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2014 Mel Kiper Jr. Invitational review....

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Risen Star, May 18, 2014.

  1. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Now that the draft has taken place, it's time to review the 2014 Mel Kiper Jr. Invitational and see who got value in their picks. At least in terms of where these players went in the actual draft.

    If you drafted a player 10th overall and he went 18th in the actual draft, you would get a minus 8 value rating. If you drafted the player 18th overall and he went 10th, you get a plus 8 value rating. We do this for each player and then add up the scores to compile a value number for each class.

    The goal is to get an overall plus grade for the class. It's very hard to do. Only a handful do it each year.

    After the player listing I've included where they were actually picked and the value score in bold. There were 256 players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. If a player went undrafted he is assigned the 257th draft selection.

    After each class listed I've included where they finished in the 2014 Report Card as well as their assigned grade.

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    1) Minnesota Vikings (Risen Star)
    1(3) Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville - 32nd - Minus 29
    3(72) Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise St. - 34th - Plus 38
    3(96) Ego Ferguson DT LSU - 51st - Plus 45
    4(101) Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska - 58th - Plus 43
    Lost 2015 3rd Round Pick (Jacksonville)

    Value: Plus 97

    Report Card ranking: 8th

    Report Card grade: B+



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    2) Miami Dolphins (JoeyBoy718)
    1(19) Zack Martin T Notre Dame - 16th - Plus 3
    2(50) Brandon Thomas G Clemson - 100th - Minus 50
    3(81) Bishop Sankey RB Washington - 54th - Plus 27
    4(112) Crockett Gilmore TE Colorado St. - 99th - Plus 13
    4(123) Preston Brown ILB Louisville - 73rd - Plus 50
    Lost 2015 3rd Round Pick (N.Y. Giants)

    Value: Plus 43

    Report Card ranking: 20th

    Report Card grade: C-



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    3) New York Jets (Tezz)
    1(18) Calvin Pryor S Louisville - 18th - Even
    2(49) Brandin Cooks WR Oregon St. - 20th - Plus 29
    3(69) Carlos Hyde RB Ohio St. - 57th - Plus 12
    3(80) Jack Mewhort T Ohio St. - 59th - Plus 21
    4(111) Brent Urban DT Virginia - 134th - Minus 23

    Value: Plus 39

    Report Card ranking: 6th

    Report Card grade: A-



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    4) Buffalo Bills (MichaelWinicki)
    1(9) Jake Matthews T Texas A&M -6th - Plus 3
    2(41) Allen Robinson WR Penn St. - 61st - Minus 20
    3(73) Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame - 52nd - Plus 21
    4(105) Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa - 71st - Plus 34

    Value: Plus 38

    Report Card ranking: 2nd

    Report Card grade: A



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    5) St. Louis Rams (ABQCOWBOY/ABQJr.)
    1(2) Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina - 1st - Plus 1
    1(13) Marqise Lee WR USC - 39th - Minus 26
    2(44) Dominique Easley DT Florida - 29th - Plus 15
    3(75) Telvin Smith OLB Florida St. - 144th - Minus 69
    4(106) JaWuan James T Tennessee - 19th - Plus 87

    Value: Plus 8

    Report Card ranking: 2nd

    Report Card grade: A



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    6) Detroit Lions (windward)
    1(10) Mike Evans WR Texas A&M - 7th - Plus 3
    2(45) Bradley Roby CB Ohio St. - 31st - Plus 14
    3(76) Weston Richburg C Colorado St. - 43rd - Plus 33
    4(107) Chris Smith DE Arkansas - 159th - Minus 52

    Value: Minus 2

    Report Card ranking: 21st

    Report Card grade: C-



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    7) Washington Redskins (COWBOYSZONE)
    2(34) Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame - 46th - Minus 12
    3(66) Keith McGill CB Utah - 116th - Minus 50
    4(98) Paul Richardson WR Colorado - 45th - Plus 53

    Value: Minus 9

    Report Card ranking: 18th

    Report Card grade: C



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    8) New York Giants (L-O-Jete)
    1(12) C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama - 17th - Minus 5
    2(43) Morgan Moses T Virginia - 66th - Minus 23
    3(74) Tre Mason RB Auburn - 75th - Minus 1
    Added 2015 3rd Round Pick (Miami)

