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There was some consternation during the 2010 NFL draft when the San Francisco 49ers traded up from 13th to 11th for a shot at Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis.
Was such a small move up the board really worth the fourth-round choice San Francisco had to sacrifice as a result?
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News says Davis has earned acclaim for his play to this point in the 2012 season. Frank Gore: "Watching from his rookie year, he's a totally different player now. These first three games, he's been balling. He came a long way." Noted: Davis remains only 22 years old. He is probably benefiting from steadier play at the right-guard spot next to him. The team did have other viable options at that juncture of the draft. Ryan Mathews, Brandon Graham, Earl Thomas and Jason Pierre-Paul were the players selected right after the 49ers took Davis. Thomas and Pierre-Paul have gone to the Pro Bowl already.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com expects Isaac Sopoaga to miss the 49ers' game against the Jets. That means Ricky Jean-Francois will likely start.
Also from Maiocco: a look at the list of players from the 49ers and other teams eligible for Hall of Fame enshrinement this year.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers' decision to stay in Ohio this week has made it easier to focus on work. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman: "I think it's positive because there are no distractions. It gives you the chance to hole up in a hotel room and, rather than play cards, we're studying film. It gives you chance to be real isolated and to put our collective minds together to come up with the best plan."
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with former Rams coach Mike Martz, who is set to call the team's game against Seattle from the Edward Jones Dome. Caesar: "Although he’s away from the day-to-day coaching grind, broadcasting still ties him to the game. But he is far from the national broadcasting spotlight, as he’s working primarily on telecasts that are seen by small audiences. On Sunday he and play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts, along with reporter Kristina Pink, do a broadcast going to just seven percent of the country -- the least for any of the six NFL games Fox shows that day. Portland, Ore., which is in Seahawks country, and Oklahoma City, where interest remains high in Rams and former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, are the only major markets outside St. Louis and Seattle scheduled to get the game."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the team is gearing up for Seattle's formidable defense. Coach Jeff Fisher had this to say, jokingly, after watching Seattle collect eight first-half sacks against Aaron Rodgers: "I thought about starting Kellen Clemens, honestly. And you can go tell him that, too."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times wonders why the Seahawks invested so heavily in Sidney Rice and Zach Miller. O'Neil: "The two are making a combined $13 million this season, and neither was among the five players who caught a pass for Seattle in the first half. That discrepancy between performance and paycheck points to the fact that they're overpaid, underperforming or criminally underused. Rice didn't catch a pass until Seattle's final play, and Miller caught two passes for 12 yards."
Also from O'Neil: Seattle's offense in general isn't doing much, and Pete Carroll says he's the reason why.
Brock Huard of 710ESPN Seattle breaks down the Seahawks play that broke down when Golden Tate ran the wrong route, then broke up a pass for Rice.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says running back William Powell is eager to get reps now that Beanie Wells is out until Nov. 25. Urban: "Despite a notable preseason that saw Powell lead the league in rushing yards, he was fourth on the depth chart and the odd man out on game days. But Powell has impressed coach Ken Whisenhunt enough for the coach to keep him as his fourth back -- in case a situation like this week’s arose. Thus far, he’s spent the regular season running opponents’ offenses waiting for the opportunity to play in his first regular season game."