The 2014 NFL draft is behind us all, NFL Draft Insiders will look back and do what every hardcore football guru does, analyze the winners of and the losers of the draft inside the war room.

Let’s look back at what the NFC team needs were heading into the draft and if they succeeded.

 

NFC East

New York Giants

 

Needs: WR, TE, OL, LB

 

It’s no real surprise that Odell Beckham Jr. went in the top 15, his draft stock had risen dramatically in the two weeks before the draft. It’s also no surprise the Giants drafted him at 12, receiver was one of their biggest needs after losing Hakeem Nicks. Beckham gives them another fast receiver to play outside, opposite Victor Cruz. Weston Richburg was my favorite center in this year’s draft and should win that starting job. Andre Williams gives them the bigger, goal-line back they lacked all last season. Bromley, 6’3”, 306 pounds, gives the Giants the run blocker they need, just not the pass-rusher. Outside linebacker Devon Kennard, has some injury concerns, but has the speed and instincts you want in a pass-rusher. Bennet Jackson, has adequate speed, but is better in zone than man at this point. Still, he should at least be able to come in on nickel and dime packages, as well as being a contributor on special teams.

 

The Giants stuck to their board as well as their needs, getting the receiver they needed and getting a center that could be there for the next 10 years. The Giants are draft winners.

 

(1) 12 WR Odell Beckham Jr. LSU

(2) 43 C Weston Richburg Colorado State

(3) 74 DT Jay Bromley Syracuse

(4) 113 RB Andre Williams Boston College

(5) 152 S Nat Berhe San Diego State

(5) 174 OLB Devon Kennard USC

(6) 187 CB Bennett Jackson Notre Dame

Dallas Cowboys

 

Needs: LB, S, WR, OL

 

Radio City music hall went silent when Dallas picked. Why? Because Johnny Manziel was still available to be selected and the previous week, Jerry Jones said Manziel was the best player on their board. Seemed like a no brainer right? Manziel was still there and Cowboys were picking. Apparently not, cause Jerry Jones ended up selecting the most versatile offensive lineman in this year’s draft, Zack Martin. Martin can play on the outside or in the middle at Guard. Martin was the only player during the senior bowl, to consistently stop DT Aaron Donald. Dallas traded up in the second round, to draft defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, a hole that was left after Demarcus Ware left for the Broncos. A kid who was also suspended multiple times and fell because of it. Street was one of my favorite receivers taken on day three, he’s a natural pass-catcher and a great route runner, with above average straight line speed. He might have to play in the slot because of his smaller stature and his inability to beat press-man. Anthony Hitchens and Will Smith give the Cowboys some much needed depth at both inside and outside linebacker. Both players need some polishing. And Terrance Mitchell is a decent sized corner, who improved over the course of his career, but is vulnerable in man-to-man and slower than most starting corners nowadays, having only ran a 4.63 40 yard dash time at the combine.

 

Zack Martin was my favorite offensive lineman only behind Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews. I think the team needed to address their defense first, but I like the pick and Dallas did methodically take of their needs one by one over all seven rounds, trading up when they needed too. The Cowboys are winners in our book, at least as far as the draft is concerned.

 

(1) 16 T Zack Martin Notre Dame

(2) 34 DE Demarcus Lawrence Boise State

(4) 119 OLB Anthony Hitchens Iowa

(5) 146 WR Devin Street Pittsburgh

(7) 231 DE Ben Gardner Stanford

(7) 238 OLB Will Smith Texas Tech

(7) 248 S Ahmad Dixon Baylor

(7) 251 DT Ken Bishop Northern Illinois

(7) 254 DB Terrance Mitchell Oregon

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Needs: S, WR, CB, LB

 

I had the Eagles taking either a safety or receiver in the first round in every single mock I did involving them. But, the Eagles traded down and ended up taking defensive end, Marcus Smith. A young athletic pass rusher, who fits their scheme. Maybe a little bit of a reach, but I get it. Only two seniors were drafted out of the top 16 that went over the weekend and Philadelphia got them both. Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. I personally thought Matthews was a first rounder. And Huff played at Oregon, no real mystery there. Jaylen Watkins can line up at either safety or cornerback for them and can play man or zone with physicality. Taylor Hart, the other Oregon guy that Chip Kelly drafted. He has ideal size and strength for a defensive end but doesn’t have the instincts to play at outside linebacker. Ed Reynolds is at his best in the box for run support. Drafted for upside.