    Value: Minus 29

    Report Card ranking: 6th

    Report Card grade: A-



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    9) Pittsburgh Steelers (JoshAu99)
    1(15) Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame - 83rd - Minus 68
    2(46) Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt - 42nd - Plus 4
    4(114) Josh Huff WR Oregon - 86th - Plus 28

    Value: Minus 36

    Report Card ranking: 22nd

    Report Card grade: C-



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    10) Dallas Cowboys (DoctorChicken)
    1(16) Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh - 13th - Plus 3
    2(48) Gabe Jackson G Mississippi St. - 81st - Minus 33
    3(78) Will Sutton DT Arizona St. - 82nd - Minus 4
    4(115) Martavis Bryant WR Clemson - 118th - Minus 3

    Value: Minus 37

    Report Card ranking: 4th

    Report Card grade: A



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    11) Green Bay Packers (MarionBarberThe4th)
    1(21) Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota - 37th - Minus 16
    2(53) Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois - 30th - Plus 23
    3(85) Joel Bitonio T Nevada - 35th - Plus 50
    4(117) Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee - 215th - Minus 98

    Value: Minus 41

    Report Card ranking: 25th

    Report Card grade: D+



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    12) Tennessee Titans (DFWJC)
    1(11) Taylor Lewan T Michigan - 11th - Even
    2(42) Jason Verrett CB TCU - 25th - Plus 17
    4(108) Zach Mettenberger QB LSU 178th - Minus 70

    Value: Minus 53

    Report Card ranking: 9th

    Report Card grade: B



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    13) Kansas City Chiefs (ceerrece)
    1(23) Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida St. - 28th - Minus 5
    3(87) C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa - 65th - Plus 22
    4(120) Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut - 220th - Minus 100

    Value: Minus 83

    Report Card ranking: 31st

    Report Card grade: F



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    14) Carolina Panthers (TheCount)
    1(5) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson - 4th - Plus 1
    3(92) E.J. Gaines CB Missouri - 188th - Minus 96
    Lost 2015 1st Round Pick (Oakland)

    Value: Minus 95

    Report Card ranking: 30th

    Report Card grade: D-



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    15) Houston Texans (Boys122)
    1(1) Blake Bortles QB Central Florida - 3rd - Minus 2
    2(33) Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio St. - 15th - Plus 18
    3(65) Carl Bradford OLB Arizona St. - 121st - Minus 56
    4(97) Ed Reynolds S Stanford - 162nd - Minus 65

    Value: Minus 105

    Report Card ranking: 16th

    Report Card grade: C



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    16) Indianapolis Colts (COWBOYSZONE)
    2(59) Deone Bucannon S Washington St. - 27th - Plus 32
    3(90) Victor Hampton CB South Carolina - 257th - Minus 167

    Value: Minus 135

    Report Card ranking: 32nd

    Report Card grade: F



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    17) Oakland Raiders (unionjack8)
    1(25) Derek Carr QB Fresno St. - 36th - Minus 11
    2(36) Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech - 49th - Minus 13
    2(60) Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina - 257th - Minus 197
    3(67) Marcus Smith DE Louisville - 26th - Plus 41
    4(103) Billy Turner T North Dakota St. - 67th - Plus 36
    Added 2015 1st Round Pick (Carolina)

    Value: Minus 144

    Report Card ranking: 5th

    Report Card grade: A



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    18) New Orleans Saints (CowboysLaw87)
    2(37) Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU - 12th - Plus 25
    2(58) Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech - 50th - Plus 8
    3(68) Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson - 102nd - Minus 34
    3(91) Shayne Skov ILB Stanford - 257th - Minus 166

    Value: Minus 167

    Report Card ranking: 29th

    Report Card grade: D



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    19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (cowboyschmps3)
    1(7) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M - 22nd - Minus 15
    2(38) Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU - 40th - Minus 2
    4(100) Anthony Steen G Alabama - 257th - Minus 157

