2012 NFL Draft, NFC West: Cardinals, Seahawks, Rams Trade A Bunch, Have Productive First Day

The Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks are all trying to catch up the the 49ers in the NFC West, but it's an uphill battle, as the 49ers finished 13-3 in 2011. Follow along to see how they do in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft NFC West Day 3 Recap: Rams Revamp Entire Team, Cardinals Get Great Linemen Late

At this point I think it's safe to say the Rams had the best draft of anyone in the NFC West, and maybe of any team in the entire league. After spending the first two days of the draft getting ridiculous value on every pick, the Rams spent Day 3 infusing young talent into nearly every position on the team. The Cardinals got three starting-caliber offensive linemen on Day 3, which is nearly impossible to do. The Seahawks kept on Seahawkin', taking project after project, hoping to take raw pieces of linebacker clay and mold them into some sort of linebacker brick. The Niners didn't have a lot of needs other than explosiveness on offense, which they addressed with the selections of A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James. They decided to fill holes in their depth, picking two offensive linemen and three defensive players, one on each level of the defense.

The Rams began the festivities by selecting WR Chris Givens from Wake Forest. He and Brian Quick give the Rams a couple of fast receivers with good hands and the ability to make people miss in space. The Rams' WR corps is woeful, so this was definitely an area that needed some attention. The Rams then selected Rokevious Watkins, a large but middling guard prospect from South Carolina with good raw tools, but who will need lots of development to make anything out of himself in the NFL.
The next pick was K Greg Zeurlein, who instead of his name and number should wear a sign on the back of his jersey that says "Hey Josh Brown" and then depicts a large middle finger. Zeurlein wowed everyone at the combine with his booming field goals, but this pick was a message to Josh Brown not to let the door hit him in the rear on the way out of town. The Rams' seventh round picks, Aaron Brown and Daryl Richardson, have some talent but are too inconsistent to project as anything other than roster filler.

The Cardinals had an incredible Day 3, mining the draft mountain and finding diamonds in the rough everywhere they went. Bobby Massie inexplicably was available in Round 4, and my head nearly exploded when I saw Nate Potter come off the board in Round 7. Both of those guys were taken two or three rounds too late. This doesn't even mention Senio Kelemete, who is a mammoth guard from Washington who could easily start in a year or so. The Cardinals didn't even address their putrid offensive line until Day 3, and they completely turned it around into a very promising unit. Arizona's other selections were Justin Bethel, an underrated small-school cornerback, and Ryan Lindley, a developmental QB who can compete for time with all the other terrible develomental QBs on the Cardinal roster.

The Seahawks seem to be taking the approach of throwing random items at a wall to see what sticks. Every prospect they drafted is either an incomplete player, a player who didn't start full time, or a player not rated highly by other teams. Robert Turbin was a good choice for the spot he was taken, as the Seahawks desperately needed running back depth. The rest of the defensive players they drafted are just "wait-and-hope" prospects. They all have talent but will need to raise their intensity and focus to succeed.

The Niners seemed to address every need they had on their team, most of those being issues of depth rather than talent, without drafting anyone flashy or hyped save LaMichael James. On Day 3, the team took grinders and tough guys at every position. Joe Looney and Jason Slowey are monsters who will provide depth on the line and help address the team's only question mark- the second guard spot behind Mike Iupati. Darius Fleming will back up the finest LB corps in the league, while Trent Robinson will finally provide the Niners with a genuine backup safety prospect. Cam Johnson is an inconsistent pass rusher at defensive end but when he is at max effort he is tough to deal with. He can be coached up into a premier player at his position.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Rams, Cardinals, Seahawks Round Out Drafts In Seventh Round

St. Louis Rams

With the 209th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected LB Aaron Brown out of Hawaii. Brown is a converted safety who is neither big or fast, but is adept at creating turnovers. Probably will be limited to special teams for the foreseeable future.

