Around the NFC West: Gore still a 'bell cow'

Arizona Cardinals

Despite having just two of five offensive line starters under contract for 2011, the Cardinals won't have to address the position until later in the draft if their offseason plan works out, reports the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers.

NFL teams have a steeper learning curve when evaluating underclassmen who have declared early for the draft, so it's difficult to get a handle on how the Cardinals will measure top quarterback prospects such as Auburn’s Cam Newton, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, writes azcardinals.com's Darren Urban.

St. Louis Rams

Speaking at the NFL combine Thursday, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said he wasn't worried about Sam Bradford and new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels getting on the same page.

Ten players the Rams should watch at the NFL combine, from the St. Louis Rams Examiner's Tim Klutsarits.

San Francisco 49ers

Speaking at the NFL combine Thursday, coach Jim Harbaugh said contract "talks are going on" between the 49ers and quarterback Alex Smith's representatives.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke took the podium at the NFL combine and talked about the team's quarterback situation and whether running back Frank Gore would continue to be a "bell cow."

Seattle Seahawks

Eric D. Williams looks at Danny Watkins and Rodney Hudson, two offensive linemen the Seahawks could consider in the draft.

The Seahawks hired Carl Smith to be the team’s quarterbacks coach, a team spokesman confirmed Thursday night.