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John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan as saying the 49ers would not rush a rookie quarterback onto the field. This is consistent with what McCloughan has said during the offseason and a reflection of what the team learned from throwing Alex Smith into action as a rookie.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says McCloughan's draft news conference failed to influence him much either way. Maiocco does not expect the 49ers to draft an outside linebacker at No. 10 unless Aaron Curry is available. If the 49ers do target that position, expect them to draft someone at least 6-foot-2 and roughly between 240 and 260 pounds. Also from Maiocco: "For the first time I can remember, the 49ers did not make their head coach available for any pre-draft media session. Mike Singletary, leading up to the first draft as head coach, was nowhere to be seen today. It's pretty clear that this draft is McCloughan's baby."
Also from Maiocco: 49ers executive Terry Tumey has left the organization.
More from Maiocco: A look at the 49ers' draft needs, position by position.
Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat wanted to see more urgency from McCloughan after six consecutive losing seasons. I suspect the 49ers are very comfortable with their position in the draft. The 10th overall spot seems like a good place to be.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes McCloughan as calling Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins a cornerback with the ability to play safety.
Also from Barrows: The 49ers will not trade up in the first round.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News quotes McCloughan as saying the 49ers have not had discussions with the Browns regarding Brady Quinn.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says it all with this lead paragraph: "Two of the Cardinals biggest needs entering the NFL draft this weekend are at outside linebacker and tight end. That's a sentence that could have been written before most of the club's previous 21 drafts since moving to Arizona."
David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press says 1,000 mourners gathered to honor Andia Wilson-James, mother to Edgerrin James' four children. Dorsey: "Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss, Bubba Franks, Clinton Portis, Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin and Nate Webster were among the players in attendance along with James's agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Wilson, 30, died last Tuesday after a year-long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Her doctors and friends spoke of her courage, tenacity, strength and faith throughout her ordeal. They also talked about how James ... took weekly cross-country trips from Arizona throughout last season to care for Wilson and their children."
Richi Cimini of the New York Daily News says the Jets have interest in Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals require versatility from the linebackers they draft.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind notes that Todd Heap, a player the Cardinals could conceivably acquire from the Ravens as part of a Boldin trade, has played all 16 games in three of the last four seasons.
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks have a 50-50 chance of finding their future franchise quarterback if they select Mark Sanchez in the first round. Finding quality quarterbacks after the first round becomes more difficult. The last three first-round quarterbacks from USC: Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer and Todd Marinovich.
John Morgan of Field Gulls took Seahawks-related draft questions during a marathon session Wednesday. Morgan on a quarterback: "I think [GM Tim] Ruskell would be overjoyed to get someone like Jason Campbell that is 'established.' I think interest in [Matthew] Stafford is real, interest in Sanchez could be real -- but would be a bit surprising -- but the real favorite is the field with mid-round pick. Someone like John Parker Wilson, Nate Davis or Tom Brandstater."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former Rams receiver Torry Holt is ready to continue his career. Thomas: "Once Jim Haslett was told he was not being retained as head coach, Holt sensed that the end was near. In the final weeks leading up to his release, Holt said he talked several times with general manager Billy Devaney. The only time Holt could recall speaking with new head coach Steve Spagnuolo was after he was cut."
Also from the Post-Dispatch: A letter from Holt to St. Louis fans. Holt: "I will miss the fans, coaches and teammates, but I will always have two important memories -- being part of a Super Bowl Championship team and representing the remarkable city of St. Louis to the world!"
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch questions whether the Rams drafted Chris Long for the right reasons in 2008. He says the team needs to stay true to its player rankings this year, even if it means taking more of a risk.