St. Louis also took RB Daryl Richardson from Abilene Christian. Richardson is the brother of Cincinnati Bengals RB Bernard Scott. He is fast and explosive but brittle and has trouble staying healthy.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Brockers
Second Round: Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead
Third Round: Trumaine Johnson
Fourth Round: Chris Givens
Fifth Round: Rokevious Watkins
Sixth Round: Greg Zeurlein
Seventh Round: Aaron Brown, Daryl Richardson

Arizona Cardinals

With the 221st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected T Nate Potter out of Boise State. Potter is a beast and a major steal in round seven. Potter is 6'6" and a legit 300 pounds. Potter is a great pass blocker who will keep the jersey clean of whichever scrub the Cardinals trot out at QB. It's rare to find a genuine left tackle prospect in round seven but the Cardinals have done so.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Floyd
Third Round: Jamell Fleming
Fourth Round: Bobby Massie
Fifth Round: Senio Kelemete
Sixth Round: Justin Bethel, Ryan Lindley
Seventh Round: Nate Potter

Seattle Seahawks

With the 225th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected DT J.R. Sweezy out of North Carolina State. Sweezy is a shade under 300 pounds, but can play end or tackle. He has good length and sheds blocks well. He can develop into a quality backup.

The Seahawks also drafted DT Greg Scruggs from Louisville. Scruggs has been a part-time starter but has excellent athleticism and quickness.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Bruce Irvin
Second Round: Bobby Wagner
Third Round: Russell Wilson
Fourth Round: Robert Turbin, Jaye Howard
Fifth Round: Korey Toomer
Sixth Round: Jeremy Lane, Winston Guy
Seventh Round: J.R. Sweezy, Greg Scruggs

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Cards, Rams, Seahawks Look For Hidden Gems In Round 6

St. Louis Rams

With the 171st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected K Greg Zeurlein out of Missouri Western. Zeurlein blew the scouts away at the combine with his massive leg. He reportedly nailed a 57-yarder to the amazement of the crowd.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Brockers
Second Round: Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead
Third Round: Trumaine Johnson
Fourth Round: Chris Givens
Fifth Round: Rokevious Watkins
Sixth Round: Greg Zeurlein

Arizona Cardinals

With the 177th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected CB Justin Bethel out of Presbyterian. Bethel is notable for a 60-inch flat footed vertical jump. He runs a 4.5 and is proficient at blocking kicks. He is an excellent special teams contributor and that is like where he will begin competing in the NFL. However, with his raw athleticism he could become a capable backup defensive back.

Arizona also selected QB Ryan Lindley from San Diego State. The Cardinals QB depth chart is really up in the air, with no clear starter, and Lindley will have as good a chance as anyone to earn playing time.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Floyd
Third Round: Jamell Fleming
Fourth Round: Bobby Massie
Fifth Round: Senio Kelemete
Sixth Round: Justin Bethel, Ryan Lindley

Seattle Seahawks

With the 172nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected DB Jeremy Lane out of Northwestern State. Lane is a good athlete with excellent speed and very long arms. He will need to bulk up, but displays good hitting and tackling ability for his size.

Seattle also selected S Winston Guy from Kentucky with pick #181. Guy will be expected to add toughness and depth to their secondary rotation and contribute on special teams.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Bruce Irvin
Second Round: Bobby Wagner
Third Round: Russell Wilson
Fourth Round: Robert Rurbin, Jaye Howard
Fifth Round: Korey Toomer
Sixth Round: Jeremy Lane, Winston Guy

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Cards, Seahawks, Rams Add Depth In Round 5

St. Louis Rams

With the 150th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected OG Rokevious Watkins out of South Carolina. Watkins has started at both guard and tackle, but is more suited to guard. He is a bit of a reach here as he was projected as a seventh rounder, but he is versatile enough to provide quality depth for the Rams.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Brockers
Second Round: Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead
Third Round: Trumaine Johnson
Fourth Round: Chris Givens
Fifth Round: Rokevious Watkins

Arizona Cardinals

With the 151st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected OG Senio Kelemete out of Washington. Kelemete is a smooth, fluid player who has played primarily tackle but projects as a guard in the pros. He has good balance and quick feet and is strong enough to deal with most NFL defensive tackles.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Floyd
Third Round: Jamell Fleming
Fourth Round: Bobby Massie
Fifth Round: Senio Kelemete

Seattle Seahawks

With the 154th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected LB Korey Toomer out of Idaho. Toomer was projected as a 7th rounder, but he is very fast and has ideal height. The Seahawks seem intent on completely overhauling their linebacking corps and this guy will provide depth, and has the raw skills to develop into a starter.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Bruce Irvin
Second Round: Bobby Wagner
Third Round: Russell Wilson
Fourth Round: Robert Turbin, Jaye Howard
Fifth Round: Korey Toomer

