2018 NFL Draft in Review, NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Draft picks: UCLA QB Josh Rosen (No. 10 overall), Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk (No. 47 overall), Michigan C Mason Cole (No. 97 overall), Fordham RB Chase Edmonds (No. 134 overall), Penn State DB Christian Campbell (No. 182 overall), Cincinnati OT Korey Cunningham (No. 254 overall). 

While Arizona’s intentions were very public in that they had plans to move up to select one of the top 4 quarterbacks in the draft it almost seemed like a fairy tale that they would be able to maneuver there way high enough up in the first round to draft one. The Cardinals ended Rosen’s slide by moving up to the 10 spot taking the best pocket QB and best pure thrower in the class. Kirk also saw his stock decline and was an excellent addition at pick 47. Kirk is a playmaker from the slot and as a return man. Mason Cole played tackle out of necessity for Michigan last fall but will go back to center in the NFL. Edmonds might be a good compliment to David Johnson in the backfield. Campbell might compete to take some of the snaps left vacant by the Mathieu as a versatile defensive back.


Los Angeles Rams

Draft picks: TCU OT Joseph Noteboom (No. 89 overall), Michigan State C Brian Allen (No. 111 overall), Stephen F. Austin DE John Franklin-Myers (No. 135 overall), Virginia LB Micah Kiser (No. 147 overall), Oklahoma LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (No. 160 overall), Tennessee RB John Kelly (No. 176 overall), Maine OG Jamil Demby (No. 192 overall), Rutgers DT Sebastian Joseph (No. 195 overall), Louisville LB Trevon Youg (No. 205 overall), TCU LB Travin Howard (No. 231), SMU DE Justin Lawler (No. 244 overall). 

The Rams are in win-now mode as they parted with a lot of draft capital to pick up some veterans. Noteboom will be able to compete at both left and right tackle and add depth to the Ram’s offensive line. Brian Allen is a tough nosed player and will fit in nicely in the interior. Franklin-Myers is someone that can contribute on the edge. Kiser is a good fit in the defense and could be an early favorite to win a starting spot at linebacker. Okoronkwo was dominant at Oklahoma as a pass rusher but does not have the length that usually wins in the NFL. Expect that Wade Phillips has a plan for his unique skill set. John Kelly was a good value at pick 176 and can develop into a strong number two back. The Rams drafted more edge/linebacker players late in the draft in hopes that one or two might stand out.

San Francisco 49ers

Draft picks: Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey (No. 9 overall), Washington WR Dante Pettis (No. 44 overall), BYU LB Fred Warner (No. 70 overall), Southern Mississippi S Tarvarius Moore (No. 95 overall), N.C. State DE Kentavius Street (No. 128 overall), Kansas State DB DJ Reed (No. 142 overall), Florida DB Marcell Harris (No. 184 overall), Temple DT Jullian Taylor (No. 223 overall), Middle Tennessee WR Richie James (No. 240 overall). 

When you have as much invested in a young QB as the 49ers do it is understandable why it was such a priority to beef up the offensive line. With that said, it must have been so difficult for Lynch, former safety, to pass on defensive stars such including Edmunds, James, Fitzpatrick, and Davenport. McGlinchey is a tough, smart, and well coached tackle. Mike is not an elite athlete in pass pro but is dominant as a run blocker. With Pettis, the 49ers are not only getting a solid WR, but also one of college football’s all time best punt returners. Warner will add depth and compete for time at linebacker. Moore was a quiet prospect who could develop into a starter at safety down the road. Street is a good athlete and can play up and down the defensive line but will need coaching to reach his potential. DJ Reed might be an option to play the slot early and also has experience on special teams. Harris and Taylor will try to add depth to the 49er’s defense while James is a sleeper to make the team at WR.

Seattle Seahawks

Draft picks: San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny (No. 27 overall), USC DE Rasheem Green (No. 79 overall), Washington TE Will Dissly (No. 120 overall), UCF LB Shaquem Griffin (No. 141 overall), Oklahoma State S Tre Flowers (No. 146 overall), Texas P Michael Dickson (No. 149 overall), Ohio State OT Jamarco Jones (No. 168 overall), Temple DE Jacob Martin (No. 186 overall), Florida International QB Alex McGough (No. 220 overall). 

Penny is a good back and Pete Carroll probably doesn’t care that the rest of us think picking him at number 27 was a reach. Seattle fans won’t care either if Penny develops into the lead back that the team has been lacking since Lynch left. Green is a versatile defensive lineman and is a natural fit in Seattle’s aggressive system. Dissly is an excellent blocker who needs some development as a receiving option at the TE position. Seattle stole the spotlight on day three by selecting Griffin to team up with his brother on the defense. Not only was Shaq a feel good story but he is also a great value that late in the draft. Tre Flowers has good size and will be a fit in the defense. Dickson is an excellent punter and will likely win the job this season. Jones is a good tackle who handled good competition week in and week out in the Big Ten East. Seattle did not have enough draft spots to fill in all of their holes in an aging roster but were able to get some good players.

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