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2-23-12 Around The NFC West: NFL Combine, Positional Profiles, Franchise Tags

With the NFL Combine going on, there was officially news again as coaches and GMs spoke with the press. There were questions about quarterbacks, just like in Arizona, and there was a lot of speculation as always. Check out the links from our sister blogs in the NFC West and read the ones you like.

San Francisco 49ers:

2011 49ers Grades: Colin Kaepernick - Niners Nation
We take a look at Colin Kaepernick's 2011 season and what to expect of him in 2012. We also consider whether the 49ers need a veteran backup for Alex Smith.

NFL Combine 2012: Trent Baalke Speaks - Niners Nation
We break down some of 49ers GM Trent Baalke's comments on Thursday at the NFL Combine.

Trent Baalke On Michael Crabtree - Niners Nation
We take a look at Trent Baalke's comments about 49ers WR Michael Crabtree and his long term role with the team.

2012 NFL Draft: Is Trent Richardson Now Closer to 49ers' View? - Niners Nation
With recent news of Trent Richardson's knee surgery, will he fall far enough down draft boards to warrant a trade-up by the 49ers in order to secure the services of the star Alabama running back?

NFL Combine: Jim Harbaugh Set with Alex Smith, Andrew Luck's the Competition - Niners Nation
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh talks about Andrew Luck and Alex Smith at the NFL Combine

Dashon Goldson Praises Donte Whitner's Big Hitting - Niners Nation

We take a look at a tweet from Dashon Goldson regarding the hardest hitting safety on the 49ers.

Seattle Seahawks:

Seattle Seahawks Draft and Free Agency: Exploring 'Not Panicking' and 'Normalcy' - Field Gulls
What does it mean for the Seahawks not to panic? What does it mean for them to be in a period of normalcy? Is that a good thing? I think yes...why?

Seattle Seahawks Poll: What Are Your Early Expectations for 2012? - Field Gulls

As of today, what are reasonable expectations for the 2012 Seahawks?

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Mike Mayock's Pre-Combine Positional Rankings - Defensive Ends - Field Gulls

A look at Mike Mayock's top-5 DEs.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Mike Mayock's Pre-Combine Positional Rankings - Defensive Tackles - Field Gulls

A closer look at potential DT targets in this year's draft.

St. Louis Rams:

2012 NFL Draft: Rams Request Private Visit With LSU's Michael Brockers - Turf Show Times

The St. Louis Rams' new coaching staff is busy preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft. One of their first moves was to request a private visit with LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: New Twist On An Old Idea - Turf Show Times

The St. Louis Rams have a number of options in the 2012 NFL Draft if they trade down. How will that change who protects Sam Bradford on the left side?

NFL Free Agents 2012: Franchise Tag Still An Option For Finnegan, Vincent Jackson - Turf Show Times

Franchise tags still on the table for Finnegan and Vincent Jackson, two potential free agent targets for the St. Louis Rams

2012 NFL Draft: Trade Talks Are Happening Now For Rams' Second Pick - Turf Show Times

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and new general manager Les Snead have already heard from teams interested in trading up in the 2012 NFL Draft.

NFL Combine 2012: Offensive Linemen On Display - Turf Show Times

The St. Louis Rams will have their sights set on offensive linemen at the 2012 NFL Draft. Several of those prospects answered questions at the Combine on Thursday.

Riley Reiff Combine Interview - Turf Show Times

Your best source for quality St. Louis Rams news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.St. Louis Rams Free Agent Options: Mulligan? - Turf Show Times

Left tackle? No! Wide Receiver? Sort of. Slightly outside of what seems to be the norm (in terms of free agency talk), Devin Thomas might help fill a few of the Rams needs this upcoming season, but not necessarily on the offensive side of the ball.

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