The Cardinals massively overachieved last season with rookie sensation Kyler Murray and rookie Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury. Although the Cards finished last in their division, they looked like a respectable organization for the first time in a long time. The defense needs some work, as they were one of the worst in the league last year. While adding Deandre Hopkins to the already formative combination of Larry Fitzgerald and Kenan Drake, their offense stands to put the league on notice.
- 1-8: Isaiah Simmons, LB (Clemson)
- 3-72: Josh Jones, T (Houston)
- 4-114: Leki Fotu, DT (Utah)
- 4-131: Rashard Lawrence, DT (LSU)
- 6-202: Evan Weaver, LB (Cal)
- 7-222: Eno Benjamin, RB (Arizona State)
The Cardinals needed help on the defensive side of the ball and they got it in a big way by grabbing Simmons in the first round. They also dedicated all but one draft pick to the defensive side of the football. Although they still have a long way to go, this team will have a completely different look going into the season. They are not a team to be taken lightly.
Los Angeles Rams
Everything that could go wrong for this Rams team did in 2019. They felt the Super Bowl hangover because their defense regressed greatly. Trading away starting Corner Marcus Peters (ALL PRO) in exchange for Jalen Ramsey proved to be a bad mid-season deal. Todd Gurley’s knee seemed so precarious that the Rams canned Gurley in the offseason.
- 2-52: Cam Akers, RB (Florida State)
- 2-57: Van Jefferson, WR (Florida)
- 3-84: Terrell Lewis, OLB (Alabama)
- 3-104: Terrell Burgess, S (Utah)
- 4-136: Brycen Hopkins, TE (Purdue)
- 6-199: Jordan Fuller, S (Ohio State)
- 7-234: Clay Johnston, LB (Baylor)
- 7-248: Sam Sloman, K (Miami of Ohio)
- 7-250: Tremayne Anchrum, OL (Clemson)
So, there are a lot of spots to fill after losing Gurley and Brandin Cooks. Hence the Rams attempted to replace them early in the draft by grabbing Cam Akers and Van Jefferson. I believe they really delivered with a good infusion of youth. I think you’ll see this team rely more on Jared Goff to carry the offense. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey will have to ball out if the Rams want to avoid a repeat of last season.
So, around this time last year, I raved that the Seahawks would bounce back in a major way and they did that by competing for the home-field advantage in Week 17. However, this team got hit with the injury bug that throttled its Super Bowl aspirations. Even Beast Mode’s return to the pacific northwest couldn’t save them down the stretch.
- 1-27: Jordyn Brooks, LB (Texas Tech)
- 2-48: Darrell Taylor, OLB (Tennessee)
- 3-69: Damien Lewis, G (LSU)
- 4-133: Colby Parkinson, TE (Stanford)
- 4-144: DeeJay Dallas, RB (Miami)
- 5-148 : Alton Robinson DE (Syracuse)
- 6-214: Freddie Swain, WR (Florida)
- 7-251: Stephen Sullivan, TE (LSU)
So I actually think they had a terrible draft, but I still believe in Russell Wilson’s ability. He showed us last year that he is a top 5 quarterback in this league and we cannot overlook that.
San Francisco 49ers
They were the cream of the crop of the NFC a year ago. This team fell apart during the last 10 minutes of the biggest game of the year and it’s not all pornstar Jimmy’s fault. He did miss a wide-open Emmanuel Sanders late in the 4th for a game-winning score but don’t overlook the defense’s epic collapse.
- 1-14: Javon Kinlaw, DT (South Carolina)
- 1-25: Brandon Aiyuk, WR (Arizona State)
- 5-153: Colton McKivitz, T (West Virginia)
- 6-190: Charlie Woerner, TE (Georgia)
- 7-217: Jauan Jennings, WR (Tennessee)
The Niners didn’t do much in the draft and that speaks to the belief they have in their talent on the roster. However, I believe there is trouble in paradise brewing behind the scenes, as the Niners were rumored to be taking calls from other teams on some of their top defensive players. This was made evident by their trade with the Colts. So, the road back to the dance for the Niners might be a long one.