RB Anthony Sherman
Round 1: LSU CB Patrick Peterson
Round 2: Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams
Round 3: Florida Atlantic TE Rob Housler
Round 4: Texas DE Sam Acho
Round 5: Connecticut RB Anthony Sherman
Round 6a: North Carolina LB Quan Sturdivant
Round 6b: UCLA DT David Carter
Round 7: San Diego State WR DeMarco Sampson
Best Pick: Peterson. Probably the best player in the draft regardless of position, he has a chance to be an All-Pro one day as a cornerback, safety or return man.
Worst Pick: Sherman. If you want to draft Williams and signal to former first-round pick Beanie Wells that he's been put on notice, that's fine, but don't reach for another running back three rounds later.
Analysis: Going with Peterson was proof that the Cardinals weren't enamored with any of the top QB prospects, but it's still hard to believe a team featuring Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Max Hall and Richard Bartel under center in 2010 didn't at least take a shot at another signal caller.
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San Francisco 49ers
RB Kendall Hunter
Round 1: Missouri DE Aldon Smith
Round 2: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
Round 3: South Carolina CB Chris Culliver
Round 4: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter
Round 5: Appalachian State LB Daniel Kilgore
Round 6a: USC WR Ronald Johnson
Round 6b: TCU S Colin Jones
Round 7a: Central Florida DE Bruce Miller
Round 7b: Montana State G Mike Person
Round 7c: Florida A&M CB Curtis Holcomb
Best Pick: Hunter. There has been too much pressure on Frank Gore for too long, and Hunter packs quite a punch given his 5-7 frame.
Worst Pick: Culliver. Since his college coaching staff in Columbia couldn't figure out if Culliver was a corner or a safety, the third round seems a bit early for a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none prospect.
Analysis: Kaepernick isn't ready to start as a rookie, meaning colossal bust Alex Smith is likely to be back for a seventh season, plus there is nothing on tape suggesting Aldon Smith can make the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker.
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OT James Carpenter
Round 1: Alabama OT James Carpenter
Round 3: Wisconsin G John Moffitt
Round 4a: Mississippi State LB K.J. Wright
Round 4b: Georgia WR Kris Durham
Round 5a: Stanford CB Richard Sherman
Round 5b: Appalachian State S Mark Legree
Round 6: Clemson CB Byron Maxwell
Round 7a: LSU DT Lazarius Levingston
Round 7b: USC LB Malcolm Smith
Best Pick: Moffitt. Maybe the only choice Seattle made that can be considered a good value, Moffitt is a classic guard and can probably improve an interior offensive line that couldn't open holes in the running game.
Worst Pick: Carpenter. Going with him as a right tackle over someone like Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi, who was still available at the time, may have been the dumbest decision made by any team in the first round.
Analysis: Coach Pete Carroll's board didn't look like anyone else's, as he reached for just about every player he took, including Carpenter, Durham, Sherman and Legree.
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St. Louis Rams
DE Robert Quinn
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Round 1: North Carolina DE Robert Quinn
Round 2: Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks
Round 3: Boise State WR Austin Pettis
Round 4: Hawaii WR Greg Salas
Round 5: Ohio State S Jermale Hines
Round 7a: Baylor CB Mikail Baker
Round 7b: Stephen F. Austin LB Jabara Williams
Round 7c: Oklahoma S Jonathan Nelson
Best Pick: Quinn. Young, raw and oozing with talent, Quinn doesn't have the character concerns that some of his fellow Tar Heels did and may end up being a monster off the edge.
Worst Pick: Hines. After getting three straight weapons for Sam Bradford in the second, third and fourth rounds, Hines didn't appear to be one of the better safeties on the board in the fifth.
Analysis: Quinn can be special, and while taking a tight end before a receiver was a bit of a curveball, there are plenty of scouts that like Kendricks and think he can make big plays -- Pettis and Salas both impressed at the Senior Bowl, too.
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Best Draft in the NFC West: Rams
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|