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The Preseason All-NFC West Team


(photo credit: Cameron DeSilva/USA Today)



By: David Connors @DConBlitz


Introduction

The NFC West is set to be a closely contested division in 2021. Vegas odds have the 49ers and Seahawks in the top 10 of odds to win the Super Bowl in 2021 with +1400 and +2000 respectively. The Cardinals also sit in the top half of the field, and even though the Rams are not, you can never count out Sean McVay and the Los Angeles offense. So who are the titans of the NFC West? I have polled writers from Blitzalytics, Downtown Sports, Sports Illustrated, 24/7 Sports, and The Locked On Network to give you the 2021 Preseason All-NFC West Team.


1st Team


Offense

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, LA Rams

Running Back: Cam Akers, LA Rams

Wide Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins, AZ Cardinals

Wide Receiver: DK Metcalf, SEA Seahawks

Tight End: George Kittle, SF 49ers

Offensive Tackle: Trent Williams, SF 49ers

Offensive Tackle: Duane Brown, SEA Seahawks

Interior Offensive Lineman: Rodney Hudson, AZ Cardinals

Interior Offensive Lineman: Gabe Jackson, Sea Seahawks

Interior Offensive Lineman: Damien Lewis, Sea Seahawks


Defense

Edge Rusher: Nick Bosa, SF 49ers

Edge Rusher: Chandler Jones, AZ Cardinals

Interior Defensive Lineman: Aaron Donald, LA Rams

Interior Defensive Lineman: Javon Kinlaw, SF 49ers

Off Ball Linebacker: Fred Warner, SF 49ers

Off Ball Linebacker: Bobby Wagner, SEA Seahawks

Cornerback: Jalen Ramsey, LA Rams

Cornerback: Jason Verrett, SF, 49ers

Safety: Buddha Baker, AZ Cardinals

Safety: Jamal Adams, SEA Seahawks

Big Nickle/Nickleback: Byron Murphy, AZ Cardinals


Special Teams

Kicker: Jason Myers, SEA Seahawks

Punter: Michael Dickson, SEA Seahawks

Returner: Tutu Atwell, LA Rams


Player Count

Arizona Cardinals: 5

Los Angeles Rams: 5

San Francisco 49ers: 6

Seattle Seahawks: 8


2nd Team


Offense

Quarterback: Russell Wilson, SEA Seahawks

Running back: Chris Carson, SEA Seahawks

Wide Receiver: Tyler Lockett, SEA Seahawks

Wide Receiver: Cooper Kupp, LA Rams

Tight End: Tyler Higbee, LA Rams

Offensive Tackle: D.J. Humphries, AZ Cardinals

Offensive Tackle: Mike McGlinchey, SF 49ers

Interior Offensive Lineman: Justin Pugh, AZ Cardinals

Interior Offensive Lineman: Alex Mack, SF 49ers

Interior Offensive Lineman: Austin Corbett, LA Rams


Defense

Edge Rusher: JJ Watt, AZ Cardinals

Edge Risher: Arik Armstead, SF 49ers

Interior Defensive Lineman: Poona Ford, SEA, Seahawks

Interior Defensive Lineman: Sebastian Joseph-Day, LA Rams

Off Ball Linebacker: Isaiah Simmons, AZ Cardinals

Off Ball Linebacker: Zaven Collin [R], AZ Cardinals

Safety: Quandre Diggs, SEA Seahawks

Safety: Jaquiski Tartt, SF 49ers

Cornerbacks: Tre Flowers, SEA Seahawks

Cornerbacks: Ahkello Witherspoon, SEA Seahawks

Big Nickel / Nickelback: K’Waun Williams, SF 49ers


Special Teams

Kicker: Matt Prater, AZ Cardinals

Punter, Johnny Hekker, LA Rams

Returner: Rondale Moore, AZ Cardinals


Player Count

Arizona Cardinals: 7 (12 total)

Los Angeles Rams: 4 (9 total)

San Francisco 49ers: 5 (11 total)

Seattle Seahawks: 7 (15 total)


Takeaways


Right off the top, the biggest surprise for me was that Matthew Stafford got voted to the 1st team, and it was not really that close. Russell Wilson was the clear 2nd highest vote-getter with Kyler Murray receiving some as well. It cannot go unnoticed that two of the 1st team IOLs were members of the Raiders roster in 2020. DeAndre Hopkins was the top WR, however, the 2nd WR on the 1st team came down to a close race between teammates DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. The only rookie to make the All-NFC West team was Cardinals Linebacker Zaven Collins sneaking into the All-NFC West 2nd team in front of veterans like Dre Greenlaw and Jordan Hicks.


The players who were voted to the All-NFC West 1st team unanimously were DeAndre Hopkins, George Kittle, Trent Williams, Aaron Donald, Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Bobby Wagner, Jamal Adams, and Jalen Ramsey. The Seahawks tip the scales with most players altogether. For a team that has been criticized for having a bad Offensive Line, they claim three of the five 1st team Offensive Line spots. If the phrase “defense wins championship” is true, then the 49ers are in great shape with 7 players to make the All-NFC West team and 4 on the All-NFC West 1st team. The Rams had the fewest, nevertheless, they get the boast of having the 1st team QB as well as two of the best defensive players in the NFL. The All-NFC West teams as voted on by writers, fans, and experts is official. Be sure to check in next week as we reveal the All-AFC West.


Credit

Thank you to all who took the time to vote on the 2021 preseason All-NFC West team, as well as everyone who took the time to check out this article.


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