Arizona Cardinals: C
The Cardinals zeroed in on Zaven Collins early in the pre-draft process and spent their No. 16 pick to bring him into the fold. He’ll help their defense right away, but Arizona should have tried to trade back a few spots to maximize their value in Round 1.
Landing Rondale Moore at No. 49 could turn into a major steal. He’s got serious injury concerns, but he was one of the most explosive receivers in college football during his Purdue career. He could turn into a major weapon for Kyler Murray if he can stay healthy as a pro.
There isn’t much depth to this haul for Arizona, but it was decent at the top. The franchise is still depending on a big internal leap from Murray if they want to take a step forward in 2021.
Los Angeles Rams: C-
The Rams didn’t have a first rounder at their disposal, but they still came away with a major offensive weapon in the form of second round selection Tutu Atwell. He’s too small to thrive on the outside, but he’ll really help Matthew Stafford stretch the field from the slot.
Nothing about the rest of LA’s haul was overly inspiring. Ernest Jones will provide depth at linebacker but he profiles as a backup. The same goes for Robert Rochell at cornerback. One potential bright spot for the Rams was grabbing Bobby Brown in the fourth, but it was still a weak class overall.
San Francisco 49ers: C-
The 49ers’ fan base was tortured for weeks about the idea that their favorite team might spend the No. 3 overall pick on Mac Jones. Fortunately for San Francisco, they opted for Trey Lance instead. It was a heavy price to pay for such a raw prospect, but there’s no denying his star potential.
The team’s next two steps weren’t as strong. Aaron Banks is a decent guard but he’s nothing special due to his limited athleticism. Trey Sermon is an intriguing running back prospect, but that’s not a position of need for the ‘Niners.
Nabbing Ambry Thomas with the 102nd pick does help boost the 49ers’ grade. He’s got excellent length for his position and should contribute immediately on special teams.
Seattle Seahawks: D+
The Seahawks had a glaring hole on their roster for a third wide receiver to play alongside D.K. Metcalf and Trent Lockett. As such, it was no surprise to see Seattle use their only pick of the first two days on Western Michigan wideout D’Wayne Eskridge. He may never become a huge contributor in the conventional passing game, but he gives Seattle’s coaching staff another big play option with the ball in his hands.
Circling back for Tre Brown in Round 4 filled a big need for the Seahawks, but he was a reach in terms of value. Seattle didn’t have much to work with coming into the draft and predictably, they didn’t get much accomplished as a result.