NFC West Draft Grades: 49ers defense gets scarier and Rams replace Gurley

This is the last stop in our Draft Grade road trip! It’s been an absolute blast and we really hope we can get back to sports soon. NFC West has always been a super fun division to watch, especially in the east coast where we can get it late afternoon. Here are Will Power’s NFC West draft grades:

Arizona Cardinals

Lemme just say, if I’m a Cardinals fan, I’m pumped about my team’s future! With their first pick, they take the do it all linebacker out of Clemson, Isaiah Simmons, maybe my favourite pick of the entire draft. Then they draft Jones, who many had predicted would be drafted in the first round. With their final pick, they drafted the Arizona State product, Eno Benjamin, who will provide a nice 1-2 punch with Drake in the backfield. 

Draft Grade: A-

Los Angeles Rams

Having no picks in the first round, the Rams draft Cam Akers with their first pick in the second round. I think the Rams hit a home run here. I have no doubt McVay will get the most out of Akers. There second pick in Van Jefferson, was solid, and he should have an almost immediate impact this upcoming season. This may not seem like the prettiest picks, but the Rams got exactly the guys they wanted.

Draft Grade: B

San Francisco 49ers

With their first two picks, the 49ers addressed two immediate needs. Having lost Buckner and Sanders in free agency, they decide to draft a monster in Javon Kinlaw and speed demon in Brandon Aiyuk. These guys should and will be a huge part of this 49ers team for years to come. Look for their fifth round pick Woerner, to be a nice addition to this offense in a few years from now. Considering they only drafted five players, they did a mighty good job.

Draft Grade: B+

Seattle Seahawks

Can’t say I recognize any of the players drafted by the Seahawks. Seems to me like they went a little conservative in this year’s draft. Surprising, considering the are in the same division as the 49ers and the up-and-coming Arizona Cardinals. Taking into account the Seahawks seem to be a run first team, I am a little puzzled as to why they waited until the fourth round to draft a running back. I do like their other fourth round pick, Colby Parkinson, tight end out of Stanford. One things’s for sure, Russell Wilson is gonna have to carry the Seahawks on his back….. again.

Draft Grade: C

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