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The NFC West is a 2 team race in my eyes. Not to say that the other teams don’t have a chance but if it is a chance for them, its a slim one. From top to bottom this is one of the better conferences, with 2 teams that can win the NFC and 4 that can potentially be playoff teams.
San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith, Dashon Goldson, Ted Ginn Jr., David Akers
Key Draft Picks:
Eric Reid, #18 overall LSU Safety
Cornellius Carradine, #40 overall Florida State Defensive End
Quinton Patton, #128 overall Louisiana Tech Wide Receiver
Marcus Lattimore, #131 overall South Carolina Running Back
The Niners were the closest team, other than the Ravens, to win the Super Bowl last season. And by the look of their off-season, I see them getting back to that plateau. The Niners didn’t lose much and gained more. Besides losing safety Dashon Goldson, the Niners manage to keep the core of their team along with adding some more ingredients like Nnamdi and Anquan. The success of the Niners will rely on Colin Kapernick, who will start a full season for the first time. Kapernick took Alex Smith job last season but only due to Smith getting injured. This season will be a little bit tougher for him though because teams now know what to expect from him and can now game plan for him more effectively. Overall, the Niners on paper are still the best team in the NFC. Their defense got stronger and that Super Bowl loss only made them hungrier.
Marcus Trufant, Leon Washington, Matt Flynn, Deon Butler
Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril, Antoine Winfield
Key Draft Picks:
Christine Michael, #62 overall Texas A&M Running Back
Jesse Williams, #137 overall Alabama Defensive Tackle
If the Niners are the best team in the NFC, the Seahawks are a close second. Some of you might not notice but this is one of the cockiest teams in the league, and I can’t lie, I applaud it. I think their “the world can’t beat us” attitude comes from their head coach Pete Carroll who has never been known for his humility. And we can’t forget about Richard Sherman. He is the front man for this team’s attitude but he can back it up, just like the rest of the team. Last season the Seahawks fell short in the NFC Divisional round to the Falcons but no one expected them to get that far. I’m saying it right now that they will be a favorite in the NFC this season. With the addition of Percy Harvin to the receiving corps, Russell Wilson should have a great sophomore season with playmakers all around him. The Seahawks also added to their defense line, which was one of the leagues best last season, with Cliff Avril and also the secondary with Antoine Winfield. Overall, I see the Seahawks as one of the best teams in the NFC. It will be hard for them to win the division over the Niners but its not a reach to say they will.
ST. Louis Rams
Steven Jackson, Quintin Mikell, Danny Amendola, Craig Dahl, Steve Smith
Key Draft Picks:
Tavon Austin, #8 overall West Virginia Wide Receiver
Alec Ogletree, #30 overall Georgia Linebacker
Stedman Bailey, #92 overall West Virginia Wide Receiver
The Rams made moves for the future which is smart. They don’t have enough to compete with the Niners or Seahawks, they loss talent but made great picks in the draft. Their #1 pick was Baltimore native Tavon Austin, who will replace Danny Amendola in the offense. Like Amendola, Tavon is quick and hard to get a hand on. But Tavon is a lot more explosive then Amendola and a bigger playmaker in open field. And to complement Tavon, Rams also drafted his college teammate for 4 years, Stedman Bailey who, surprisingly, was more of the big play receiver at West Virginia. One problem the Rams didn’t address was the backfield. There isn’t one running back on their roster that has played longer than 2 years and honestly, I don’t know any of them either. For the past few years Steven Jackson was their offense and for some reason they decided to let him go. Me personally, I think that was a dumb decision. Overall, the Rams will be average at best but luckily for them they will only get better. Good luck Sam Bradford, the weight is officially on your shoulders.
Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Kerry Rhodes, Kevin Kolb, Early Doucet, Larod Stephens-Howlin, Josh Skelton, William Gay
Carson Palmer, Rashard Mendenhall, Yeremiah Bell, Karlos Dansby, Javier Arenas
Key Draft Picks:
Johnathan Cooper, #7 overall North Carolina Offensive Guard
Kevin Minter, #45 overall LSU Linebacker
Tyrann Mathieu, #69 overall LSU Cornerback
Alex Okafor, #103 overall Texas Defensive End
The Cardinals may have had the worst fallout in NFL history. Cardinals began the season 4-0 and people considered them as one of the best in the league. Well that quickly ended after they went 1-11 to finish the season. I guess you can put the blame on their QB issues since 4 QBs compiled 3383 yards 11TDs and 21 picks, pathetic. Now with Carson Palmer they might have found someone that can actually get Larry Fitzgerald the ball, who can easily be the best receiver in the world if he only had a QB. Their ground game was also atrocious, not one back gaining 500 yards or 5 TDs. Like the Rams, the Cardinals made moves for the future, building up the offensive line and defensive side of the ball. They were also the team to pick black sheep, Tyrann Mathieu, and honestly, I think it was a good pick. Honey Badger can actually play, despite everything else that goes on around him, he can ball, and he deserves an opportunity. Overall, I don’t expect much from the Cards, simple as that.