NFL Nation: Ethan Waugh
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Rob Staton of Seahawks Draft Blog thinks Seattle would jump at the chance to draft Knowshon Moreno if the team were drafting in the 10th to 20th range. Staton: "Can they justify taking him fourth overall? Probably not. Adding a $60M running back to play as part of a three-pronged attack involving Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett could be too expensive."
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks the Seahawks will choose between Eugene Monroe and Michael Crabtree with the fourth overall choice. He doesn't think quarterback Matthew Stafford will be available. The more I think about what the Seahawks might do at No. 4, the less sure I become. In theory, the team could be more likely to consider an offensive tackle after acquiring Cory Redding and signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Also from Williams: The Seahawks put Aaron Curry through a private workout.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic provides a transcript for some of Ken Whisenhunt's comments during the NFC coaches' breakfast Wednesday at the NFL owners' meeting. On Matt Leinart: "My discussions with Matt, especially since we've re-signed Kurt [Warner], have been very positive, very mature. Matt expressed to me how much he learned this past season and how much he improved. I think it's unrealistic to think one quarterback in this league is going to last a whole year. In my discussions with Matt, we've talked about that. I believe that having played with Kurt last year and having seen Kurt play at the level he did, certainly helped Matt learn what it takes to be successful in this league."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com quotes Sean Morey as saying he's in favor of rules outlawing blocking wedges from NFL games. Morey: "It's an exciting part of football, but it's always put people's health at risk because you are always forced to hit people with your head. You also have to consider with less guys in the wedge, there will be more double teams and more 'earhole' blocks. So it will still be a violent aspect. It is difficult to make kickoffs a safe part of the game. But it's a step in the right direction."
Also from Urban: Will the Cardinals open the regular season at home against the 49ers?
49ers scout Ethan Waugh updates which pro days he has attended. Waugh: "The pro days are more than just timing 40-yard dashes and measuring broad jumps. It is one more opportunity to talk to the player face to face and get a feel for his personality and demeanor. Additionally, it is one more chance to talk to the coaches, strength staff and training staff to clear up any gray areas."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat sizes up the 49ers' needs heading toward the draft. Maiocco: "Regardless of whether Marvel Smith signs, the 49ers should not pass on an offensive tackle ... if they're convinced he is the best player on the board." Totally agree. I would expect the 49ers to sign Smith to a short-term deal and still look hard at tackle.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are "99 percent" focused on the draft, though they could sign some lower-tier free agents in the coming week. Thomas: "It would be unrealistic to think that the Rams can address all of their needs in one draft. There are too many holes to fill: Offensive tackle, wide receiver, middle linebacker, defensive tackle, backup running back and cornerback come to mind. But at least the Rams scratched a few positions off their wish list by placing the franchise tag on free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe; re-signing cornerback Ron Bartell and guard-tackle Adam Goldberg; and adding center Jason Brown (Baltimore), strong safety James Butler (New York Giants), and fullback Mike Karney (New Orleans) in free agency."
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