I'm not what you would call an expert writer, but I just wanted to give my insight on how the NFC West as whole in the draft. So here go!
Deone Bucannon- The Cardinals started it off strong by adding the hard hitting safety out of Washingtonn State, Deone Bucannon. Honestly I like this pick a lot, and if we hadn't drafted T.J. McDonald last year then just about everyone on this site, including me, would have been lobbying for him. He hits hard, and doesn't have bad ball skills. Altogether, a nice pick by the Cardinals.
Troy Niklas- A pick that I'm sure Carson Palmer is happy about. Overall he seems to be a good blocker who can help open holes up Andre Ellington. Niklas also looks to have nice hands and can come down with the ball often. Not a crazy athlete, but a reliable receiving option no doubt.
Kareem Martin- The Cardinals bolstered their D-line depth with DE out of North Carolina. I don't know much about him but other people seem to like him so I'll go along with it. I might have went with another option in the 3rd round but that's why I'm not a scout...
John Brown- Again, with a lot of other options late in the 3rd round I would have gone with another option. At 5'11 and 170 pounds he is definitely on the small side and. Luckily for the Cardinals the outside spots are occupied with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd so he will take on the slot role.
Logan Thomas- I'm a HUGE fan of this pick.... from the perspective of the Rams. If I'm an Arizona fan I would be disappointed that with all the QBs still on the board they picked Thomas in the 4th round. Mike Mayock said it himself: He had about 2 good games out of 26 his junior and senior year... Arizona, I'm befuddled.
Overall Grade: B
Overall the Cardinals found some guys that will help their ball club, but nothing that came close to San Fran or our own Rams.
Paul Richardson- Richardson is has decent height for a receiver at 6', but is awfully small at the moment at 175 pounds... That's the same as Tavon Austin, which for a guy that is a full 4 inches taller is not a good thing. Possibly that says something about his drive and work ethic, then again maybe not. But he has very good speed and natural ability. If I were the Seahawks I would have went for Allen Robinson instead who was still available.
Justin Britt- Wow Seattle. What are you doing? Well maybe Pete Carroll thought his team was just so good that they could just take a chance on him and let the Rams and Arizona catch up. From the outside looking in it looks like they did just that. Britt was talked about as have a late day 3 grade, yet he was taken at the bottom of the 2nd. Odd.
Cassius Marsh- This was a player I was kind of high on, not necessarily for the Rams but just overall. I think he can be a good role player, make a couple sacks here and there but in a couple years may break out. Average risk, above average reward.
Overall Grade: B-
On paper, the Seahawks really botched this one, they reached on Britt and there was more talent than Richardson at the time of their selection. The Seahawks have done this before with James Carpenter and Bruce Irvin... Then again they are kind of the best team in football right now, so what do I know?
Jimmie Ward- Jimmie Ward is a player that I, along, with many other Rams fans, would have liked to have seen in horns. Now we get to face him twice a year. I think he will be a great addition to the backend of the 49er defense and but will also be able to come up and stop the run when needed. Harbaugh liked him and they got their guy.
Carlos Hyde: I like Hyde, but in the end I like Tre Mason better. Hyde fits the 49ers physical approach well though and will compliment Frank Gore and eventually take over the starting job when Gore is out of gas. For now though, It's a 3 headed monster with Gore, Hunter, and Hyde, then go ahead and add LaMichael James in there.
Marcus Martin- Marcus Martin was considered one of the two best center's in the draft along with Weston Richburg (who went to the Giants in the 2nd round). That just shows how weak the center class was this year. For San Fran, Martin is a good pick up. He will need a year or two to develop his game, but I like the pick in the 3rd round.
Chris Borland- Another solid selection here. The 9ers are pretty well off at inside linebacker with Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman, but adding some depth can never help. Bowman has had some injuries and Borland could step in and be reliable.
Brandon Thomas- we all know the story by now. Borderline 1st-2nd round talent that fell because of a torn ACL during a workout. Good value obviously with the 100th pick, but he will redshirt this year, and will have to get his feet wet again next year.
Bruce Ellington- A former two sport athlete for the Gamecocks, Ellington is short and quick. Great for in the slot, which with Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin on the outside plus the addition of Stevie Johnson, Bruce Ellington might be just what they need.
Overall Grade: A-
If your not a 49er fan you probably didn't like this draft because the fact of it is that they didn't have many needs. They filled one with Jimmie Ward, and two others with the choices of Marcus Martin and Bruce Ellington. After that they piled up with good depth picks. It's going to be another battle every time we play them for the next couple of years...
St. Louis Rams
Greg Robinson- I may be a little biased here, but most everyone seems to agree that this was a terrific draft by our very own Rams. Jeff Fisher started it off great with the selection of Greg Robinson. A mauler in the run game who will most likely start day one using the Jonathon Odgen plan. Great job by Les Snead also by not going after quantity by trading back and going with a guy that will reall help our football team.
Aaron Donald- Apparently the Rams wanted to get better in the trenches this year, and boy did they every. By nabbing the best player at their respected position in the draft we have made Boudreau and Wauffle very happen men. With Donald, I can honestly say that we have the best defensive line in the NFL. It's almost unfair how good this line is now. I expect big things from this guy. I one of my favorite picks of our draft.
Lamarcus Joyner- I can't tell you how crazy I went when Lamarcus Joyner's name was called Friday night. Aaron Donald was one of my favorite picks, but this WAS my favorite pick. Throw his size out the window, Tyrann Mathieu proved that. Lamarcus is a feisty, hard hitting DB who can make a play on the ball. His passion for the game is second to none and he will make each and every Ram fan proud to be a Ram fan, something we haven't been able to say in a while.
Tre Mason- I was a tad surprised by this pick in the 3rd round. Mason brings some speed but also packs a punch and will fit well with Zac Stacy. All I hope is that he is not another Isaiah Pead, but I don't think this is the case. Mason joins Robinson and Darren Bates, two players he is acclimated with and will make the transition just a tad easier.
Maurice Alexander- Say what you want about the pick, his name sounds All Pro to me. On a serious note, this was a shocker in the beginning. My initial reaction was negative, after seeing the press conference with Jeff Fisher and Les Snead right after this pick, I'm not so worried. They looked so excited and pumped to have him. He is a thumper but also has some ball skills. I'm assuming it may be a battle between Mo Mo and McLeod.
EJ Gaines- Obviously, we really wanted to upgrade our secondary in the draft. I have always liked Ej Gaines and am very excited for him to be a Ram. He can back up on both the outside and in the nickel. Great value in the 6th round. With Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Lamarcus Joyner, Greg Reid, and now Ej Gaines, we have a lot of young talent at corner and will be a lot of competition.
Garrett Gilbert- We needed a QB, we got a QB. I like the pick just because he is a developmental guy with raw talent and mobility.
Michael Sam- Michael Sam may actually be able to add a little something the Rams defensive line. You don't become the SEC Defensive Player of the year for nothing. He didn't blow anyone away athletically, but that's okay. I think he could contribute one or two sacks on the year and maybe add something on special teams. Some may say "then why keep him if that's all he is worth?" but what else would you expect from a 5th DE. He has a passion to play football and that is something nobody can coach. Nice pick in the latter part of the 7th round.
Overall Grade: A+
Loved our draft. The Rams got a lot better this past weekend and we will see that on the field this coming year. Watch out world, here come the Rams again, hungry as ever!!!