 

The Eagles still needed to add more depth in the back half of their secondary. But, I like what they did on offense and in the front seven. The Eagles are winners.

 

(1) 26 OLB Marcus Smith Louisville

(2) 42 WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt

(3) 86 WR Josh Huff Oregon

(4) 101 CB Jaylen Watkins Florida

(5) 141 DE Taylor Hart Oregon

(5) 162 DB Ed Reynolds Stanford

(7) 224 DT Beau Allen Wisconsin

 

 

Washington Redskins

 

Needs: RT, S, LB, CB

 

The Redskins didn’t have a ton of picks, so I liked how they traded down, even though it was with a divisional opponent. At 47 the Redskins took the best defensive end left, Trent Murphy. But, they probably should have taken a tackle here. Washington got lucky in the third when Morgan Moses fell to them. Moses has first round talent written all over him and the Redskins desperately needed a right tackle. Spencer Long played guard in college, but is versatile enough to play at any of the interior line spots for them. Bashaud Breeland has some of the best ball skills in this class of corners, but lacks ideal top-end speed. Lache Seastrunk played at the same school as RG III and is a nice change of pace back to go with Alfred Morris. Ted Bolser has the ability to get the tough first downs, but isn’t the best blocker and doesn’t have the speed to stretch the field. And Kyle Hocker is the best kicker, concerting on 13 of 15 field goals and all 28 extra points in 2013.

 

The Redskins did a lot of moving around in the draft this year and not always for the better. Their first two picks were the best and after that I was left, well, scratching my head. The Redskins are the next head-scratchers.

 

 

(2) 47 OLB Trent Murphy Stanford

(3) 66 T Morgan Moses Virginia

(3)78 G Spencer Long Nebraska

(4) 102 CB Bashaud Breeland Clemson

(5) 142 WR Ryan Grant Tulane

(6) 186 RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor

(7) 217 TE Ted Bolser Indiana

(7) 228 K Zach Hocker Arkansas

 

NFC North

 

Detroit Lions

 

Needs: CB, S, WR, LB

 

Detroit went the exact opposite way I thought they would go with their first pick, drafting tight end Eric Ebron. The Lions desperately needed help in the secondary and they waited till the third round to address it and didn’t re-visit it after that. Don’t get me wrong, I love Eric Ebron, even with his maturity issues and the fact he’s really a glorified receiver, since he can’t block. But, he can take some pressure off of Calvin Johnson and give Matthew Stafford that big, fast target up the middle, the Lions have been missing. Outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy was a great pick, he’s explosive, instinctive and can get to the quarterback. With Van Noy coming off the edge, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley up the middle, it should help the Lions secondary out, by making the quarterback get rid of the ball a little bit faster. In round four, the Lions did add some depth at cornerback in Nevin Lawson. At 5’9”, 190 pounds, he’s not the tallest guy, but he’s surprisingly strong having put up 16 reps of 225 pounds at the combine and has a 33” vertical. Larry Webster is a Swiss knife, he can play either off the edge rushing the passer, or as a tight end and Caruan Reid is a pick I really liked, he’s really just a luxury pick, since they already have two studs at DT, but he’s great value for the fifth round and would be able to step right in if anything were to happen.

 

Even though the Lions got some great players, they failed to address their biggest needs in the secondary. Making them definite head-scratchers.

 

(1) 10 TE Eric Ebron UNC

(2) 40 OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU

(3) 76 C Travis Swanson Arkansas

(4) 133 DB Nevin Lawson Utah State

(4) 136 DE Larry Webster Bloomsburg (PA)

(5) 158 DT Caraun Reid Princeton

(6) 189 WR T.J. Jones Notre Dame

(7) 229 K Nate Freese Boston College

 

 

Chicago Bears

 

Needs: DT, CB, S, WR

 

