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Around the NFC West: Curry draft's best?

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Doug Farrar of Field Gulls thinks Aaron Curry is the best player in the 2009 draft, a player who will dominate wherever he plays. Farrar: "If the Seahawks are lucky enough to have him on the board after Kansas City, Seattle's representative should bust a hamstring, Rich Eisen-style, getting the card with Curry's name on it to the Commish. I want an elite offensive tackle for the Seahawks more than anyone, but Aaron Curry is the best player in this draft, and I don't think it's even close."

John Morgan of Field Gulls likes what he sees from Cory Redding as he continues watching tape from last season. The Lions were no match for the Falcons last season, but Redding seemed to perform quite well. Morgan: "In a style soon to win the hearts of Seahawks fans, Redding was everywhere. Getting good push, slicing into the backfield, chasing plays into the flats, and recording a quarterback hit on Matt Ryan's first professional pass. That pass went for 62 yards and a touchdown. For better or worse, football is a team sport."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee outlines the 49ers' primary needs coming out of their recent minicamp. Outside linebacker is one of them. Barrows: "[Ahmad] Brooks, meanwhile, is a guy badly in need of the Mike Singletary treatment. He should be an elite talent in the league but lacks focus, drive and work ethic. Which is to say, the 49ers need to add at least one -- probably two -- outside linebackers to the mix. [Tully] Banta-Cain is back with the Patriots. [Roderick] Green, however, likely could be added if the 49ers ever were in a pinch."

Turf Show Times' Tackle Box breaks down the Rams' situation at guard: "The guys on the roster may not exactly be the future, but they're definitely good enough to count on for a season or two."

Adam Caplan of Scout.com says Adam Goldberg's new deal with the Rams is for two years and $1.8 million, with $100,000 in guaranteed money.

Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange quotes Rams general manager Billy Devaney as shooting down a report suggesting the NFL might change the dates of future drafts.

Peter King of SI.com spoke with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and emerged feeling as though Arizona might not trade Anquan Boldin. King: "The Cards won't go to the $10-million-a-year Boldin wants. And if a team -- Philadelphia seems most likely -- calls and offers a mid- to late-first-round pick for Boldin, Arizona would listen. If Boldin is willing to do a deal for between $8 million and $9 million a year, a T.J. Houshmandzadeh- or Plaxico Burress-type contract, I think he could get something done with Arizona." Easier said than done after Larry Fitzgerald got so much more. Remember, Houshmandzadeh's signing bonus was $2 million.