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  1. NFL big plays: Who and what makes them

    Mike Sando

    NFL teams spent Sunday watching running backs and wide receivers work out at the NFL scouting combine. As always, teams are looking for players with big-play ability. But what is a big play? In my experience, NFL teams tend to see them as runs ...

    Blog | February 25, 2013
  2. Thoughts as Alex Smith rumors heat up

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers cannot trade Alex Smith before March 12, but with word coming that a deal could be lined up, let's consider the possibilities. First, rules do allow teams to talk about trades and even agree to them informally before the tr...

    Blog | February 24, 2013
  3. On guards: How early to draft best ones

    Mike Sando

    General managers and coaches have been known to send figurative smoke screens from the NFL scouting combine regarding their draft intentions. On the surface, at least, the rest of the NFC West has to hope Arizona general manager Steve Keim is seri...

    Blog | February 24, 2013
  4. On the NFL's hope to change up offseason

    Mike Sando

    The question becomes inevitable each February for those covering or working for the NFL. "So, what do you do during the offseason?" It's a reasonable question from those whose NFL experience consists of a few hours each Sunday from September th...

    Blog | February 22, 2013
  5. Closer look at Wells and NFC West RBs

    Mike Sando

    At his best, Beanie Wells can be a big, physical runner with a wicked stiff-arm and a strong nose for the end zone. Wells was not at his best last season. The Arizona Cardinals running back had 88 carries for 234 yards and five touchdowns in ei...

    Blog | February 22, 2013
  6. Two young QBs in NFC West? Make it three

    Mike Sando

    2012 NFC West QB Comparison QB Kaepernick Wilson Bradford W-L 5-2 11-5 7-8-1 Comp. 136 252 328 Att. 218 393 551 Pct. 62.4 64.1 59.5 Yards 1,814 3,118 3,702 YPA 8.3 7.9...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  7. Around the NFC West: Combine's timing

    Mike Sando

    The NFL scouting combine has traditionally served another purpose beyond evaluating college prospects. For years, team executives and agents have used the event as a springboard into free agency. That might not be the case to the same extent this ...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  8. Assessing the 49ers' need at wide receiver

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2012 season with an NFL-high four wide receivers who entered the NFL as first-round draft choices. One of them, Michael Crabtree, enjoyed a breakout season with 1,105 yards during the regular season, plus 20 re...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  9. NFL scouting combine preview: NFC West

    Mike Sando

    NFL Nation previews the 2013 scouting combine by identifying the most important thing for each team to learn about its greatest area of need. Arizona Cardinals: Quarterback is the most obvious and critical need area for the Cardinals. The team can...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  10. Combine's top safety no fan of safety rules

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Alabama's Mark Barron, the top-rated safety in the 2012 NFL draft, will have to deal with stricter safety rules once he recovers from hernia surgery. "I don't like them," Barron said flatly when asked about rules against dangerous ...

    Blog | February 27, 2012
  11. On Rams giving Jason Smith a chance

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The St. Louis Rams have not given up on 2009 first-round draft choice Jason Smith. Their new coach, Jeff Fisher, and new general manager, Les Snead, said during the NFL scouting combine that they hoped to bring back Smith following...

    Blog | February 27, 2012
  12. Why 49ers could pass on first-round WR

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Wide receivers stood out Sunday with blazing 40-yard dash times at the NFL scouting combine. Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. summed up the implications from his perspective . The receiver group carries special interest in the NFC Wes...

    Blog | February 27, 2012
  13. Patrick Peterson, recruiter and talent scout

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL teams can at least partially thank Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson for delivering one of the top prospects at the position to the 2012 draft. Morris Claiborne credits Peterson, his former LSU teammate, for convert...

    Blog | February 26, 2012
  14. Draft prospect takes cue from Dockett

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- California defensive lineman Trevor Guyton knew plenty about the Arizona Cardinals before meeting with them at the NFL scouting combine. Guyton, coached at Cal by former Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, has been w...

    Blog | February 26, 2012
  15. Which WRs shined, faltered in late session

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick thoughts after a second session watching quarterbacks and receivers at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium: Who did not throw: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler were among the more ...

    Blog | February 26, 2012
  16. Quick impressions from inside combine

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- A few thoughts after watching select quarterbacks and wide receivers work out inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday morning: Disclaimer: In some ways and probably overall, watching the action on television beats watching from the sta...

    Blog | February 26, 2012