This may be the easiest position to fill. In his first three seasons, Russell Wilson has won 42 games in the regular season and playoffs and led the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. His regular season stats don't jump off the page, but he is clearly the best quarterback in a division that has been maligned at that position. Expect another big year from Wilson despite ongoing contract negotiations.
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Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is approaching 30 years old, a typical harbinger for a running back's decline, but it doesn't seem like he'll slow down any time soon. The division has some younger backs in Todd Gurley and Carlos Hyde, who could eventually make this team, but for now Lynch owns the spot.
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Fullback: Bruce Miller, San Francisco 49ers
Miller was arrested this offseason as a result of a domestic incident, but he may avoid a suspension and should once again be the best fullbacks in the NFC West. An excellent lead blocker for Frank Gore over the last four years, Miller can also catch passes out of the backfield from Kaepernick and should be another nice safety outlet for him this season.
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Wide Receiver: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Wide receiver is by far the weakest position in the NFC West. Fitzgerald is coming off a couple of down seasons, but he is still probably the most feared receiver in the division and can still put up huge numbers. With a new contract, a lot to prove, and a healthy Carson Palmer, look for vintage Fitzgerald this season.
Wide Receiver: Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Baldwin has continued to improve each year in the NFL. As the Seahawks’ No. 1 WR threat, and with Jimmy Graham now in tow, expect a monster year out of Baldwin. The Seahawks might have their first 1,000-yard wide receiver since 2007.
Wide Receiver: Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Despite Boldin’s age, he continues to be one of the most consistent wide receivers in the division. He has produced over 1,000 yards receiving his first two seasons in San Francisco and will likely continue that trend this year. With Colin Kaepernick's supposed improved mechanics and the new deep threat in Torrey Smith, Boldin has the opportunity for a standout season.
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Tight End: Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
Graham joins the NFC West as one of the best tight ends in all of football. He will have to prove himself in a division that is much more physical than the NFC South and will likely have to do some more blocking. Despite the potential challenges, his skills go above and beyond those of every other tight end in the division. The Seahawks will target him in the red zone consistently and he should be in line for another season with 10-plus touchdowns.
Tackle: Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers
Staley is one of the best tackles in all of football, not just the NFC West. And he's consistent, having played in 16 games each of the last four seasons. Excelling both in run blocking and pass protection, Staley is once again one of the most important players to the 49ers' success.
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Guard: Alex Boone, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are known for their power running game, and Alex Boone's a big reason. Boone had a down year in 2014 after holding out during most of the offseason. This season, Boone has already been to minicamp and plans to attend training camp. The 49ers will rely on Boone heavily once again this season to establish the run, and he will be an integral part of their offense.
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Center: A.Q. Shipley, Arizona Cardinals
With Max Unger now out of the division as part of the Jimmy Graham trade, the debate for best center is really up in the air in the NFC West. Shipley comes over from the Indianapolis Colts after a down year that saw his playing time dwindle, but he's poised for a bounceback year playing with a veteran group on the offensive line in Arizona.
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Guard: Mike Iupati, Arizona Cardinals
Iupati is one of the best run-blocking guards in all of football. His pass blocking was down last year with the 49ers, but expect that to improve this season in front of Carson Palmer. The Cardinals will use Iupati to improve on their dreadful run game from a year ago, and Iupati could end up being a key player if the Cardinals hope to make a Super Bowl run.
Tackle: Jared Veldheer, Arizona Cardinals
Veldheer is the definition of a solid offensive tackle. You don’t hear his name much, but all he does is produce on the field. He usually goes up against some of the best pass rushers in the game and is constantly keeping them away from the quarterback. The Cardinals made a great move signing him in 2014; look for 2015 to be another solid year for the tackle.