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2012 NFL Draft: NFC West Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 19, 2012
 

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ST. LOUIS RAMS (2nd overall pick (traded to WAS); 6th overall pick (from WAS))

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.6 (from WAS); 2.1; 2.7 (from WAS); 3.2; 4.1; 6.1; 7.2; 7.45 (compensatory pick)

After capitalizing on RG3’s draft value the Rams now own three of the first 39 and four of the first 65 picks of the draft. Those picks should allow new coach Jeff Fisher to address multiple needs on both sides of the ball. Offensively, St. Louis can add more protection for Sam Bradford as well as provide him with legitimate targets to throw to. Defensively the Rams are looking for help at every level, though after multiple free agency signings that side of the ball takes a seat to the offense.

Possible options: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State; CB Morris Claiborne, LSU; DT Devon Still, Penn State; DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State; CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama; WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (12th overall pick)

Six picks: 1.12; 2.11; 3.12; 4.11; 6.11; 7.18 (from OAK)

Seattle attempted to use free agency to fill roster gaps, most notably quarterback Matt Flynn and defensive lineman Jason Jones. But the free agency door swung both ways and left as many holes as it patched—perhaps more. There’s still a chance the Seahawks could jump on a quarterback early on even after the Flynn signing, but the more pressing needs might be in their linebacking corps, where they lost David Hawthorne, and along their offensive line where Robert Gallery departed and the plan is to kick James Carpenter inside to guard.

Possible options: OG David DeCastro, Stanford; DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina; OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford; QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; LB Zach Brown, North Carolina; OG Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh

ARIZONA CARDINALS (13TH overall pick)

Seven picks: 1.13; 3.17; 4.17; 5.16; 6.7 (from WAS); 6.15; 7.14

Another year, another plea for a complementary target opposite Larry Fitzgerald and some help for the offensive line; stop me if you’ve hear this before. The Cardinals will be able to address just one of those needs early on as their second-round pick belongs to the Eagles, but there should be at least a couple talented offensive linemen at 13 and the receiver class could yield dividends in Round 3. Arizona is also in the market for a pass-rusher to compliment Calais Campbell and Sam Acho.

Possible options: OT/OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia; OG David DeCastro, Stanford; LB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma; Jake Bequette, Arkansas; OT Brandon Mosley, Auburn; OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (30TH overall pick)

Seven picks: 1.30; 2.29; 3.29; 4.30; 5.30; 6.29; 7.30

The 49ers have few, if any, lineup holes and added mostly depth via free agency. There’s still room for a pass-catcher in their receiving corps, be it a tight end to complement Vernon Davis or a wideout if offseason additions Randy Moss and Mario Manningham don’t live up to expectations. The offensive line has an opening after guards Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal walked via free agency. And while the defense was top-notch in 2011 and returns everyone, depth and groomable talent are on the wish list as well.

Possible options: OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State (TX); TE Coby Fleener, Stanford; DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse; OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (OH); DE Trevor Guyton, California; OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia

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