NFL coach of the year Bruce Arians has the Arizona Cardinals heading in the right direction, but there are miles to go. They could go running back in the first round, someone to complement Andre Ellington, and there are options. The Cardinals need to ramp up their pass rush too, perhaps adding a bookend to Calais Campbell.
Big changes are afoot for the San Francisco 49ers, now without Jim Harbaugh as coach, and the rebuilding process could start at linebacker, especially with the surprise retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. The team probably will target inside linebackers in the middle rounds. However, the No. 15 pick could be a cornerback, and the 49ers have an opportunity to get a good one there.
Because of the Jimmy Graham trade with New Orleans, the Seattle Seahawks don’t have a first-round pick. There’s still work to be done in this draft, particularly along the offensive line (only heightened by the trade of Max Unger.) To this point, the Seahawks have made the most of their wide receivers, and it’s time for an infusion of players there.
The St. Louis Rams have a new quarterback in Nick Foles, and they need to protect him. There are several needs along the offensive line, and that might be the direction the team goes with the 10th pick — although the Rams worked out Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, so a trade up isn’t out of the question. Cornerback is a need too, and the Rams are in prime position to grab one.