NFC West: Ryan Kalil

Around the NFC West: Combine kickoff

February, 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL combine media work room is beginning to buzz with about an hour remaining before NFL coaches, executives and college players begin filtering through Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bill Williamson, Kevin Seifert, Paul Kuharsky and I will be providing regular updates once things get going.

In the meantime, let's take a look around the division.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at Frank Gore's future in terms of the career expectancy of running backs. Branch: "With his 29th birthday looming in May, the 49ers running back ranks fifth among active players in career rushing attempts and his medical dossier includes two torn ACLs (University of Miami), a fractured hip (2010) and nagging knee and ankle injuries that limited his effectiveness and workload during the latter stages of 2011. Given the wear-and-tear factor with Gore, it’s possible the Niners could draft a running back for the third straight year. Anthony Dixon (sixth round, 2010) isn’t guaranteed a roster spot next season and Kendall Hunter (fourth round, 2011) looks like a keeper, but not a bell cow of the future at 5-foot-7 and 199 pounds."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sizes up the Rams' needs heading into the combine. Chief operating officer Kevin Demoff on Jeff Fisher's draft preferences: "He's going to want someone who's physical, who's tough, that plays fast, obviously. Bigger running backs have been his style; bigger offensive linemen. But I think one of the things, and we talked about this at Jeff's (introductory) press conference, he's been able to adapt and win with a lot of different types of players." Noted: The Rams began to favor bigger offensive linemen during their one season under coordinator Josh McDaniels, but the transformation was only beginning.

Clare Farnsworth of previews the combine from Seattle's perspective. General manager John Schneider: "The first draft (2010), we were proud of. But we had the two high picks. But Pete (Carroll) and I also were together for the first time. We had a new coaching staff. We had an old scouting system, and I came in with a new system. So we kind of plugged everything together and just kind of pounded through it. Last year, obviously it was a fluid process because it was our first time through as one group – with one grading scale and more of a clear focus on everybody speaking the same language. We were proud of that group last year because we really focused on the toughness of the group."

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at some of the Seahawks' needs, including for a pass-rusher. Williams: "The Seahawks finished with just 33 sacks in 2011, tied for 19th in the league."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic outlines his projected Cardinals coverage from the combine. Somers: "Those watching on television will know about the workouts than the reporters inside the building. With the exception of a limited Sunday session, we are not allowed to watch the actual workouts. That's not such a bad deal, because the days are full of interviews with players, coaches and GMs. It would be tough to do both, and given the choice, I'll take the interviews. We get the results of the combine drills later, anyway."

Also from Somers: a few combine notes and observations. Somers: "Offensive linemen are scheduled to meet with reporters tomorrow. I'm especially interested in talking to some guys in this group. The Cardinals will have some openings in the starting unit and are expected to draft their first o-linemen since 2009. They haven't drafted one higher than the fifth round since Levi Brown in 2007. There are some intriguing tackles: USC's Ryan Kalil, Iowa's Riley Reiff, Stanford's Jonathan Martin and Ohio State's Mike Adams."
The NFL has not yet distributed its official list of unrestricted free agents for 2011. has put together the following unofficial list, to be updated, if necessary, once the league produces its list.

Our list shows only those players with four accrued seasons whose contracts expired following the 2010 season. It does not show street free agents (those released following the season).

As PatriotsBeatDown921 noted, the chart does not show all unsigned franchise players. There are eight: Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens, Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers, Paul Soliai of the Miami Dolphins, Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings, David Harris of the New York Jets, Kamerion Wimbley of the Oakland Raiders, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and LaMarr Woodley of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Teams can begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents from their own and other teams at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. Teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents at 6 p.m. ET Friday.

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This is the final item in a series revisiting relatively recent NFL trades involving first-round draft choices in the slots NFC West teams occupy this year.

Beating the St. Louis Rams in Week 17 and the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round cost Seattle 17 spots of draft order. The difference between the eighth and 25th picks -- 680 points on the draft-value chart -- equates to the 27th choice.

The Seahawks' late-season success and Matt Hasselbeck's role in it also surely complicated efforts to re-sign the quarterback.

