Top Ten Worst Picks of the 2014 NFL Draft
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Yesterday, we looked at NFL teams that made smart picks in the 2014 draft. Today, we’re going to take a gander at the other side of the coin. You knew it was coming. The top ten worst picks from this year’s draft are ranked below. Bear in mind that these guys aren’t necessarily poor football players. Many of them simply went to teams that run schemes they don’t fit into; bad selections are, more often than not, front office and coaching staff blunders. And as always, sorry if one of your team’s new players is listed.
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1. With the 23rd overall pick, the Kansas City Chiefs selected LB Dee Ford. While Ford certainly has pass rushing skills, he doesn’t make a lot of sense at KC, where Tamba Hali and Justin Houston already have things locked-down in this area. Ford gives the Chiefs some depth (keep in mind that Hali and Houston both faced injuries in 2013), but it would have made significantly more sense for them to take a WR or an O-lineman in the 1st round.
2. The Denver Broncos opted to draft CB Bradley Roby with the 31st overall pick. Roby’s issues mainly stem from the fact that he knows what a good athlete he is. Athletic ability is fine, well, and good until it begins to impact your focus on the gridiron. Roby has talent, no doubt, but his skills need to be honed and he needs to become less sloppy in order to make it in the pros. Furthermore, Roby has faced several off-field legal battles, so his character is somewhat in question at this point.
3. Oh, Cleveland. The Browns actually made some intelligent choices in the first few rounds of the 2014 draft, but I am befuddled by their 4th round pick. In the 4th, Cleveland’s brass opted to draft a CB. This time it was Pierre Desir out of Lindenwood (yeah, I hadn’t heard of it either.) CB Justin Gilbert was a smart call to play with CB Joe Haden, but I don’t understand the club’s decision to draft yet another player at this position when so many WR issues abound at present. They are aware of Josh Gordon’s woes, right? One has to wonder.
4. QB Jimmy Garoppolo could likely prove to be a solid NFL player, but I don’t particularly understand why the New England Patriots opted to use their 2nd round pick on him. As a general rule, 2nd rounders start or make other significant on-field contributions during their rookie seasons. This is unlikely to be the case with Garoppolo, unless Tom Brady has a devastating injury he’s managed to hide from the paparazzi. I would have liked to see the Pats use this pick to bolster their D-line with someone like Louis Nix III.
5. The Philadelphia Eagles are apparently scrambling to cover for the loss of WR DeSean Jackson by taking WRs in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I like the 2nd round selection of WR Jordan Matthews, but I don’t understand taking WR Josh Huff in the 3rd. Philly desperately needs to bolster their defense in order to truly compete in the NFC and there were some solid players, like S Jonathan Dowling, available when their 3rd round pick rolled around. Chip Kelly might wish he’d gone back to the drawing board once he sees how this plays out.
6. In the 4th round, the Houston Texans finally opted to address their desperate need at QB. They selected QB Tom Savage. I am completely confused by the fact that they didn’t grab Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd. Savage doesn’t exhibit the same NFL caliber talent as these other options and the Texans are going to need someone reliable under center if they finally want to bring home that elusive Lombardi trophy.
7. With the 2nd pick of the 3rd round, the Washington Redskins drafted OT Morgan Moses. Moses, at 6’6 and 314 pounds, has the necessary size to make it in the NFL, but lacks the ability to move fluidly on the field. Hopefully some good coaching (and maybe some yoga) can help him improve his change-of-direction skills and flexibility this off-season. Moses is going to need some assistance if he’s meant to contribute in 2014.
8. Thus far during the 2014 off-season, the Carolina Panthers have lost nearly their entire receiving corps and 3 offensive linemen. While they did address some of these needs (for instance, taking WR Kelvin Benjamin in the 1st), their 4th round pick didn’t make a lot of sense. The club opted to take S Tre Boston when better prospects, including Ahmad Dixon and Brock Vereen, were still on the table. Or they could’ve, you know, chosen another WR or O-lineman to rebuild their declining roster.
9. The Indianapolis Colts had no 1st round pick in the 2014 draft (you’re welcome, Cleveland, for taking T. Rich off your hands) and made a somewhat confusing choice with their 2nd round selection. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with OT/G Jack Mewhort (and, frankly, just about anyone would be an improvement on Mike McGlynn), he wasn’t the best available player at the position. Trai Turner and Gabe Jackson were both still on the board, so I’m hoping Grigson and Co. know something the rest of us don’t about Mewhort’s fit at Indy.
10. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned liking OT Cyrus Kouandjio at the Buffalo Bills. This holds true. However, I think taking Kouandjio in the 2nd round was too high given his medical issues. The health of Kouandjio’s knee allegedly concerned multiple teams at the scouting combine in February. Though the boy undoubtedly has 1st round talent, I think taking him in the 3rd or 4th round would have been more prudent, all things considered.