Here is Bay Area News Group's Steve Corkran's view of how the 2014 NFL draft impacts the NFC West

The league's deepest and best division just got even better, with the St. Louis Rams making a strong case for having the best draft class of any of the NFL's 32 teams.

The Rams added offensive lineman Greg Robinson at No. 2 and defensive tackle Aaron Donald at No. 13, two players that are certain to make an immediate impact.

Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and running back Tre Mason aren't as highly touted, but they are just as capable of making a big impression in the NFL.

Through it all, the Rams and Arizona Cardinals still are chasing the pace-setting 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers and Seahawks stocked their rosters with a slew of players that necessarily aren't assured starting jobs right away, but the new players are prime candidates to add depth as backups and special-teamers.

Here's a team-by-team look at how the four NFC West teams fared, from best to worst:

1. Rams — Coach Jeff Fisher's stocking of the Rams roster with players physical enough and strong enough to compete against the Seahawks and 49ers four times each season reached its pinnacle with the addition of Robinson and Donald. Both are projected as Pro Bowl-caliber players for years to come. Mason's arrival gives the Rams offense another home-run threat to go with 2013 first-rounder Tavon Austin. This draft goes down as a raging success even if the rest of the picks don't make the opening-day roster.


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OT Greg Robinson

DT Aaron Donald

CB Lamarcus Joyner

RB Tre Mason

SS Maurice Alexander

CB E.J. Gaines

QB Garrett Gilbert

OT Mitchell Van Dyk

FS Christian Bryant

DE Michael Sam

C Demetrius Rhaney

2. 49ers — General manager Trent Baalke got the defensive back he wanted in the first round in Jimmie Ward. He added veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson via trade before the start of the second round Friday and made four more trades that day, which yielded promising youngsters such as Carlos Hyde and Marcus Martin. It's likely that none of the 12 players drafted will start this season. However, Ward, Hyde and Martin have the potential to make a positive impact.

SS Jimmie Ward

RB Carlos Hyde

C Marcus Martin

LB Chris Borland

OL Brandon Thomas

WR Bruce Ellington

CB Dontae Johnson

DE Aaron Lynch

CB Keith Reaser

CB Kenneth Acker

DT Kaleb Ramsey

FB Trey Millard

3. Seahawks — They traded out of the first round and didn't make their first selection until the middle of the second round. That's one of the luxuries of being the defending Super Bowl champion and not having any glaring weaknesses. None of the nine players added to the Seahawks roster is a household name, yet you get the sense that the Seahawks will find a way to get most of them up to speed and playing pivotal roles before long.

WR Paul Richardson

OT Justin Britt

DE Cassius Marsh

WR Kevin Norwood

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis

DT Jimmy Staten

OT Garrett Scott

SS Eric Pinkins

FB Kiero Small

4. Cardinals — It's hard to get excited over what the Cardinals did the past three days when the best they could do was add a big-hitting safety with hit-and-miss tendencies and a tight end who converted from defense midway through his collegiate career. That's not the way to convince fans that you're ready to hang with the 49ers and Seahawks, let alone hold off the hard-charging Rams, on a consistent basis. If anything, the Cardinals moved closer to the bottom of the division than they did the top in this draft.

SS Deone Bucannon

TE Troy Niklas

DE Kareem Martin

WR John Brown

QB Logan Thomas

DE Ed Stinson

WR Walter Powell