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams Make Picks At Top Of Round 4

St. Louis Rams

With the 96th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected WR Chris Givens out of Wake Forest. Givens is a quick, fast receiver who will team with Brian Quick and Danny Amendola to give Sam Bradford some targets in the passing game. Givens will give the Rams the ability to stretch the field and get some more explosiveness on the team. Givens was a good value pick and the highest rated remaining receiver.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Brockers
Second Round: Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead
Third Round: Trumaine Johnson
Fourth Round: Chris Givens

Arizona Cardinals

With the 112th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected OT Bobby Massie out of Ole Miss. Massie is a great tackle prospect who fell in the draft for reasons totally beyond my comprehension. Massie is an elite right tackle who should have gone in the second round. He has proven himself against the best SEC competition. The Cardinals got a huge value here.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Michael Floyd
Third Round: Jamell Fleming
Fourth Round: Bobby Massie

Seattle Seahawks

With the 106th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected RB Robert Turbin out of Utah State. Turbin is a very productive back who can quickly provide quality depth for Marshawn Lynch. Turbin is a big back with good breakaway speed and the patience to let blocks develop before making his cut. He resembles Marshawn Lynch in many respects and may be groomed as his successor.

Seattle also picked up DT Jaye Howard from Florida. Howard is a legit 300-pound defensive tackle who will help solidify the inside of Seattle's defensive line, freeing up space for the linebackers Seattle has drafted this year. Howard is the first Florida Gator to be picked.

Drafted So Far

First Round: Bruce Irvin
Second Round: Bobby Wagner
Third Round: Russell Wilson
Fourth Round: Robert Turbin, Jaye Howard

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Rams Strong Draft Highlights NFC West Day 2

It was a very busy day in the NFC West, with all four teams making impact selections that will have serious ramifications for their teams. I felt the Rams were the biggest winners of the day, while the Niners took an explosive playmaker and then traded out of the third round. The Cardinals did not have a second round pick, but took a defensive back in the back end of round 3. Seattle once again made a questionable pick, but did take an impact player in round 2.

The Rams had three second round picks as well as a third rounder and really made the most of all of them. With pick #33 they selected Brian Quick, a talented wideout from Appalachian State who was quickly rising up draft boards. With pick #39 the Rams took Janoris Jenkins, CB from Florida by way of North Alabama. While Joe Haden was taken #7 overall by Cleveland a few years ago, we should remember that when Jenkins was Haden’s teammate at Florida he was a better player than Haden. If Jenkins can move beyond his character concerns, the Rams will have received top-5 value at pick 39. It doesn’t get much better than that.

At pick #50 the Rams picked up Isaiah Pead, a talented rusher from the University of Cincinnati. The Rams finally get a decent backup RB who can spell Steven Jackson and lessen his workload, which has been brutal as of late. Jackson has been St. Louis’ entire offense for a few years and the nagging injuries are catching up to him. Pead will help alleviate those issues and eventually take over as the feature back. In the third round the Rams took Trumaine Johnson, CB from Montana, who also fell from the first round due to character issues. Johnson is a huge talent who deserved to be pick much higher than this, and the Rams got enormous value out of this pick. That makes two solid first-round corners on the second day.

The Cardinals chose Jamell Fleming, CB from Oklahoma, with pick #80. Fleming is a lockdown corner with excellent athleticism who performed very well against the glut of spread offenses in the Big 12 conference. The Cardinals will line him up across from Patrick Peterson, giving them two shutdown corners. The Cardinals’ front seven isn’t that great, so they will need all the time they can get to harass the QB. The better the opposing receivers are covered, the longer the pass rushers will have so this pick can help cover a lot of Arizona’s flaws.

The Niners decided to add to their offensive explosiveness by adding a player Jim Harbaugh is very familiar with. LaMichael James. Harbaugh’s defenses at Stanford spent vast amounts of time looking at James’ back as he ran all over the field for the Oregon Ducks. James isn’t big, but he is stronger than he looks and is much faster in-game than his 40-yard dash time might suggest. James is used to a spread-option offense but has the field vision and burst to succeed in any offense. James brings an element to the offense that Kendall Hunter and Frank Gore do not- breakaway speed. James is also an extremely proficient pass-catcher out of the backfield and has been known to line up at wideout. He is extremely versatile and also is an accomplished kick and punt returner with very sure hands and incredible elusiveness.