Chicago was one pick away from getting their guy, Aaron Donald. Unfortunately for them, the Rams took him. So the Bears stuck to their board and their needs when they drafted cornerback Kyle Fuller. Depending on who you spoke to, Fuller was either the first best corner or third. Defensive tackle was their biggest hole and since they felt like there was no value left in the first after Donald was gone, they smartly waited and took Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton in back-to-back rounds. Most analysts think drafting Ferguson in the second was reaching and I tend to agree. Sutton underperformed in 2013. If Sutton can come in and play like he did in 2012, then getting him the third was highway robbery. Kadeem Carey, is average all the way around, 5’9”, 207 pounds and has a 4.7 40 yard dash time. Nevertheless, he’s never missed a game and barely fumbles the ball, with a 0.8 fumble percentage over his entire career. Safety Brock Vareen has above average ball skills and should be able to compete for a starting job. David Fales is my favorite pick by the Bears, Cutler isn’t getting any younger and over the past two years has missed his fair share of game. Fales needs to improve on his arm strength, something that was thought to be impossible before a couple guys named Tom Brady and Peyton Manning came around.

 

The Chicago Bears had one of my favorite drafts this year, getting solid guys to fill most of their needs. I would have liked to see them take a receiver, I’m just knit picking at this point. The Bears are winners.

 

(1) 14 CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech

(2) 51 DT Ego Ferguson LSU

(3) 82 DT Will Sutton Arizona State

(4) 117 RB Ka'Deem Carey Arizona

(4) 131 S Brock Vereen Minnesota

(6) 183 QB David Fales San Diego State

(6) 191 P Pat O'Donnell Miami (FL)

(7) 246 T Charles Leno Jr. Boise State

 

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Needs: QB, WR, LB, DB

 

The Vikings were another team that made some moves, two of which came on day one. They traded down once with the Browns and then traded up with the Seahawks. With their first trade the Vikings took outside linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr can play the SAM or WILL spot on the Vikings, so it makes sense there. But he only has two years of experience playing on the defensive side of the ball. Barr was a fullback before he was a linebacker, which is impressive all on its own. Minnesota started three quarterbacks last year so it didn’t really shock anyone when they took a quarterback. Jumping back into the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick in the first round. Will Bridgewater start right away? And will he have trouble in the cold weather games? Having Adrian Peterson helps, but it’s a passing league. Matt Cassell is a good bridge quarterback, but nothing more at this point. Scott Chrichton is a tough player, not the fasted guy and will likely be the backup, behind Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. Jeremy McKinnon replaces what they lost in Toby Gerhart. David Yankee can pass and run block well, absolute robbery in the fifth round and Kendal James, while undersized for a defensive back, has the speed and athleticism to contend for a spot right away.

 

Minnesota’s future grade will be based off of how Barr and Bridgewater perform in the coming years. Until then, the Vikings will keep everyone guessing.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

Needs: S, LB, TE, WR

 

I firmly believe that the Packers guy was C.J. Mosely and after he was drafted at 17 overall by the Ravens, they took the next highest player on their board. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Dix was the number one safety going into the draft. Great value at the 21 spot. The Packers lost James Jones for salary cap reasons. Adding Davante Adams was a no brainer, he catchers everything and will bloom under Aaron Rodgers. I personally can’t believe how far Jeff Janis fell, I am a big fan of his talents and think Green Bay got an absolute steal in the seventh round. Jared Abbrederis is an exceptional route runner, has great hands and plays physical at the line. Tremendous value in the fifth round. Khyri Thornton gets the Packers younger immediately and gives them an option incase anything were to happen to B.J. Raji. The Packers starter at tight end before they drafted Richard Rogers, was Andrew Quarless and he only had around 54 career receptions. Kind of a reach in the third and played more in the slot at Cal than at tight end.

 

The Packers had another quality draft. One that should help them win their division, again. The Packers are winners.

 

(1) 21 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama

(2) 53 WR Davante Adams Fresno State

(3) 85 DT Khyri Thornton Southern Miss

(3) 98 TE Richard Rodgers Cal

(4) 121 LB Carl Bradford Arizona State

(5) 161 C Corey Linsley Ohio State

(5) 176 WR Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin

(6) 197 CB Demetri Goodson Baylor

(7) 236 WR Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley (MI)

 

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

 

Needs: OL, DT, TE, S

 

Atlanta had been trying to move up to the number one spot, for who knows how long really. But, were unable to do so, because the Texans asking price was just too high. Houston reportedly wanted three first rounds picks. No way that trade can happen, unless you can guarantee the guy you get is going to win your team a Super Bowl in the next three years and obviously that can’t happen. So, the Falcons stayed at six and took the most NFL ready offensive lineman, Jake Matthews. Matthews’ dad also played in the NFL and at the same position. Ra’Shede Hageman partially addressed their need, he’s not really the pass rusher they were looking for, but at 37 it was a bargain for a guy that could have easily been a first-rounder.  Dez Southward fills their need at safety, he’s got the speed and can play sideline to sideline. Davonte Freeman gets them younger at running back and with Stephen Jackson’s health concerns, not to mention his age, it was some much needed depth. Outside linebacker, Prince Shembo is the pass rusher they needed to add, but they should have looked to add someone much sooner, like a Jeremiah Attaouchu. Tyler Starr has some potential to be a starter at defensive end/outside linebacker, but it will take time and he will need to add weight.

