NFL Draft: West-Coast round-up from day one

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The NFL Draft began with the Los Angeles Rams making the No. 1 pick on Thursday. If you’re football team plays on the West-Coast, here is what you need to know about day one picks.

No. 1: Los Angeles Rams – Quarterback Jared Goff, Cal

The Rams made their first steps in their return to Los Angeles with the selection of Goff. After trying to make it look like they were considering another quarterback, the Rams selected the Calif. native. Goff set passing records at the same school Aaron Rodgers went to.

Goff’s biggest knock is his hand-size, and lack of snaps at center. However, many consider him the most polished quarterback in the class. The Rams traded a two first round picks and three second round picks to Tennessee for the No. 1 pick. 

No. 3: San Diego Chargers – Edge Joey Bosa, Ohio St.

Bosa was once considered the top pick in the draft, because he registered 26 sacks in three seasons with Ohio St. However, an underwhelming performance in timed tests at the combine hurt his stock. 

Many mocks had the Chargers filling a need by drafting tackle Laremy Tunsil. However, Tunsil tumbled down the draft after a picture of him with a bong surfaced on Twitter. 

No. 7: San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, Oregon

The San Francisco 49ers drafted an Oregon defensive linemen for the second straight year. First-year head coach Chip Kelly once coached that program, so it should not come as a surprise they took the high-ceiling Buckner.

Buckner played across the Oregon defensive line. The 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year fills a need for the San Francisco defense which ranked No. 29 in total yards-per-game in 2015. The 6-foot-7 former Duck will play across from Arik Armstead, who was drafted No. 17 overall last year.

No. 14: Oakland Raiders – Safety Karl Joseph, WVU

The Oakland Raiders added a safety to help fill the void left by retired safety Charles Woodson. Joseph registered 5 interceptions in four games with West Virginia, last year. He also brings a reputation as a hard-hitting run-defender.

Joseph suffered a serious knee-injury that cost him most of the season. However, he received medical clearance.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety is only the second WVU defensive back drafted in the first round since Adam Jones. Joseph went three picks above safety Florida Keanu Neal.

No. 28: San Francisco 49ers – Guard Joshua Garnett, Stanford

The 49ers surprised a lot of teams by trading back into the first round. Garnett was considered by many as the top interior linemen in this draft. The 49ers drafted him after losing guards Mike Lupati and Alex Boone in consecutive free agency. 

San Francisco sent their second, fourth and sixth round picks to the Kansas City Chiefs for the twenty-eighth pick. The 49ers made this pick to improve last season’s No. 21 ranked rush offense. 

No. 31: Seattle Seahawks – Tackle Germain Ifedi 

The Seahawks slid back five picks and gained a third round pick from the Denver Broncos. They selected Ifedi who brings starts at both guard and tackle. 

Ifedi should help the Seahawks protect Russell Wilson, who was sacked the sixth most times at 46. The Seahawks lost starter Russell Okung in free agency, so Ifedi could take his place at left tackle. 

The second and third rounds of the draft happen on April 29. Check out the entire first round on NFL.com

*Stats via NFL.com


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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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