What would happen if you could pick one player from any team within your division?
I'd wager that every team in the division would take Patrick Peterson from the Arizona Cardinals, but if you could pick one player from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle to bring to the Arizona Cardinals, who would it be.
From LA I think the obvious is Aaron Donald, as he'd answer any and every question on the defensive line for the Cardinals in 2017, but what about Andrew Whitworth? Despite his advanced age, 35, Whitworth was an All Pro in 2015 and a Pro Bowler for the third time in his career in 2016. While he's definitely on the downside of his career, he would be the best left tackle for 2017 and possibly 2018 in Arizona and give them one of the best for Palmer's blindside.
The other interesting name is Trumaine Johnson. Johnson is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, pairing Johnson with Peterson would be ideal, as they both are on the right side of 30.
While Donald is hard to pass up, I think Whitworth and Johnson deserve consideration.
For the 49ers, there's really only two names:
DeForest Buckner or Navarro Bowman.
Buckner would be the ideal 34 defensive end to replace Calais Campbell, even moreso than Donald.
Yet, Bowman sure would be nice in 2017 and maybe even 2018.
Sorry 49ers, there's no offensive players I'm scouting to poach, right now.
For the Seahawks you have Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas and yes, Richard Sherman.
Bennett is similar to Donald and Buckner, but with advanced age, while Wagner is maybe the best off ball linebacker in the NFC West.
Sherman is a good player, despite the rhetoric on this board, and would be nice to have across from Peterson.
However, there may be no better or more impactful defensive player in the NFL than Thomas. He truly is the quarterback of one of the best defenses in the NFL year in and year out.
Offensively, Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson all could be players to fit.
Baldwin would lessen the burden on Fitz, while giving a proven player under a good contract to take over for him.
Graham is still a talent as a receiver, but I'm not sure he is what Arians wants in a tight end.
Wilson, maybe that's a discussion for another day, but needless to say, he's led the Seahawks to plenty of playoff appearances and wins.
If the Cardinals had one pick… it's really hard to pass on Donald, especially with Carson Palmer on the roster.
Maybe ask me again in a couple of months and my answer may change.
Who would you pick?