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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Around the NFC West: Draft-related musings

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee explains under what circumstances the 49ers might consider drafting Mark Sanchez in the first round. Barrows: "Keeping in mind that this is purely speculation and my sense of the situation ... I think they'd seriously think about Sanchez if all the top offensive tackles are off the board by pick No. 10, if they don't think that Malcolm Jenkins is a top 10 cornerback, if they think that B.J. Raji's arms are too short, if they think Jeremy Maclin is injury prone and if they think they can land a good pass-rushing linebacker in the second round."

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts takes note as former Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver makes a shaky first impression in Philadelphia. The more Weaver speaks, the more delusional he sounds. We can probably do without the third-person references to "Weave" at this point.

Also from Sullivan: A mock draft in which he has the Rams selecting Jason Smith and the Seahawks selecting Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree. Michael Oher goes to the 49ers at No. 10. Knowshon Moreno slips to the Cardinals at No. 31. All four of those choices would fill long-term needs, although Seattle might be fine at receiver after adding T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind looks at Cincinnati's Connor Barwin as a potential early draft choice for the Cardinals. Hawkwind: "Barwin is the kind of high quality individual that the Cardinals covet and his ability to play football doesn't hurt either. His athletic ability can't be denied and if the Cardinals want some youth at outside linebacker and an improved pass rush, Barwin might just be the answer."