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NFL Scouts Talk Anonymously About NFC West Teams

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

The divide between the NFC West's top two teams (Cardinals and Seahawks) and the bottom two teams (49ers and Rams) isn't expected to change very much this season. The 49ers and Rams are in the middle of rebuilding projects and don't seem as if they will be contending in the foreseeable future. It would take a breakout year from Rams' QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley to come within striking distance of the Seahawks and Cardinals.

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All eyes will be on whether or not the Cardinals will be able to rally back from a rough season last year and take down the Seahawks, who seem to be in good position to make a playoff run.

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In order to get an accurate assessment of the four NFC West teams heading into 2017, Athlon asked NFL scouts to talk anonymously about the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers and Seahawks.

Note: These scouting reports come directly from NFL scouts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff. 

Arizona Cardinals

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“In what proved to be a very frustrating 2016, Arizona failed to meet expectations when it lost a hard-fought opener to New England and never won more than two games in a row.”

“Carson Palmer actually played at a high level last year. But he is not mobile, and durability at his age is the worry.”

“Reports say the Chiefs jumped them in the first round for Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, so the quarterback of the future is not on the roster right now.”

“David Johnson is a fantasy owner’s dream, but what a player in real life. He accounted for 2,118 yards rushing and receiving, plus 20 touchdowns.”

“This offense does not feature the tight end, but Jermaine Gresham did grab 37 passes.”

“Larry Fitzgerald has adapted beautifully as he has aged and is now the short and intermediate specialist for Palmer as they connected 107 times in 2016.”

“Center A.Q. Shipley plays better than he looks, and left tackle Jared Veldheer is more than functional on the blindside. Tackle D.J. Humphries has been a liability so far, and they drafted Pittsburgh’s Dorian Johnson to bolster their interior line depth.”