014 NFL draft made history when the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round. Sam, who became the first openly gay player to ever be drafted in the NFL, was selected 249th out of 256 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. After this, Sam's jersey was the second best selling rookie jersey on the NFL's website.  Sam came out publicly in the months leading up to the draft.
A few notable players drafted in 2014 were Jimmy Garappolo, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Allen Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Devonta Freeman, and Sammy Watkins.
Main article: List of 2014 NFL draft early entrants
A record 98 underclassmen announced their intention to forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility and declare themselves available to be selected in the draft. When including four players who received degrees but still had eligibility remaining, the number swells to 102. Fourteen underclassmen—plus Teddy Bridgewater who graduated with eligibility remaining—were selected in the draft's first round, including the first four and six of the first ten players selected.
The following is the breakdown of the 256 players selected by position:
Determination of draft order
Further information: National Football League draft § Rules for determining draft order
The draft order is based generally on each team's record from the previous season, with teams which qualified for the postseason selecting after those which failed to make the playoffs. The Houston Texans with a 2–14 record in 2013 held the first selection of each round. The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens finished 2013 with identical 8–8 records and strength of schedule ratings, hence a coin flip was used to determine the selection order — the Cowboys won the flip and thus selected ahead of the Ravens.
|Rnd.||Pick #||NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|1||1||Houston Texans||Clowney, JadeveonJadeveon Clowney †||DE||South Carolina||SEC|
|1||2||St. Louis Rams||Robinson, GregGreg Robinson||OT||Auburn||SEC||from Washington [R1 - 1]|
|1||3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Bortles, BlakeBlake Bortles||QB||UCF||The American|
|1||4||Buffalo Bills||Watkins, SammySammy Watkins||WR||Clemson||ACC||from Cleveland [R1 - 2]|
|1||5||Oakland Raiders||Mack, KhalilKhalil Mack †||LB||Buffalo||MAC|
|1||6||Atlanta Falcons||Matthews, JakeJake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||SEC|
|1||7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Evans, MikeMike Evans †||WR||Texas A&M||SEC|
|1||8||Cleveland Browns||Gilbert, JustinJustin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma State||Big 12||from Minnesota [R1 - 3]|
|1||9||Minnesota Vikings||Barr, AnthonyAnthony Barr †||LB||UCLA||Pac-12||from Buffalo via Cleveland [R1 - 4]|
|1||10||Detroit Lions||Ebron, EricEric Ebron||TE||North Carolina||ACC|
|1||11||Tennessee Titans||Lewan, TaylorTaylor Lewan †||OT||Michigan||Big Ten|
|1||12||New York Giants||Beckham, Jr., OdellOdell Beckham, Jr. †||WR||LSU||SEC|
|1||13||St. Louis Rams||Donald, AaronAaron Donald †||DT||Pittsburgh||ACC|
|1||14||Chicago Bears||Fuller, KyleKyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech||ACC|
|1||15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Shazier, RyanRyan Shazier †||LB||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|1||16||Dallas Cowboys||Martin, ZackZack Martin †||G||Notre Dame||Ind. (FBS)|
|1||17||Baltimore Ravens||Mosley, C. J.C. J. Mosley †||LB||Alabama||SEC|
|1||18||New York Jets||Pryor, CalvinCalvin Pryor||S||Louisville||The American|
|1||19||Miami Dolphins||James, Ja'WuanJa'Wuan James||OT||Tennessee||SEC|
