NFC West: Evander Hood

Posted by's Mike Sando

The chart compares mock drafts from four veteran NFC West beat reporters. The four -- Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic and Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times -- combined to project 39 players for first-round status.

Unanimous first-round choices (24): Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, Tyson Jackson, Aaron Curry, B.J. Raji, Brian Orakpo, Mark Sanchez, Michael Crabtree, Andre Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Oher, Chris Wells, Robert Ayers, Knowshon Moreno, Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Brandon Pettigrew, Rey Maualuga, Josh Freeman, Peria Jerry, Ziggy Hood, Eben Britton.

Three first-round selections (8): Larry English, Aaron Maybin, Darius Butler, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Britt, Vontae Davis, Hakeem Nicks, Donald Brown.

Two first-round selections: (1): Phil Loadholt.

One first-round selection (6): LeSean McCoy, Percy Harvin, Alphonso Smith, Everette Brown, Eric Wood, Fili Moala.

Unanimous top-five picks (3): Stafford, Smith and Curry.

Unanimous top-10 picks (6): Stafford, Smtih, Curry, Monroe, Raji and Crabtree.

Unanimous top-15 picks (12): Stafford, Smith, Curry, Monroe, Raji, Crabtree, Jackson, Sanchez, Smith, Maclin, Oher, Orakpo.

Largest disparity, earliest vote to lowest vote: Ayers, 18 spots; Jenkins and Matthews, 16 spots, Butler (14), English (10), Pettigrew (10), Hood (10) and Britton (10).

Pick Team Jim Thomas, Rams Beat Matt Maiocco, 49ers Beat Kent Somers, Cards Beat Danny O'Neil, Hawks Beat
DET Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford
STL Jason Smith
Eugene Monroe Eugene Monroe Jason Smith
KC Eugene Monroe
Jason Smith Jason Smith Tyson Jackson
SEA Aaron Curry Aaron Curry Aaron Curry Aaron Curry
CLE Mark Sanchez
B.J. Raji
Michael Crabtree
Brian Orakpo
CIN Andre Smith
Andre Smith Andre Smith B.J. Raji
OAK Jeremy Maclin
Michael Crabtree Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin
JAC B.J. Raji Mark Sanchez B.J. Raji Mark Sanchez
GB Michael Crabtree Michael Oher
Tyson Jackson Eugene Monroe
SF Michael Oher Tyson Jackson Michael Oher Michael Crabtree
BUF Brian Orakpo Brian Orakpo Brian Orakpo Andre Smith
DEN Tyson Jackson Chris Wells
Robert Ayers
Michael Oher
WAS Larry English
Jeremy Maclin
Mark Sanchez Chris Wells
NO Malcolm Jenkins
Malcolm Jenkins
Chris Wells
Knowshon Moreno
HOU Brian Cushing
Brian Cushing
Clay Matthews
Aaron Maybin
SD Chris Wells
Rey Maualuga
Rey Maualuga Brandon Pettigrew
NYJ Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman Josh Freeman Brian Cushing
DEN Clay Matthews
Aaron Maybin
Darius Butler
Malcolm Jenkins
TB Peria Jerry
Peria Jerry Peria Jerry Josh Freeman
DET Ziggy Hood
Brandon Pettigrew
Ziggy Hood
Rey Maualuga
PHI Knowshon Moreno Knowshon Moreno Knowshon Moreno
LeSean McCoy
MIN Eben Britton
Percy Harvin
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Eben Britton
NE Robert Ayers
Larry English
Larry English
Robert Ayers
ATL Aaron Maybin
Vontae Davis
Brian Cushing
Vontae Davis
MIA Rey Maualuga
Darius Butler
Vontae Davis Clay Matthews
BAL Brandon Pettigrew
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Brandon Pettigrew
Alphonso Smith
IND Darrius Heyward-Bey
Ziggy Hood
Kenny Britt
Peria Jerry
BUF Phil Loadholt
Phil Loadholt Eben Britton
Everette Brown
NYG Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks
Kenny Britt
TEN Kenny Britt
Robert Ayers
Malcolm Jenkins
Ziggy Hood
ARI Donald Brown Clay Matthews
Donald Brown Donald Brown
PIT Fili Moala
Eben Britton Eric Wood
Darius Butler

Around the NFC West: Niners scouts dig in

February, 14, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando

Niners area scout Ethan Waugh says the scouting staff has been studying underclassmen in preparation for the draft. Waugh: "There are several underclassmen from my area who declared early. Chris 'Beanie' Wells has been the starting running back at Ohio State the last two years. He is a talented guy who is big, strong and fast. He's been very productive while playing at the highest level of competition. Ohio State also has a receiver, Brian Hartline, who has been a consistent big-play receiver. They are primarily a run-oriented offense, so he does not have the kind of numbers that some receivers do, but is a weapon nonetheless. Donald Washington, also a Buckeye, is a good sized corner that has played both inside and out and shows good speed -- he will be interesting to watch at the Combine."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former Rams defensive line coach Brian Baker has taken the same job with the Panthers.  Former Rams secondary coach Ron Milus is also with the Panthers. Former Panthers linebackers coach Ken Flajole is the Rams' defensive coordinator. Also, 12 of  Scott Linehan's 19 former assistants have found work, Thomas notes.

Also from Thomas: The Rams had nice things to say about Corey Chavous upon releasing the veteran safety. General manager Billy Devaney: "When it became clear to us that we were going to move in a different direction, we thought out of respect for Corey, and to give him the best chance to explore all his options, that this was the best time to make this move. Corey Chavous epitomizes everything that's good about the NFL. He's classy, smart, hard-working. He gave it his all. The team always came first."

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Linehan brought Chavous to St. Louis after getting to know him in Minnesota.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind says re-signing Karlos Dansby should be the Cardinals' top priority this offseason. He advocates naming Dansby the team's franchise player again. Hawkwind: "If the Cardinals tag Dansby (deadline to tag is the 19th), they are the only team that can negotiate with him and they have until the middle of July to agree to a contract. If they chose not to franchise him by next Thursday, though, he'll put the pressure squarely on the shoulder of Rod Graves." Dansby would be able to negotiate with other teams as a non-exclusive franchise player, but the tag would probably dissuade other teams from negotiating.

Scott Allen of Raising Zona qoutes KTAR radio in Phoenix as saying the Cardinals are expected to name linebackers coach Bill Davis their defensive coordinator. Coach Ken Whisenhunt told the Arizona Republic he planned to have his staff filled out before the combine next week. The Republic also suggested Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler could be a consideration.

Doug Farrar of Field Gulls summarizes a interview with Missouri defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood. According to Hood, Seahawks brass and coaches grilled him to test his knowledge of the defense, including his teammates' responsibilities. The Seahawks' new defensive staff has put an emphasis on players knowing their teammates' assignments.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts breaks down the team's needs on offense. He gives T.J. Duckett higher marks than Julius Jones.