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Monday, November 9, 2009
Turning an eye toward the 2010 NFL draft

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

NFC West teams have played enough games to provide a feel for which positions they need to address during the offseason, including in the draft.

I'll be speaking with college scout Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. this week for the first of several periodic updates attempting to match NFC West team needs with available talent. Teams are not always able to target needs in the draft -- the 49ers wound up drafting receiver Michael Crabtree instead of an offensive tackle -- but it's always best when value aligns with need.

Let me know which positions and players you would like to address. I have some ideas of my own, but quite a few of you follow the college players more closely than I do at this point in the season. These conversations with Muench are designed to better prepare me -- and hopefully you -- for the conversations that will gain momentum in the spring.