Sizing up NFC West corners with Lucas as starter
The Seahawks' addition of Ken Lucas gives the team needed size at cornerback, with coach Jim Mora telling Seattle's KJR radio that Lucas will open post-draft practices as the starter on the right side, opposite Marcus Trufant.
The chart shows projected NFC West starting cornerbacks and their listed physical dimensions.
The 49ers have added a talented young receiver in Michael Crabtree. They also added Brandon Jones. The Seahawks have added T.J. Houshmandzadeh and third-round speed receiver Deon Butler. The Cardinals still have Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston, Jerheme Urban, etc.
Most of those receivers have good size. By moving Lucas into the starting lineup over the 5-foot-9 Josh Wilson, Seattle has better size in the secondary. Wilson can still play the slot. The team will also feel more comfortable letting Wilson and Butler compete as returners.
Note: I've moved Tye Hill into the lineup for the Rams over Jonathan Wade, but that could change.