The NFL Draft has come and gone. No more mock drafts, no more profiles, and no more hearsay and speculation. Naturally, that means it’s time to milk the draft until training camp, because the next three months of the offseason make us feel scared and cold. This week we’re going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Our final stop, the NFC West.
3 – Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
4 – Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi
5 – Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington
6 – Justin Bethel, DB, Presbyterian
6 – Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State
7 – Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Favorite Pick(s): While I’m a fan of the Michael Floyd pick, the rest of the Cardinals’ draft is unimpressive. Bobbie Massie was a good pick in the fourth round. He’s huge (6’6, 314 pounds) and possesses the quick feet that could one day seen him transition to left tackle.
The Cardinals added to their offensive line in the seventh with Nate Potter. Another high-value pick, Potter started for three years at Boise State, and the Cards likely will develop him slowly.
Jamell Fleming has trouble with physical receivers at the line of scrimmage, something almost every wideout will pick on at the next level. Justin Bethel has the size scouts love as a corner, but he faced pretty weak competition at Presbyterian, and it’ll take him a considerable time to adjust to the pros.
San Francisco 49ers
2 – LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
4 – Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest
5 – Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame
6 – Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State
6- Jason Slowey, C, Western Oregon
7 – Cam Johnson, OLB, Virginia
Favorite Pick(s): I have to question the LaMichael James pick in the second round, because after picking up Brandon Jacobs during free agency the 49ers are pretty stocked at running back. But he could be used in the return game since Kyle Williams has probably lost that job after the debacle in the playoffs.
Cam Johnson inexplicably fell to the seventh round after putting up great numbers in Virginia’s 4-3 defense. There are questions regarding how well his size will translate in terms of position at the next level. Johnson has also been criticized for taking plays off.
2 – Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
3 – Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
4 – Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
4 – Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
5 – Korey Toomer, OLB, Idaho
6 – Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State
6 – Winston Guy, S, Kentucky
7 – J.R. Sweezy, DE, North Carolina State
7 – Greg Scruggs, DL, Louisville
Favorite Pick(s): The Seahawks may have the most interesting draft class this year. After signing Matt Flynn to a three-year deal during free agency, the Hawks selected Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round. The pick sets up an uncomfortable three way “competition” (I have my doubts) between Flynn, Wilson, and Tarvaris Jackson.
Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper had a memorable spat over the pick that featured Wilson watching the whole thing go down on camera. Wilson was one of the participants in Gruden’s excellent Quarterback Camp. The former coach loves him some Russell Wilson…
St. Louis Rams
2 – Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
2 – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
2 – Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
3 – Trumaine Johnson, DB, Montana
4 – Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
5 – Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina
6 – Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western
7 – Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii
7 – Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian
Favorite Pick(s): We end with my favorite draft class of 2012. Jeff Fisher took a group of talented but troubled players throughout the draft. By trading down repeatedly he built an arsenal of picks that will greatly contribute to the rebuilding of the Rams. Janoris Jenkins has the ability to be the best cornerback from this draft, while Brian Quick and Chris Givens provide Sam Bradford with the kind of targets he dearly missed last year.
Trumaine Johnson should challenge Jenkins for the highly-coveted title of most talented player with red flags to emerge from the 2012 draft. At 6’2″, Johnson has the size and cover skills to be a play maker in his rookie season.