Now that we’ve gotten to know the San Francisco 49ers nine picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s a good time to check in with the competition.
With the aid of NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, here’s a breakdown of how the rest of the NFC West fared in the draft.
Notable Picks: No. 10 overall QB Josh Rosen, No. 47 overall WR Christian Kirk, No. 97 overall C Mason Cole
Draft Summary: Arizona was able to address a number of offensive roster needs, specifically at quarterback and receiver. The Cardinals ended up with six total picks in this year’s draft after moving up to select Rosen, who will compete under center with free-agent addition Sam Bradford. The Cardinals hit big selecting Kirk, one of the top receiver prospects in this year’s draft class, to compliment Larry Fitzgerald, who will turn 35 by the start of the season.
Reuter’s Take: “Rosen is the best pure pocket passer in the draft. The Cardinals need to protect him, but if they do, he'll be a Pro Bowler. Giving up third- and fifth-round picks was more than reasonable for a player with his potential. Kirk is an excellent fit, not only because of his skills but the impending retirement of Larry Fitzgerald. Cole brings versatility to the Cardinals, as he started at center and tackle for Michigan. He was picked a little early for my taste, but he'll be a consistent contributor on Sundays. Edmonds was a worthy fourth-round pick, sort of a smaller version of all-around offensive weapon David Johnson. Campbell is a versatile athlete able to play outside corner or free safety, two areas of need for the team"
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Notable picks: No. 89 overall OT Joseph Noteboom, No. 135 overall DE John Franklin-Myers, No. 148 overall LB Micah Kiser, No. 160 overall LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Draft Summary: Despite not having a single pick until the third round due to big trades for high-profile veterans this offseason, the Rams still ended up making 11 selections in the draft (10 on Day 3.) The Rams were able to fill voids at linebacker and defensive end after trading away Alec Ogletree and Robert Quinn this offseason.
Reuter’s Take: “Finally able to pick in the middle of the third round, the Rams get a swing tackle in Noteboom, who showed impressive movement last season. This was a good pick for a team needing depth at the position. The Rams did some work on Day 3 well before the draft, grabbing picks in trading away Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree and giving up picks for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The Rams went nuts on edge rushers later, but all had good value.”
Notable Picks: No. 27 overall RB Rashaad Penny, No 79 overall DE Rasheem Green, No. 120 overall TE Will Dissly, No 141 overall LB Shaquem Griffin
Draft Summary: Seattle kicked off the first round of the draft trading down with the Green Bay Packers to give them a total of nine picks in the draft. Seattle needed to fill holes following the departures of Richard Sherman, Jimmy Garaham and Michael Bennett. The Seahawks also needed to improve their offensive line. Instead, Seattle opted to stick with their run-first approach, drafting a running back and a blocking tight end with two of their first three picks. In a more notable selection, the Seahawks drafted Griffin, the twin brother of current Seahawks corner Shaquill Griffin.
Reuter’s Take: “There was zero surprise the Seahawks traded down, as they expected their guys to be available later. Penny is a good back but picked too early. This is the modus operandi for the Seahawks in recent years, picking someone in the first round much earlier than most people project. And, in most cases, the picks haven't worked out.”