NFC West Draft Review

Arizona Cardinals:  If a team is going to take a running back in round one, the best place to do it is at the bottom.  The value of the contract is lower, and the player can be locked up for five years.  Throw in a franchise season, and that’s 96 regular season games at a fairly reasonable cost.
So it was wise for the Cardinals to get Beanie Wells with pick No. 31, and then to shed Edgerrin James and his $5 million salary.
Second-round linebacker Cody Brown will provide another body for the ongoing transition to a full-blown 3-4, and third-round safety Rashad Johnson provides short-term depth and a possible long-term starter.
Of course, the Cardinals could have had even more picks if they’d finally dealt with the Anquan Boldin mess.  They didn’t, and thus the situation will continue to hover over the franchise like a cloud of noxious fumes from last night’s bean burrito buffet.
St. Louis Rams:  Desperate to trade out of the No. 2 overall pick, the Rams played it safe with a left tackle instead of a quarterback.  But for the cap hit resulting from a trade of incumbent starter Marc Bulger, the Rams might have opted for Mark Sanchez.
But Jason Smith could be the team’s next 10-year-plus fixture on the offensive line, something they’ll desperately need in order to get back to where they were a decade ago.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis unexpectedly slid to round two, and likely would have gone higher if he’d come out a year ago.  He could add a level of throwback toughness to a defense that has been a glaring weakness.
Still, they waited too long to address a shockingly weak receiver depth chart, though they get extra points for picking in round five the guy who signs his name like Foster Brooks might have during one of his classic ’70s era faux benders.
San Francisco 49ers:  The last time a receiver unexpectedly slid to the 49ers in round one, he only ended up being the greatest NFL player of all time.  Michael Crabtree has a lot of work to do to justify any additional comparisons to Jerry Rice.  Crabtree provides the ultimate boom or bust proposition — there’s no in between.  He’ll either be great, or he’ll be wearing a red vest and stocking DVDs in three years.
Running back Glen Coffee should give the team a reliable complement to Frank Gore, who has endured plenty of injuries during his career.
Quarterback Nate Davis could be a steal; his slide didn’t start until the non-football pre-draft stuff began.  If he can overcome dyslexia, he can be a solid contributor.
Seattle Seahawks:  The Seahawks were expected to take a quarterback or a left tackle.  They went with neither.  Linebacker Aaron Curry might have been the best player in the draft, and he’ll be counted upon to replace Julian Peterson from Day One.
Second-round lineman Max Unger could end up playing various different positions as the Seahawks shuffle the pieces in connection with the eventual retirement of Walter Jones.
We’re intrigued by sixth-round quarterback Mike Teel, who’ll get a chance to develop under the radar and could potentially secure an opportunity to replace Matt Hasselbeck.

13 responses to “NFC West Draft Review

  1. Gotta love Crabtree. hey, maybe he’ll decide he wants his bonus in the form of designer clothes… What kind of cap hit will that incur if the 9ers cut him after two seasons?

  2. So there I was beginning to read the Cards review… first paragraph through and Im thinking “hey, maybe Florio isn’t bashing us for once” I then get to the end… and realize it’s the same old noise.
    Did you get picked on in school a lot???

  3. Glad to see you were intrigued as well by Teel.
    But, no mention of stealing Denver’s 1st next year?
    Butler could be a real gem. The kid is fast and has great hands, he’s just short. He impressed in meetings and on the field at mini-camp.
    Of course, you completely ignored any minicamp notes for Seattle.
    We should send the Runaway Beer Truck through your front door.

  4. Eric Dickerson drafted #2
    Marshall Faulk #2
    Walter Peyton #2
    Barry Sanders #3
    Adrian Peterson #7
    Edgerrin James #4
    LaDainian Tomlinson #5
    Yep, Florio’s right, bottom of the round is by far the best place to draft a running back.

  5. 49ers traded their top 2 picks to New England to move up the first round to draft Jerry Rice at #16. He wasn’t expected to be drafted high because of his poor 40 yard dash time.
    So no, he didn’t “unexpectedly slide” but Florio once again shows his almost total lack of football knowledge. No surprise there.

  6. Not that i Like Florio but i have to come to this mans defense as he actually made the Right point about Rice.
    Although Rice was not fast he was still considered a be drafted higher than the 16th spot.
    Eddie Brown WR from Miami was taken in the 13th spot, where the niners thought rice would go.
    Al Toon was expected to go higher in the draft and did. Also i think some other teams decieded to draft DB’s instead of reciever as originally belived.
    So having Rice drop till 16th pick.. The niners were able to trade up to that spot. They were not going to be able to trade up any higher Since they pretty much traded the majority of their picks for that position.
    And well it ended up quite nicely.

  7. @ninerQ8T
    I’ve heard Walsh talk about draft Rice a couple times and his account does not match yours.
    And the Niners drafted 5 other players in that draft. They traded 1st & 2nd picks to move up in 1st round to get Rice.
    And yes indeed, worked out great. Walsh will always be da man.

  8. The last time a WR fell to the Niners in the first round, he most definitely did NOT turn out to be the best of all time! The last time that happened was in ’95 when they traded up to get J.J. Stokes, a bust of MASSIVE proportions, whom they kept around way too long.

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