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23 of 32 first-round picks in 2014 draft had fifth-year options picked up

AP

In general, if a first-round draft pick has his fifth-year option picked up, that means the team that drafted him feels good about the pick. If not, not.

By that standard, 23 of the 32 first-round picks were good picks, and nine were not. As today’s deadline to pick up fifth-year options passed, 23 players had their options picked up.

Six players had their options declined: No. 2 overall pick Rams tackle Greg Robinson, No. 4 overall pick Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, No. 14 overall pick Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller, No. 18 overall pick Jets safety Calvin Pryor, No. 26 overall pick Eagles defensive end Marcus Smith and No. 32 overall pick Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The worst three first-round picks would have to be the three who have no option to pick up because they’ve already been released: No. 8 overall pick Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, No. 22 overall pick Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and No. 29 overall pick Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley. Easley is now with the Rams, while Gilbert and Manziel are out of the NFL. No team had a worse 2014 draft than the Browns.

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12 Responses to “23 of 32 first-round picks in 2014 draft had fifth-year options picked up”
  1. juice0422 says: May 2, 2017 7:02 PM

    Should be 4 cut. Kyle Fuller doesn’t have a clue

  2. doe22us says: May 2, 2017 7:06 PM

    Saying the Browns had the worst picks is like saying water is wet. On another note, i guess Watkins has a lot to prove this year. He deserves an asterisk not to be lumped with many of them, and possibly Bridgewater who has been ehh as a starter prior to injury.

  3. mataug says: May 2, 2017 7:10 PM

    If I recall it correctly, Fuller had a decent rookie season. 4-5 interceptions for the season.

  4. zo121179 says: May 2, 2017 7:47 PM

    Da bears

  5. autumnwind999 says: May 2, 2017 7:58 PM

    Loaded draft. One of the best in the last decade or two.

  6. ytownie says: May 2, 2017 8:31 PM

    Poor, Poor Browns. Thanks Ray Farmer

  7. smartcollegefootball says: May 2, 2017 8:59 PM

    The Patriot Way

  8. BIGGSHAUN says: May 2, 2017 9:32 PM

    Still reliving the moment I heard Marcus Smith’s name called.

    (Sigh)

  9. BIGGSHAUN says: May 2, 2017 9:35 PM

    You’re think screwing up two first rounders was impressive? Wait’ll you get a load of what the Browns do this year!

  10. rondayne says: May 2, 2017 10:01 PM

    Watkins has a lot to prove this year but he shouldn’t just be lumped in with the others who didn’t have their options picked up; he is a legitimate #1 receiver when healthy, problem is he’s rarely healthy. The other guys are mediocre on their best days.

  11. harril3 says: May 3, 2017 2:31 AM

    Figures the Jets, Bears, Rams, and Bills are four of these teams …bad teams make bad picks and bad picks make for bad teams.

  12. jfriedman21 says: May 3, 2017 5:12 AM

    And the only player to earn an extension? Morgan Moses who was drafted in the 3rd round

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