This will be the second annual look at every draft pick added to the NFC West. Will this division continue to be the best in the GZL or did this draft fail to adequately take care of these four teams? How good were the players picked in relation to current GZL players and were they drafted early, in the right area or late? These questions and more will be answered by the (un-)authority on the subject, and grades given. I'm long-winded when scouting so we'll average four players per article, although I have gone as high as six for some rounds where I struggle to split the rounds up easily.
7.11 - LE Casey Schwartz 6'6" 299 lbs, 72 SPD, 81 STR, 48 AWR, 71 AGI, 80 ACC, 77 TAK, 85 STA, 98 INJ
Starting defensive ends are normally split up between the 3-4 and 4-3. A 3-4 DE needs to have at least 86 STR and a big frame, and hopefully more like an athletic DT than a slow DT. A 4-3 DE can be a lot more varied, with your pass rushing specialists (basically a linebacker at 240-260) with tons of speed and your more balanced strong-side end where you are hoping to approach 280 lbs and some good mixture of speed and strength. Schwartz is more the second, a strong-side end with great size. He doesn't have the speed to be a good 4-3 pass rusher, but he lacks the strength to be a 3-4 DE. However, Richardson saw a work in progress where others saw garbage and came out with a startable defensive end in case of injury.
Schwartz has horrible awareness and very good tacklilng ability, and surprisingly can leap pretty well. He'll be hard to pass over if he ever gets that awareness up. He skewed very well, with +3 SPD, +1 STR, +3 AGI, +2 ACC. If he were to get +3 SPD and STR, he could approach Chris Long's level of athleticism, which was somewhat pedestrian in this league but noteworthy as he did have 39 sacks in his six years starting as a Ram.
Ultimately, he's a pretty strong seventh round pick, a gamble that paid off.
Roster Prognosis: 3 years as a Ram, 6 years in the league.
7.13 - WR Roger Goosen 5'11" 198 lbs, 90 SPD, 66 STR, 57 AWR, 92 AGI, 89 ACC, 76 CTH, 75 CAR, 99 JMP, 53 BTK, 48 RBK, 81 INJ, 84 KR
Goosen is the Cardinals 4th WR, and with his GZL-worthy athleticism, hands, and KR ability the Cardinals can reap the benefits of his salary for three years before he has to be paid for his skills. Normally to get a great backup like this in the 7th round, it takes a wonderful skew, but Goosen actually had a pretty average skew. No change to speed and strength, +2 AGI, -2 ACC, +3 CTH, +4 CAR, -4 BTK, +4 JMP, +3 RBK, +5 KR. All in all the skew made him a better leaper and for the most part a much better kick returner.
At 5'11" with ordinary speed he isn't ever going to be a big play machine, but with the increase in jumping ability and agility he may be more suited to positioning himself for a jump ball. All in all, Goose could have a pretty long GZL career if people value his special teams skills at the bottom of their roster. He should be pretty surehanded for most of his career as well, with even a bare minimum of work. If he gets an investment in his athleticism he can be a star KR and may turn into a starter in this league. I imagine 93 SPD, 66 STR, 99 JMP Goose may just look like Golden Tate in real life. If he gets better at breaking tackles that is.
Roster Prognosis: 3 years as a Cardinal, 5 years in the league.
7.26 - LT Gino Turner 6'6" 315 lbs, 61 SPD, 82 STR, 64 AWR, 69 AGI, 71 ACC, 82 PBK, 71 RBK, 86 INJ
Patel won the skew lottery with Gino Turner, and that isn't going to put him on the field. +3 SPD, +4 ACC, with no athletic losses gave Tall Turner a better chance of playing as the #3 TE. But he's still very weak and has very low blocking skills.
He is ok for a rookie at pass blocking, and has outstanding agility, but with no strength will likely lose to the bull rush from any GZL starting DEs. He has the athleticism to be a great run blocker in a zone blocking scheme, but whiffs on his blocks all of the time. And with such poor lower body strength will struggle to ever drive block a half-decent DE. Some linebackers will stone him in the hole in this league.
Roster Prognosis: 1.5 years as a Cardinal, 2 years in the league.
Postscript: While writing this article I realized that an review of last year's work to see how I did might be in order. But since I was mostly done with this article I finished it first. The second article, if I get a good plan together, will be quick review of last year to see how my prognoses fit with their actual usage and production. In the mean-time, comments and criticisms are encouraged.
Common mistakes I made during this series are linking to the wrong player or listing the wrong draft slot. Any issues please let me know in the comments section.