Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts after getting sacked in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. The Packers beat the Cowboys 37-36. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2014: Who Had The Best Draft?


May 9, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns first round draft pick Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) speaks during a press conference at the Cleveland Browns Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Every year after the NFL draft comes to an end, there are distinct winners, and distinct losers. Obviously this doesn’t mean that your team will struggle mightily in the regular season, but generally speaking, the winners of the draft are better equipped to succeed the following year.

Here are my winners and losers from the 2014 draft.

Winners:

Cleveland Browns

In my opinion, coming into this draft, the Browns were a good quarterback away from the playoffs. Did they get him in Johnny Manziel? We’ll have to see. But based off of what he did in college, I think he has what it takes to become a star in the NFL. Cleveland also snagged a talented cornerback from Oklahoma State, Justin Gilbert. This will give an already elite defense even more talent in the back end, as the combination of Gilbert and Joe Haden will make life tough on opposing quarterbacks.

St. Louis Rams

I loved what the Rams did in this draft. They went out and got the best offensive lineman in Greg Robinson, and then added the best defensive lineman in Aaron Donald. When you play in the NFC West, you need to be able to out-physical the Niners, and the Seahawks. Selecting someone like Robinson adds that element to the offensive side of the ball (not to mention the protection it will give Sam Bradford), and Donald’s presence on the defensive line will elevate an already ferocious group to a whole different level.

Denver Broncos

It pains me to say this, but the Broncos did extremely well with their picks in this draft. In the first round they selected cornerback Bradley Roby, and making that move, Denver now has a secondary that is a force to be reckoned with. They also gave Peyton Manning another toy to play with, as they went with Indiana receiver Cody Latimer in the second round. Manning already has a whole stable of weapons, and now that Latimer is in the mix, Peyton may direct the number one offense in the league once again.

Losers:

Indianapolis Colts

This was a rough draft for the Colts. Their chances of coming out of this weekend with a good draft were honestly pretty low, because of the horrible Trent Richardson trade they made early in the 2013 season. So they are struck with Richardson, who is extremely mediocre, and they didn’t anyone that will really help their team much in 2014. Donte Moncrief certainly has potential, but he is a project, and it might take some time for him to understand the NFL, and make an impact with the Colts.

Dallas Cowboys

Despite the amount of criticism Tony Romo and that offense receives on a daily basis, that unit is not the problem in Dallas. Their pass defense ranked 30th in the league last year in yards given up, and somehow, they didn’t draft a single defensive back until the seventh round. Yes, they did get a good offensive lineman in Zack Martin, and Demarcus Lawrence definitely has potential as a pass rusher. But they needed some help in the back end, and they have barely addressed it this offseason.

Philadelphia Eagles

Once again, I have the same complaint here with the Eagles. Even though they lost DeSean Jackson this offseason, offense is not their problem. They need to help out their defense, specifically the back end, who ranked dead last in the NFL last year in yards against. However much like the Cowboys, Philadelphia didn’t pay much attention to this need. The only defensive back they selected was Jaylen Watkins in the fourth round, out of Florida. Watkins is a fine prospect, but him alone isn’t going to help that defense.

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  • trinity

    I agree with most of your points. The Broncos did great in this draft, and I don’t know what the hell the eagles were thinking lol. They screwed up in the very first round and then didn’t do much to recover.

    However, I wouldn’t call Cleveland a winner. We now know that they knew about Josh Gordon’s failed drug test 2 weeks before the draft. Not only did they trade out of the chance to get Sammy Watkins, but they didn’t address that need at all. I don’t know what they were thinking passing on Sammy. For that reason, i wouldn’t count them as a draft winner.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Definitely a valid point on Watkins. I just think that overall, they did very well. Gilbert is going to be a very good player, and based off of last year’s Seattle team, DB’s may be more important than receivers.

  • Willy

    I have to disagree with 2 of your Losers. The “Losers” in the draft, based on player rankings, are; Chicago, GB, KC, Philly, Miami, NYJ, N.O.’s, Pats, Washington & the worst of all Seattle.
    Also based on these same rankings, the biggest “Winners” in the draft were; Buffalo, Cleveland (regardless of passing on Watkins) & Oakland.

    • Cyrus Geller

      So you think Indy had a good draft?

      • Willy

        I gave them a B+ for an initial grade. They had less picks, so a higher varuable when evaluating their entire stock. Mewhort I thought is an underrated Tackle, and I am a big fan of Moncrief.

        • Cyrus Geller

          I think you have to include Richardson as part of their draft haul. I mean that is why they had less picks, and I think it is safe to say that he has been a bust up until now.

          • Willy

            I didn’t, it was based strictly on the draft BUT if I were to include him, their overall grade would probably be a C+ as he would drag them down for sure.