NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: NFC WEST

April 27, 2016

 

ARIZONA CARDINALS

TEAM NEEDS:

RILB, CB, C, FS, RDT, NT, CB, QB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER

Paxton Lynch, Dak PrescottCardale JonesJeff DriskelGermain IfediRobert Nkemdiche, Adam Gotsis, Darius Latham, Matt JudonElandon Roberts, Noah Spence, Emmanuel Ogbah, Dadi Nicolas, Victor Ochi, De'Vondre Campbell, Mackensie Alexander, Tavon YoungDaryl Worley, Ryan Smith, Richard Leonard, Darian Thompson, Keanu Neal, Deon Bush, TJ GreenKevin Byard, Lachlan Edwards

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(29)   CB ELI APPLE

(92)   CB TAVON YOUNG

(128) C GRAHAM GLASGOW

(167) RDT ADAM GOTSIS

(170) ROLB VICTOR OCHI

(205) RILB ELANDON ROBERTS

 


TJ Green is the name being bandied about lately for the Cardinals in the first round, but that's way too rich for my taste when it comes to Green as a prospect. Many are pegging him as a CB/S hybrid rather than a true FS in the NFL, and the last I checked, the Cardinals already have a pretty good player for that role in Tyrann Mathieu. Instead, I can see Arizona going with a traditional perimeter corner with size and speed in Eli Apple to line up opposite Patrick Peterson. Beyond Apple, Arizona could keep adding talent to the secondary with Temple CB Tavon Young, who they seem to have been keeping a close eye on since Mobile. Center is a need on the offensive line and the 6'6" Graham Glasgow fits the type of big hoss Bruce Arians prefers on his offensive line. The Cardinals brought defensive lineman Adam Gotsis in for a visit, and if Gotsis did not get injured this past season, he would be talked about much higher than he currently is. If Gotsis gets back to full health, he could press Frostee Rucker for a starting spot on the defensive line. Stony Brook's Victor Ochi is raw, but could provide some depth at edge rusher behind Markus Golden. Lastly, ILB Elandon Roberts is a bad dude and could fill the role that Kevin Minter has been keeping warm that the Cardinals have been missing since Daryl Washington's suspension. 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

TEAM NEEDS:

QB, WR, TE, FS, C, CB, ILB, WLB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Jared GoffCarson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, Brandon Allen, Keenan Reynolds, Storm Barrs-Wood, Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller, Tyler Boyd, Moritz Boehringer, Henry Krieger-Coble, Darion Griswold, Brandon Shell, Jack Allen, Shawn Oakman, Aziz Shittu, David Onyemata, Reggie Ragland, Jatavis Brown, Mackensie Alexander, Eli Apple, William Jackson III, V'Angelo Bentley, Deon Bush, TJ Green, Kevin Byard

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(1)     QB JARED GOFF

(110) FS DEON BUSH

(113) WR RASHARD HIGGINS

(177) TE HENRY KRIEGER-COBLE

(190) WLB JATAVIS BROWN

 

 

This won't be a long forecast with the Rams giving up the moon for Jared Goff, but if he ends up being a Top 12 QB in the next three years, the trade will be worth it. Losing FS Rodney McLeod to the Eagles is a really underrated loss this offseason, but if a player like Deon Bush is available at 110, the Rams shouldn't skip too much of a beat. In terms of a WR, how could the Los Angeles Rams not draft a guy with the nickname "Hollywood?" Higgins is a tall, lean WR who could add another dimension to the vertical passing game with Goff. With Jared Cook moving on to Green Bay, the Rams are left with a huge hole at TE, and Henry Krieger-Coble is a guy who they have been kicking the tires on. Lastly, Akron LB Jatavis Brown has the zip (see what I did there?) and athleticism to contribute early on special teams and earn meaningful reps at one of the three LB spots.

