Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun quotes a Ravens team source as saying Baltimore probably will not trade for Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals want first- and third-round choices in return. The Ravens would be willing to part with only a first- or second-round choice, plus a player. Baltimore also hopes to re-sign Terrell Suggs. Acquiring Boldin would mean signing the receiver to a long-term deal. The team could have a hard time working out long-term deals for Suggs and Boldin at virtually the same time. This is all part of the process. Some of these deals do not get done until draft day.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic gives the Cardinals high marks for their 2004 draft class featuring Larry Fitzgerald. He also looks at the Cardinals' classes in 2005 and 2006. It sometimes takes years to properly evaluate a draft class. Somers: "A look back at the Cardinals' drafts from 2004-06, however, proves that the instant analysis isn't always wrong. Those classes received As and Bs from most critics and, in the case of the 2004 draft, produced a solid core of players that helped the team advance to its first Super Bowl."
Also from the Republic: a Cardinals draft database.
VanRam of Turf Show Times thinks the Jaguars need to add more talent at receiver to complement the newly signed Torry Holt. VanRam: "I don't know what Jacksonville plans to do in the draft, but the Jags will need another threat at WR to pair with Holt. Torry will be susceptible to double coverage as the only man down the field, and at 33, he doesn't have the legs to break out of that like he used to."
Taiko of Turf Show Times compares the Rams' current rebuilding attempts to the team's efforts in 1999. Big difference.
Taylor Price of 49ers.com reports from the 49ers' workout featuring local college talent. Price: "With each area scout designated a portion of the country to evaluate players, the 49ers Local Pro Day allowed the entire staff to view the local talent in person."
Sam Whiting of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with former 49ers kicker Ray Wersching, who continues to struggle after a business partner allegedly misappropriated millions.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes analyst Brian Baldinger as saying the 49ers need a playmaker on defense more than they need a quarterback or right tackle.
Florida Danny of Niners Nation compares the 49ers and Patriots in the draft. Remove Tom Brady from the equation and then what?
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times doesn't expect the Seahawks to draft a quarterback in the first round. O'Neil: "My read on the situation is that Seattle would not pick a quarterback at this point. That is based on where Matt Hasselbeck is at in his career -- Tim Ruskell says he still considers him in his prime -- and the fact that choosing [Mark] Sanchez would start the clock ticking on him."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune asks whether the Seahawks could pass up Michael Crabtree if the receiver were available. I doubt it, particularly if Aaron Curry is off the board by the time Seattle picks.
John Morgan of Field Gulls sizes up the Seahawks' situation at guard and college prospects who could find their way to Seattle through the draft. Morgan: "If I were to interpret what Seattle is doing, an outsider's perspective mind you, I would guess Seattle is creating a non-traditional zone blocking scheme. Instead of using light/fast technicians, Seattle is using powerful/quick maulers. And instead of using zone principles to mask shortcomings of strength and accentuate agility and decision making, Seattle is using zone principles to mask shortcomings of technique and blitz awareness and accentuate power and physical dominance." We'll have a better feel once the team starts adding new linemen. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp hasn't been with Seattle long enough to change up the personnel.
Also from Morgan: a look at the Seahawks' situation at tackle and college prospects who could make sense for the team in the draft. He thinks Eugene Monroe would fit the Seahawks.