Monday, April 27, 2009

McShay Grades the NFC West Draft

by: Mike Parker

The Seahawks and Cardinals got very high marks from ESPN's Todd McShay for their selections in this year's draft, and rightfully so.

The Cardinals received praise for their first-round pick of Chris Wells, which McShay said will add a good complement to Tim Hightower with the expected departure of Edgerrin James.

The Hawks, meanwhile, impressed ESPN's draft guru by not "pulling anything cute" and going straight for the best-available player at No.4 overall, Aaron Curry. McShay also made a point to say he felt Curry was the best player in this year's draft.

There were also some good things mentioned about San Francisco's selection of Crabtree and St. Louis picking up Jason Smith, but one thing stuck out to me the most -

McShay said of all the teams to not make the playoffs last year, the Hawks have the best chance.

I hope the analyst hype isn't too crazy after another few months, as the Hawks always seem to do better with flying under the radar and being silent killers once the season begins. And with the schedule being the way it is this year, striking with deadly force very early on is nothing short of mandatory.

Who was everyone's favorite pick of the draft this year? I haven't had a chance to chime in with Sully and Steffes tearing it up over the weekend, but I have to say I'm pretty damn content with the selections of Curry and Unger. I'm also curious to see what players like Mike Teel and Nick Reed can do.