 

Did the Falcons get a guy that will get the 10-12 sacks a year, probably not, but they did get some potential starters and for that reason, they are winners.

 

(1) 6 T Jake Matthews Texas A&M

(2) 37 DT Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota

(3) 68 DB Dez Southward Wisconsin

(4) 103 RB Devonta Freeman Florida State

(4) 139 OLB Prince Shembo Notre Dame

(5) 147 DB Ricardo Allen Purdue

(5) 168 LB Marquis Spruill Syracuse

(7) 253 OLB Yawin Smallwood UConn

(7) 255 LB Tyler Starr South Dakota

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Needs: WR, DL, OL, LB

 

Tampa Bay didn’t draft a single defensive player in the draft. Not one. Probably not the smartest decision, in a division where you have to play the Falcons, Saints and Panthers twice a year. Tampa Bay did get some great players on the offensive side of the ball though. First off, wide receiver, Mike Evans. Evans stock went up after the combine when he ran faster than he had been expected too and then only went up again on his pro day. Putting him in the same conversation with Clemson’s, Sammy Watkins. Austin Seferain-Jenkins is a nice addition for likely starter Josh McCown and Charles Sims is the change of pace back/depth they need alongside the muscle hamster(love that nickname), Doug Martin. Kadeem Edwards is the guard the Bucs needed to add, in order to keep McCown standing and they really liked Robert Herron, reportedly being surprised he was still available when they selected him in the sixth round.

 

Lovie Smith must be pretty comfortable with his defense, since he did not address it at all. While I like the players the Bucs drafted, drafting no one on defense, left me scratching my head. The Buccaneers are the first “head-scratchers.”

 

(1) 7 WR Mike Evans Texas A&M

(2) 38 TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington

(3) 69 RB Charles Sims West Virginia

(5) 143 G Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State

(5) 149 T Kevin Pamphile Purdue

(6) 185 WR Robert Herron Wyoming

 

New Orleans Saints

 

Needs: CB, WR, OT, LB

 

Drew Brees lost two of his favorite targets in Lance Moore and Darren Sproles. Leading me to believe they would address receiver early. But, I did not think they would trade up, since the Saints only had seven picks. But alas they did and to get Brandin Cooks. An Oregon player who would have not been there past where the Eagles picked at 22. Cooks is a sure handed target for Brees who can get yards after the catch. Stan Jean-Baptiste was my fourth best cornerback, he’s 6’2” and a former wide receiver. In a division with Roddy White, Julio Jones, Vincent Jackson and now Mike Evans. Having taller corners is good thing. Khairi Fortt has the strength to push around guy much bigger than him, have put up 30 reps of 225 pounds at the combine. But, has injury concerns having missed the entire 2012 season and then missing the final three games in 2013. Safety, Vinnie Sunseri is best suited for play in the box and stopping the run and playing on special teams. Ronald Powell is another linebacker who fell due to injuries, having had two ACL surgeries in college. Tavon Rooks played two years at a junior college before transferring to Kansas State, he’s a developmental option.

 

The Saints drafted well, taking chances where they needed too. New Orleans should be able to get back to the top of a very competitive division. They’re winners.

