The NFC West’s overall drafts had a ton of possible fantasy impacts. Arizona addressed some needs. Seattle found some late round gems. The 49ers drafted eleven players and the Rams tried to find help for Sam Bradford with two college teammates and the possible steal of your fantasy draft Zac Stacy pictured below.
With one of the worst offensive lines in 2012, Arizona made Guard Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina the twelth overall selection. Cooper will be an immediate starter and upgrade the line right away in the running and passing game.
Round two and three were dedicated to defensive players from LSU. Kevin Minter is a solid player who doesn’t do anything great, but everything well. Tyrann Mathieu is a small defensive back who can play safety of nickel corner. He’s a big hitter for his size and should make an impact this season.
With two picks in the fourth, Arizona took hit or miss pass rusher Alex Okafor from Texas. Okafor could make an impact on passing downs this year. Then the Cardinals addressed the offensive line again. Earl Watford from James Madison has all the measurables of an NFL lineman. He’ll get his chance to compete for a starting job.
Stepfan Taylor is a big powerful back worth Arizona took a shot on in round five. The former Stanford Cardinal racked up big numbers for years. He has a shot to play his way into the line up. He’s a lot slower than you’d like. A tough north south runner with good hands. Mendenhall will get the chance to start. Keep Taylor’s name in the back of your mind. He wont be this year Alfred Morris, but he could but an asset at some point.
Ryan Swope is a tough speedy receiver who would have gone much earlier if it weren’t for concussion issues while at Texas. Swope could be a sleeper this season but may not play due to injuries. The second pick in the sixth was spent on another runningback. Clemson’s Andre Ellington was elusive in college back may find the speed catching up to him at the next level. Small back who could get buried on the depth chart.
D.C. jefferson was the last pick. The former Rutgers quarterback made the switch to tight end. An injury at the combine cut his work out short. He’ll be on the roster bubble this summer.
The Seahawks traded their first pick for Percy Harvin.
In round two Christine Michael from Texas A&M was the first selection of the draft for Seattle. Michael will compete with Robert Turbin for the primary back up role to Marshawn Lynch.
The third round Seattle took Jordan Hill from Penn State. Hill is strong but slightly undersized. He will add depth to the defensive line.
The fourth round could be a big hit for the Seahawks. They took receiver Chris Harper from Kansas State. He’s big and 230 pounds and will be tough to bring down after the catch. So far all reports are that Harper has been great in mini camps. Keep a serious eye on him this summer. He could be a big time steal. Draft in later rounds. mid to late if his preseason is good.
With three picks in the third, Big Jesse Williams out of Alabama could be a great pick. He may need a little time to develop but i think he’ll end up as a solid Defensive lineman. Tharold Simon from LSU is a big corner who fits the mould of what Seattle likes in a corner for size. He dropped after being arrested the night of round one this past april. Luke Wilson from Rice is a developing pass catcher from tight end. He’s got good speed and could add another element to the Hawks offense.
In the sixth Seattle took another runningback. Spencer Ware from LSU is a big back who will fight for a roster spot.
Seattle had four picks in the seventh. The one that stood out is Jared Smith from UNH. He has great size and room to grow. He also has played on the defensive and offensive line. Which could help him make the roster with that type of versatility.
San Francisco 49ers
With Dashon Goldson now in Tampa, there was a hole to fill at safety. The 49ers selected Safety Eric Reid from LSU. Reid is a free safety who can cover the middle of the field. He has good size and should be a solid starter as a rookie.
San Francisco had two picks in the second round. Cornellious “Tank” Carradine is a pass rushing end with a ton of upside. The Florida Seminole had an ACL tear toward the end of his career there. May take some time this coming season to get healthy. The next pick was tight end Vance McDonald from Rice. With Delanie Walker gone, Mcdonald could make an impact this season. He can be moved around as he was in college. Draft late in deep leagues or put on a watch list. With Crabtree injured, Colin Kaepernick will need another target to throw to.
The third round brought another pass rushing end. Corey Lemonier from Auburn is a smaller end who will play more as a pass rushing linebacker.
Late in the fourth the 49ers Quinton Patton is a wide receiver from Louisiana Tech. He’s got good height and decent speed. He played well against top competition at the Senior Bowl. I would draft Patton in later rounds. He’s worth a shot with a weaker San francisco receiver depth chart. three picks later, Marcus Lattimore was drafted. Think future with him. He most likely wont see the field due to the devastating knee injury he suffered last season. He may see some carries late in the season, think waiver wire on the former south carolina gamecock. Frank gore has a long history with injuries and could lead the way for Lattimore. The rest of this draft was defense orientated. one offensive lineman and a quarterback were taken also.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams drafted the small player with big ability. Tavon Austin is a diminutive receiver who can fly. He will help in special teams also. He’s must own. He should be drafted somewhere around the sixth round. give or take a round depending on his preseason. Toward the end of the first, Rams grabbed athletic linebacker Alec Ogeltree from Georgia. He can play multiple positions. He started as a safety and got big enough to move to Linebacker. Character issues have been concerns in the past.
Without pick in the second, Rams had two in the third. T.J. McDonald from USC has good size and speed. He’ll be in the mix to start this season. The next pick in the third brought Tavon Austin’s teammate Stedman Bailey. Bailey had monster stats while at West Virgina. He isn’t as fast but can make play. I see him making an impact this year. He can be drafted later, all hype will be around Austin and Givens is coming off a solid rookie year. He will have to make the most of his opportunities this preseason.
Alabama center Barrett Jones went in the fourth. Jones may end up moving to guard but adds depth and could see starting time this year.
Brandon McGee was the Rams selection in the fifth. He’s a corner from Miami. He’s got good speed and decent size. He’ll get playing time this year and could be a future starter.
The final pick could be a big fantasy sleeper this season. Zac Stacy is a runningback from Vanderbilt. At 5’8” 216 pounds he’s like a bowling ball rolling down the field. He can run, catch and could be the all around back the Rams could use. Zac Stacy needs to be drafted. Earlier than you’d think. Round ten is a good early target. He may end up shooting up draft boards in the coming months.