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2020 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West

The NFC West has produced more Super Bowl-bound teams in the last decade than any NFC division. Can the Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, and Rams keep it up?

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2020 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West


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We’re still buzzing after NFL Draft and this is the week where every sports site and news paper asks the same question:

How would you grade your team’s draft class?

In some ways it is a pointless effort as it is so subjective that you can’t really take it seriously. (But its fun!) We should be able to enjoy and sit back knowing in 2-3 years this same class will be judged differently.

Every team has high hopes right now (aside from the Texans). So, let’s get into our grades for the NFC East! For a full list of every team’s draft grades, check them out here!


NFC WEST


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

SELECTIONS: (14). Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina/ (25). Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State/ (153). Colton McKivitz, T, West Virginia/ (190). Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia/ (217). Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee

Best pick: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State.  Aiyuk’s best trait is his ability to separate and gain yards after the catch. With Emmanuel Sanders departing he will be a perfect compliment to Deebo Samuel. Who knows, that extra speed could have caught up with Jimmy G’s almost game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Worst pick: I didn’t love the fact that the 49ers traded almost their entire draft capitol (picks 31, 117 and 176) to move up to 25 for Aiyuk when he could have been there at 31.

Sleeper Pick: Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina: Not necessary a true sleeper (If you want a deep sleeper look up Jauan Jennings). NFL draft expert Greg Cosell has said that Kinlaw’s “best-case scenario” is developing into a Chris Jones type of force.

Grade: B-


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

SELECTIONS: (27). Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech/ (48). Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee/ (69). Damien Lewis, G, LSU/ (133). Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford/ (144). DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami (FL)/ (148). Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse/ (214). Freddie Swain, WR, Florida/ (251). Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU

Best Pick: Damien Lewis, G, LSU. Lewis has been nick named the “man child” and there’s good reason for it. He was possibly the best player on LSU’s decorated offensive line.

Worst pick: Every year the Seahawks seem to reach with their first and second round picks. The Seahawks didn’t have a linebacker need coming into the draft and took Brooks at 27. I was frustrated at the Taylor pick too because AJ Epenesa and Terrell Lewis were still on the board.

Sleeper Pick: Steven Sullivan, TE, LSU. Practice Squad player with a HUGE 7’1 wingspan.

Grade: D+


LOS ANGELES RAMS

SELECTIONS: (52). Cam Akers, RB, Florida State/ (57). Van Jefferson, WR, Florida/ (84). Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama/ (104). Terrell Burgess, S, Utah/ (136). Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue/ (199). Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State/ (234). Clay Johnston, LB, Baylor/ (248). Sam Sloman, K, Miami (OH)/ (250). Tremayne Anchrum, G, Clemson

Best pick: Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama: Lewis was seen as an early second round pick but fell due to injury concerns. Lewis will be able to learn from Aaron Donald and the rest of the Rams D-Line.

Worst pick: Van Jefferson, WR, Florida. While I understand the Rams love good route running, fast wide receivers, but I saw better value at 57. Jefferson is seen as a slot receiver but so is Cooper Kupp…

Sleeper Pick: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue. Hopkins was a difficult grade this year falling anywhere from round 2 to 6. If you check out Hopkins tape, he was continue making plays and was a yards after the catch monster. He was my favorite tight end in the draft.

Grade: B


ARIZONA CARDINALS

SELECTIONS: (8). Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson/ (72). Josh Jones, T, Houston/ (114). Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/ (131). Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU/ (202). Evan Weaver, LB, California/ (222). Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State

Best pick: DeAndre Hopkins!!

Worst pick: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson. Simmons is a jack of all trades and can play any linebacker position or even safety. I just don’t trust the Cardinals to develop him (see Haason Reddick). They honestly had a greater need to protect their second year Quarterback.

Sleeper Pick: Josh Jones, T, Houston. Some redemption here. Jones is seen as a developmental prospect but could have easily gone in the first. Jones is a mauler and has all-pro potential if you give him time.

Grade: A

By the way, it must be nice to be Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury:


Thank you so much for reading this! Leave a comment below if you agree or have a better grade for your team!

Tim is a grateful believer, husband to Kristin, Father to Isabelle living in Los Angeles as both an actor and Claims adjuster. He was born and grew up eight blocks from Wrigley Field and is a die hard Chicago fan (Especially Bears). He is incredibly grateful to The Turf for giving him a chance to pursue a passion of his.

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