    Value: Minus 174

    Report Card ranking: 25th

    Report Card grade: D+



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    20) San Francisco 49ers (robert70X7)
    1(30) Davante Adams WR Fresno St. - 53rd - Minus 23
    2(56) Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida St. - 41st - Plus 15
    2(61) Jarvis Landry WR LSU - 63rd - Minus 2
    3(77) Kareem Martin DE North Carolina - 84th - Minus 7
    3(94) DaQuan Jones DT Penn St. - 112th - Minus 28
    4(125) Adrian Hubbard OLB Alabama - 257th - Minus 132

    Value: Minus 177

    Report Card ranking: 14th

    Report Card grade: C+



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    21) Philadelphia Eagles (McLovin)
    1(22) Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St. - 24th - Minus 2
    2(54) Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin - 77th - Minus 23
    3(86) Dion Bailey S USC - 257th - Minus 171
    4(118) Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina - 106th - Plus 12

    Value: Minus 184

    Report Card ranking: 18th

    Report Card grade: C



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    22) San Diego Chargers (DuDa)
    1(28) Dee Ford DE Auburn - 23rd - Plus 5
    2(40) Xavier Su'a-Filo G UCLA - 33rd - Plus 7
    3(89) Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech - 182nd - Minus 73
    4(124) Mike Davis WR Texas - 257th - Minus 134

    Value: Minus 195

    Report Card ranking: 14th

    Report Card grade: C+



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    23) Baltimore Ravens (cowboysooner)
    1(17) Eric Ebron TE North Carolina - 10th - Plus 7
    2(47) Antonio Richardson T Tennessee - 257th - Minus 210
    3(79) Travis Swanson C Arkansas - 76th - Plus 3

    Value: Minus 200

    Report Card ranking: 9th

    Report Card grade: B



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    24) Chicago Bears (sureletsrace)
    1(14) Timmy Jernigan DT Florida St. - 48th - Minus 34
    2(51) Loucheiz Purifoy CB Florida - 257th - Minus 206
    3(82) Terrence Brooks S Florida St. - 79th - Plus 3
    4(113) Chris Watt G Notre Dame - 89th - Plus 24

    Value: Minus 213

    Report Card ranking: 22nd

    Report Card grade: C-



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    25) New England Patriots (Nation)
    1(29) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama - 21st - Plus 8
    2(62) Marcus Martin C USC - 70th - Minus 8
    3(93) Robert Herron WR Wyoming - 185th - Minus 92
    4(126) Deandre Coleman DT California - 257th - Minus 131

    Value: Minus 223

    Report Card ranking: 24th

    Report Card grade: D+



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    26) Atlanta Falcons (tm1119)
    1(6) Greg Robinson T Auburn - 2nd - Plus 4
    1(27) Trent Murphy OLB Stanford - 47th - Minus 20
    4(99) Ahmad Dixon S Baylor - 248th - Minus 149
    4(122) Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor - 186th - Minus 64

    Value: Minus 229

    Report Card ranking: 11th

    Report Card grade: B-



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    27) Arizona Cardinals (Sifillest)
    1(20) Cyrus Kouandjio T Alabama - 44th - Minus 24
    2(52) Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington - 38th - Plus 14
    3(84) A.J. McCarron QB Alabama - 164th - Minus 80
    4(116) Craig Loston S LSU - 257th - Minus 141

    Value: Minus 231

    Report Card ranking: 11th

    Report Card grade: B-



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    28) Seattle Seahawks (Chris in Arizona)
    1(32) Kony Ealy DE Missouri - 60th - Minus 28
    2(64) Trevor Reilly OLB Utah - 233rd - Minus 169
    4(128) Seantrel Henderson T Miami - 237th - Minus 109

    Value: Minus 306

    Report Card ranking: 11th

    Report Card grade: B-



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    29) Cincinnati Bengals (BraveHeartFan)
    1(24) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St. - 8th - Plus 16
    2(55) Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas - 257th - Minus 202
    3(88) Russell Bodine C North Carolina - 111th - Minus 23
    4(119) James Hurst T North Carolina - 257th - Minus 138

