NFC West: best case

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Draft analyst Rob Rang is back with his best-case scenario for the Cardinals with the 31st overall choice of the 2009 NFL draft.

Rob Rang: I think there is going to be a running back there. Because there were some pretty disappointing times from the top two running backs, Knowshon Moreno from Georgia and 'Beanie' Wells from Ohio State. If Moreno were to slip all the way down there, that is truly the best-case scenario because they would get a superstar at that point in the draft.

I think if Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy is there, it would give them a speedier option to go along with Tim Hightower as a power back. That makes some sense.

If they wanted to go for a pass rusher and they would like to get a little younger on the outside, that is one of the strengths of this year's draft. You might be able to get one of those kinds of guys that was starting to slip down that way. Maybe a Brian Cushing is probably going to be gone, but Clay Matthews Jr. is a guy that could be available. Clint Sintim from Virginia could be available. Larry English from Northern Illinois.

There are a lot of those quote-unquote tweeners that go well as 3-4 rush linebackers that should be available at that point.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Draft analyst Rob Rang is back with his best-case scenario for the 49ers with the 10th overall choice in the 2009 NFL draft.

Rob Rang: They would like to get a pass rusher. Brian Orakpo is going to be a possibility there. Everette Brown could be a possibility. A player that certainly is interesting for them would be [receiver] Jeremy Maclin. Michael Crabtree if he fell all the way down, because they certainly need some help at wide receiver.

The reality is, until Sunday, I had Everette Brown being the elite pass-rusher of the bunch. He came in at 6-foot-1 7/8 and that is just too short. I think he's going to drop down a little bit and then Aaron Maybin is still a young guy that needs to bulk up a little bit. He came in at 6-4, 250 pounds. He played last year at 230 pounds. So the 20 pounds he has gained in two months, a lot of that is water weight. I'm curious exactly how he is going to work out. A speed pass-rusher on the outside certainly would complement them.

I think [quarterback] Matt Stafford is going to be long gone. If Mark Sanchez works out very well, he makes some sense as well.

Next: Cardinals at No. 31.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Draft analyst Rob Rang is back with his best-case scenario for the Seahawks with the fourth overall choice in the 2009 draft.

Rob Rang: The best-case scenario for the Seahawks would be that Michael Crabtree works out and works out well, answers any questions they might have about that. That would be filling an immediate need for them. The same kind of scenario at offensive tackle. If Jason Smith is available, he makes a great deal of sense. Eugene Monroe as well.

And then Malcolm Jenkins, the cornerback from Ohio State. If he proves he has cornerback speed, running in the 4.4s instead of the 4.5s, he would be available at that spot as well.

With the Seahawks, there are some significant needs on both sides of the ball. They need to add playmakers. Considering the value of the position and just the fact that Crabtree is so dynamic and it's such an area of need for the Seahawks, I would think Crabtree would be the pick at that spot.

Next up: 49ers at No. 10.

Best-case scenario: Rams with No. 2 pick

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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Draft analyst Rob Rang has agreed to provide periodic draft perspectives concerning NFC West teams. I've been consulting with Rob regularly since the early part of this decade, for good reason. He does his homework.

I asked Rob to provide best-case draft scenarios for each team in the division. We'll start with the Rams because they hold the highest overall choice in the division, second overall.

Rob Rang: The best-case scenario is that Michael Crabtree works out exceptionally well and that Matt Stafford comes off as being very much the leader that everybody wants out of a quarterback, allowing the Rams to possibly trade down.

As far as talent available, I think the best-case scenario for the Rams considering their potential needs at offensive tackle would be for Jason Smith from Baylor and Eugene Monroe from Virginia to be available and they can take their pick between the two.

Next up: Seahawks.

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