The bottom line: Seattle's quarterback needs are in flux as the draft approaches, and the team is picking late enough to defy easy projections.

The Seahawks have enough needs throughout their roster to consider trading the 25th overall choice, something NFL teams have done four times in the last six drafts.

With that in mind, here's a look at what the 25th overall choice has brought in some previous trades involving only draft choices (player trades are prohibited during the lockout) ...

The pick: 25th overall

Held by: Seattle Seahawks

Most recent trade involving only picks: 2008. The Seahawks were in the middle of this one. They sent the 25th pick to Dallas, which took cornerback Mike Jenkins, in return for the 28th (Lawrence Jackson), 163rd (Owen Schmitt) and 235th (Brandon Coutu) choices. The trade-value chart says the Seahawks overpaid by about 30 points, or the equivalent of a pick late in the fifth round. Jenkins has one Pro Bowl on his resume. Jackson, Schmitt and Coutu are long gone from Seattle.

The price of moving up: In 2007, the New York Jets sent the 25th, 59th and 164th choices to the Carolina Panthers for the 14th pick, which the Jets used for Darrelle Revis. The trade-value chart says the Jets paid 1,056.8 points for picks worth 1,116 points. The difference equates to a pick late in the fourth round. Carolina selected linebacker Jon Beason (25th), offensive lineman Ryan Kalil (59th) and linebacker Tim Shaw (164th).

Sliding out of the round. Teams moved back from the 25th spot twice in the six most recent NFL drafts.
The chart shows which picks changed hands in those four recent trades involving the 25th overall choice.
This is the third in a series of items revisiting relatively recent NFL trades involving first-round draft choices in the slots NFC West teams occupy this year.

The St. Louis Rams must hope the 14th overall choice treats them better than the 13th and 15th choices treated them recently.

Defensive tackle Adam Carriker was the choice at No. 13 in 2007. Cornerback Tye Hill was the choice at No. 15 a year earlier. Neither lasted long with the team.

This year, Rams fans will be looking to see if one of the top receivers or defensive linemen falls their way at No. 14. As for trading the pick? I'll break out what the 14th overall choice has brought in some previous trades involving only draft choices.

The pick: 14th overall

Held by: St. Louis Rams

Most recent trade involving only picks: 2007. The New York Jets jumped 11 spots to draft cornerback Darrelle Revis at No. 14. This trade helps show what Seattle might have to pay for swapping first-round choices with the Rams this year. In 2007, the Jets sent the 25th, 59th and 164th choices to Carolina for the 14th and 191st picks. The trade-value chart says the Jets paid 1,056.8 points for picks worth 1,116 points. The difference equates to a pick late in the fourth round. Carolina wound up with linebacker Jon Beason (25th), offensive lineman Ryan Kalil (59th) and linebacker Tim Shaw (164th).

Shockey vs. Haynesworth: In 2002, the New York Giants moved up one spot to No. 14 and drafted tight end Jeremy Shockey. They gave up the 15th pick, which Tennessee used for Albert Haynesworth, and the 110th choice (Mike Echols). Echols never played.

When the Bucs got Buffaloed: Tampa Bay moved up seven spots to No. 14 in 2001 for a chance to draft tackle Kenyatta Walker. The Buffalo Bills came away with the 21st pick, used for cornerback Nate Clements, and the 51st choice (Paul Toviessi). Walker was supposed to lock down the left side of the Bucs' line, but he played mostly right tackle, starting 73 games over six seasons. He was in the CFL by age 29.

The price of moving up: What might the Rams pay if they sought to move up a pick or three from the 14th overall spot? In 1993, the Denver Broncos sent the 14th (Steve Everitt) and 83rd (Mike Caldwell) choices to Cleveland for the 11th overall choice (Dan Williams). A decade later, the Patriots sent the 14th (Michael Haynes) and 193rd (Marques Ogden) choices to Chicago for the 13th choice (Ty Warren). Neither trade was a lopsided mismatch on the value chart. The Patriots underpaid slightly. The Broncos overpaid slightly.