With our final NFL draft 2021 draft grades, we head out west and to the NFC West.
Whether it was The Rams Malibu draft house, or the 49ers predraft trade up there was plenty to talk about before draft night. But did it live up to those expectations?
Arizona Cardinals – C+
- #16 – Zaven Collins– LB – Tulsa
- #49 – Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue
- #136 – Marco Wilson – CB – Florida
- #210 – Victor Dimukeje – EDGE – Duke
- #223 – Tay Gowan – CB – UCF
- #243 – James Wiggins – S – Cincinnati
- #247 –Michal Menet – C – Penn State
The Cardinals went into the draft hoping that a top CB or WR would fall down draft boards into their lap. When this did not transpire, they pivoted and selected LB Zaven Collins. Whilst a very good player, its a struggle to see where he will fit in with Arizona. Team captain Jordan Hicks plays a similair role, and last years 1st round pick Isiash Simmonds is likely to feature prominently. Rondale Moore should feature regularly for a team that loves to line up in 10 personell, and offers a different option to their current receivers. The 2 corners they selected don’t really address the position like they hoped. James Wiggins was a nice pick up late in the draft, however.
Los Angeles Rams – D
- #57 – Tutu Atwell – WR – Louisville
- #103 – Ernest Jones – LB – South Carolina
- #117 – Bobby Brown III – DT- Texas A&M
- #130 – Robert Rochell – CB – Central Arkansas
- #141 – Jacob Harris – WR – UCF
- #174 – Earnest Brown IV – DE – Northwestern
- #233 – Jake Funk – RB – Maryland
- #249 – Ben Skowronek, WR – Notre Dame
- #252 – Chris Garrett – LB – Concordia University St Paul
What can we say about the Rams draft class? It must be remembered that the Rams don’t see the draft the same as everyone else. Their philosophy of having a cluster of top paid stars and filling out the rest of the roster with cheap players has borne reasonable success for Sean McVay and Co. Selecting Tutu Atwell at 57 seems an odd selection and I don’t think his game translates well to the NFL. Although we did like Robert Rochell, the rest of the picks just scream filler – which is of course what the Rams seem to want.
Seattle Seahawks – C
- #56 – D’Wayne Eskridge – WR – Western Michigan
- #137 – Tre Brown – CB – Oklahoma
- #208 – Stone Forsythe – OT – Florida
Well, there isn’t much to talk about in regards to the Seattle Seahawks. Making only 3 picks, they didn’t trade back as we had all anticipated. D’wayne Eskridge, whilst an exciting speedster, appears quite a reach at that spot in the 2nd round. Stone Forsythe is a player I like and he should be able to compete for a starting job in camp. It does say something about the Seahawks draft class when their UDFA signings seem better than their drafting.
San Francisco 49ers – B+
- #3 – Trey Lance – QB – North Dakota State
- #48 – Aaron Banks – G – Notre Dame
- #88 – Trey Sermon – RB – Ohio State
- #102 – Ambry Thomas – CB – Michigan
- #155 – Jaylon Moore – OL Western Michigan
- #172 – Deommodore Lenoir – CB – Oregon
- #180 – Talanoa Hufanga – S – USC
- #193 – Elijah Mitchell – RB – Louisiana
Whether or not Mac Jones was the intention when the 49ers moved up to 3 in the draft, the QB they went with was the exciting Trey Lance. With all the upside in the world, Niners fans will be hoping he becomes their next franchise QB. Behind Lance, the Draft signified Shanahan looking at adding variety in his offence. Usually full of zone runs, the addition of G Aaron Banks and RB Trey Sermon suggests they will be happy to smash right up the middle should the occasion call for it. Ambry Thomas, and my sleeper Deommodore Lenoir, add depth to a corner back group that needed it. All in all, a good draft for the 49ers