NFL Draft 2011: How the Cardinals Stack Up Against the NFC West
Granted, maybe this is a little early to determine, but with all the articles about draft grades and what not, I was like what the heck?
And of course, it's going to be a bit subjective, as I'm the Cardinals writer.
But hey, I also think St. Louis is going to win the division this year.
So, let's take it round by round in the NFC West, and see how the Arizona Cardinals did against everyone else.
Round 1: Peterson the Best?
I would have to say the Cardinals won this one...in a landslide.
I have serious questions about all three of the other NFC West picks, and I think some experts will agree with me.
(On a side note, it's great to see your first rounder have, according to ESPN's draft coverage, no big weaknesses.)
Aldon Smith probably shouldn't have gone that high. It seemed the Niners drafted need over value.
Smith is very young, and very raw still. Granted, San Fran probably needed a pass rusher, so you can't blame them completely.
But still, he seemed to be a bit of a reach.
St. Louis? Well, they can have Robert Quinn. I don't really want a guy on my team who didn't play football last year and got in trouble for cheating.
Seattle? Their first rounder wasn't supposed to go until Round 3.
So it's safe to say Arizona won this one.
Round 2: Niners Get Their QB
The Niners trading up to get a QB didn't surprise me.
It was who they got that did.
Is Kaepernick better than Mallett? I don't think so. I don't like Mallett's attitude either, but Kaepernick has never impressed me as a passer. I view him as an athlete who can throw.
So for me, I question the Niners call.
I question Arizona's call too. Although I like Williams, they needed a pass rusher or offensive lineman, in my opinion.
So that leaves St. Louis, since Seattle didn't have a second rounder.
The problem? I thought St. Louis really reached for Lance Kendricks, who they could've gotten a round or two later.
So we're back to Arizona or San Fran.
In a bad round for all three, I'll be biased, because I think Williams will have the best pro career.
Round 3: Everyone Reach...
I think in this round, it becomes quite simple: whoever had the least "reach" wins in my opinion.
Because all the picks were reaches of some degree, again, in my opinion.
So I'm going to give this one to the Rams, because I like Austin Pettis, although they could've gotten him later as well.
But he'll be a solid red zone threat, something they need to complement a Danny Amendola.
For Arizona, I didn't like the reach at TE, although Housler could suprise.
San Fran picked a decent defensive back with much better players left on the board.
And Seattle went O-Line...again. Can't blame them really. I just haven't heard a lot of superb things about Moffitt.
Winner: St. Louis
Round 4: A Few Steals...
I'll be honest...I thought the Cardinals got one of the best, if not the best, steals of the draft in Round 4 in Sam Acho.
The Niners also got a steal in Kendall Hunter, a very underrated running back. And when, not if, Frank Gore gets injured, he'll be a great backup.
The 'Hawks had two picks...and two fairly bad ones in my opinion...including a receiver I've never heard of.
The Rams? They got another solid wide receiver in Salas.
I can see Acho being the best fit, but I do like Hunter, so I'll give the slight edge to San Fran.
Winner: San Francisco
Round 5: Um...
This wasn't a good round for the NFC West.
As much as I didn't agree with the Cardinals going with Anthony Sherman, it might have been the best value.
Looking at grades given the players on espn.com, the grades for NFC West were 55, 30, 46, 53 and 30.
Those two 30s? Defensive backs drafted by the Seahawks and 49ers.
Seriously, does Seattle know something we don't? They reached everywhere.
Round 6: Duh.
Yes, I know I'm only looking on one site for my grades, but espn.com gave Quan Sturdivant a 72.
Another sad round I'm afraid.
And guess who the Seahawks drafted? A defensive back.
Round 7: The Irrelevant
The Rams drafted a guy that wasn't even rated on ESPN.
The Cardinals? The second best wideout at San Diego St.
The Seahawks? Another defense player not many knew about.
I guess I'll give this one to San Fran, who got a decent player in Bruce Miller.
Winner: San Francisco
Based on the number of wins, I'd say it's the Cardinals.
But the 49ers came very close, and St. Louis got a number of quality picks.
Sure, I'm a bit biased, but everyone will think Seattle's draft just sucked.
So, Arizona fans, you have something to feel better about.