|1||20||New Orleans Saints||Cooks, BrandinBrandin Cooks||WR||Oregon State||Pac-12||from Arizona [R1 - 5]|
|1||21||Green Bay Packers||Clinton-Dix, Ha HaHa Ha Clinton-Dix †||S||Alabama||SEC|
|1||22||Cleveland Browns||Manziel, JohnnyJohnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||SEC||from Philadelphia [R1 - 6];|
2012 Heisman Trophy winner [N 2]
|1||23||Kansas City Chiefs||Ford, DeeDee Ford||DE||Auburn||SEC|
|1||24||Cincinnati Bengals||Dennard, DarquezeDarqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|1||25||San Diego Chargers||Verrett, JasonJason Verrett †||CB||TCU||Big 12|
|1||26||Philadelphia Eagles||Smith, MarcusMarcus Smith||LB||Louisville||The American||from Indianapolis via Cleveland [R1 - 7]|
|1||27||Arizona Cardinals||Bucannon, DeoneDeone Bucannon||S||Washington State||Pac-12||from New Orleans [R1 - 8]|
|1||28||Carolina Panthers||Benjamin, KelvinKelvin Benjamin||WR||Florida State||ACC|
|1||29||New England Patriots||Easley, DominiqueDominique Easley||DT||Florida||SEC|
|1||30||San Francisco 49ers||Ward, JimmieJimmie Ward||S||NIU||MAC|
|1||31||Denver Broncos||Roby, BradleyBradley Roby||CB||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|1||32||Minnesota Vikings||Bridgewater, TeddyTeddy Bridgewater †||QB||Louisville||The American||from Seattle [R1 - 9]|
|2||33||Houston Texans||Su'a-Filo, XavierXavier Su'a-Filo||G||UCLA||Pac-12|
|2||34||Dallas Cowboys||Lawrence, DeMarcusDeMarcus Lawrence †||DE||Boise State||MW||from Washington [R2 - 1]|
|2||35||Cleveland Browns||Bitonio, JoelJoel Bitonio||OT||Nevada||MW|
|2||36||Oakland Raiders||Carr, DerekDerek Carr †||QB||Fresno State||MW|
|2||37||Atlanta Falcons||Hageman, Ra'ShedeRa'Shede Hageman||DT||Minnesota||Big Ten|
|2||38||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Seferian-Jenkins, AustinAustin Seferian-Jenkins||TE||Washington||Pac-12|
|2||39||Jacksonville Jaguars||Lee, MarqiseMarqise Lee||WR||USC||Pac-12|
|2||40||Detroit Lions||Van Noy, KyleKyle Van Noy||LB||BYU||Ind. (FBS)||from Minnesota via Seattle [R2 - 2]|
|2||41||St. Louis Rams||Joyner, LamarcusLamarcus Joyner||S||Florida State||ACC||from Buffalo [R2 - 3]|
|2||42||Philadelphia Eagles||Matthews, JordanJordan Matthews||WR||Vanderbilt||SEC||from Tennessee [R2 - 4]|
|2||43||New York Giants||Richburg, WestonWeston Richburg||C||Colorado State||MW|
|2||44||Buffalo Bills||Kouandjio, CyrusCyrus Kouandjio||OT||Alabama||SEC||from St. Louis [R2 - 5]|
|2||45||Seattle Seahawks||Richardson, PaulPaul Richardson||WR||Colorado||Pac-12||from Detroit [R2 - 6]|
|2||46||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tuitt, StephonStephon Tuitt||DE||Notre Dame||Ind. (FBS)|
|2||47||Washington Redskins||Murphy, TrentTrent Murphy||LB||Stanford||Pac-12||from Dallas [R2 - 7]|
|2||48||Baltimore Ravens||Jernigan, TimmyTimmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State||ACC|
|2||49||New York Jets||Amaro, JaceJace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|2||50||San Diego Chargers||Attaochu, JeremiahJeremiah Attaochu||LB||Georgia Tech||ACC||from Miami [R2 - 8]|
|2||51||Chicago Bears||Ferguson, EgoEgo Ferguson||DT||LSU||SEC|
|2||52||Arizona Cardinals||Niklas, TroyTroy Niklas||TE||Notre Dame||Ind. (FBS)|
|2||53||Green Bay Packers||Adams, DavanteDavante Adams †||WR||Fresno State||MW|
|2||54||Tennessee Titans||Sankey, BishopBishop Sankey||RB||Washington||Pac-12||from Philadelphia [R2 - 9]|
|2||55||Cincinnati Bengals||Hill, JeremyJeremy Hill||RB||LSU||SEC|
|2||56||Denver Broncos||Latimer, CodyCody Latimer||WR||Indiana||Big Ten||from Kansas City via San Francisco [R2 - 10]|
|2||57||San Francisco 49ers||Hyde, CarlosCarlos Hyde||RB||Ohio State||Big Ten||from San Diego via Miami [R2 - 11]|
