2012 NFL Draft Review: NFC West

JF May 6, 2012 0
Michael Floyd could be a decent flex or WR3 play.

Michael Floyd could have Julio Jones big play fantasy production (Photo by Neon Tommy).

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers went offensive with their first two picks of this year’s draft, picking WR A.J. Jenkins in the 1st round and RB LaMichael James in the 2nd round. Both of these picks will see the field this year, but Jenkins will be the #4 WR at best. The 49ers have Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham ahead of him on the depth chart. The same thing can be said for LaMichael James at the RB position, as he sits behind Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs at the moment. James should be a 3rd down RB and return specialist, but could turn out to be a Darren Sproles type RB. Both Jenkins and James shouldn’t be drafted, but could be Free Agent pick-ups.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals will have one of the better playmakers in this year’s draft in Michael Floyd. Pairing him with another Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald should give Arizona one of the best young WR tandems in the NFL. Floyd should be a mid round pick in most leagues. His production will depend on how well/ bad Kolb or Skelton plays QB.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks had some draft picks that left you scratching your head wondering what they were thinking. It reminded me of the late Al Davis making draft picks. They only have two offensive players that could have an impact. QB Russell Wilson, but he will be buried on the depth chart behind Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson. The other player is RB Robert Turbin who is a big RB that could give Lynch a break at RB. Both players should be Free Agent pick-ups at best.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams had a good draft. They helped the defense by adding DT Brockers, CB’s Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson. In terms of fantasy impact, the Rams may not be a gift to opposing fantasy quarterbacks in 2012. Offensively, the Rams selecting WR’s Brian Quick and Chris Givens, along with RB Isaiah Pead. Quick and Pead could make an impact on offense this year. Quick could be the #2 WR with Brandon Lloyd off to New England and Pead has the potential to spell often injured Stephen Jackson. If you are drafting Stephen Jackson this year, make sure that you handcuff yourself with Pead. Quick could be a good #3 or #4 WR on your fantasy team. Both are worth
being drafted on your fantasy football team.

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