San Francisco 49ers—Stock Up
The 49ers defense returns as the NFL's most formidable unit, and the offense has added an incredible amount of talent during the offseason. Even if this team gets absolutely nothing from its new faces, it is a playoff contender.
Alex Smith doesn't have to be great for this team to win games, but he has a chance to put together the best season of his career.
Seattle Seahawks—Stock Down
The Seahawks have a huge question mark at the quarterback position, where Matt Flynn is earning starter's money, but Russell Wilson looks like the quarterback of the future.
Outside of Marshawn Lynch, the rest of the offense is an odd assortment of talent that is hoping to get something, anything, out of guys like Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr. and Terrell Owens. The defense is legit, though, and could carry this team to the playoffs all by itself.
St. Louis Rams—Stock Up
Jeff Fisher inherited a team that was bereft of talent and immediately took steps forward by bringing in Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead, Michael Brockers and others to bring it up to speed in the NFC West.
This is a young, talented team that should benefit from Fisher's coaching. There's still more work to do, but the Rams look like a competitor again.
Arizona Cardinals—Stock Down
It's important not to read too much into the Hall of Fame game, but it's difficult not to be down on the Cardinals' performance, especially from the QB position. John Skelton looks like the position is his to lose (especially after Kevin Kolb's injury), but he didn't exactly showcase great decision-making either. The offensive line and defense are still full of holes.
Michael Schottey is the NFL National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff alongside other great writers at "The Go Route."