Seattle took Utah State OLB Bobby Wagner with pick #47. This was a good spot for him, as he was rated about in the mid second round. Not only is Wagner a potential star at linebacker, but is also insurance in case the Bruce Irvin pick turns out disastrous. With their third round pick, #75, the Seahawks selected QB Russell Wilson from Wisconsin. This was another head scratcher. Seattle has made a pick like this before several years ago when they took Seneca Wallace from Iowa State. Wilson’s only problem is that he is short. He has everything else you look for in a quarterback- accurate, strong arm, elusiveness, leadership ability, and can make all the throws. However, Seattle just signed Matt Flynn and still has Tarvaris Jackson on their roster so Wilson is a questionable fit. However, if Seattle plans to use Wilson as a multi-positional threat, his athleticism may be a boon, but this was very early for Wilson.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Cardinals Select Jamell Fleming At No. 80

With the 80th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Jamell Fleming, CB from Oklahoma .

With their first selection, the Cards took WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame but did not have a second round selection. Fleming is a good corner prospect just a tick below the elite ones who will help offset the recent losses the Cardinals have suffered in their secondary with Antrel Rolle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie joining other teams in the last few years.

Flemming is very good at man coverage and can be a lockdown corner in a man scheme. He doesn't have great size for a corner, but he is very athletic and has enough body control and ball skills to adequately cover just about any receiver. The Cardinal pass defense has been lacking lately and Fleming and Patrick Peterson, last year's first round pick, will help to rectify that.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Seattle Seahawks Select Russell Wilson With 75th Pick

With the No. 75 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected quarterback Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin. Seattle will likely try and make Wilson their franchise quarterback going forward. As it stands, they don't have much at the position - with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson the top two guys. Flynn is a recent acquisition, and many felt like he was "the guy" going forward.

Flynn might still be, but Wilson is a competitor, and he'll do his best to see the field sooner rather than later. Most likely, he'll end up sitting on the bench for awhile behind Flynn, and get an opportunity if Flynn falls on his face, which is certainly a possibility.

Here's what National Football Post had to say on Wilson in their official scouting report:

Impression: Wilson is a plus athlete who can spin the football and gives you a nice run/pass threat. However he's undersized, is going to struggle to consistently make plays from the pocket and is still learning how to work his way through defenses. He is worth a pick late, but I don't see the guy as a potential starter in the NFL. Reserve only.

He'll join Bruce Irvin, who the Seahawks drafted with their first-round pick after moving down a few spots in a trade, and also Bobby Wagner, who was drafted in the second round. Both of those picks were "head-scratchers" according to all of the experts.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Rams Take Trumaine Johnson At No. 65

With the No. 65 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams have selected CB Trumaine Johnson out of Montana.

The St. Louis Rams have been having a productive draft, from both a quantity and quality standpoint. They traded back twice in the first round, ultimately selecting defensive tackle Michael Brockers out of LSU, and then had three second-round picks to work with. In the end, St. Louis selected Brian Quick, WR out of Appalachian State, Janoris Jenkins, CB out of North Alabama and Isaiah Pead, RB out of Cincinnati in the second round.

With their third-round pick, the Rams take Trumaine Johnson, who is a first-round talent who fell, much like new teammate Janoris Jenkins, due to character reasons. However, Johnson is an incredible athlete with tremendous length and serious ball skills. If both he and Janoris Jenkins live up to their first-round ability, the Rams may soon have one of the league's finest cornerback tandems.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Rams Select Isaiah Peed At No. 50

The St. Louis Rams used the 50th overall pick at the 2012 NFL Draft to select running back Isaiah Peed out of Cincinnati. Pead was projected by most for the third round, although many scouts liked his elusiveness and speed despite being a bit undersized. He ran for 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Bearcats last season.

It's been a big day for the St. Louis Rams, who have already picked twice in the second round. Those picks brought them Brian Quick out of Appalachian State and Janoris Jenkins out of Northern Alabama. They've acquired so many picks by trading down in the first round two times - first with the Washington Redskins from No. 2 to No. 6 (Washington drafted quarterback Robert Griffin III at No. 2) and then with the Dallas Cowboys from No. 6 to No. 14 (the Cowboys took cornerback Morris Claiborne), where they eventually picked Michael Brockers, the defensive tackle out of LSU.

