Fixing The NFC West With @BMartzy
San Francisco 49ers
2017 Record: 6-10
4TH In NFC West
Cornerback, Defensive Line, Linebacker, Offensive Line, Tightend Wide Receiver, Runningback.
Team Outlook: San Francisco was 26th in the league in sacks last season, so they need to add more pass rushers. They addressed their QB need with the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, but they must find more help on the O-line, especially at guard. I still see CB as one of the top needs, even after the addition of Richard Sherman. It would make sense to look for a wide receiver to grow with Garoppolo, too.
Round 1, Pick 09, 9th Overall - Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia - With last year's first round selection, linebacker Reuban Foster turning out to be a huge piece of shit the Niners are in sudden need of a big time linebacker. Smith is an ascending linebacker prospect with elite athletic ability, plus intelligence and an ability to be an effective cover linebacker on passing downs.
Round 2, Pick 27, 59th Overall - Carlton Davis ,CB, Auburn - Richard Sherman coming off a torn ACL at 30 years old is not a long term solution at corner. So SF will look to add a cornerback early and Davis' combination of height, weight, length and ball skills make him a nuisance that college wide receivers could do without on Saturdays.
Round 3, Pick 06, 70th Overall - D.J. Chark, WR, LSU - San Fran doesn't currently have a true number one wide receiver on the roster so adding Chark would help both the offense and Garoppolo"s development. He is big, physical and incredibly fast, who runs excellent routes and has breakaway speed..
Round 3, Pick 10, 74th Overall - Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama - Despite the recent high picks on defensive lineman in the past couple of drafts it hasn't equated to much success. Granted they are still young and developing but the addition of Hand here would go along ways. He possesses NFL size and ability, is a versatile defender who could be targeted as a base end who reduces inside on passing downs.
Round 4 Pick 28, 128th Overall - Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma - There is nothing wrong with george Kittle but he is medicore at best. Andrews is a former wideout who plays with a receiver's mentality in a tight end's body. He is a pass-catcher with a deft feel for route adjustments and operating in space against zone coverage.
Round 5, Pick 06, 143rd Overall - Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State - The 49ers have multiple smaller talented pass catching backs so at some point I expect them to add a bigger physical back. Ballage is a big physical back with a three down back skillset and frame, He is a perfect compliment to what the Niners already have at runningback.
Round 6, Pick 10, 184th Overall - Tony Parris, OT/OG, Stony Brook - Another position that could use some reinforcements is on the offensive line. Parris is a long, athletic tackle prospect with some nasty in his game is a good looking physical specimen with thick arms and weight distributed properly throughout his frame.
Round 7, Pick 05, 223rd Overall - Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida - Scantling had the second fastest 40 time at the combine with a blazing 4.37, which is impressive in it's own right. Now consider he is 6'4", 209 pounds, that is absolutely incredible. He would be an excellent addition to the Tampa Bay offense in the seventh round.
Round 7, Pick 22, 240th Overall - Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbuilt - They need to stack talent on defense and Burks is both talented and versatile as he played both linebacker and safety in college, and may find himself in a hybrid role at the next level.
2017 Record 8-8
3rd In NFC West
Position Needs: Cornerback, Quarterback, Tightend, Guard, Wide Receiver, Safety.
Team Outlook: The Cardinals still should be looking for their QB of the future very early, even after signing Sam Bradford. The Cardinals have Andre Smith at RT, but need more depth there, as well as at center. Larry Fitzgerald is 137 years old so help is needed in the receiving corps. The Cardinals need to add talent in the secondary, addressing both safety and cornerback following the release of Tyrann Mathieu.
Round 1, Pick 15, 15th Overall - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville - The primary objective for the Cardinals going into this draft is to find an NFL ready quarterback, due to the durability concerns of current starter Sam Bradford. Jackson is a true dual threat QB with incredible accuracy, he has rare speed and athleticism and can single handedly win games.,
Round 2, Pick 15, 47th Overall - Jaire Alexander,CB, Louisville - With the departure of Mathieu cornerback becomes an instant need in this draft. So selecting Alexander who is a quick an instinctive cornerback with the ability to anticipate routes fills an huge hole on defense.
Round 3, Pick 15, 79th Overall - Deon Cain, WR, Clemson - Fitz being ancient combined with Chad Williams and J.J. Nelson being the only other receivers on the roster. Means the Cards have to address the wide receiver position fairly early. Cain has a good combination of size and speed, his routes are smooth, and show an understanding of coverage's.
Round 4, Pick 34, 134th Overall - Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana - Ricky Seals Jones had a respectable flash in the pan but he certainly isn't any sort of long term solution at tighend. Drafting Ian Thomas who is one of the best dual threat tightends in the draft, being able to assist in the pass game while opening lanes for David Johnson.
Round 5, Pick 15, 152nd Overall - Jaryd Jones-Smith, RT, Pittsburgh - As I noted earlier the Cardinal require some depth behind Andre Smith and Jones-Smith gives them just that. He possesses athleticism and effective run blocking, with ability to utilize his long arms as a deterrent to pass rushers is sure to get the attention of NFL teams.
Round 6, Pick 08, 182nd Overall - Siran Neal, SS, Jacksonville State - Addressing another area of concern late with a potntial plug and play day one starter would be a huge score here. Neal has good size and physicality excellent athleticism and should factor in as a bump and run specialist.
