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2024 NFL Draft Review: NFC West

Just as any big holiday seems to come and go after months of eagerness, we have officially indulged in the 2024 NFL Draft. I want to take a look at how the NFC West fared from their drafts. Let’s break it down by team and then revisit the division as a whole moving into the new season.

2024 NFL Draft Review: NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

1 4 WR Marvin Harrison Jr Ohio State
1 27 EDGE Darius Robinson Missouri
2 43 CB Max Melton Rutgers
3 66 RB Trey Benson Florida State
3 71 IOL Isaiah Adams Illinois
3 82 TE Tip Reiman Illinois
3 90 CB Elijah Jones Boston College
4 104 S Dadrion Taylor-Demerson Texas Tech
5 138 EDGE Xavier Thomas Clemson
5 162 OT Christian Jones Texas
6 191 WR Tejhaun Palmer UAB
7 226 CB Jaden Davis Miami (FL)

The Cardinals loaded up on VOLUME and walked away with 12 picks when all was said and done. In those 12, there are certainly prospects to get excited about. I think it was wise of Ossenfort to play it “safe” and lay claim to Marvin Harrison Jr.’s consensus overall number 1 receiver of this year’s deep class. With needs on both offense and defense, Arizona snagged playmakers like DE Darius Robinson, RB Trey Benson, and CB Max Melton-among others.

With a healthy Kyler Murray, you plug in a CVS receipt of talent, a lot of whom are big names expected to contribute from the jump. Of course, there is nowhere else to go but up when you’re coming off of a lowly, four-win season; however, I can see this team having a nice revival in 2024.

Los Angeles Rams

1 19 EDGE Jared Verse Florida State
2 39 DL Braden Fiske Florida State
3 83 RB Blake Corum Michigan
3 99 S Kamren Kinchens Miami (FL)
5 154 EDGE Brennan Jackson Washington State
6 196 DL Tyler Davis Clemson
6 209 K Joshua Karty Stanford
6 213 WR Jordan Whittington Texas
6 217 IOL Beaux Limmer Arkansas
7 254 IOL KT Leveston Kansas State
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With their first opening-round pick since 2016 (!!) Jared Verse sure is an exciting guy for the Rams. The former Seminole is a force of a defender with a knack for the pass rush and will put opposing quarterbacks through hell. Some other big names to follow aren’t too shabby either: DE Braden Fiske (another Seminole), RB Blake Corum, and S Kam Kinchens were all widely coveted and could be game-changers.

I’d expect this team to compete for a playoff spot in the upcoming season. That is assuming Matthew Stafford stays healthy. You can never count out the McVay-led Rams when he’s got his veteran quarterback out on the field.

San Francisco 49ers

1 31 WR Ricky Pearsall Florida
2 64 S Renardo Green Florida State
3 86 IOL Dominick Puni Kansas
4 124 S Malik Mustapha Wake Forest
4 129 RB Isaac Guerendo Louisville
4 135 WR Jacob Cowing Arizona
6 215 IOL Jarrett Kingston Southern Cal
7 251 LB Tatum Bethune Florida State

The Niners certainly added to their areas of need: wide receiver, offensive line, and secondary. Some were a little unsettled that Ricky Pearsall was selected while a number of pass-catchers were still on the board, but everyone has their own needs and, to John Lynch, Pearsall was that guy.

The offensive line depth is fantastic and gives some added breathing room for Brock Purdy when he lines up this season. The two bigger names who can aid in their secondary are Renardo Green and Malik Mustapha.

Seattle Seahawks

1 16 DL Byron Murphy Texas
3 81 IOL Christian Haynes UConn
4 118 LB Tyrice Knight UTEP
4 121 TE AJ Barner Michigan
5 136 CB Nehemiah Pritchett Auburn
6 179 IOL Sataoa Laumea Utah
6 192 CB DJ James Auburn
6 207 OT Michael Jerrell Findlay

To mark the start of the Mike Macdonald era the Seahawks, unsurprisingly, went defense to open up the draft. You can’t ask for much more than getting a guy like Byron Murphy III. His versatility along the line paired with his size (very similar to Aaron Donald and just as fast per his 40), has to make the new head coach very happy.

I am a little surprised that they did not take a quarterback at any point; however, they must have faith in Sam Howell to succeed Geno Smith down the line. There was no lack of talent at QB through the entirety of the draft. They did add a hefty amount of depth to the offensive line which is wise-especially with an older quarterback.

While I am not big on giving draft grades, I do believe that the entirety of this division will only go up post-draft. My favorite drafts have to go to the Cardinals and Rams for getting these rookies.

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