Friday, April 26, 2013
Setting NFC West table entering second day
By Mike Sando
Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson passed through the Seattle Seahawks' draft media room Friday.
That seemed appropriate as the NFL planned to hold the second and third rounds of the 2013 draft later in the day.
Wagner factored in defensive rookie of the year balloting as a 2012 second-round choice. Wilson went to the Pro Bowl as the Seahawks' third-round choice last year.
The first round commands much of our attention leading up to the draft, but there's talent to be had in subsequent rounds.
The New England Patriots have a league-high four picks in the second and third rounds. The San Francisco 49ers are among seven teams with three. The St. Louis Rams have two third-rounders, but no pick in the second. The Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals each have one pick per round Friday.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke told reporters his team had a specific player in mind with the third pick of the second round, No. 34 overall. If the 49ers trade back, we'll know they either received an offer they could not refuse or their targeted player came off the board atop the round.
Defensive line and tight end are two positions of need for the 49ers.
The Rams could conceivably trade back into the second round, but general manager Les Snead indicated Thursday the team felt as though it could find the players it wants in the third through sixth rounds. The team could use help at safety, guard and running back. Three safeties, four interior offensive linemen and zero running backs were selected in the first round. The Rams will be watching the supply at those positions Friday.