Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' recently drafted receiver, DeMarco Sampson, has joined Larry Fitzgerald and other NFL players for workouts at Arizona State University. Somers: "Sampson and Fitzgerald were among about 20 quarterbacks and receivers who threw and caught during a session Wednesday morning. Many other Cardinals players were there, including quarterbacks John Skelton and Rich Bartel, and receivers Steve Breaston, and Stephen Williams. Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, who lives in Chandler in the off-season, also threw, and Ravens tight end Todd Heap, a product of Arizona State, was among the receivers. Fitzgerald has tried to keep the workouts low-key."
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' decision to draft Ryan Williams in the second round two years after drafting Beanie Wells in the first makes Wells a bust.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reproduces quotes from Pete Carroll regarding Matt Hasselbeck. From April 26: "Well, we had good dialogue to get started, and we went up to the time frame that we had available so that's all we could do. Then it ended. We weren't able to get anything done at that time. So when the opportunities arise again where we can get going on it again we'll be right after it again and we'll see where it all fits. Some time has passed now. There could be some things that have changed. We'll just have to see when we start to re-open the conversations." Nothing has changed in terms of the roster. The team did not draft a quarterback.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com passes along draft grades for the Rams. On the verdict from Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki: "Says the Rams addressed all major needs with the exception of a backup running back and upgraded their speed off the edge with Robert Quinn. Likes the reliability of Lance Kendricks, Austin Pettis and Greg Salas and says the Rams did well for depth and special teams late in the draft. Went so far as to say Jermale Hines and Jonathan Nelson both have 'starter' potential." Guard and outside linebacker also remain potential needs for the Rams once free agency opens.
D'Marco Farr of 101ESPN St. Louis analyzes the Rams' decision to select tight end Lance Kendricks with the 47th overall choice. Farr: "It's kind of like breaking in a new pair of shoes. Sure, it may hurt for a little while, but eventually shoe leather gives way to the natural curvature of your foot and all is well. I'm sure once I actually get to see the team take the field and run plays on offense, I'll start to appreciate Lance Kendricks in a way I can't understand right now. New offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels wasn't considered the hottest young head coaching prospect in the NFL by being stagnant and antiquated in his offensive philosophy."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says he's generally skeptical about draft classes and has reason to feel that way again regarding the 49ers' class for 2011. Maiocco: "My biggest issue with the 49ers' draft was, to brazenly quote myself, was that it 'was loaded with players who probably aren't close to being game-ready, except to contribute on special teams. The 49ers invested a lot of picks in players who are being asked to make difficult position changes. In other instances, the 49ers seemed to favor height-weight-speed and potential over college production.' "
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee lists future free agents who visited 49ers headquarters before the draft. Might the 49ers target them when the signing period opens?
Taylor Price of 49ers.com offers highlights from general manager Trent Baalke's appearance on Sirius radio. Baalke's description of the 49ers' philosophy heading into the draft is exactly what we thought it would be heading into the draft. Baalke: "Either address the corner position or the pass rush position, whichever we felt we could get the most value from with the first pick, and then circle back and pickup the quarterback."
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider looks back at the 49ers' draft from 2009. Only one of the top five picks, Michael Crabtree, has made a significant contribution to the team.
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers wanted to draft Stanford's Owen Marecic.