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PFF 2019 Grades: NFC West by Position

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Pictured: 49ers’ TE George Kittle who earned the highest offensive grade in the NFL West in 2019 at 94.4. The highest defensive grade went to the Rams’ DT Aaron Donald at 93.7.

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the projected 2020 starting lineups in the NFC West and compare the players’ 2019 PFF grades. I think that when we look at the competition at each position, it can give us an idea of which Cardinals can improve their performance this year in order to challenge for the top spot at their positions.

QB:

  1. SEA: R. Wilson—-92.0
  2. SF: J. Garoppolo—-77.5
  3. LA: J. Goff—-72.4
  4. ARI: K. Murray—-64.2

RB:

  1. SF: R. Mostert—-82.8
  2. SEA: C.Carson—-77.9
  3. ARI: K. Drake—-76.8
  4. LA: M. Brown—-64.4

TE1:

  1. SF: G. Kittle—-94.4
  2. LA: T. Higbee—-86.1
  3. ARI: M. Williams—-79.1
  4. SEA: G. Olsen—-66.9

TE2:

  1. SEA: W. Dissly—-79.6
  2. ARI: D. Arnold—-76.5
  3. LA: G. Everett—-76.0
  4. SF: R. Dwelley—-57.0

WR1:

  1. ARI: D. Hopkins—-87.8
  2. SEA: T. Lockett—-82.3
  3. LA: R. Woods—-82.2
  4. SF: D, Samuel—-75.3

WR2:

  1. LA: C. Kupp—-74.6
  2. SEA: D. Metcalf—-73.4
  3. ARI: L. Fitzgerald—-70.3
  4. SF: K. Bourne—-69.8

WR3:

  1. LA: J. Reynolds—-65.9
  2. SEA: P. Dorsett—-65.6
  3. ARI: C. Kirk—-62.5
  4. SF: B. Aiyuk—-rookie (Rd. 1)

LT:

  1. SEA: D. Brown—-74.1
  2. LA: A. Whitworth—-72.8
  3. ARI: D. Humphries—-64.5
  4. SF: T. Williams—-DNP

LG:

  1. SF: L. Tomlinson—-68.8
  2. ARI: J. Pugh—-66.8
  3. LA: A. Corbett—-51.8
  4. SEA: E. Pocic—-43.3

C:

  1. SF: W. Richburg—-62.5
  2. LA: B. Allen—-58.6
  3. ARI: M. Cole—-58.4
  4. SEA: B. Finney—-56.9

RG:

  1. SF: D. Brunskill—-73.0
  2. ARI: J. Sweezy—-61.1
  3. SEA: M. Iupati—-60.3
  4. LA: A. Blythe—-50.3

RT:

  1. SF: M. McGlinchey—-70.7
  2. SEA: C. Ogbuehi—-67.0
  3. ARI: J. Murray—-62.9
  4. LA: R. Havenstein—-50.9

DE:

  1. SF: N. Bosa—-89.8
  2. ARI: D. Kennard—-69.1
  3. LA: S. Ebukam—-66.7
  4. SEA: L. Collier—-48.6

DT:

  1. LA: A. Donald—-93.7
  2. ARI: C. Peters—-65.1
  3. SEA: J. Reed—-61.8
  4. SF: S. Thomas—-54.4

DT:

  1. LA: M. Brockers—-74.6
  2. SEA: P. Ford—-68.4
  3. ARI: J. Phillips—-51.8
  4. SF: J. Kinlaw—-rookie (Round 1)

DE:

  1. SF: A. Armstead—-89.6
  2. LA: L. Floyd—-69.7
  3. SEA: B. Irvin—-62.9
  4. ARI: Z. Allen—-51.6

OLB:

  1. ARI: C. Jones—-84.9
  2. SF: D. Greenlaw—-67.7
  3. SEA: K. Wright—-59.9
  4. LA: T. Reader—-28.6

ILB:

  1. SEA: B. Wagner—-76.4
  2. SF: F. Warner—-63.5
  3. ARI: J. Hicks—-61.0
  4. LA: M. Kiser—-60.0

OLB:

  1. SF: K. Alexander—-52.6
  2. ARI: D. Campbell—-50.1 or J. Simmons—-rookie (Round 1)
  3. SEA: J. Brooks—-rookie (Round 1)
  4. LA: T. Lewis—-rookie (Round 3)

CB:

  1. SF: R. Sherman—-90.3
  2. SEA: S. Griffin—-78.0
  3. LA: T.Hill—-76.4
  4. ARI: P. Peterson—-68.6

SS:

  1. SF: J. Tartt—-65.1
  2. ARI: J. Thompson—-64. 4
  3. LA: T. Rapp—-64.4 (tied for #2)
  4. SEA: B. McDougald—-62.8

FS:

  1. SF: J. Ward—-84.9
  2. SEA: Q. Diggs—-80.7
  3. ARI: B. Baker—-71.4
  4. LA: J. Johnson—-53.5

CB:

  1. LA: J. Ramsey—-74.4
  2. SF: A. Witherspoon—-56.5
  3. SEA: T. Flowers—-49.5
  4. ARI: R. Alford—-DNP

Nickel CB:

  1. SEA: Q. Dunbar—-87.6
  2. SF: K. Williams—-80.3
  3. LA: D. Long—-67.4
  4. ARI: B. Murphy—-48.8

P:

  1. SEA: M. Dickson—-63.7
  2. LA: J. Hekker—-63.6
  3. ARI: A. Lee—-55.4
  4. SF: M. Wishkowski—-52.4

LS:

  1. LA: J. McQuaid—-70.4
  2. SEA: T. Ott—-63.4
  3. ARI: A. Brewer—-50.8
  4. SK: K. Nelson—-46.0

K:

  1. ARI: Z. Gonzalez—-61.0
  2. SEA: J. Myers—-61.0 (tied for #1)
  3. SF: R. Gould—-60.5
  4. LA: S. Sioman—-rookie (7th Round)

I am encouraged by the thought of the kind of improvement the Cardinals can aspire to achieve at a number of the positions.

Obviously, the PFF grades are not a perfect reflection of a player’s talent—-but they do provide a metric that gives the players an idea of what they need to do to improve the overall aspects off their game.

Based on the 2019 PFF grades, only 3 Cardinals would make the PFF NFC West 1st Team: WR DeAndre Hopkins, OLB Chandler Jones and K Zane Gonzalez.

Therefore, it may be interesting to see how many Cardinals will make the 2020 PFF NFC West 1st Team.

Which Cardinals do you feel have the best chance?

Where do you think the Cardinals stack up talent-wise versus the rest of the division?