NFC West: Ty Warrne
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Greg from Redondo Beach writes: Mike, What I'd really like to read is an updated list of draft grades for the rookies this season in the NFC West. I'd like to know how my Seahawks fared against other teams in their division.
Mike Sando: Fair enough. I assigned an impact grade of high, medium or low for every player NFC West teams chose in the 2008 draft.
The Cardinals have two rookie draft choices starting on a division-winning team, with a third rookie draft choice, Calais Campbell, contributing regularly as part of a rotation. We can debate whether some of these choices should be high-impact or medium-impact players, but I think Arizona claims the title given that these rookies are contributing to victories.
I identified five high-impact rookies. Two are playing for the Cardinals (Tim Hightower and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie). Two are playing for the Rams (Chris Long and Donnie Avery). One is playing for the Seahawks (John Carlson). Zero are playing for the 49ers, thanks in part to the groin injury Josh Morgan suffered.
I identified five medium-impact rookies. Two play for the 49ers (Morgan and the newly starting Chilo Rachal). One plays for the Cardinals (Campbell). One plays for the Rams (Keenan Burton, who is arguably a low-impact rookie). One plays for Seattle (Lawrence Jackson).
I identified 18 low-impact rookies. Five play for the Seahawks (Red Bryant, Owen Schmitt, Tyler Schmitt, Justin Forsett and Braydon Coutu). Five play for the Rams (John Greco, Justin King, Roy Schuening, Chris Chamberlain and David Vobora). Four were 49ers choices (Kentwan Balmer, Reggie Smith, Cody Wallace and Larry Grant, who is now with the Rams). Four were Cardinals choices (Early Doucet, Kenny Iwebema, Chris Harrington and Brandon Keith).
This is a conversation I'd like to continue. I'm sure some would differ with a few of my characterizations, but probably en route to the same overall conclusion.