Top post-draft needs: NFC West

Pressing remaining needs for the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers and Seahawks

Originally Published: May 15, 2012
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders
Russell OkungAP Photo/Ted S. WarrenRussell Okung and the rest of the Seattle offensive line needs to stay healthy.

This is the sixth part of an eight-part series in which Football Outsiders looks at the biggest post-draft needs for every NFL team. Last week consisted of the AFC teams, by division, while this week will focus on the NFC.

Today, Outsiders looks at the NFC West.


Arizona Cardinals: Left tackle

The Cardinals came into the offseason with the idea they would get failed left tackle Levi Brown under contract at a cheaper rate, then move him to right tackle, where his dreadful pass-blocking wouldn't be quite as big a liability. Arizona had a chance to draft Iowa's Riley Reiff at No. 13 overall but instead went with Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd to help bolster a receiving corps that has been in need of a solid second option since Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston were sent packing.

We're not necessarily saying that drafting Floyd was the wrong move -- if the Cardinals felt he was the best player on their board, selecting him was the best they could have done at the spot. But in the short term, this is a team that finished 27th in Adjusted Sack Rate last season. Instead of assuring itself a solid left tackle with a high pick, Arizona is hoping it will strike gold with late-round tackle picks Bobby Massie, Senio Kelemete and Nate Potter.


To read the rest of Football Outsiders' analysis of the Arizona Cardinals, plus the biggest post-draft needs for every other team in the NFC West, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Rivers McCown

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Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.