Around the NFC West: Sanchez and the 49ers
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat explains why he thinks the 49ers might not select Mark Sanchez, if available, with the 10th overall choice. Maiocco: "The reason there is a question whether the 49ers would take Sanchez is because there is doubt whether he could be of any help this season. I think the 49ers would take a step backward if they were to draft a rookie QB in the first round. I'm not sure how much the decison-makers are thinking about this, but what if there's a work stoppage in 2011? That's about the first season that you could expect a QB selected this season to contribute. My best guess is that Shaun Hill will begin the season as the starter. He's done enough to win the job. As for a report that Smith didn't look good in minicamp, that -- in my opinion -- was a little off the mark. The guy was throwing his first live passes since early September. I thought the minicamp was a great success for Smith to get back on the field and start the process of knocking off the rust."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic illustrates why a proposed trade involving Anquan Boldin and two Ravens players wouldn't make sense from a salary-cap standpoint. As much as the Ravens might want to part with Willis McGahee, they would absorb a massive cap charge for trading him.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune polls draft analyst Rob Rang on running backs the Seahawks could consider drafting in each round. Candidates: Chris Wells, Donald Brown, Shonn Greene, Javon Ringer, James Davis, Arian Foster and Devin Moore. Rang on Wells: "The anti-Ruskell pick. Similar ability and inconsistency as Kansas City star Larry Johnson." On Wells: "Comparable build and versatility to Tiki Barber. Led nation with 2,083 rushing yards in 2008."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are considering four players with the No. 2 overall choice: Aaron Curry, Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe and Mark Sanchez. Drafting a quarterback with the second pick would surprise me quite a bit.
Also from Thomas: a look at the Rams' primary needs on defense.