Worst Draft Selections 2014
1.) Miami Dolphins: Ju’Waun James OT LSU (19th overall selection) I had a fifth round grade on James. There were better players available at the same position. Some people like James more than me; but does anyone think they got a first round value.
2.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dri Archer RB Kent St (97th overall selection) Its acceptable to draft this speed demon but not in the third round. There was tons of value on the board and Pittsburgh selected what is essentially a kick returner at the next level. This was flat out bad.
3.) Atlanta Falcons: Dezman Southward FS Wisconsin (68th overall selection) I did not consider Southward to be a third round caliber player. Worse there was a much better free safety left on the board in Terrance Brooks. Who I had ranked as a second round free safety. The Falcons got their guy but I don’t get it.
4.) New England Patriots: Dominique Easly DT Florida (29th overall selection)
I thought the Patriots got a third round caliber player with their first round pick. I had a lot of defensive ranked higher than Easly (Ra’Shede Hageman, Kony Ealy, DaQuan Jones, Will Sutton, Louis Nix III, Stephon Tuitt,). But yeah Bill, take your guy.
5.) New England Patriots: Bryon Stork C FSU (105th overall selection)
The Patriots traded out of the fourth round to get a pudgy short armed center. Stork was good at FSU but I don’t see him slowing down nose guards on NFL Sundays. I can live with the pick, but New England had better players available in the third round. They had better players available after the trade too. Its like they traded back just to trade back. After their first two selections- that won’t improve their team next season- they needed to get better value.
6.) Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin WR FSU (28th overall selection)
Benjamin has inconsistent hands and struggles with physical coverage. He was a reach, he went way too early. There were much better receivers that got taken later.
7.) Buffalo Bills: Cyrus Kuondjio OT Alabama (44th overall selection) Kuondjio is a big unathletic tackle. Morgan Moses was still available and there were a handful of better tackles. This pick is just silly.
8.) Houston Texans: Tom Savage QB Pitt (135th overall selection) Savage is a real project. I don’t think very highly of this prospect. I don’t like his technique and footwork or his accuracy. Houston not selecting a quarterback until late fourth round is a mistake in its own right. When they finally pulled the trigger on a quarterback, they took the wrong one.