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Friday, March 26, 2010
Around the NFC West: 49ers eager

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers have organized team activities scheduled for Monday, earlier than he can remember the 49ers assembling on the practice field. New assistant coaches Mike Solari and Kurt Schottenheimer want to take a firsthand look at the 49ers' existing talent before the draft. Barrows: "Teams are allowed to hold 14 OTA sessions as part of their offseason program. Most of them choose to have those sessions after the draft and most are conducted in May and June. Last year, two teams had April OTAs; none had any in March. OTA stands for organized team activity, and they are essentially abbreviated, non-contact practices."

Also from Barrows: The 49ers weren't all that happy with rookie Scott McKillop last season, one reason they're in the market for an inside linebacker. In fairness to McKillop, he was a fifth-round pick. The 49ers couldn't reasonably expect him to become a quality starter, particularly right away.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says USC's Charles Brown could be a good fit for the 49ers in the first round. Maiocco: "I don't believe the 49ers should wait until the second round to get a right tackle prospect. If they don't have their tackle by the 17th pick, they'd have to wait until the 49th overall spot. That means they'd take a tremendous gamble as 31 teams would make picks before the 49ers go back on the clock."

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com takes questions heading into the draft. Farnsworth: "Of the top-rated tackles, only Rutger’s Anthony Davis played primarily in a zone-blocking scheme. Charles Brown did some zone blocking at USC for new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Bryan Bulaga played at Iowa, a school that has a history of producing pro-ready blockers. But that’s the challenge facing new O-line coach Alex Gibbs and his role in determine who the Seahawks might select in the first round: Which of these blockers best fit his scheme, and are any worth the sixth pick overall? Don’t forget, Gibbs has built his successful career constructing lines that do not feature first-round draft choices."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times passes along word that the Seahawks could have interest in 36-year-old cornerback Ty Law.

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says Law wouldn't fit the profile of young players Seahawks coach Carroll has talked about building around.

John Morgan of Field Gulls conducts a seven-round Seahawks mock draft, sending running back C.J. Spiller to Seattle with the sixth overall choice.

Revenge of the Birds' Andrew602 sizes up Alabama's Terrence Cody as a potential Cardinals draft choice, concluding: "Cody could very well fall to the 26th pick, and if the Cardinals don't feel that linebacker is the primary need, they should select the enormous tackle out of Alabama. The more I read on Cody and the more I think about it, the more I wouldn't mind seeing him drafted in the first round. He could be best player available and if we've learned anything from the 'Williams Wall' in Minnesota, it's that a dominant defensive tackle opens up every other position on the defense."

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post says college prospect Ricky Sapp could work out for the Cardinals in April.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch would not make a move for Donovan McNabb if he were the Rams' general manager. Miklasz: "It doesn’t require a great deal of intelligence to figure out what the Philadelphia Eagles are up to here: the Iggles are trying to create, and enhance, a trade market for McNabb. And someone (presumably) inside the Philly camp used the Rams as a convenient advertising billboard by floating a baseless rumor." That's why all the McNabb rumors are coming from Philadelphia. It's fun to discuss whether a team should acquire him, but it's unclear if there's much of a market at all.