Los Angeles Times

NFC West


For the first time, the Arizona Cardinals have the No. 1 overall pick. They will set the tone for this draft, either by selecting quarterbac­k Kyler Murray or by triggering a scramble for someone to trade up and take him. The Cardinals, who took Josh Rosen 10th last year, also need help along the offensive and defensive lines, and at receiver.

The Rams are picking at the end of the first round, a good problem to have considerin­g they reached the Super Bowl. But they’ll have a tougher time finding an elite defensive tackle there, someone to pick up Ndamukong Suh’s slack. With Rodger Saffold gone, the team could use help on the offensive line, and some depth at corner.

The addition of Dee Ford helps bolster San Francisco’s anemic pass rush, but the

49ers need more in that department. With the second pick, they’re in position to take Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, two of the best in this class when it comes to bringing heat off the edge. The 49ers can pick up a receiver and safety in later rounds.

As part of a trade that sent defensive end Frank Clark to Kansas City, Seattle picked up another firstround pick. The Seahawks have selections 21 and 29. They need help along the defensive line, and on the back end at cornerback and safety. Seattle isn’t afraid to throw first-round curveballs, most recently taking running back Rashaad Penny last year.

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