Over the last three days we’ve looked back at the draft, and how I thought each team did in the draft. This is the final part of the series, and I will review the drafts of teams in the NFC West and NFC East.

Again, I feel teams can’t be given a letter grade because teams and players have not performed. Attached to every team at this point of the progress report will be a Pass or Fail.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Team Needs: QB OLB (3-4) OT/G TE CB

With quarterback as their highest need, Arizona went in another direction and landed the best player in the 2011 NFL draft in cornrback/return specialist Patrick Peterson based off my draft board. While they will work hard to get a signal-caller in free agency or trade (Kevin Kolb or Marc Bulger), stockpiling running backs was apparently their focus when drafting change-of-pace runener Ryan Williams. As much as I wanted to give them a passing grade because of Peterson and Williams, the rest of their picks were just adequate and not drafting a quarterback really hurts this playoff-ready team. One in the hand is better than two in the bush. FAIL

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Peterson, Patrick CB Louisiana State 5

#2 Williams, Ryan RB Virginia Tech 38

3 Housler, Rob TE Florida Atlantic 69

4 Acho, Sam LB Texas 103

5 Sherman, Anthony RB Connecticut 136

6 Sturdivant, Quan LB North Carolina 171

6 Carter, David DT UCLA 184 from TAMPA BAY through PHILADELPHIA

7 Choice to NEW YORK JETS

+7 Sampson, DeMarco WR San Diego State 249

Team Total: 8

San Francisco 49ers

Team Needs: QB OLB DE S

With the hiring of two key centerpieces in the front office in coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke, the two worked extremely well together. At the Missouri Pro Day with a slew of representatives in attendance all thought their eyes were on Blaine Gabbert, but the marquee player was defensive end Aldon Smith, and they drafted him with the seventh pick. They filled the quarterback need with Colin Kaepernick, who was in my top five by position. Kaepernick was the only quarterback to ever pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 in NCAA history, and will develop into an elite quarterback in the NFL. Also the addition of running back Kendall Hunter was a big plus. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Smith, Aldon LB Missouri 7

2 Kaepernick, Colin QB Nevada 36 from DENVER

2 Choice to DENVER


3 Culliver, Chris CB South Carolina 80 from JACKSONVILLE

4 Choice to DENVER

4 Hunter, Kendall RB Oklahoma State 115 from SAN DIEGO

5 Choice to GREEN BAY through DENVER

5 Kilgore, Daniel G Appalachian State 163 from GREEN BAY

6 Choice to MIAMI

through GREEN BAY

6 Johnson, Ronald WR Southern California 182 from JACKSONVILLE

6 Jones, Colin S Texas Christian 190 from SEATTLE

7 Miller, Bruce FB Central Florida 211

+7 Person, Mike G/C Montana State 239

+7 Holcomb, Curtis CB Florida A&M 250

Team Total: 10

Seattle Seahawks

Team Needs: OT OG/C QB OLB CB

While drafting tackle James Carpenter was not a sexy pick, the Seahawks’ brass filled a major need and drafted for value with the first pick and followed it up with guard John Moffitt with the second pick, securing offensive linemen that will have an immediate impact. The pick of outside linbacker K.J. Wright will help them on the edge and core special teams. Coach Pete Carroll took a page out of Bill Walsh’s personnel book by drafting impact players even if it is in the same positional area. Quarterback still remains a huge issue for the franchise as they move forward with free agency as the unknown. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Carpenter, James T Alabama 25

2 Choice to DETROIT

3 Moffitt, John G Wisconsin 75 from DETROIT

3 Choice to SAN DIEGO

4 Wright, K.J. LB Mississippi State 99 from DENVER through NEW ENGLAND

4 Durham, Kris WR Georgia 107 from DETROIT

4 Choice to BUFFALO

5 Sherman, Richard CB Stanford 154 from KANSAS CITY through DETROIT

5 LeGree, Mark S Appalachian State 156

6 Maxwell, Byron CB Clemson 173 from DETROIT


7 Levingston, Lazarius DE Louisiana State 205 from DENVER through DETROIT


+7 Smith, Malcolm LB Southern California 242

Team Total: 9

St. Louis Rams

Team Needs: WR OLB DT RB OG

The Rams made a decision to add an edge player over an interior defensive lineman with the second best pass rusher in the draft and projected top-five pick, defensive end Robert Quinn. While I didn’t put Quinn in my top 32 because of the brain tumor and the unknown of treating this situation, I marvel over his athletic ability, his natural pass-rush skills and huge ceiling. While the second-round pick, tight end Lance Kendricks brought a lot of controversy, my only thought was they picked him a round too early, but that is it. Kendricks has the skill set, speed and acrobatic receiving skills that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels covets to add stress to a defense. He is a player with the passion for the game, and as a receiver is a good blocker. With the drafting of two wide redeivers in Austin Pettis in the third round and Greg Salas in the fourth round, general manager Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo sent a strong message that competition breeds success and wide receiver will be a group to focus on in training camp (if there is one). Sam Bradford is smiling somewhere, most likely in Houston, Tex., over his new weapons. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Quinn, Robert DE North Carolina 14

2 Kendricks, Lance TE Wisconsin 47

3 Pettis, Austin WR Boise State 78

4 Salas, Greg WR Hawaii 112

5 Choice to ATLANTA

5 Hines, Jermale S Ohio State 158 from ATLANTA

6 Choice to BALTIMORE

7 Baker, Mikail CB Baylor 216

7 Williams, Jabara LB Stephen F. Austin 228 from BALTIMORE

7 Nelson, Jonathan S Oklahoma 229 from ATLANTA

Team Total: 8

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Team Needs: DE (3-4) OT ILB S OG