The Rams will pick next in the third round assuming no other trades are made.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Seattle Seahawks Take Bobby Wagner At No. 47

With the No. 47 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Bobby Wagner out of Utah State. Seattle took him at No. 47 after trading back a couple picks, as the New York Kets moved up to draft wide receiver Stephen Hill. It's kind of an odd pick, and represents another linebacker who might not be the best fit for them, but they know what they're doing more than we do, so trust 'em on it!

Here's what the National Football Post had to say about Wagner in their official scouting report:

Impression: A good athlete with some balance and coordination in all areas of his game. He's a 'plus" tackler who can shed on contact and make plays as a blitzer.

Wagner joins Bruce Irvin, the Seahawks' first-round selection at No. 15, much to the surprise of fans and pundits alike. Seattle originally was set to pick at No. 12, but they traded down with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected Fletcher Cox with the pick.

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2912 NFL Draft Results: Rams Get Janoris Jenkins At No. 39

With the 39th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Janoris Jenkins, CB from North Alabama .

With the first of their three second-round picks in this draft, the Rams took Brian Quick, receiver from Appalachian State to help shore up their receiving corps and give Sam Bradford a good weapon in the passing game. This time the Rams go with a big-time cornerback to help their secondary, which (as with most parts of their team) was a huge weakness for them. Jenkins is a top-10 talent who fell because of major character concerns. He played alongside former Browns top-ten pick Joe Haden at the University of Florida and outplayed Haden most of the time.

Jenkins was dismissed from the Florida football team and transferred to North Alabama, where he had a distinguished senior season. Jenkins is a bit of a knucklehead and could be considered a time bomb a la Pacman Jones, but his talent is well worth the risk in the second round. If he gets his act together he could be a perennial Pro Bowler.It's a good thing the Niners are adding WR talent, because they will have to deal with Jenkins on a regular basis.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Rams Get Brian Quick In Second Round At No. 33

With the 33rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Brian Quick, WR from Appalachian State.

The Rams have been extremely busy this draft, first trading the second pick overall to Washington (Robert Griffin III) and then trading the sixth pick overall to Dallas (Morris Claiborne). With the 14th pick overall they took DT Michael Brockers from LSU, a player they had considered at sixth overall. It's been a solid draft so far for the Rams, getting the player they coveted while accumulating a glut of mid-round picks, including three second rounders.

The Rams' WR corps is totally bare with no bona fide starters, and Quick will provide a solid target for Sam Bradford the likes of which he has never enjoyed. Quick is a huge target at 6'4" and 220 pounds, with extremely long arms and good hands. He has good downfield speed and has a great second gear when stretching the field. He will make the Rams' offense more than just Steven Jackson and give them a new dimension to work with.

The pick was announced by former Rams stars Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.


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2012 NFL Draft Results: SB Nation Studios Breaks Down The NFC West On Day One [VIDEO]

With the head-spinning number of trades up and down the line during the first round of the NFL Draft, you may have gotten a bit lost in the shuffle of it all. But that's where SB Nation studios comes in, filming top quality analysis and discussion of all the picks down the line.

Here the guys break down the NFC West's picks from the first round live from the SB Nation war room, with some interesting points made about each of the team's picks.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: NFC West Wheeling And Dealing On Day One

It was a busy day for a couple of teams in the NFC West on Thursday night. The Seahawks and Rams both made big trades to get out of their spots and accumulate more picks. The Rams trade brought them a valuable second round pick and still gave them a good player in the first round. The Seahawks’ first round was far more questionable. The Cardinals and Niners stayed put and drafted the guys they wanted, although the Niner pick was a head-scratcher to some.

The Rams started off the NFC West’s evening by trading out of Pick #6 in a deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas had a glaring need at defensive back and was able to get the best one available in Morris Claiborne, whom I feel is the best overall prospect in the entire draft. Major score for Dallas here. St. Louis received Dallas’ pick at #14, which they used to select DT Michael Brockers, a former teammate of Claiborne at LSU. Dallas also gave the Rams pick #45. The Rams now own three of the first fourteen picks in the second round. They will have a great opportunity to plug a lot of holes in their lineup with quality players, although one wonders if Claiborne alone wouldn’t have made the team so significantly better that such a bounty of players would have been rendered unnecessary, considering the Rams already had two second round picks. I would not say that the player at #45 and Michael Brockers are anywhere near as good as Claiborne, but the Rams obviously feel differently.

