Sunday, May 11, 2014
NFL Draft grades 2014: Green Bay Packers come out on top” (By Matthew Fairburn on May 10 2014, 7:46p)
“The first two nights of the NFL Draft had most of the intrigue and drama. But the 2014 NFL Draft grades could not be complete until NFL teams made use of their picks in round four through seven. With a record number of underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, plenty of talented players fell to the third day of the draft. A few big name quarterbacks came off the board, and plenty of wide receivers were still available. Some of the typical teams managed to stockpile draft picks and take advantage of that value. The Green Bay Packers quietly had one of the best drafts of the weekend, but they weren't alone. Plenty of teams had successful drafts. A few others left us scratching our heads.
How do you think your team did this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
27. Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
52. Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
84. Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
91. John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State
120. Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
160. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
196. Walt Powell, WR, Murray State
The Cardinals took a few chances on draft weekend, but the risks they took were calculated. They addressed needs with high-upside players like Troy Niklas and Kareem Martin. Some may view Deone Bucannon as a reach in the first round, but he should impact the game early for them. John Brown was an interesting pick at the end of the third round. Late in the draft, Arizona took a calculated risk on Logan Thomas, who should have some time to develop under Carson Palmer. Ed Stinson should fit nicely into the team's 3-4 defense.”