Monday, July 29, 2013
Around the NFC West: First-round review
By Mike Sando
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two of the five players NFC West teams acquired with 2013 first-round draft picks have yet to practice during training camps.
That will soon change for Jonathan Cooper, the newly signed guard drafted seventh overall by the Arizona Cardinals. He's expected to make his camp debut Monday. Cooper will start on the left side. Cooper and center Lyle Sendlein could be the only linemen assured starting jobs this season.
While Cooper's immediate future is well defined, the situation is pending for Percy Harvin, the veteran receiver Seattle acquired from Minnesota for a package of picks that included the 25th overall choice this year. Harvin is scheduled to visit a specialist in New York for a second opinion on his sore hip. The team doesn't know whether Harvin will undergo surgery. Coach Pete Carroll recently noted that strong safety Kam Chancellor played through a similar injury in 2012. Was Carroll suggesting Harvin do the same?
Eric Reid, the safety San Francisco selected in the first round, stood out in a positive way Sunday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio recently drove home the point that Reid would have to win the job, just as 2011 seventh overall choice Aldon Smith had to do.
The St. Louis Rams love what they're seeing from first-rounder Tavon Austin, including as a return specialist. The Rams' other first-rounder, Alec Ogletree, is getting pointers from the retired Keith Bulluck, another linebacker with experience under coach Jeff Fisher.
Harvin is the wild card in this group. He has a chance to make a greater immediate impact than any NFC West first-rounder, but he has to get on the field first. The Seahawks have no practice Monday. Harvin is scheduled to meet with the specialist on Tuesday. Answers should be forthcoming after that.