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2011 NFL Draft - NFC West Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 14, 2011
 

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ARIZONA CARDINALS (5th PICK)

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.5; 2.6; 3.5; 4.6; 5.5; 6.6, 6.19 (f/TBB via PHI); 7.48 (comp)

The Cards had no answer for Kurt Warner’s retirement last year, so unless they have something cooking on the side with a veteran free agent (Marc Bulger?) they need to address the quarterback position. Arizona also needs an edge rusher in their 3-4 scheme as Ken Whisenhunt tries to emulate all things Steeler. Don’t be surprised if later picks are spent shoring up the offensive line and secondary, with a running back to complement Beanie Wells—or, more accurately, replace him for the eight to 12 games he’ll miss with injuries—also on the radar.

Possible options: LB Von Miller, Texas A&M; QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri; CB Patrick Peterson, LSU; LB Brooks Reed, Arizona; CB Aaron Williams, Texas

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7th PICK)

Ten picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.7; 2.13; 3.12; 4.11, 4.18 (f/SDC); 5.10; 6.9, 6.25 (f/SEA); 7.8, 7.30 (f/NYJ via DET), 7.38 (comp), 7.49 (comp)

Jim Harbaugh would love to start developing a quarterback, but the Niners won’t reach for one if the elites are off the board as they have veteran backup plans (bringing back Alex Smith, trading for Josh Johnson) in place. That leaves the defense to address, with needs at every level. Expect the secondary and pass rush to be addressed first, though with a thin class of true nose tackles San Francisco may need to reach for one earlier than anticipated.

Possible options: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU; CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina; OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada; NT Kenrick Ellis, Hampton      

ST. LOUIS RAMS (14th PICK)

Seven picks: 1.14; 2.15; 3.14; 4.15; 5.14; 7.14, 7.26 (f/BAL)

The Rams would be ecstatic if one of the elite wideouts slipped to them at 14, but they may be forced to trade up if they really have their hearts set on one—or settle for a second-day wide receiver instead. Other areas of need include the interior of both their offensive and defensive lines, their linebacking corps, and a running back to ease some of Steven Jackson’s burden—and perhaps eventually take over for him.

Possible options: WR Julio Jones, Alabama; DE Cameron Jordan, Cal; DT Corey Liuget, Illinois; Titus Young, Boise State; WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (25th PICK)

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.25; 2.25; 4.2 (f/DEN via NEP); 5.25, 5.26 (f/BAL); 6.8 (f/DET); 7.6 (f/CLE), 7.41 (comp)

With Matt Hasselbeck a free agent—not to mention on the backside of his career—the Seahawks may need to decide on Draft Day if they’re committed to Charlie Whitehurst as their quarterback of the future or if they’d rather see what’s behind Door #2. They also need ton continue rebuilding their offensive line, and the defensive line and secondary require attention as well.

Possible options: QB Jake Locker, Washington; OT Nate Solder, Colorado; Corey Liuget, Illinois; Clint Boling, OT/OG, Georgia; Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova

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