What do Seahawks, rest of NFC West, need in draft?

What do Seahawks, rest of NFC West, need in draft?

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What do Seahawks, rest of NFC West, need in draft?

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by CHRIS STRAUSS / USA TODAY Sports

NWCN.com

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Arizona Cardinals

2014 Draft Picks: 1st (20), 2nd (52), 3rd (84), 4th (120), 5th (160), 6th (196)

Top priority

Arizona could use another impact safety to pair to Tyrann Mathieu in the defensive secondary, especially with the Honey Badger’s uncertain return date from a serious knee injury. The team could also benefit from a major upgrade at the tight end position.

Free agency impact

The signing of left tackle Jared Veldheer to a five-year deal solves one key offensive line need for the Cardinals but they’ll likely look to address the right side early on Friday. The departure of safety Yeremiah Bell, who remains unsigned, will have a bearing on how much they prioritize that position.

Best fit

After watching Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” win the Super Bowl, Arizona would certainly love to grab a safety like Louisville’s Calvin Pryor to pair with Mathieu and corners Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie. If they all are healthy at the same time, it could be quite a formidable secondary.

San Francisco 49ers

2014 Draft Picks: 1st (30), 2nd (56), 2nd (61), 3rd (77), 3rd (94), 3rd (100), 4th (129), 5th (170), 7th (242), 7th (243), 7th (245)

Top priority

The 49ers are deep at a lot of positions. Cornerback is not one of them, with Tramaine Brock the only decent starter on the roster. It’s an immediate need, while the team’s aging receiving corps could certainly use some young talent if there’s a better option among this draft’s talented group on the board at 30.

Free agency impact

The team saw a lot of fluctuation at cornerback, with Tarell Brown leaving for Oakland, the release of Carlos Rogers and signing of Chris Cook from Minnesota. The team re-signed receivers Anquan Boldin and Kassim Osgood and coaxed Brandon Lloyd out of retirement, but missing out on Emmanuel Sanders definitely hurts.

Best fit

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard would be a great match here, but he’d definitely have to slip a little. Otherwise it’s another Big Ten corner, Ohio State’s Bradley Roby, who could be starting in Levi’s Stadium this fall.

Seattle Seahawks

2014 Draft Picks: 1st (32), 2nd (64), 4th (132), 5th (146), 5th (172), 6th (208)

Top priority

The Super Bowl champions don’t really have a weak spot so they’ll likely be in the advantageous position to pick the best available player at 32. If they do have needs, they are likely the need for depth on the offensive line and at wide receiver, especially given Percy Harvin’s frequent injury history.

Free agency impact

Doug Baldwin wasn’t re-signed and Golden Tate left for Detroit, so the Seahawks are certainly thinner at wideout than they were in February. They have some holes on the defensive line with Red Bryant and Chris Clemons gone but the return of defensive end Michael Bennett will help keep that unit running in top shape.

Best fit
There’s nothing wrong with giving Russell Wilson another option at wideout and USC’s Marquis Lee is a very good one with the last pick in the first round.

St. Louis Rams

2014 Draft Picks: 1st (2), 1st (13), 2nd (44), 3rd (75), 4th (110), 5th (153), 6th (188), 6th (214), 7th (226), 7th (241), 7th (249), 7th (250)

Top priority

Offensive line. The team has only one healthy starter returning on the unit so they’ll likely look to address that need with at least one and maybe both of their first round picks.

Free agency impact

The team was able to retain starting guard Rodger Saffold when he failed a physical after signing with the Raiders. They did lose linemen Chris Williams and Shelley Smith, making the O-line pretty thin heading into the draft. The departure of Cortland Finnegan could leave them looking for a corner on Day 2.

Best fit

With the 2nd overall pick, the team should have its pick of any offensive lineman in the draft. Auburn’s Greg Robinson looks like a guy who could star at left tackle for the next decade.

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