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Around the NFC West: Combine rumors

The 2013 NFL scouting combine has not yet finished.

Defensive players work out Monday and Tuesday. Defensive backs still have psychological testing and interviews with team personnel.

Around the NFC West: Feb. 25, 2013

The media portion of the combine did come to a close Sunday. We're left to digest a couple NFC West rumors sure to linger for a while.

One quoted a scout saying USC quarterback Matt Barkley wouldn't make it past the seventh pick of the first round, held by Arizona. Another rumor suggested the San Francisco 49ers have nearly reached agreement on a trade sending quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City or another team looking for QB help.

The first one cannot be proved or disproved until the draft April 25.

The Cardinals almost certainly have not yet set their draft board. They do not know which six players will be chosen before they use the seventh pick. They cannot even know if they will use the seventh pick or trade it. We do know Arizona could use help at quarterback. But we do not yet know what the team might do at the position in free agency or via trade.

So, right off the top, there's no way to know whether Arizona would draft Barkley seventh overall. One NFL scout reportedly thinks Arizona will draft Barkley seventh if given the opportunity to do so. That's not much to go on.

The Smith rumor could run its course on a quicker schedule. The trading deadline opens March 12. It is possible the 49ers and another team could announce an agreement in principle before then. But there's still not enough information to say a resolution is near.