Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Grades: Recapping Picks 65-76


1 (65). Houston Texans – C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa

With Bill O’Brien now the head coach, the Texans will use plenty of the TE in their offense. CJF is a great blocker with soft hands and vertical speed. I really like this pick.

Grade: A

2 (66). Washington Redskins – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia

There were plenty who felt like Moses would have been a nice value for the Redskins with their top pick in the 2nd round. To get him here is a nice steal and fills a need.

Grade: A

3 (67). Miami Dolphins (f/OAK) – Billy Turner – OT – North Dakota State

Let the run on OTs begin. Turner is a very intriguing T/G prospect who could wind up starting for them in the near future.

Grade: B+

4 (68). Atlanta Falcons – Dezmen Southward – SS – Wisconsin

Southward is a heck of an athlete who gives the Falcons a nice nickel/dime weapon in the backfield. The question is, was this too high?

Grade: B

5 (69). Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Charles Sims – RB – West Virginia

With Doug Martin coming off an injury the Bucs felt like they could upgrade the backup RB spot. Sims has drawn some Matt Forte comparisons.

Grade: B

6 (70). San Francisco 49ers (f/JAX) – Marcus Martin – C – USC

Getting arguably the top C in the draft at this point is a great value for the 49ers. I think Martin is an excellent pickup here.

Grade: A

7 (71). Cleveland Browns – Christian Kirksey – LB – Iowa

The Browns needed to add to their LB position at some point, and I love this pickup here. Kirksey is an aggressive, three-down LB prospect with athleticism and huge upside. He’s going to fly around making plays for the Browns.

Grade: A

8 (72). Minnesota Vikings – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

For the Vikings, Crichton adds even more depth to the pass rush. They already got Anthony Barr, and here they get another top flight Pac12 pass rush prospect. This is a very intriguing selection and nice value.

Grade: A

9 (73). Buffalo Bills – Preston Brown – ILB – Louisville

Some believe Brown has three-down ability, some see him as a 2-down thumper. For the Bills, they just needed to upgrade at ILB early on and coupled with their other picks in this draft I think this is a solid selection. Nothing flashy here.

Grade: B

10 (74). New York Giants – Jay Bromley – DT – Syracuse

This seemed like a bit of a reach here but the Giants fill a need on the defensive front with Bromley. Pretty impressive athlete for his size but you question the value a bit here.

Grade: C+

11 (75). St. Louis Rams – Tre Mason – RB – Auburn

BOOM. The Rams are hitting this draft on all cylinders. I love that they are upgrading the RB spot and getting a guy who was the teammate of their top pick. Mason should be a blast to watch with some of the other young Rams playmakers.

Grade: A

12 (76). Detroit Lions – Travis Swanson – C – Arkansas

The Lions felt they needed to add a center of the future, and they get a pretty good one here. After going with Kyle Van Noy in the 2nd, they obviously feel comfortable enough with the defensive side of the ball to neglect it with this pick. Solid, nothing spectacular. Swanson is projecting as a good NFL starter.

Grade: B

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