Times staff reporter Jayson Jenks breaks down the other NFC West teams’ first-round draft picks Thursday night.

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Los Angeles Rams

Pick: Jared Goff, Cal, QB, No. 1

Overview: At the beginning of the NFL Network’s draft broadcast, a lengthy list of Rams starting quarterbacks since 2004 scrolled across the screen. The point was clear: It has been a long, long time since the Rams had a franchise quarterback, and the absence of one has been the Rams’ glaring weakness the past few years. So the selection of Goff is an obvious attempt at a remedy.

San Francisco 49ers

Pick: DeForest Buckner, Oregon, DE, No. 7; Josh Garnett, Stanford, OL, No. 28


Seahawks in 2016 draft

Round 1, Pick 31
OL Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M | Bio

Round 2, Pick 49
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama | Bio

Round 3, Pick 90
RB C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame | Bio

Round 3, Pick 94
TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State | Bio

Round 3, Pick 97
OL Rees Odhiambo, Boise State | Bio

Round 5, Pick 147
DT Quinton Jefferson, Maryland | Bio

Round 5, Pick 171
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas | Bio

Round 6, Pick 215
C Joey Hunt, TCU | Bio

Round 7, Pick 243
WR Kenny Lawler, Cal | Bio

Round 7, Pick 247
RB Zac Brooks, Clemson | Bio


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Overview: The 49ers made a splashy trade at the end of the first round to acquire the No. 28 pick and draft former Puyallup and Stanford offensive lineman Josh Garnett. The 49ers had one of the best offensive lines in football a couple years ago but have suffered attrition due to retirements and free agency. The same can be said of their defensive line, which is why they drafted Buckner. Buckner gives the 49ers a versatile lineman who can fill various roles along the defensive line. He was considered by many to be one of the elite defensive prospects in the draft and should help the 49ers for years to come as they rebuild their defense.

Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, DT, No. 29

Overview: Two things come to mind with this pick. First, the Cardinals are in win-now mode, and Nkemdiche is plenty talented to help them next year. Many analysts thought he was a top-five pick entering the draft. Second, the Cardinals clearly think they have a culture to accommodate Nkemdiche, who has been plagued by off-field issues and concerns throughout the draft process.

The Cardinals wanted to improve their pass rush this offseason, and they have done so on the outside by acquiring defensive end Chandler Jones via trade and now by adding Nkemdiche.