|2||58||New Orleans Saints||Jean-Baptiste, StanleyStanley Jean-Baptiste||CB||Nebraska||Big Ten|
|2||59||Indianapolis Colts||Mewhort, JackJack Mewhort||OT||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|2||60||Carolina Panthers||Ealy, KonyKony Ealy||DE||Missouri||SEC|
|2||61||Jacksonville Jaguars||Robinson, AllenAllen Robinson †||WR||Penn State||Big Ten||from San Francisco [R2 - 12]|
|2||62||New England Patriots||Garoppolo, JimmyJimmy Garoppolo||QB||Eastern Illinois||OVC|
|2||63||Miami Dolphins||Landry, JarvisJarvis Landry †||WR||LSU||SEC||from Denver via San Francisco [R2 - 13]|
|2||64||Seattle Seahawks||Britt, JustinJustin Britt||OT||Missouri||SEC|
|3||65||Houston Texans||Fiedorowicz, C. J.C. J. Fiedorowicz||TE||Iowa||Big Ten|
|3||66||Washington Redskins||Moses, MorganMorgan Moses||OT||Virginia||ACC|
|3||67||Miami Dolphins||Turner, BillyBilly Turner||OT||North Dakota State||MVFC||from Oakland [R3 - 1]|
|3||68||Atlanta Falcons||Southward, DezmenDezmen Southward||S||Wisconsin||Big Ten|
|3||69||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sims, CharlesCharles Sims||RB||West Virginia||Big 12|
|3||70||San Francisco 49ers||Martin, MarcusMarcus Martin||C||USC||Pac-12||from Jacksonville [R3 - 2]|
|3||71||Cleveland Browns||Kirksey, ChristianChristian Kirksey||LB||Iowa||Big Ten|
|3||72||Minnesota Vikings||Crichton, ScottScott Crichton||DE||Oregon State||Pac-12|
|3||73||Buffalo Bills||Brown, PrestonPreston Brown||LB||Louisville||The American|
|3||74||New York Giants||Bromley, JayJay Bromley||DT||Syracuse||ACC|
|3||75||St. Louis Rams||Mason, TreTre Mason||RB||Auburn||SEC|
|3||76||Detroit Lions||Swanson, TravisTravis Swanson||C||Arkansas||SEC|
|3||77||San Francisco 49ers||Borland, ChrisChris Borland||LB||Wisconsin||Big Ten||from Tennessee [R3 - 3]|
|3||78||Washington Redskins||Long, SpencerSpencer Long||G||Nebraska||Big Ten||from Dallas [R3 - 4]|
|3||79||Baltimore Ravens||Brooks, TerrenceTerrence Brooks||S||Florida State||ACC|
|3||80||New York Jets||McDougle, DexterDexter McDougle||CB||Maryland||ACC|
|3||81||Oakland Raiders||Jackson, GabeGabe Jackson||G||Mississippi State||SEC||from Miami [R3 - 5]|
|3||82||Chicago Bears||Sutton, WillWill Sutton||DT||Arizona State||Pac-12|
|3||83||Houston Texans||Nix, LouisLouis Nix||DT||Notre Dame||Ind. (FBS)||from Pittsburgh via Cleveland and Philadelphia [R3 - 6]|
|3||84||Arizona Cardinals||Martin, KareemKareem Martin||DE||North Carolina||ACC|
|3||85||Green Bay Packers||Thornton, KhyriKhyri Thornton||DT||Southern Miss||C-USA|
|3||86||Philadelphia Eagles||Huff, JoshJosh Huff||WR||Oregon||Pac-12|
|3||87||Kansas City Chiefs||Gaines, PhillipPhillip Gaines||CB||Rice||C-USA|
|3||88||Cincinnati Bengals||Clarke, WillWill Clarke||DE||West Virginia||Big 12|
|3||89||San Diego Chargers||Watt, ChrisChris Watt||G||Notre Dame||Ind. (FBS)|
|3||90||Indianapolis Colts||Moncrief, DonteDonte Moncrief||WR||Ole Miss||SEC|
|3||91||Arizona Cardinals||Brown, JohnJohn Brown||WR||Pittsburg State (KS)||MIAA||from New Orleans [R3 - 7]|
|3||92||Carolina Panthers||Turner, TraiTrai Turner †||G||LSU||SEC|
|3||93||Jacksonville Jaguars||Linder, BrandonBrandon Linder||G||Miami||ACC||from New England [R3 - 8]|
|3||94||Cleveland Browns||West, TerranceTerrance West||RB||Towson||CAA||from San Francisco [R3 - 9]|
|3||95||Denver Broncos||Schofield, MichaelMichael Schofield||OT||Michigan||Big Ten|
|3||96||Minnesota Vikings||McKinnon, JerickJerick McKinnon||RB||Georgia Southern||SoCon||from Seattle [R3 - 10]|
|3*||97||Pittsburgh Steelers||Archer, DriDri Archer||RB||Kent State||MAC|
|3*||98||Green Bay Packers||Rodgers, RichardRichard Rodgers||TE||California||Pac-12|
|3*||99||Baltimore Ravens||Gillmore, Crockett|