2021 NFL Draft
Trey Lance gives the San Francisco 49ers a new face of the franchise. How did the rest of the NFC West fare during the 2021 NFL Draft. (Tony Dejak/AP)

2021 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West

The NFC West is going to be a dog fight all year. The 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, and Seahawks are all really good teams. The 2021 NFL Draft could be a turning point in the difference between first and last. It’s going to be that competitive. Let’s hand out some draft grades. Who are the real winners and losers in the NFC West?

San Francisco 49ers

Grade: B+

R1 (3): QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
R2 (48): G Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
R3 (88): RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
R3 (102): CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
R5 (155): OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
R5 (172): CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
R5 (180): S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
R6 (194): RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana

I really am not 100 percent certain what to make of Trey Lance. He just doesn’t have a lot of experience. The tools are off the charts. I’ll trust Kyle Shanahan knows what he’s doing. He will make sure Lance won’t fail.

I thought the rest of the draft was really underwhelming. Aaron Banks is fine. They picked some corners that should at least contribute. I thought their best late round pick was Talanoa Hufanga. That guy is a lowkey beast. Trey Sermon was also a solid pick. Hard to not be blown away by his late season performance.

Arizona Cardinals

Grade: C-

R1 (16): LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
R2 (49): WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
R4 (136): CB Marco Wilson, Florida
R6 (210): EDGE Victor Dimukeje, Duke
R6 (223): CB Tay Gowan, UCF
R7 (243): S James Wiggins, Cincinnati
R7 (247): C Michal Menet, Penn State

Yeah, I don’t love this draft. I thought Zaven Collins was a reach. Not sure this puppy works. 275 pound middle linebacker? Doesn’t sound like today’s NFL. Good luck there. Taking a Tulsa linebacker with the 16th pick in the draft doesn’t feel great.

Four of these draft picks came in the 6th and 7th round. They’re total fliers. The shoe thrower Marco Wilson should be able to hold down a nickel spot. Everybody knows I’m in love with Rondale Moore. Still, there’s not much here besides that.

Los Angeles Rams

Grade: F

R2 (57): WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville
R3 (103): LB Ernest Jones, South Carolina
R4 (117): DI Bobby Brown III, Texas A&M
R4 (130): CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas
R4 (141): WR Jacob Harris, UCF
R5 (174): EDGE Earnest Brown IV, Northwestern
R7 (233): RB Jake Funk, Maryland

This draft sucks. There are no other words for it. The ONLY saving grace is their first round pick netted them Jalen Ramsey. Besides that, this is FUCKING AWFUL.


This draft makes no sense. ZERO. The Rams have Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson, and Van Jefferson. Keep in mind, you already have limited draft resources by making the Ramsey and Matthew Stafford trades.

The Rams decide to take THREE wide receivers. Really no chance all of them make the roster. Dumb. Bone headed. Stupid. Not logical.

Tutu Atwell weighs 120 and is lucky if he turns into Tavon Austin. The 7th round pick was also a waste. You have running backs, you morons.

This draft sucks. The Rams should be ashamed. In a competitive division like this, LA blew it.

Seattle Seahawks

Grade: F

R2 (56): WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
R4 (137): CB Tre Brown, Oklahoma
R6 (208) OT Stone Forsythe, Florida

The Jamal Adams trade was a joke. Seattle gave away their picks like candy. Giving them anything higher than an F would be just lying. Three players and odds are two max will hit. Automatic F. Tre Brown kinda stinks too. He’s a total mess.

Look, the Eskridge thing is fine, I guess. Not sure wide receiver was the need here but I think the guy can play. Not sure how they will use him but whatever.

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