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

TEAM NEEDS:

CB, LILB, QB, TE, WR, OG/OT, DE, C

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Carson WentzJared GoffConnor CookKevin Hogan, Vernon Adams, Corey Coleman, Leonte Carroo, Malcolm Mitchell, Kolby Listenbee, Matt WeiserJoshua Garnett, Parker Ehinger, Isaac Seumalo, Fahn Cooper, Darrell GreeneDJ Reader, Robert Nkemdiche, Vernon Butler, Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Shilique Calhoun, Kamalei Correa, Myles Jack, BJ Goodson, Mackensie Alexander, William Jackson III, Eli Apple, Sean Davis, Taveze Calhoun, Kevon Seymour, Keanu Neal

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(7)     RDE DEFOREST BUCKNER

(37)   LG JOSHUA GARNETT

(68)   CB KENDALL FULLER

(105) TE JERELL ADAMS

(133) CB TAVEZE CALHOUN

(142) WR KOLBY LISTENBEE

(145) C ISAAC SEUMALO

(174) WR MALCOLM MITCHELL

(178) LILB SCOOBY WRIGHT III

(206) RG PARKER EHINGER

(211) RT FAHN COOPER

(213) QB VERNON ADAMS

 

 

The 49ers have a ton of draft capital and could be big players in bundling picks in mid-rounds to move up in the draft. DeForest Buckner would join fellow Duck Arik Amstead and give Chip Kelly twin towers on the defensive line to build around. Joshua Garnett is mauling LG who can help jumpstart Carlos Hyde and the run game. CB Kendall Fuller is a physical corner who may have gone even higher were it not for a season-ending injury in 2015. Gamecocks TE Jerell Adams is the athletic, move tight-end that replaces Vernon Davis in the offense. CB Taveze Calhoun is another CB who could add depth to the position and add some flavor to special teams. WR Kolby Listenbee is just the type of speed WR that Chip Kelly covets, and he can also double in the return game. Isaac Seumalo is a versatile player who could player center or guard, but if he sticks to center, could be the week 1 starter at a position that has been turnstile for the 49ers. Malcolm Mitchell is a reliable WR who adds depth and Scooby Wright is the type of linebacker who Trent Baalke would pull the trigger on in the mid-rounds just based on his production at Arizona. Cincinnati OG Parker Ehinger adds more options to an offensive line that Chip will be looking to re-tool, and Fahn Cooper provides insurance at RT if Anthony Davis does not report to camp. Lastly, Vernon Adams comes in as a developmental QB behind Gabbert, and it wouldn't be shocking if he is earning starter reps late in the year if the team ends up moving Kaepernick.

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

TEAM NEEDS:

LT, OTTO, CB, RT, DT, C, LG, RB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Dak Prescott, Derrick Henry, Zac Brooks, Jay LeeDaniel Braverman, DJ Foster, George FantHakeem VallesGermain Ifedi, Le'Raven Clark, Justin Murray, Joshua Garnett, Joe Dahl, Lene Maiava, Marcus Henry, Kevin Dodd, Shawn Oakman, Vernon Butler, DJ Reader, Rashard Robinson, Sean Davis, Kevon Seymour, Will Parks

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(26)   RB DERRICK HENRY

(56)   RT GERMAIN IFEDI

(90)   DT SHELDON DAY

(97)   LT LE'RAVEN CLARK

(124) CB KEVON SEYMOUR

(171) LG JORDAN WALSH

(215) DE SHAWN OAKMAN

(225) RG LENE MAIAVA

(247) WR MORITZ BOEHRINGER

 

 

Derrick Henry? Derrick Henry. The draft is full of surprises, and this is just the sexy move I can envision John Schneider making in the first round. Thomas Rawls showed some promise before his injury, but Derrick Henry immediately fills the canyon-sized gap at the RB position that Marshawn left when he hung up his cleats. Aggies OT Germain Ifedi could be developed into a Top 10 RT by Tom Cable by the time 2017 rolls around, and Sheldon Day gives them an interior pass rusher that they are lacking on defense right now. Le'Raven Clark's length and athleticism is a nice match for the Seahawks starting LT spot, and Kevon Seymour could end up starting in dime packages or push Jeremy Lane for the nickel spot. Jordan Walsh and Lene Maiava are athletic guards who add some depth to the interior offensive line. The Seahawks showed they are not afraid to pull the trigger on character guys if they feel they can harvest the talent when the took Frank Clark, and Shawn Oakman could be the next guy in that camp. Lastly, everyone's favorite draft prospect Moritz Boehringer gets drafted late on day three and becomes the Dirk Nowitzki of the Northwest.

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