Top Ten 2014 NFL Draft Picks: Round Seven Edition
Learn About the Best 7th Rounders of the 2014 NFL Draft
2014 NFL Off-Season
Well, y’all, we survived one of the craziest weekends in the NFL. Hopefully you’re spending the morning relaxing, but if you’re back to the grind, just make it look like you’re working for the next few minutes (you know you’ve got it down to a science) and check out today’s top ten. We’re going to break down the best 7th round picks from this year’s draft. I doubt any of these guys will be the next Tom Brady, but some teams certainly could’ve done worse in the final round.
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1. The Buffalo Bills" selected OT Seantrel Henderson with the 237th pick in the 2014 draft. Henderson was projected to be a 2nd or 3rd rounder, so getting him in the 7th could prove to be a golden opportunity for the Bills. Henderson, however, has had some off-field and attitude issues, so we’ll see if he can pull himself together in time for Week 1.
2. With the 220th overall pick (gotten in a trade with the Falcons), the Minnesota Vikings picked-up DT Shamar Stephan. Stephan, at 6’5 and 309 pounds, has the perfect size to make it in the pros. Stephan was also well-respected by his teammates at UConn, serving as team captain. A projected 3rd rounder, Stephan has the potential to work well in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme if his raw talent is honed properly.
3. The Vikes also had the 223rd selection, which they used to draft OLB Brandon Watts, who is surprisingly quick for a 225 pound guy. Watts also had an excellent pro day, which boosted his draft stock. Initially, Watts was projected to go in the 5th or 6th round, so getting him in the 7th may prove to be a good value for Minnesota.
4. S Jonathan Dowling, the 247th selection, was snatched-up by the Oakland Raiders, who got the pick in a trade with the Seahawks. Dowling forced 6 fumbles (the most in the NCAA) and had 3 interceptions during the 2013 season. This is proof of Dowling’s playmaking potential if he receives the right coaching. Not a bad call by Oakland (and you know I don’t say that too often.)
5. Sticking with the Raiders, I’m also fond of who they chose with the 219th pick (pigs might fly today, people.) CB Travis Carrie was a team captain at Ohio University in 2013, where he also had 4 interceptions, 2 of which were converted to TDs. 6’0, 207 pound Carrie was struggling through a knee injury at the time of the combine, so he didn’t work out in Indy, but his size and football smarts make him a solid selection.
6. The Pack decided to add another receiver to Aaron Rodgers's arsenal with the 211th overall pick. They took WR Jeff Janis out of DII school Saginaw Valley State. At 6’3, 219 pounds, Janis has great size for the NFL. Janis holds his school’s records for the most receiving yards in a single season, the most receiving yards in a single game, and the most catches in a single game. Janis also possesses intangibles, such as strong character and a great work ethic, that could help him succeed.
7. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected RB Storm Johnson with the 222nd overall pick. Johnson had a couple of off-field disciplinary issues early in his college career, but had a breakout 2013 season, with 5 100+ yard games. At 6’0, 209 pounds, Johnson certainly has the size necessary to be a pro RB and is a versatile player as well. Johnson was projected to be a mid-round pick, so the Jags ought to be pleased with themselves here.
8. Projected 3rd or 4th rounder, CB Terrance Mitchell, ended-up going to the Dallas Cowboys with the 254th overall pick. Mitchell has a competitive attitude and playmaking ability. At the combine in February, Mitchell’s three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle times were the best among players at his position. Mitchell isn’t the next Richard Sherman, but he could prove to be a solid No. 4 or No. 5 option for the ‘Boys.
9. OLB Trevor Reilly was selected by the New York Jets with the 233rd pick. Reilly is a family man with a wife and two small daughters, one of whom battled kidney cancer throughout the 2013 season. Reilly persevered, becoming the Utah Utes' top tackler and serving as team captain. Reilly has a strong 6’5, 245 pound frame and exceptional intangibles, including his character. Though Reilly will be a 26-year-old rookie, this is still a smart call by Rex Ryan and Co.
10. The Chicago Bears completed a trade with the Denver Broncos to receive the 246th overall pick. With it, they chose OT Charles Leno Jr. Leno is a 6’4, 303 pound guy who started for 3 years and never missed a game, proving how durable he is. Though Leno played LT in both 2012 and 2013, he may be a better RG or C in the pros. If Leno receives the right coaching, he could prove to be a serviceable NFL player.