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Looking at the NFC West picks

A quick analysis of the Cards' NFC West rivals after their first round picks (there's nothing like having all the teams done after 10 picks):

St. Louis T Jason Smith – No surprise with the Rams taking a tackle. Their offensive line has been a mess for a couple of years now. They need to rebuild it badly. How does it affect the Cards right now? Not much. We'll see how the rest of the draft plays out but the Rams are at least a year away from being a threat in the division.

Seattle LB Aaron Curry -- A lot of people thought Curry was the best player in this draft. He gets dropped into a defense that, frankly, underachieved in 2008. The Seahawks still need some offensive line help, but if they can get healthy this season, they will be OK. How does it affect the Cards right now? Curry should be a guy who develops into a potential steady Pro Bowl-type for a long time. He will be their anchor on defense, which, of course, the Cards must deal with twice a year (Then again, he doesn't cover receivers, and the Seahawks don't have anyone to do that well enough against the Cards).

San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree – The 49ers finally have a playmaker at wideout. It will be interesting to see how Crabtree, who has clearly shown he has a lot of self-confidence, we'll say, meshes with 49ers receivers coach (and former Cardinals offensive coordinator/receivers coach) Jerry Sullivan. How does it affect the Cards? Well, you'd rather not see Crabtree twice a year. A lot of people wanted to make the Crabtree/Larry Fitzgerald comparisons. Now Crabtree will be measured up early and often against Arizona.

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