Jerry Jones filled a lot of needs while drafting for value. I had Tyron Smith rated behind both tackles Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi (both can play right tackle and eleft tackle), but it’s tough to pass on his athletic skill set. While Bruce Carter was drafted with a surgical knee and missed most of the 2010 season, next to Von Miller he is the best linebacker on my board and will be an impact player in the Cowboys’ 3-4 defense. Running back DeMarco Murray was a bit of a reach because of his injury history (knees). Small school guard David Arkin was in my top five by position and has a bright future, and Dwayne Harris (wide receiver/return specialist) was a steal in the sixth round. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

#1 Smith, Tyron T Southern California 9

2 Carter, Bruce LB North Carolina 40

3 Murray, DeMarco RB Oklahoma 71

4 Arkin, David G Missouri State 110

5 Thomas, Josh CB Buffalo 143

6 Harris, Dwayne WR East Carolina 176

7 Choice Exercised in 2010 Supplemental Draft for Price-Brent, Josh, NT, Illinois

7 Chapas, Shaun RB Georgia 220 from SAN DIEGO

+7 Nagy, Bill C Wisconsin 252

Team Total: 8

New York Giants

Team Needs: LB C/LOG TE RB DT

Jerry Reese, the Giants’ general manager, nailed three starters in the first three rounds in cornerback Prince Amukamara, who has all the size, speed and man cover skills that all 32 teams covet. He lasted longer than expected. Despite missing the complete 2010 season due to NCAA suspension, defensive tackle Marvin Austin displayed his athletic ability with exceptional numbers at the combine, but his underachieving consistency dropped him into the second round, despite first-round skill set. Small-school playmaker Jerrel Jernigan was a steal in the third round; this jack of trades and master of all lined up at wildcat, slot and both X and Z receiver positions and contributed as a returner. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Amukamara, Prince CB Nebraska 19

#2 Austin, Marvin DT North Carolina 52

3 Jernigan, Jerrel WR Troy 83

4 Brewer, James T Indiana 117

5 Choice to CLEVELAND through MINNESOTA

6 Jones, Greg LB Michigan State 185

#+ 6 Sash, Tyler S Iowa 198

+6 Williams, Jacquian LB South Florida 202

7 Scott, Da’Rel RB Maryland 221

Team Total: 8

Philadelphia Eagles

Team Needs: CB OLB ROG OT QB

Coach Andy Reid was in major need of interior offensive linemen and hit paydirt with Danny Watkins, a versatile player to align at tackle or guard while starting two years at Baylor. While their need was at cornerback, Reid and his staff couldn’t resist drafting safety Jaiquawn Jarrett who will make his presence felt immediately in the back end of the defense. Also, Dion Lewis as a change-of-pace back gave them great value in the fifth round. PASS

Round Name Pos College Overall

1 Watkins, Danny G Baylor 23

2 Jarrett, Jaiquawn S Temple 54

3 Choice to BALTIMORE

3 Marsh, Curtis CB Utah State 90 from BALTIMORE

4 Matthews, Casey LB Oregon 116 from TAMPA BAY

4 Henery, Alex K Nebraska 120

#5 Lewis, Dion RB Pittsburgh 149 from SAN DIEGO

5 Choice to NEW YORK JETS

5 Vandervelde, Julian G Iowa 161 from NEW YORK JETS

6 Choice to GREEN BAY through DETROIT and DENVER

6 Kelce, Jason C Cincinnati 191 from BALTIMORE

6 Rolle, Brian LB/S Ohio State 193 from NEW ENGLAND

7 Choice to BALTIMORE

+7 Lloyd, Greg LB Connecticut 237

+7 Havili, Stanley RB Southern California 240

Team Total: 11

Washington Redskins

Team Needs: QB NT WR OLB/DE (3-4) ROT/OG

While the Redskins passed on several positional needs in quarterback and defensive end Robert Quinn to gather another draft pick to fill other needs, Jim Haslett landed a gem in outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, a player that brings athletic ability, a fast motor and a passion for the game. Both defenseive end Jarvis Jenkins and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson will contribute right away despite some inconsistencies. FAIL

Round Name Pos College Overall


1 Kerrigan, Ryan LB Purdue 16 from JACKSONVILLE

2 Jenkins, Jarvis DE Clemson 41

3 Choice to NEW ORLEANS

3 Hankerson, Leonard WR Miami 79 from MIAMI

4 Choice to TAMPA BAY through PHILADELPHIA

4 Helu, Roy RB Nebraska 105 from HOUSTON

5 Choice to HOUSTON

5 Gomes, DeJon S Nebraska 146 from MIAMI

5 Paul, Niles WR Nebraska 155 from NEW ORLEANS

6 Royster, Evan RB Penn State 177

6 Robinson, Aldrick WR Southern Methodist 178 from HOUSTON

7 Thompson, Brandyn CB Boise State 213

7 Hurt, Maurice G Florida 217 from MIAMI

7 White, Markus LB Florida State 224 from INDIANAPOLIS

+7 Neild, Chris NT West Virginia 253

Team Total: 12

(Underclassmen are designated by # in front of the name)

(Compensatory Picks are designated by + in front of the name)