How The Rest Of The NFC West Fared In The 2016 NFL Draft

A closer look at how the Seattle Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in the 2016 NFL Draft.

A closer look at how the Seattle Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in the 2016 NFL Draft:

Arizona Cardinals (Six Total Picks)

  • Round 1, No. 29 Overall: DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
  • Round 3, No. 92 Overall: CB Brandon Williams, Texas A&M
  • Round 4, No. 128 Overall: C Evan Boehm, Missouri
  • Round 5, No. 167 Overall: SS Marqui Christian, Midwestern St. 
  • Round 5, No. 170 Overall: OT Cole Toner, Harvard
  • Round 6, No. 205 Overall: CB Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana

NFL.com's Quick-Snap Grade: B

AnalysisThe Cardinals trusted that Tyrann Mathieu would fly the straight-and-narrow, and are banking the same is true of Nkemdiche. If he harnesses his athleticism without an issue, then this pick could look great. If not, it's a wasted opportunity to improve the secondary or another part of the team with someone without character issues. Williams is a recently converted corner with loads of potential, but who might be a bit of a project to take with the only Day 2 pick. They did get defensive end Chandler Jones, though. That should count for something. Carson Palmer was happy to see a stout center in Boehm picked in the fourth round. Their fifth-round picks were not of particularly good value. - Chad Reuter

How It Affects The Seahawks: Following the offseason trade for defensive end Chandler Jones, the Cardinals furthered their commitment to improving their pass rush in round one with Nkemdiche. Arizona is without last year's starting center Lyle Sendlein and encouraged a competition between veteran A.Q. Shipley and Boehm by picking up the Missouri product in round four. With the Cardinals' top three defensive backs - Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, and Justin Bethel - sidelined with injuries this offseason but expected back by the regular season, the team took measures to fortify the secondary, adding two cornerbacks and a safety in the draft for depth.  


Los Angeles Rams (Six Total Picks)

  • Round 1, No. 1 Overall: QB Jared Goff, California
  • Round 4, No. 110 Overall: TE Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky 
  • Round 4 No. 117 Overall: WR Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
  • Round 6, No. 177 Overall: TE Temarrick Hemingway, South Carolina St.
  • Round 6, No. 190 Overall: ILB Josh Forrest, Kentucky
  • Round 6, No. 206 Overall: WR Mike Thomas, Southern Miss

NFL.com's Quick-Snap Grade: C

AnalysisGoff is the best quarterback in the class, so there's no issue there. The team gave up a lot of picks to get him; the Rams received a bunch of picks in the RGIII trade, however, and it didn't improve the team because it needed a quarterback. So I can't seriously downgrade the move. The Rams didn't have any Day 2 picks due to the trade up for Goff. It was a bit of a surprise when Higbee came off the board in the fourth round given his off-field issues. He'll be a seam threat if he can stay on the straight and narrow, though. The Rams kept giving Goff weapons with a solid pick in Cooper, Hemingway and Thomas. I like Forrest as an inside linebacker, but the receiver picks left the team without any offensive line or defensive back help. - Chad Reuter 

How It Affects The Seahawks: Seattle's defense could see Goff as early as Week 2, when the Seahawks travel to Southern California for the Rams' home opener. Already featuring a stout defense and special teams unit that has given Seattle fits in recent years, as well as a strong running game behind 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley, Los Angeles put its draft priority on surrounding its new quarterback with new weapons on the outside. The team used four of its five remaining picks after Goff on wide receivers and tight ends in an effort to expand the offense and make the club more competitive, according to Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. Releasing tight end Jared Cook this offseason also likely played a role in Los Angeles' acquisition of two new players at the position. 


San Francisco 49ers (11 Total Picks)

  • Round 1, No. 7 Overall: DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
  • Round 1, No. 28 Overall: OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford
  • Round 3, No. 68 Overall: CB Will Redmond, Mississippi St.
  • Round 4, No. 133 Overall: CB Rashard Robinson, LSU
  • Round 5, No. 142 Overall: DE Ronald Blair, Appalachian St.
  • Round 5, No. 145 Overall: OT John Theus, Georgia
  • Round 5, No. 174 Overall: OT Fahn Cooper, Mississippi
  • Round 6, No. 207 Overall: QB Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech
  • Round 6, No. 211 Overall: RB Kelvin Taylor, Florida
  • Round 6, No. 213 Overall: WR Aaron Burbridge, Michigan St. 
  • Round 7, No. 249 Overall: CB Prince Charles Iworah, Western Kentucky 

NFL.com's Quick-Snap Grade: B-Plus

AnalysisBuckner is an excellent pick in the top seven as the impact defensive end they've missed since Justin Smith has left. Garnett is my favorite offensive line prospect in this draft, and the 49ers need to replace Alex Boone. But giving up two picks in the deepest draft in history for a guard is a tough sell for me. Redmond is coming off an injury, but teams knew he would come off the board in the third round so that was no surprise. He should work his way into a nickel or starting role when back on the field. In Round 4, Robinson's athleticism was worth the gamble. They got great value in the Blair pick. He should be a starter as a five-technique despite a poor combine workout. Theus and Cooper are swing tackle candidates who should only get better with time. - Chad Reuter

How It Affects The Seahawks: The saying goes that a successful football team starts up front and the Niners were clearly looking to get better in that area on both sides of the ball in this year's draft. San Francisco took two defensive ends and three offensive linemen in the first five rounds, including Buckner, the No. 7 overall pick, and Garnett, the No. 28 overall pick, pieces that should improve the 49ers' defensive and offensive lines sooner rather than later. The Niners also added three cornerbacks, making a point to strengthen a secondary that finished 2015 ranked 27th against the pass (261 yards/game).

Here's a look at the offensive side of the ball as they took to the practice field during phase two of voluntary offseason workouts.  

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