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Sunday, April 26, 2009
NFC West needs that appear unaddressed

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Arizona: The Cardinals did not draft a tight end. They waited until the 167th choice to draft an offensive lineman. Finding value at tight end appeared difficult given the need to find a running back early. Tight end wouldn't have been a value choice at No. 31 under the circumstances. Arizona appears relatively unconcerned about addressing the offensive line. Continuity was a strength for the line last season.

Seattle: The Seahawks did not draft a running back or add a pass rusher. They did not draft an offensive tackle. They did not find value in a safety early. Seattle didn't see the need for a tackle or running back, counter to some outside analyses. Teams didn't value most of the pass rushers high enough to take one early. The Seahawks could use a taller cornerback. Ken Lucas is an option. They might have a need at linebacker if Leroy Hill departs. Derrick Brooks could be an option given his ties to Seattle executives and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

St. Louis: The Rams didn't draft a receiver until taking Brooks Foster from North Carolina with the 160th choice. The team did address needs at tackle and linebacker early. The Rams had too many needs to address all at once. In a perfect world, they might have added a receiver and defensive tackle earlier. But the needs they addressed early were also real.

San Francisco: The 49ers did not address either of their two perceived primary needs heading into the draft (offensive tackle, pass rusher). Coach Mike Singletary did not apologize for that. He pointed to receiver Michael Crabtree and said the 49ers went for quality.

Singletary to reporters: "I'm not going to talk about what we don't get. It's obvious that most [teams] that drafted aren't going to get what they want and we're certainly on that list, but I think that [GM] Scot McCloughan and our personnel department did an outstanding job along with the scouts of producing the draft that we had. ... We wanted to add quality and that's what we did."