Monday, May 2, 2011

NFC West Draft Grades

Draft review, NFC West style.

Seattle Seahawks

1st-James Carpenter OT
3rd-John Moffitt G
4th-K.J. Wright OLB
4th-Kris Durham WR 
5th-Richard Sherman CB
5th-Mark Legree S
6th-Byron Maxwell CB
7th-Lazarius Levingston DE
7th-Malcolm Smith OLB

Best Pick: Moffitt
Worst Pick: Carpenter

Seattle addressed the offensive line with their first two picks, though a quarterback should have been taken in the first. I like the pick of Durham in the fourth. I don't like that they didn't draft a quarterback at all and I had free agent grades on a couple of their late round picks. They will be drafting early next year so better luck then. 

Grade D

St Louis Rams

1st-Robert Quinn DE
2nd-Lance Kendricks TE
3rd-Austin Pettis WR
4th-Greg Salas WR
5th-Jermale Hines S
7th-Mikail Baker CB
7th-Jabara Williams OLB
7th-Jonathan Nelson FS 

Best Pick: Quinn
Worst Pick: Hines

Not too many people thought Robert Quinn would be available when the Rams chose in the first round. I don't think they expected him to be there either. Quinn immediately improves the pass rush. The next three picks were used to give Sam Bradford some help in the passing game. Good call there. I like what the Rams did in this draft. 

Grade A

San Francisco 49ers 

1st-Aldon Smith OLB
2nd-Colin Kaepernick QB
3rd-Chris Culliver CB
4th-Kendall Hunter RB
5th-Daniel Kilgore G
6th-Ronald Johnson WR
6th-Colin Jones S
7th-Bruce Miller OLB
7th-Mike Person C
7th-Curtis Holcomb CB

Best Pick: Smith
Worst Pick: Holcomb

A lot of people thought Smith was a reach at seven. I absolutely disagree. Smith provides instant pass rush to the 49ers defense. Kaepernick fits what Harbaugh wants in his quarterback and will not be sitting behind Alex Smith for too long. Culliver, Hunter, Kilgore and Johnson will all contribute as rookies. Good draft for Harbaugh and the 49ers.

Grade B

Arizona Cardinals

1st-Patrick Peterson CB
2nd-Ryan Williams RB
3rd-Rob Housler TE
4th-Sam Acho OLB
5th-Anthony Sherman FB
6th-Quan Sturdivant MLB
6th-David Carter DT
7th-DeMarco Sampson WR

Best Pick: Peterson
Worst Pick: Housler

Patrick Peterson can usually make your draft by himself, he is one of the best corner prospects to come out in a long time. I also like the addition of Williams to the Cardinals offense. The Cardinals would have been better today if they had used their third and fifth rounders to address the offensive line. I don't see value in a tight end and fullback in the middle of the draft when there are bigger needs to be filled.

Grade C

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