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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Around the NFC West: Seahawks and Sanchez


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says draft analyst Rob Rang is now projecting USC quarterback Mark Sanchez as the Seahawks' first-round choice. Drafting a quarterback to sit behind Matt Hasselbeck for at least one season would suggest the Seahawks weren't at all sold on other prospects. Though prosecutors never filed charges after another USC student accused Sanchez of sexual assault, the character-stressing Seahawks have sometimes steered clear of draft prospects with red flags on their resumes.

Also from Johns: A look at the changeover from Mike Holmgren to Jim Mora.

John Morgan of Field Gulls says he thinks Michael Crabtree is the best player available in the NFL draft, and he would be "amped up" if the Seahawks selected the Texas Tech receiver. Morgan provides some statistical analysis showing Crabtree as highly productive.

Also from Morgan: Why he considers Sanchez to be an extremely high-risk prospect among the top-five choices.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic cites a league source as saying Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald could share the Madden 10 cover with Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

Also from Somers: Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby wasn't the only player to fire agent Kirk Wood recently. Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans also made the move. Somers wonders how Dansby's expected decision to hire Eugene Parker might affect negotiations with strong safety Adrian Wilson, who already employs Parker. One negotiation would seem to affect the other, regardless of the agent. The Cardinals, who have little salary-cap room, will gain flexibility if and when they release Edgerrin James.

More from Somers: Fitzgerald and quarterback Kurt Warner have charity events planned for the near future.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com thinks Dansby's recent comments suggest the linebacker is looking forward to hitting the open market after the 2009 season.

More from Urban: Parker, Pat Dye and Todd France are among the possible candidates to replace Wood as Dansby's agent.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Kyle Boller felt good about joining the Rams after consulting with Steven Jackson and Richie Incognito. Boller wasn't happy when he heard former Ravens teammate and current Rams center Jason Brown call him gun-shy, but the two have since spoken about the matter. Boller: "I've been with Jason for the last four years [in Baltimore], and I don't have a bad thing to say about him. I think if you talked to him, we've never had any problems. So, we cleared that up right away. It wasn't a big issue at all."

Also from Thomas: Newly acquired receiver Laurent Robinson isn't good enough to affect the Rams' draft plans in the first few rounds, in his view.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee provides background information on Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, who plans to visit the 49ers. Barrows: "Freeman is generally regarded as the third-best quarterback prospect in the draft behind Sanchez and Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford. At nearly 6-6 and weighing 248 pounds, Freeman is bigger and more athletic than the other two. In 2008, he threw 20 touchdowns against eight interceptions for the Wildcats. He also ran for 14 touchdowns, the second-highest mark for a major college QB last season."