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In Focus - the NFC SOUTH

The NFC West once again will be tightly contested between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals although the Los Angeles Rams could be interesting if Jared Goff can learn the professional game quickly and upgrade what has been a weak quarterback situation.

This is a very challenging division to pick the winner between two Super Bowl caliber teams. Both the Seahawks and the Cardinals can make a legitimate claim that they are the best teams in the NFL and both will be out for blood after failing to make the Super Bowl last year. I'm going to be with the Arizona Cardinals to win the division once again in 2016 but like I said it is very, very tight and could come down to injuries. The Cardinals were a juggarnaut last season and if Carson Palmer stays healthy, there are no holes on this offensive unit. They have a great receiving core, two great Johnsons at running back and the veteran Palmer who stirs the drink.

The Cardinals lost a player in Rashad Johnson who has started 30 of the past 32 games at either FS or SS for the team. He is a talented, athletic safety whose loss will be felt. Free agent signing Tyvon Branch of the Chiefs will be expected to slot in as a starting strong safety where he has started 68 games in the NFL. I think Johnson is the better safety but Branch is experience and the Cardinals will not lose much here. Sean Weatherspoon was a former starting linebacker in Atlanta and then moved over to the Cardinals where he did next to nothing. The Cardinals will not miss his presence. Bobby Massie started 30 of the past 32 games at right tackle but the Cardinals were willing to let him walk because first round pick D.J. Humphries from the 2015 NFL Draft should be ready to step into starting right tackle. The team lost a second tackle as well in Bradley Sowell but he was purely a depth player for the Cardinals over the last two seasons with zero starts.

Tyvon Branch was mentioned above and the former Chiefs safety should find a starting role in Arizona. Evan Mathis is a solid, veteran offensive guard who should earn the starting nod for the team. Only two veteran free agent pickups but both should help out.

I believe the draft this season only brought 2-3 players capable of helping out this season. Talented first round pick Robert Nkemdiche can impact a game in a significant way if he improves his effort level on the field and his activities off of it. He could emerge as a starter with focus. Brandon Williams will likely contribute as a nickel or dime defensive back in his first season and he has the potential to emerge as a good starter at the next level. I like Evan Boehm's skill set at guard but he will likely spend the 2016 season as a dependable backup option unless injuries strike.

All in all, the Cardinals come into the 2016 season very similar to the team that made it to the final four last season. They are fast, talented, experienced and capable of a run and didn't lose any asset that should cause them significant panic. A good team will remain so in the desert.

What can you really say about the Seahawks that has not already been said over the last three fantastic years. Led by the dynamic Russell Wilson at quarterback and a stud defensive unit, the Seahawks have been Super Bowl contenders for three straight seasons and look poised to make a real push again this season. The retirement of Marshawn Lynch could hurt although there is a three headed monster in Seattle that should replace him just fine as Thomas Rawls along with rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins all bring unique skills to the field.



The Seahawks lost in free agency this year but that is likely to be expected when a stocked roster happens in this era. They didn't lose any of their top guys though which helps but both Brandon Mebane and Bruce Irvin are going to be losses for the defense. The Seahawks lost three offensive linemen in free agency but the OL play was so terrible last year that it is almost a positive by subtraction here. Russell Okung could be missed but too often his play was underwhelming. The Seahawks added a pair of veteran linemen in free agency and J'Marcus Webb is likely to start at right tackle. He is an experience, big linemen but of only average ability. Bradley Sowell will likely only provide depth for the team. Chris Clemons comes back to the Seahawks, a team he played with from 2010 to 2013 when he had 38 sacks. At 34 years of age though, Clemons has slowed down and had just 13 tackles and 3 sacks in sixteen games last year. Perhaps returning to Seattle will help him find the fountain of youth but it is unlikely.

