Around the NFC West: Draft's sizzle factor

Good morning, NFC West, and welcome back from a quiet NFL weekend.

Around the NFC West: April 1, 2013

Over the past couple days, we covered the St. Louis Rams' approach to retaining skill players; Carson Palmer and the quarterback situation in Arizona; Colin Kaepernick's longer-term contract outlook; and various other subjects in the division, including Matt Flynn's situation.

A piece Sunday from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch caught my attention for how it could apply to multiple NFC West teams. With input from Gil Brandt and Russ Lande, Thomas suggests the 2013 draft lacks obviously dynamic skill players.

"There's no sizzle at the top," Thomas writes of the 2013 draft, "in large part because of a lack of skill-position players with star quality."

That could help explain why the Seattle Seahawks traded the 25th overall choice to Minnesota for receiver Percy Harvin. The Rams are in better position to land one of the top receivers or running backs given that they hold the 16th and 22nd overall choices. But if they use those picks to target other positions, that could affirm the premise Thomas advocated in his piece. It could also reflect the confidence St. Louis has expressed in some of its young players at those positions.