Saturday, April 28, 2012
Setting NFC West needs entering third day
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- Where NFC West teams still have needs heading into the final four rounds of the 2012 NFL draft:
- Arizona Cardinals: offensive tackle. The team chose receiver Michael Floyd over tackle Riley Reiff in the first round. That was understandable, but without a second-round choice, the Cardinals weren't going to find a starting tackle in this draft, most likely. Taking cornerback Jamell Fleming in the third round drove home that reality.
- St. Louis Rams: outside linebacker. Other teams in the division have found starters after the first couple of rounds. Seattle did it with K.J. Wright in the fourth round last year. Previously, San Francisco found NaVorro Bowman in the third. The Rams have the first pick of the fourth round Saturday. Perhaps there's a linebacker worth taking there.
- San Francisco 49ers: guard. The 49ers traded back from the third round into the early fourth. Finding an interior offensive lineman isn't a huge priority at this point. Only seven linemen are active on game days, anyway. But if the 49ers saw one good enough to push Daniel Kilgore and Alex Boone for the starting job at right guard, that could be a consideration.
- Seattle Seahawks: tight end. The team lost John Carlson in free agency and decided against signing 32-year-old Visanthe Shiancoe before the draft. Shiancoe could still be a fallback, presumably, but with only three tight ends off the board in the first three rounds, that could be a position to consider.
Should be another fun day. I'm set up and ready to go. The video above does feature some NFC West talk. Jon Gruden's thoughts on Russell Wilson were interesting. Gruden likes the new Seattle quarterback's potential.