Day 1 Pick 21 - Ha Ha Clinton Dix - Grade A Great pick fills both our top need and great value at 21.
Day 1 Grade = A
Day 2 Pick 53 - WR Davontae Adams - Grade B I wanted a WR here but would have taken Cody Latimer and Allen Robinson ahead of Adams. I like Adams and still like the pick and hopefully he can prove me wrong.
Pick 85 - Khyri Thornton DT - Grade B+ Didn't know a lot about this guy prior to us making the pick, but I like what I see. Assuming the off field issues are behind him, Ted may have worked a little of his majic with this pick. Tallented player and fills a secondary need.
Pick 98 Richard Rodgers TE - Grade D- This was a reach and most likely poor judgement. Perhaps this player will surprise us, but he would have been a reach at 121 also. There was a run on TE's and perhaps we felt we had to take one now or we wouldn't get one, but there were better options or we could have picked him at 121 or maybe even 176 or later. Only positive is it was position of need.
Day 2 Grade C+
Day 3 Pick 121 Carl Bradford OLB/ILB - Grade B+ Wasn't familiar with this guy, but I really like the pick. Has experience at DE, OLB and ILB which is where he will likely play for us. Decent speed, good lateral movement, lacks experince in coverage, but has the movement and flexibility to improve in coverage. Rated as the 54th best prospect on CBS Sports, Draft Prospects.
Pick 161 Corey Linsley C - Grade B- Has experience at several off line positions, but is best suited to play Center in the NFL. Not a huge upside, but ready to be an NFL starting Center. Fills a position of need and if Tretter beats him out, we'll know he is the real deal, otherwise we go into the season with Linsley and no worries about any starters on the interior of the O-Line barring injuries.
Pick 176 Jarred Abberderris WR - Grade A He'd have been a good pick at 121 and not a big reach at 98. Smart kid, great route runner and Rodgers will love him. Poor mans Wes Welker.
Pick 197 Goodson CB - Grade B+ Raw but athletic, good size and speed. Excellent kick return skills. He'll make the team as a kick returner giving him a chance to develope into a serviceable CB prior to Williams and House becoming free agents in 2015.
Pick 236 Jeff Janis WR - Grade B+ Excellent value, Well chisled frame, good size and great speed. Coming off back to back 1500 yd recieving seasons at small college Saginaw Valley. Has all the tallent to become a top tier NFL WR with coaching and experince. May have a higher upside than the previous 2 WR's selected in this draft. If all 3 of the wideouts drafted live up to expectations, you may see Boykins on the trading block to a team needing a wideout. Would have graded as an A had we not already drafted 2 Wr's.
Day 3 Grade A- Overall draft grade B+