Round 7, Pick 36, 254th Overall - Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa - The Cardinals need some diversity behind David Johnson, not Chris Johnson. Incredible jukes, and cuts which forces missed tackles he is an explosive runner. Wadley's unique talent in creating unblocked yardage for himself is a huge plus and his ability to catch passes and return kicks
2017 Record 9-7
2nd In NFC West
Position Needs: Cornerback, Offensive-Line, Defensive-Line, Wide Receiver, Safety, Tightend.
Team Outlook: The Seahawks have tried to fix the offensive line by throwing draft picks and the Duane Brown trade at the issue, but they still need to improve at guard and tackle. Addressing the CB and safety spots are a priority after the release of Richard Sherman and with Earl Thomas due to become a free agent after this season. Trading away Michael Bennett opens up a spot for a pass-rushing defensive end, while tight end has become a need for the Seahawks with the departures of Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson.
Round 1, Pick 18, 18th Overall - Mike Mcglinchey, OT, Notre Dame - Seattle has to do a better job of keeping Russell Wilson upright and improving the run game, they can potentially do both with this one pick. Possesses NFL power, with great technique and instincts making him pro-ready.
Round 4, Pick 20, 120th Overall - J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland - With the departure of Richard Sherman this becomes a position of need. Jackson is a physical cornerback with quality size and an impressive ability to challenge and disrupt in press coverage.
Round 5, Pick 04, 141st Overall - Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State - An athletic pass rusher has also become an area of need after trading away Michael Bennett. Sweat has the length, frame and athletic qualities to fit right in as a 3-4 SAM or rush linebacker.
Round 5, Pick 09, 146th Overall - Chris Herndon, TE, Miami - Ed Dickson and Nick Vannett just aren't going to cut it as as the Seahawks only tightends. Herndon has exciting athletic ability, and runs quality routes he can also be an asset to the run game.
Round 5, Pick 19, 156th Overall - Auden Tate, WR, Florida State - The Seahawks could really use a big physical receiver and a proven red zone target would be an asset. Tate can catch through contact and has very good ball skills especially near the end zone. He is very physical and is very difficult to bring down in the open field.
Round 5, Pick 31, 168th Overall - Deshon Elliott, SS, Texas - Another positional requirement is safety and Elliott is an excelent one at this stage in the draft. Elliott has good size and is a physical defender who plays near the line of scrimmage to take advantage of his aggressiveness. Scouts say he loves the game including the work that goes into it.
Round 7, Pick 08, 226th Overall - Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame - We all know that Pete Carroll love his big bruising runningbacks and Adams is just that. Adams possesses an incredible size speed combination as at 6'2, 222 pounds he ran a blazing 4.48 40. He also is an excellent receiver and pass protector.
Round 7, Pick 30, 248th Overall - Nick Deluca, LB, North Dakota State - Drafting an athletic linebacker to apprentice behind the current great linebackers on the Seattle roster seems like a solid plan. He has speed that teams will be looking for and has great instincts and special teams ability.
Los Angeles Rams
2017 Record 11-5
1st In NFC West
Position Needs: O-Line, Linebacker, D-Line, Runningback, Safety, Quarterback.
Team Outlook: The Rams don't have a pick until the second half of Round 3 after trading away their first-rounder to acquire Brandin Cooks and their second rounder to the Bills for Sammy Watkins. With Alec Ogletree gone to the Giants, the Rams should look for a young playmaker at linebacker. They should also look to add an interior offensive lineman inside the top three rounds to solidify that emerging unit. The Rams need more pass rush off the edge with the departure of Robert Quinn. Also finding a backup RB to take some pressure off of Todd Gurley would be wise.
Round 3, Pick 23, 87th Overall - Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas - This pick of Malik Jefferson would address one of very few needs the Rams currently have. Jefferson has the desired combination of height, weight, speed that teams covet and will help the Rams right away.
Round 4, Pick 11, 111st Overall - B.J. Hill, DT, N.C. State - As a team you can never have enough talented defensive lineman and Hill is a one-gapping, upfield defensive tackle with decent athleticism. He is an explosive upfield player and sets himself apart with his exceptional play.
Round 4, Pick 35, 135th Overall - Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond - One of my favorite underrated quarterbacks of this draft class, I would like to see him develop behind Goff. Philadelphia proved you can never have enough quarterback depth. Lauletta has excellentt accuracy and mechanics with great arm strength.
Round 4, Pick 36, 136th Overall - Arden Key, DE, LSU - The Rams could use another quality edge player with pass rush ability. He has the potential to become a productive edge rusher as a starting 3-4 outside linebacker or as a designated pass rusher.
Round 6, Pick 02, 176th Overall - Genard Avery, ILB, Memphis - Stockpiling athletic play making defenders is only going to help the Rams down the road. Avery offers versatility as a big, athletic linebacker with a history of production whether he's playing inside or outside linebacker.
Round 6, Pick 09, 183rd Overall - Tracy Walker, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette - Safety may be the thinnest defensive position for the Rams so adding a stud like Walker would be benificial. He has a long, slender build with good linear speed, and a great open field tackle.
Round 6, Pick 20, 194th Overall - Jordan Wilkins, RB, Mississippi - Wilkins possesses all of the tools to become an effective NFL back which is exactly what the Rams need if the unthinkable were to happen to Gurley. Finesse runner with good size and great agility with the lateral agility to elude tacklers in the open field and the speed to make them feel it.
Round 6, Pick 21, 195th Overall - Dorian O'Daniel, OLB, Clemson - As I previously mentioned you can never have too many potential three down linebackers. He is very athletic and explosive and has the ability of potentially playing a hybrid role at the next level.