The Cardinals came next, fulfilling the wishes of their star WR Larry Fitzgerald and selecting WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame with pick #13. Floyd is an excellent wideout, just a tick below Justin Blackmon, who will make Fitzgerald even more dangerous as he will be less frequently double-covered. Floyd is a true red-zone threat, and while he may not have blazing speed he does have superb hands and a nose for the end zone. He was a prolific scorer in college and will fill the void left behind by Anquan Boldin. He may even be better than Boldin once given time to develop in the league. The Cardinals had myriad needs on their team including offensive line, but if the opportunity to draft a playmaker like Floyd arises, it must not be missed.

The Seahawks held pick #12, but traded it to Philadelphia, who used the pick on Fletcher Cox. Seattle received picks 15, 114, and 172. They then used pick #15 to select Bruce Irvin, OLB from West Virginia. Irvin is a good player and an excellent pass rusher, but has character concerns and is deficient In nearly every part of his game save pass rushing. For a team as bereft of pass rushers as Seattle, this pick makes sense, but not in the first round. Irvin may have been there in rounds 2 or 3. No team should pick any player in the first round with such glaring holes as Irvin. This pick has the potential to be a complete disaster if Irvin is asked to be an every-down linebacker. If, however, he is used merely as a situational pass rusher, he will be successful. That is not a problem you wish to give yourself as a team by making a first round pick like this.

The Niners stayed put at pick 30. They selected WR A.J. Jenkins from Illinois. I don’t think anyone outside of the Niners brain trust saw this one coming. Jenkins isn’t widely known, nor is he considered one of the top receivers available. However, the Niners targeted him early on and knew he was their guy. He isn’t tall, but is very fast and is a very good route runner with great hands and the ability to catch the ball in traffic. The Niners have spent much of the offseason bolstering their WR corps and this is another step in that process. They will have plenty of opportunity to address their offensive and defensive lines on days two and three.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Bruce Irvin Goes To Seahawks

With the 15th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Bruce Irvin, linebacker from West Virginia. While Bruce Irvin is a good player, this is the biggest and first shock pick of the draft. It was expected that the Seahawks might select a pass rusher, but Chandler Jones, Andre Branch, Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples and several others of note were still on the board, as was an excellent offensive tackle in Riley Reiff.

Bruce Irvin's stock has been rising lately, but wasn't thought to be more than a mid-second rounder. For him to go in the top 15 is baffling. Irvin was a situational pass rusher in college and was not on the field for every down. However, he is thought by some to be the best pure pass rusher in the entire draft and if the Seahawks see him as a replacement for Aaron Curry and someone who they can let loose to terrorize quarterbacks, he may have success. If he is asked to do too much, he may be in over his head and the Seahawks will look very silly for taking him so early.

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NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Michael Brockers Goes To St. Louis Rams

With the No. 14 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams has selected Michael Brockers, a defensive tackle from LSU. This 2012 NFL Draft pick helps fill the Rams need on the defensive side of the ball with an outstanding athlete with tremendous upside.

After trading out of the two spot to the Redskins and then the number six spot to the Cowboys already in this draft, the Rams finally chose Brockers, considered one of the best defensive tackles in this year's draft. The 6'5" 322 pounder had 54 tackles in 2011, and joins a St. Louis squad in need of some extra beef up front in the rush-heavy NFC West.

The Rams next pick is the 39th overall, 7th in the second round.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Michael Floyd Goes to Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals just made their selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, taking Michael Floyd, a wide receiver from Notre Dame. Larry Fitzgerald had been "pounding on the table" for the Cardinals to take Floyd in order to free him up with less double coverage.

Floyd is a big, instinctive receiver who plays with power in both the run and pass game. He almost always win in a fight for the ball and should be add yet another bailout for the quarterback, Lord knows who that is/should be.

Were it not for off the field issues involving alcohol and DUI's, Floyd might have gone even before Justin Blackmon in this draft. Still this addition adds another weapon against whom the 49ers must defend...which matters to this writer considerably.

The other pick that would have made loads (perhaps even more) of sense was Riley Reiff, offensive tackle of Iowa. Having a shaky QB situation and a porous offensive line could mean that Floyd won't have much chance to make an impact whatsoever.