 

(1) 20 WR Brandin Cooks Oregon State

(2) 58 CB Stan Jean-Baptiste Nebraska

(4) 126 LB Khairi Fortt Cal

(5) 167 DB Vinnie Sunseri Alabama

(5) 169 OLB Ronald Powell Florida

(6) 202 T Tavon Rooks Kansas State

 

Carolina Panthers

 

Needs: OL, WR, CB, S

 

Carolina lost both starting offensive tackles and all three starting wide outs. But I wouldn’t have taken Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, maybe not even the second. At that point in the draft, Marqise Lee was still available and even though he’s coming off a knee injury, Lee would have been a better fit in Carolina. Their second pick boggled my mind, Kony Ealy? Really? Carolina has two great pass rushers coming off the edge already, this was a luxury pick, one I don’t think they can afford. Trai Turner, an offensive guard, something they don’t need, the Panthers needed a tackle. Tre Boston and Bene Benwikere have some talent, but will probably be special teamers to start the season, why not take a tackle? Their best pick, running back Tyler Gaffney gives them some consistency at the position, a runner who extends plays with his size and toughness.

 

Almost every pick by the Panthers made me wonder what they were thinking. The Panthers are the next team in question after the draft.

 

(1) 28 WR Kelvin Benjamin Florida State

(2) 60 DE Kony Ealy Missouri

(3) 92 G Trai Turner LSU

(4) 128 DB Tre Boston UNC

(5) 148 CB Bene Benwikere San Jose State

(6) 204 RB Tyler Gaffney Stanford

 

AFC West

 

Arizona Cardinals

 

Needs: S, QB, LB, WR

 

The Cardinals were rumored to have been interested in a quarterback at 20, to back up current starting quarterback Carson Palmer. But didn’t end up taking one till the fourth round, when Arizona drafted Logan Thomas. Their first pick overall was Deone Bucannnon. They wisely traded down with the Eagles to get an additional draft pick, seeing as how they only had six initially. Troy Niklas is my favorite tight end in this year’s draft class. He’s got the size and hands to be a mismatch for any defensive back or linebacker up the middle and does something that most pass-catching tight ends don’t do well, block. Kareem Martin isn’t the linebacker the Cardinals need, but he is the pass-rusher they can use. John Brown gives them a receiver with explosive speed, someone who can split the defense opening it up for Larry Fitzgerald. Logan Thomas is a developmental project. Arians worked him out in March and loved what he saw. Ed Stinson projects as a 3-4 defensive end, not really a guy who’s going to get you a lot of sacks, but he is affective in stopping the run.

 

Arizona got an additional third round pick this year, when they traded down. Using it on a receiver who could end up being their number two guy. They also got a starter at safety, tight end, linebacker and a quarterback who could start for them down the road. Making the Cardinals winners.

 

(1) 27 S Deone Bucannon Washington State

(2) 52 TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame

(3) 84 DE Kareem Martin UNC

(3) 91 WR John Brown Pittsburg State

(4) 120 QB Logan Thomas Virginia Tech

(5) 160 DE Ed Stinson Alabama

(6) 196 WR Walt Powell Murray State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Louis Rams

 

Needs: OL, WR, S, CB

 

The past two years the Rams had great draft classes. General Manager Les Snead and head coach, Jeff Fisher have done an outstanding job. Yeah, they had two first round picks, courtesy of the Washington Redskins. But, they used them well. Getting OT Greg Robinson, yeah he needs to get better pass blocking, but he’ll benefit from going against that all-pro defensive line they have. Then the Rams picked up DT Aaron Donald, a guy who I thought could go as high as five to the Oakland Raiders and again, he’ll benefit from all of the knowledge the all-pro defensive line can bestow on him. St. Louis needed a cornerback and they got one day two, he’s a bit undersized, but can play at safety or in the slot for them. Tre Mason was a pick I questioned, while I think he the second best back coming out this year, behind Carlos Hyde, I didn’t think it was more important than getting a receiver. The one thing they didn’t draft with any of their 11 picks. Maurice Alexander can come in and at the very least compete for a starting spot on the back half of the secondary. Quarterback Garret Gilbert is a project, but the Rams still have some faith in Bradford, so Gilbert can just sit and learn for now. E.J. Gaines was a steal in the sixth round, he’s more than just depth at the corner spot in my opinion. And then most people know by now the Rams made history when they selected the first openly gay player, Michael Sam. From a football standpoint, he’s not going to have the easiest time making the team. St. Louis has four first rounder’s set to start on the d-line and they also have depth behind their starters, Eugen Sims, William Hayes and Sammy Brown. I wish him luck and hope he succeeds, but it should only be about how he plays the game.

 

Overall I say they drafted extremely well again, the only negative, is they should have taken a receiver. But they’re winners for the second year in a row.