The Seahawks had some good picks and what I view as reaches in this draft but with their track record of success you almost have to give them the benefit of the doubt. I think they really reached on their first pick offensive tackle Germain Ifedi from Texas AM. I had a late 3rd round grade on him and think the Hawks really reached out of desperation here. He has great size and athleticism but he just didn't play all that well in college and will struggle against elite defensive ends. Jarran Reed will certainly join the fray as a defensive tackle and he is an elite run stopper. The Seahawks drafted a trio of running backs and all could factor with playing time this season. C.J. Prosise is a former receiver who excels in the passing game. He almost certainly will slot into a 3rd Down specialist role. Alex Collins is a traditional back with size, power and vision. He won't rip off many long runs but he can move the chains. Zac Brooks had minimal college stats but looked the part in pre draft workouts. An interesting prospect is DT Quinton Jefferson who was highly sought after out of high school and a knee injury in 2014 hurt his prospects. The kid can play if healthy and given a chance. Late 3rd round pick Rees Odhiambo out of Boise State fits the Seahawks scheme nicely and could start at guard.

I didn't love the Seahawks free agency pickups and their losses will be felt. There are some interesting draft picks and given the Hawks run of success through the draft over the past several years it is tough to discount the picks but I did not love the flow of their draft this year. They will get some help from this draft class but some questionable picks such as Germain Ifedi cannot be ignored. Still the Seahawks have Russell Wilson, some skill around him on offense and that tough, tenacious defense that will come back as good as ever in 2016.

The Rams franchise went through some significant change this offseason including a move back to their original home in Los Angeles. The Rams then traded away a ton of assets to move up in the draft and select Cal quarterback Jared Goff who will be expected to give the franchise a star signal caller for the next decade and a half. Goff along with stud running back Todd Gurley and a good defensive group will be expected to have immediate success in Los Angeles but that will not be easy looking up at two fantastic franchises.

I would like to be more positive for the team who has battled to be relevent since 2003 which was the last season they made the playoffs with a winning record. They did manage to pick up a serviceble defensive end in free agency (Quinton Coples) as well as a good depth cornerback in Coty Sensabaugh but lost several important parts including cornerback Janoris Jenkins who started in 58 of 64 games, defensive end Chris Long who was the second overall pick in 2008, safety Rodney McLeod, and fullback James Laurinaitis... Those will be difficult players to replace this season.

To make matters worse, the Los Angeles Rams traded a lot of picks away to move up in the draft and take Jared Goff of Cal. Now without question Goff has the skills needed to thrive in the NFL but with the marginal players added around him in Los Angeles, I don't know how impactful his first season will be. The Rams did manage to draft a pair of tight ends who can emerge as decent players and a couple of receivers in Pharoh Cooper and Michael Thomas who have some potential but overall this was a very poor offseason. Selling the Los Angeles Rams fans on this current plan may prove challenging. I don't see the Rams competing for a playoff spot this year unless Goff becomes a stud right out of the gate and the Rams will likely compete with the 49ers for the division basement.

Clearly the worst team in the division is the once strong San Francisco 49ers squad who have become a bottom feeder in the NFL. Questions abound throughout both sides of the ball and this is certainly a team in transition right now.

The San Francisco 49ers had an extremely quiet off season in regards to free agency, securing only a couple of players while losing very little. Zane Beadles will compete for a starting guard position while quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is likely only a depth player. The 49ers lost Alex Boone to the Vikings and he is a better lineman than the coming in Beadles.

The 49ers had a good draft, but not great which is too bad considering all the picks they had. DeForest Buckner is a tall, athletic and disruptive defensive end that will make tons of plays but can be a liability when the run is directly at him. Joshua Garnett will be a good run blocking starting guard at the NFL level but I think trading up to get him was pretty foolish due to the question marks in regards to his pass protection. Rashard Robinson and Will Redmond will offer up at least depth in the secondary and both have enough talent to push for playing time. Ronald Blair has a quick burst and is equally able to produce in the run and passing games but needs to get stronger at the point of attack and prove he can elevate against better talent. Both John Theus and Fahn Cooper will provide depth at offensive tackle. I think Kelvin Taylor is potentially a hidden gem at running back as the offensive talent around him in Florida was pedestrian and Jeff Driskel has potential down the road. Even late round receiver pick Aaron Burbridge could climb up to WR3/WR4 with a good camp.

All in all, I think the draft helped the 49ers make some positive progression this year but nowhere enough to really compete against a strong NFC WEST division. Too many questions still to be answered in San Francisco but it was a step in the right direction.

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