    Value: Minus 347

    Report Card ranking: 28th

    Report Card grade: D



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    30) Jacksonville Jaguars (Questfor6)
    1(8) Anthony Barr OLB UCLA - 9th - Even
    2(39) Scott Crichton DE Oregon St. - 72nd - minus 32
    2(57) Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech - 14th - Plus 43
    3(70) Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona - 117th - Minus 47
    4(104) Christian Jones OLB Florida St. - 257th - Minus 153
    4(110) Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers - 257th - Minus 147
    4(121) Dakota Dozier G Furman - 137th - Minus 16
    Added 2015 3rd Round Pick (Minnesota)

    Value: Minus 352

    Report Card ranking: 1st

    Report Card grade: A+



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    31) Denver Broncos (COWBOYSZONE)
    1(31) Marcus Roberson CB Florida - 257th - Minus 226
    2(63) Cyril Richardson G Baylor - 153rd - Minus 90
    3(95) Michael Sam DE Missouri - 249th - Minus 154
    4(127) Vinnie Sunseri S Alabama - 167th - Minus 40

    Value: Minus 510

    Report Card ranking: 25th

    Report Card grade: D+



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    32) Cleveland Browns (Oh_Canada)
    1(4) Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo - 5th - Minus 1
    1(26) David Yankey G Stanford - 145th - Minus 119
    2(35) Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois - 62nd - Minus 27
    3(71) Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi - 90th - Minus 19
    3(83) Anthony Johnson DT LSU - 257th - Minus 174
    4(102) Caruan Reid DT Princeton - 158th - Minus 56
    4(109) Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut - 253rd - Minus 144

    Value: Minus 540

    Report Card ranking: 16th

    Report Card grade: C
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  2. DoctorChicken

    DoctorChicken Well-Known Member

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    Minus 37? Dammit Gabe.
  3. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    bugger me. kelcy quarles off field issues really messed up a nice Oakland scorecard
  4. L-O-Jete

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    8) New York Giants (L-O-Jete)
    1(12) C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama - 17th - Minus 5
    2(43) Morgan Moses T Virginia - 66th - Minus 23
    3(74) Tre Mason RB Auburn - 75th - Minus 1
    Added 2015 3rd Round Pick (Miami)

    Value: Minus 29

    Report Card ranking: 6th

    Report Card grade: A-


    Top 2 guys will start from day one, Tre I think has a chance to become the feature back by the end of the season.
    1+3 pretty close to actual pick and Moses was the best OT left at 43 (without medical concerns).
    And a top 90 pick next year.
    Not bad.
  5. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Looks good to me.

    This is the only way to grade these now, but really, as we all know, we'll know how good these drat really are in a year or two.
    The grading is based on how they were drafted....so if someone had gotten Ryan Leaf in the 2nd round, for example, he would be a rock star in this process though it would have been a wasted pick in real life.
    But it's fun anyway
  6. CowboysLaw87

    CowboysLaw87 Active Member

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    I think it would be far more fair to put the plus/minus on a scale for round. For instance... I got insane value in the first 2 rounds (a total of plus 33), and was completely derailed by a 3rd round pick that went undrafted. But turning the 27th overall pick into Odell Beckham Jr. PLUS a 3rd rounder (trade down)? That alone has to get me better than a "D"!
  7. Questfor6

    Questfor6 Well-Known Member

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    Drug abuse and other off-field activities ruined this scale for my team.
  8. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Yeah, in this process taking the 69 player picked number at 1 overall is counted as better than taking pick 178 at pick 108. But in in real life an early rou diss is literally 20-30 times as ad as a late round miss.
    But that makes it really hard to grade.
    It's all in good fun anyway, but yes, missing by 20 in round 1 should equal missing by 70-80 in 5.
  9. Oh_Canada

    Oh_Canada Well-Known Member

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    Well I blew.
    Obviously having more picks to suck at doesn't help and Yankey's testing killed me. Didn't think he would be so athletically challenged. I still think he'll be a decent pro though.
    Johnson in retrospect was a crappy pick.
    Reid will be a player in the league. Don't care where he was picked.

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