 

(1) 2 T Greg Robinson Auburn

(1) 13 DT Aaron Donald Pittsburgh

(2) 41 DB Lamarcus Joyner Florida State

(3) 75 RB Tre Mason Auburn

(4) 110 S Maurice Alexander Utah State

(6) 188 DB E.J. Gaines Missouri

(6) 214 QB Garrett Gilbert SMU

(7) 226 T Mitchell Van Dyk Portland State

(7) 241 S C.B. Bryant Ohio State

(7) 249 DE Michael Sam Missouri

(7) 250 C Demetrius Rhaney Tennessee

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Needs: CB, WR, C, OLB/DE

 

The 49ers were the most active team over the weekend. Having been involved in five trades, one that included now former Bills receiver, Stevie Johnson. Who has been on the trade block for some time now. Jimmie Ward will be a cover corner at nickel, as well as an understudy at safety behind Antoine Bethea. Carlos Hyde was the number one running back, getting him at 57 was just insane, Hyde has top 15 talent and could eventually be Gore’s replacement. Marcus Martin by all accounts should have gone in the second-round and fills a need they lost after being unable to bring back Jonathon Goodwin. Chris Borland gives the 49ers a change of pace inside linebacker who can come in play if Wilhoite underperforms. Brandon Thomas has second round talent, but hurt his knee while working out for the Saints. He will be on the 49ers red shirt program. Bruce Ellington is sure handed, but needs to work on his route running. The 49ers drafted three cornerback’s on day three, addressing their biggest need. But two of them have injury concerns and they are all very raw. All three were taken for upside, a luxury I don’t think they had. And Trey Milard was the best full back in draft, and after losing Anthony Dixon they needed to add some depth.

 

Two years in a row, the 49ers have drafted extremely well. Getting the pieces they need in order to stay competitive in the toughest division in football. The 49ers are winners.

 

(1) 30 S Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois

(2) 57 RB Carlos Hyde Ohio State

(3) 70 C Marcus Martin USC

(3) 77 ILB Chris Borland Wisconsin

(3) 100 G Brandon Thomas Clemson

(4) 106 WR Bruce Ellington South Carolina

(4) 129 DB Dontae Johnson NC State

(5) 150 LB Aaron Lynch South Florida

(5) 170 DB Keith Reaser Florida Atlantic

(6) 180 DB Kenneth Acker Southern Methodist

(7) 243 DE Kaleb Ramsey Boston College

(7) 245 FB Trey Millard Oklahoma

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Needs: DT, WR, TE, OL

 

Seattle doesn’t really have a lot of needs. They had the luxury of going in and taking the best guys available. But, when they drafted Paul Richardson, the receiver out of Colorado State. I shook my head. He’s another small, fast, undersized receiver. Sound Familiar. It should, because the Seahawks already have a guy that fits that billing, Percy Harvin. Richardson is also known for his drops and Marqise Lee was still available at that point. It didn’t make any sense then and doesn’t know. But, you have to give the Super Bowl champions the benefit of the doubt. Two of their best players are fifth round draft picks, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Russell Wilson was a third round draft choice. Justin Britt was a little bit of a reach in the second, but he can play right tackle and is the kind of tough, gritty player Seattle likes. Receiver Kevin Norwood was my favorite pick by Seattle, at 6’2”, 198 pounds, Norwood is the big, fast receiver the Seahawks lacked all last year. Norwood will benefit from practicing against the best defense in the league. Kevin Pierre-Louis won’t play on defense right away because of Seattle’s depth, but he should come in and contribute on special teams. Kiero Small was the second best full back. Small is a great pass blocker and has above average hands for a fullback.

 

Seattle didn’t need to do much, seeing as how they brought back almost everyone through free agency. Even with the one very questionable pick in the second, the Seahawks are winners.

 

(2) 45 WR Paul Richardson Colorado

(2) 64 T Justin Britt Missouri

(4) 108 DE Cassius Marsh UCLA

(4) 123 WR Kevin Norwood Alabama

(4) 132 OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston College

(5) 172 DT Jimmy Staten Middle Tenn. State

(6) 199 T Garrett Scott Marshall

(6) 208 S Eric Pinkins San Diego State

(7) 227 RB Kiero Small Arkansas


A look inside how the AFC team did in the 2014 NFL Draft

Teams that did not have the opportunity to fill in some of their needs in the draft they will look to fill in the needs  from undrafted free agency and free agency.

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