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  1. On Tyrann Mathieu's starting opportunity

    Mike Sando

    The Arizona Cardinals have big plans for rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. They said so on draft day. They affirmed their feelings when they gave Mathieu 38 snaps, the highest total for any defensive back on the team, during their first exhibitio...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  2. Lessons from Tavon Austin, Percy Harvin

    Mike Sando

    RENTON, Wash. -- The more the Seattle Seahawks watched game tape on Tavon Austin, the more they realized the West Virginia receiver would not last long in the 2013 NFL draft. Back in mid-March, the Seahawks could not know Austin would land with th...

    Blog | April 27, 2013
  3. GM: 'Don't be scared to get what you want'

    Mike Sando

    For three years, the St. Louis Rams lacked sufficient offensive weapons to properly support and evaluate prized quarterback Sam Bradford. They drafted Tavon Austin eighth overall Thursday night to change the dynamic. The pressure isn't necessar...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  4. Closer look at 49ers' 2012 draft-day parlay

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers parlayed the 92nd and 125th picks in the 2012 NFL draft for the 117th and 180th choices, plus 2013 selections in the third, fifth and sixth rounds. That had to be one of the better value plays in the 2012 draft, the 49ers' ...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  5. 49ers find first-rounder behind Door No. 1

    Mike Sando

    The excitement Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu felt turned to disappointment upon learning the draft-day call from the Cincinnati Bengals had actually been a prank. We can therefore forgive another college receiver, Illinois' A.J. Jenkins, for react...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  6. Quick look at how NFC West GMs stack up

    Mike Sando

    NFL general managers put their reputations on the line come draft day. Some fare better than others. The chart shows how many Pro Bowl players current NFC West GMs have drafted or helped draft over the past 10 years. The numbers are not defi...

    Blog | April 26, 2012
  7. Draft-day chat falls amid usual confusion

    Mike Sando

    A heads up: The NFC West chat takes place Thursday at its regularly scheduled time (1 p.m. ET). From there, I'll relocate to Seattle Seahawks headquarters for the 2012 NFL draft. This might be a good opportunity to field a comment/question from Fa...

    Blog | April 26, 2012
  8. Around the NFC West: Draft day, finally

    Mike Sando

    We've made it, just about, to the 2012 NFL draft. The anticipation kept at least one NFC West fan and probably a few NFL general managers from sleeping Wednesday night (throw me into that category as well, given that I was up to receive the above-...

    Blog | April 26, 2012
  9. Why young, ascending DBs can't get cocky

    Mike Sando

    Mel Kiper Jr., in updating his draft-day grades for NFL teams for this Insider piece, says Seattle Seahawks rookie fifth-round pick Richard Sherman has helped to make the Seattle secondary "one of the best in the NFL in a really short period." ...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  10. Michael Crabtree's status as draft 'steal'

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams swept three of the top four spots on an unfortunate Insider list featuring 10 players whose NFL careers never justified their status as draft-day steals. CrabtreeMatt Leinart ranked first, Andre Wadsworth ranked second and J.J. Stok...

    Blog | July 12, 2011
  11. Sneak peek at Cardinals' Patrick Peterson

    Mike Sando

    Three quick thoughts after watching the Arizona Cardinals' in-house video offering an inside look at LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson's selection in the 2011 NFL draft: Coach Ken Whisenhunt repeatedly emphasized in his draft-day phone conversation...

    Blog | May 17, 2011
  12. Which teams 'won' draft-day trades

    Mike Sando

    A few thoughts after using the widely circulated draft-value chart to evaluate the 18 trades involving only 2011 choices during the recently completed NFL draft: Some teams use their own charts reflecting different values for the selections. The ...

    Blog | May 03, 2011
  13. Chat wrap: Nightmare draft scenarios

    Mike Sando

    The 2011 NFL draft is getting close enough now for fans to shift from draft-day dreams to potential nightmares. I ran across a couple such questions in the latest NFC West chat. Transcript here. Highlights below. todd (phoenix,AZ): Mike, a theoretic...

    Blog | April 14, 2011
  14. Rams' 2010 draft grade improves most

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams were the big winners from the NFC West when Mel Kiper Jr. updated the draft-day grades he handed out in 2010. It's easy to forget the durability and scheme-related questions surrounding Sam Bradford heading into the draft. The f...

    Blog | January 28, 2011
  15. Around the NFC West: Earl Thomas' start

    Mike Sando

    Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says there's much to like about Seahawks rookie safety Earl Thomas. Veteran safety Lawyer Milloy: "I'm very happy with his progress, starting with draft day. He's got that frame of mind; he wants to be great. He...

    Blog | December 09, 2010
  16. Mailbag: Pete Carroll's character

    Mike Sando

    Lou from Montreal writes: What can we learn about Pete Carroll in light of LenDale White's recent comments regarding his release from the Seahawks and Carroll's explanation? With Taylor Mays' comments on draft day and the ongoing USC scandal, this is...

    Blog | July 10, 2010