NFC West: Dexter Jackson
The exceptions: Lawrence Jackson, selected 28th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, and Kentwan Balmer, chosen one pick later by the San Francisco 49ers.
And with Glen Coffee retiring from the 49ers, San Francisco joined the New England Patriots as the only NFL teams to have parted with more than one player drafted among the first three rounds over the past two seasons.
That makes it easier to waive the usual disclaimers about waiting three or four years before assessing draft classes. We already know the 49ers and Seahawks will never realize a return on their 2008 first-round investments.
The first chart lists the nine draft choices from 2008 or 2009 who are no longer with their original teams (Brad Cottam, a third-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs, landed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after clearing waivers).
The second chart shows how many 2008 and 2009 draft choices selected in the first three rounds are no longer with their original teams.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has not cut back on two-a-day practices despite an apparent league-wide trend in that direction. We'll see if the heat and humidity at Rams Park leads to any concessions. Spagnuolo wants to toughen up the Rams without wearing them out.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the Rams will open 32 practices at training camp. Wagoner: "Two a days for the entire team will begin on Aug. 1 with the first practice from 8:15-10:30 a.m. and the second from 2:45-4:25. For most of the rest of camp, the team will follow that format for the majority practices."
David Fucillo of Niners Nation considers the best quarterbacks in 49ers history. Joe Montana and Steve Young weren't the only ones. John Brodie and Y.A. Tittle weren't bad, either.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Michael Crabtree could receive roughly $15 million in guaranteed money as part of his rookie contract.
Scott Kegley of 49ers.com passes along a few jersey number updates. Reggie Smith gets No. 30, Terrail Lambert gets No. 41 and Dre Bly gets No. 31.
John Morgan of Field Gulls revisits Jordan Babineaux's 2008 season for the Seahawks. Morgan: "Babineaux has carved out a nice little career for himself despite few tangible skills. He's fiery, versatile, a playmaker and I once referred to him as a 'gamer.' As a dime defender, Babineaux finally punched his weight as a cornerback, but Seattle doesn't need to spend $1 million annually to shut down Dexter Jackson, Dane Looker, James Thrash and Brad Smith."
Also from Morgan: A look at the injury situation at defensive tackle for Seattle. Red Bryant and Cory Redding are coming off injuries.
More from Morgan: Which Seahawks player will create the most buzz during preseason? The next Justin Forsett, in other words.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times cedes the floor to Doug Farrar for analysis on the injuries the Seahawks suffered last season. The key issue is to what degree some of those injuries might linger or recur.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks the Seahawks should find ways to use Seneca Wallace even if Matt Hasselbeck is healthy. That seems very likely given the apparently flexibility of the new staff.
Brian Baldinger of NFL Network checks in with the Seahawks' receivers for a video spot on the "art" of playing the position.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks have expanded their partnership with the Washington State Lottery by developing a scratch game. Williams: "The Seahawks already had a business partnership with the state lottery in place, allowing the state agency to advertise at venues like Qwest Field, so the deal is seen as the next step in the partnership between the two sides, said league spokesperson Brian McCarthy."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Levi Jones' agent as saying the former Bengals tackle wants more money from Arizona than the Cardinals have offered. Somers: "The Cardinals are one of about a dozen teams to express interest in Jones, [agent Kenny] Zuckerman said. But Jones likely won't sign with a club until after the start of camp. If tackles are lost to injury, Zuckerman is convinced Jones' value will increase."
Also from Somers: Arizona has not signed its top two draft choices, and it's not a big deal.Azcardinals.com has the Cardinals' media guide online and available for download.
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The Seahawks have not drafted a safety since Tim Ruskell arrived as general manager before the 2005 season. Ruskell's teams have drafted only one safety -- Etric Pruitt, by the Falcons with the 186th pick in 2004 -- over the last six drafts.
Why the apparent aversion to the position on draft day? The Seahawks already had two second-round choices, Ken Hamlin and Michael Boulware, at the position when ownership hired Ruskell. And when Ruskell decided to replace them, he used free agency, signing current starters Deon Grant and Brian Russell.
Seattle could seemingly use a prospect to challenge Russell for playing time at the position. Where might the Seahawks look for one?
Since 1992, when Ruskell became college scouting director for Tampa Bay, his teams have generally valued safeties after the second round and often from less prominent conferences. Four of the seven safeties Ruskell's teams have drafted in the first four rounds since 1992 were from teams currently affiliated with the MAC, SWAC and Mountain West.
The chart shows every safety Ruskell's teams have drafted since 1992, sorted by how early his teams drafted each player.