Draft Review – NFC West

This is the final installment of the belated Draft Review series.  Here is the NFC West…

ARIZONA CARDINALS

1 – WR Michael Floyd – Notre Dame – 6-3, 220
3 – CB Jamell Fleming – Oklahoma – 5-11, 206
4 – OT Bobbie Massie – Ole Miss – 6-6, 316
5 – OG Senio Kelemete – Washington – 6-4, 307
6 – FS Justin Bethel – Presbyterian – 6-0, 207
6 – QB Ryan Lindley – SDSU – 6-4, 229
7 – OT Nate Potter – Boise State – 6-6, 303

The Cardinals decided to go for a WR instead of an OL in the 1st round.  Floyd will give Larry Fitzgerald some needed help, but it is all for naught if the line can’t keep the QBs upright.  Floyd is a very talented prospect and the Cards likely felt he was too good to pass up, even if they did need an OT more.  Fleming will help in the secondary.  He should fit well in Ray Horton’s scheme.  Massie is an interesting OT prospect.  He played RT in college and is on the right side now, but I could see him getting a look at LT down the road.  Best fit is probably RT, but that’s true for Levi Brown as well and the Cards keep him at LT.  Who knows.  Bethel is a good later rounder.  Lindley looked so good after 2010, but was highly inconsistent in 2011.  Potter could be a steal if he’s able to stay healthy.  He had some back/neck issues that hurt his value.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

1 – WR A.J. Jenkins – Illinois – 6-0, 190
2 – RB LaMichael James – Oregon – 5-8, 194
4 – OG Joe Looney – Wake Forest – 6-3, 309
5 – LB Darius Fleming – Notre Dame – 6-2, 245
6 – FS Trenton Robinson – Michigan State – 5-11, 195
6 – OT Jason Slowey – Western Oregon – 6-4, 300
7 – LB Cam Johnson – Virginia – 6-4, 268

The whole world was shocked by Jenkins going in the 1st round.  I didn’t like the pick in April and still don’t.  We’ll see if SF is right.  I hope for his sake they are.  I’d always rather a kid make me look bad for my opinion and turn out to be a star rather than the other way around.  James feels like a terrific pick.  He’ll give the SF offense the kind of complementary back they could use.  Robinson is a fast FS.  I’m not a big fan of his tackling.  Being on the SF defense should bring out the best in him.  Cam Johnson fell because of his sickle cell trait issues.  If used right, I think he can be a good NFL pass rusher.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

1 – DE Bruce Irvin – West Virginia – 6-3, 245
2 – LB Bobby Wagner – Utah State – 6-0, 241
3 – QB Russell Wilson – Wisconsin – 5-11, 204
4 – RB Robert Turbin – Utah State – 5-10, 222
4 – DT Jaye Howard – Florida – 6-3, 301
5 – LB Korey Toomer – Idaho – 6-2, 234
6 – CB Jeremy Lane – Northwestern St – 6-0, 176
6 – SS Winston Guy – Kentucky – 6-1, 218
7 – DT J.R. Sweezy – NC State – 6-5, 298
7 – DT Greg Scruggs – Louisville – 6-4, 269

Bruce Irvin was a roll of the dice by Seattle, but in a good way.  He is explosively fast.  He is an odd player.  Pete Carroll has managed to take odd players and build a good defense out of them.  They won’t treat Irvin like a normal DE and that’s the situation he needs in order to succeed.  Wagner was a terrific pick  Could play right away.  Wilson is another QB to the mix.  Can he beat out Flynn?  Turbin is good insurance at RB.  Excellent fit for the Seattle offense.  Loved the late round pick of Guy.  Seattle knows how to use big DBs.  Guy could be a role player/STer or they might be able to turn him into a starter.  Sweezy is a gifted athlete and is getting looks on the OL.  Smart risk.

ST. LOUIS RAMS

1 – DT Michael Brockers – LSU – 6-6, 322
2 – WR Brian Quick – Appalachian St. – 6-4, 220
2 – CB Janoris Jenkins – North Alabama – 5-10, 193
3 – CB Trumaine Johnson – Montana – 6-2, 204
4 – WR Chris Givens – Wake Forest – 5-11, 198
5 – OG Kevious Watkins – South Carolina – 6-4, 338
6 – PK Greg Zuerlein – Missouri Western St. – 6-0, 187
7 – LB Aaron Brown – Hawaii – 6-0, 237
7 – RB Darryl Richardson – Abilene-Christian – 5-10, 192

I wasn’t a huge fan of Brockers to the Rams, but they feel he can be a stud inside player.  I think Fletcher Cox would have been better.  The Rams coaches think Brockers can develop into a good pass rusher, as well as being a run stuffer.  We’ll see.  I was caught off guard by the selection of Quick.  He seems like somewhat of a project and went ahead of some good WR prospects.  I do think he’s got a huge ceiling.  Jenkins could be a huge impact player, if he can stay focused.  He can play slot or outside.  Johnson gives them a big corner to add to the mix.  That’s important with some of the big WRs of the NFC West.  Givens was good value in the 4th and could be a starting WR in time.  The late round picks were interesting.

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