Still the Cardinals obviously felt like they needed to give Kevin Kolb some weapons and that protection wasn't as important. I agree. Plus, that means if he get's hurt the GM can say, "Hey, what are ya gonna do...Injuries happen." and quietly replace Kolb with a real QB.

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the NFC West, you can check out Turf Show Times for the St. Louis Rams, Revenge of the Birds for the Arizona Cardinals and Field Gulls for the Seattle Seahawks.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: Seahawks Trade Back With Eagles To No. 15

The NFC West just doesn't want to make a pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. First, the St. Louis Rams traded back so the Dallas Cowboys could draft Morris Claiborne, moving back to No. 14. Now, the Seattle Seahawks have traded back a few spots, so the Philadelphia Eagles could move up to No. 12 to draft Fletcher Cox.

Seattle moves back to No. 15, and in the process, they're picking up an extra fourth-round pick and an extra sixth-round pick. Philadelphia sends the No. 115 pick and the No. 172 pick. There are still plenty of great players on the board right now, but it's interesting to see so many teams trading back.

That's likely due to the rookie wage scale - teams aren't afraid to move up because they don't have to invest an insane amount of money for the higher picks. The Rams and Seahawks need a lot of pieces and not just one star player, so trading back makes sense.

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the NFC West, you can check out Turf Show Times for the St. Louis Rams, Revenge of the Birds for the Arizona Cardinals and Field Gulls for the Seattle Seahawks.

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2012 NFL Draft Results, NFC West: St. Louis Rams Trade Back With Cowboys To No. 14

The Rams have traded back to #14 in the draft, allowing the Cowboys to come up and draft Morris Claiborne. The Rams really could hsve used an impact player on defense like Claiborne so trading back makes little sense unless the Cowboys paid a king's ransom for the pick. Claiborne is, in my opinion, the best player in the draft so any amount of picks given would be worth it. It is not yet confirmed what the deal is, but for St. Louis to avoid a player of Claiborne's caliber would have required a very sweet deal.

Rumors were floating all day that the Cowboys would take Mark Barron, but Claiborne is a much better player and is an excellent pick at this spot. St. Louis will use whatever bounty of picks they get to improve their team with quantity, not quality. For a team as bereft of talent as the Rams, that may be a good plan.

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation's main story stream and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the NFC West, you can check out Turf Show Times for the St. Louis Rams, Revenge of the Birds for the Arizona Cardinals and Field Gulls for the Seattle Seahawks.

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2012 NFL Draft: NFC West Picks Through The First Round

Round one of the 2012 NFL Draft is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. pacific, and it's gonna be a good one. For the San Francisco 49ers, this draft will be more about how much ground the rest of the NFC West can gain on them than it will be about which new star will be coming to town. Sure, they've got all seven picks, but they're at the back-end of each round.

The rest of the division will try and catch up after the 49ers finished the regular season 13-3 and made an appearance in the NFC Championship game, coming just short of making the Super Bowl. All three of the other teams in the division pick in the top half of the draft, and didn't threaten to take the division at all.

Below, we'll take a look at all the picks the NFC West possesses outside of the 49ers. If you want to follow San Francisco's draft, check out the story stream here.

St. Louis Rams

No. 6 (First)
No. 33 (Second)
No. 39 (second)
No. 65 (Third)
No. 96 (Fourth)
No. 171 (Sixth)
No. 209 (Seventh)
No. 252 (Seventh, compensatory)

Seattle Seahawks

No. 12 (First)
No. 43 (Second)
No. 75 (Third)
No. 106 (Fourth)
No. 181 (Sixth)
No. 225 (Seventh)

Arizona Cardinals

No. 13 (First)
No. 80 (Third)
No. 112 (Fourth)
No. 151 (Fifth)
No. 177 (Sixth)
No. 185 (Sixth)
No. 221 (Seventh)

Follow along with the entire NFL draft at SB Nation and at Mocking The Draft. For more on the NFC West, you can check out Turf Show Times for the St. Louis Rams, Revenge of the Birds for the Arizona Cardinals and Field Gulls for the Seattle Seahawks.

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2012 NFL Draft, NFC West: Cardinals, Seahawks, Rams Looking To Catch Up To 49ers

The Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks are all trying to catch up the the 49ers in the NFC West, but it's an uphill battle, as the 49ers finished 13-3 in 2011. Follow along to see how they do in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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