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Team Dream Draft Results - NFC WEST



To keep this out of pure fantasy drafting, there are no trades proposed. This is an attempt to take a look at each team’s draft capital, assess where their roster stands after free agency and prior to the draft, and attempt to put together the best team draft possible. But most importantly, rooted in reality. That is, using SNS’ Offensive and Defensive Tier Rankings (available for FREE at Patreon / Stack ‘N Shed!) as a guide, an individual team draft will be conducted with the prospects that fit the team and is likely to be available at that draft pick. In other words, Detroit will be unlikely to get CJ Stroud at #6 and Jalen Carter at #18, so Team Dream Drafts won’t go there! Finally, like the actual draft, once a prospect is selected, he is off the board and cannot be re-drafted. This draft was completed on Friday, April 7 and does not consider any NFL transactions completed after that date.


NFC WEST


Arizona

Total picks – 8

1 / 3 Will Anderson / Edge / Alabama

2 / 34 Emmanuel Forbes / CB / Mississippi State

3 / 66 Cedric Tillman / WR / Tennessee

3 / 96 Zacch Pickens / DT / South Carolina

4 / 105 Mark Evans / IOL / Arkansas Pine Bluff

5 / 168 Israel Abanikanda / RB / Pittsburgh

6 / 180 Steven Gilmore / CB / Marshall

6 / 213 Lindsey Scott / QB / Incarnate Word


Arizona is likely to trade the third pick to one of the QB desperate teams picking below them. If they stay at #3, Arizona should draft Anderson, a special talent at DE / OLB. Forbes is a ballhawk and a playmaker. Tillman has good size and reliable hands. Pickens has ideal measurements and untapped potential. Evans played OLT in college but profiles as an OG in the NFL. Abanikanda has good size, power, and long speed. Gilmore profiles as a slot CB. Scott has the skill set to be developed as a backup to QB Murray.



Seattle

Total picks – 10

1 / 5 Jalen Carter / DT / Georgia

1 / 20 Anthony Richardson / QB / Florida

2 / 37 Drew Sanders / LB / Arkansas

2 / 52 Will McDonald / Edge-LB / Iowa State

3 / 83 Jarrett Patterson / IOL / Notre Dame

4 / 123 Brenton Strange / TE / Penn State

5 / 151 Mekhi Garner / CB / LSU

5 / 154 Tank Bigsby / RB / Auburn

6 / 198 Emeka Egbuka / WR / Ohio State

7 / 237 Quinton Barrow / OT / Grand Valley State


The Seahawks decide to roll the dice and select Carter, whose character concerns could scare teams off and cause a free fall later this month. Richardson is unlikely to be available at #20 but Seattle is a great fit to develop the uber-talented but raw QB. Sanders is a well-rounded LB worth developing. McDonald has great bend and burst and gives Seattle a perimeter rush threat. Patterson has great size and can play any interior position. Strange offers an intriguing blend of size and athleticism. Garner has great length and fits the scheme well. Bigsby is well-rounded and profiles as an excellent #2 RB. Egbuka offers great speed and play-making ability. Barrow is raw but offers good size and athleticism.



LA Rams

Total picks – 11

2 / 36 Calijah Kancey / DT / Pittsburgh

3 / 69 Blake Freeland / OT / BYU

3 / 77 Stetson Bennett / QB / Georgia

5 / 167 Henry To’o To’o / LB / Alabama

5 / 171 Rejzohn Wright / CB / Oregon State

5 / 177 Christian Haynes / IOL / Connecticut

6 / 182 Brenton Cox / Edge / Florida

6 / 189 Eku Leota / LB-Edge / Auburn

6 / 191 Deuce Watts / WR / Tulane

7 / 223 Xazavian Valladay / RB / Arizona State

7 / 251 Cameron Brown / CB / Ohio State


Kancey, commonly compared to Aaron Donald, gets to learn from the master himself before taking over next year. Freeland needs to get stronger but has the length and agility to be an effective OLT. Bennett is a proven winner and leader who is as pro-ready of a QB that there is in this draft. To’o To’o has great instincts and is a good, wrap-up tackler. Wright has good coverage and movement skills, especially for a big CB. Haynes has a good combination of size and athleticism. Cox and Leota are similar players who will add some pass rushing juice to the defense. Watts is a productive, experienced WR with starter attributes. Valladay is productive both in the rushing and passing attack. Brown is a battle-tested, Big Ten CB with good skills and upside.



San Francisco

Total picks – 11

3 / 99 Isaiah Foskey / Edge / Notre Dame

3 / 101 Sam LaPorta / TE / Iowa

3 / 102 BJ Ojulari / Edge / LSU

5 / 155 Devon Achane / RB / Texas A&M

5 / 164 Kyu Blu-Kelly / CB / Stanford

5 / 173 Rashee Rice / WR / SMU

6 / 216 Cory Durden / DT / North Carolina State

7 / 222 Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu / OL / Oregon

7 / 247 Jack Podlesny / K / Georgia

7 / 253 Trey Dean / S / Florida

7 / 255 Aubrey Miller / LB / Jackson State


One of the advantages, and drawbacks, of the Team Dream Draft concept is that some prospects will drop to a draft slot they are unlikely to fall to in real life - it is indicative of how deep of a draft this is and there will be a top player or two who slides the weekend of April 27th (similar to the precipitous fall that LB Nakobe Dean experienced last April). Foskey and Ojulari WILL NOT be available in the third round but it goes to demonstrate the available depth at Edge Rusher in this draft. LaPorta is very similar to George Kittle and gives the 49ers another comparable weapon, an important consideration since Kittle has had difficulty staying healthy the last few years. The depth at RB forces a few prospects to drop, one of them being the fast and explosive Achane. Blu-Kelly has ideal length but has some tightness in his hips that causes him to lose space at the break point. Rice has a similar athletic profile to Deebo Samuel. Durden is a run-stuffing NT that provides needed depth on the defensive line. Aumavae-Laulu offers great size, length, and versatility to line up at ORT or OG. Podlesny has an NFL-caliber leg and plenty of big game experience. Dean is a physical force in the run game. Miller has athleticism and range and gives the 49ers a young LB to develop.



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