St. Louis Rams: A
I simply loved what the Rams did in this draft and believe that they have thrown their hat in the ring to compete with San Fran and Seattle out west. Tavon Austin (WR-WVU) is explosive and the next in line of playmaker wideouts similar to Percy Harvin and Desean Jackson. He along with fellow Mountaineer Stedman Bailey (WR-WVU) give Bradford few excuses against failure this season. Barrett Jones (C-Bama) won a national championship at three different line positions, which is simply amazing. Alec Ogletree (LB-Georgia) pairs with Laurenitis to form one of the better backer cores in the NFL. Jeff Fisher knows how to put a good team together (sans the whole Vince Young fiasco). T.J. McDonald (S-USC) and Brandon McGee (CB-Miami) both were solid secondary additions as well.
Best Pick - Tavon Austin / Most Questionable – none / Sleeper Pick – Barrett Jones
San Francisco 49ers: B+
The rich get richer. The Niners had a ton of picks and very few holes. They moved up in the first to take Eric Reid (S-LSU) who replaces Dashon Goldston who departed in free agency. Tank Carradine (DE-FSU) had some injury concerns or he would have been a first round pick. Vance McDonald (TE-Rice) will fill the role Delane Walker served. Then came one of the best fourth rounds I’ve ever seen when San Fran drafted arguably the most NFL ready WR in the draft in Quin Patton (WR-LaTech) and the best RB (when healthy) Marcus Lattimore (RB-S.Carolina). I did expect at least one defensive tackle, although Quinton Dial (DE-Bama) and Corey Lemonier (DE-Auburn) bolster the defensive line. B.J. Daniels (QB-USF) will be lucky to make the practice squad.
Best Pick - Eric Reid / Most Questionable - Corey Lemonier / Sleeper Pick – Marcus Lattimore
Arizona Cardinals: B-
The Cardinals didn’t have a bad draft and the first four players should all be starters in the lineup: Jonathan Cooper (OG-UNC), Kevin Minter (LB-LSU), Tyrann Mathieu (CB-LSU), and Alex Okafor (DE-Texas). Earl Watford (G-JMU) was the only questionable pick, but I do question the strategy of not taking a quarterback. Considering the defenses they face, Carson Palmer’s outlook is about as bright as Mark Sanchez’s. However, the Cards did finish the draft strong with Stepfan Taylor (RB-Stanford), Ryan Swope (WR-TAMU), and Andre Ellington (RB-Clemson).
Best Pick - Jonathan Cooper / Most Questionable - Earl Watford / Sleeper Pick – Stepfan Taylor
Seattle Seahawks: C+
Essentially, the first round pick for Seattle was Percy Harvin, which was a nice addition to the offense. Christine Michael (RB-TAMU) in second round creates competition for Robert Turbin behind starter Lynch. Defensive tackle was a target that they filled with Jordan Hill (DT-PennSt) and Jesse Williams (DT-Bama). Even with Harvin, more weapons are requied on Seattle. I’m not sure Chris Harper (WR-KState) helps that much. The Seahawks had a ton of picks and eventually a few more may pan out, but I think they should have used some of them to trade up to get better picks. I don’t think Spencer Ware (RB-LSU) and Luke Wilson (TE-Rice) will do much for the hawks.
Best Pick - Christine Michael / Most Questionable - Chris Harper / Sleeper Pick – Jesse Williams