Around the NFC West: Cards' pick optimistic

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind checks in with second-round Cardinals draft choice Cody Brown. Brown: "All the teams know I can rush the passer, but also can drop in coverage, which is why the Cardinals drafted me to play on the outside. I played mostly with my hand to the ground at UConn, but I have no problem dropping back in coverage. Everyone saw my athleticism in workouts. The coaches here told me they expect it to be an easy transition."

Also from Hawkwind: a look at how many of the Cardinals' draft choices have become starters and how long they've stayed in the lineup.

VanRam of Turf Show Times analyzes which Rams players find themselves fighting for meaningful roles on the team.

Also from VanRam: Steven Jackson should take over the third spot on the Rams' all-time rushing list even with a mediocre season.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com writes about the 45-foot training hill coach Mike Singletary had built for players. Price: "Originally, the hill was half of its current size and was used primarily for players to use for rehab assignments while unable to fully participate in practice. But with mounds of dirt being applied to its original shape following last season, Singletary estimates the hill to be 45-feet high with a 45-degree slope on one side and a 30-degree slope on the other side."

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider thinks the 49ers would "gum up the works" if they traded for Brady Quinn or another quarterback. As for the 49ers offering one of their extra first-round choices to Arizona for Anquan Boldin? Forget about it. Arizona isn't going to line up against Boldin and Michael Crabtree twice per year.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation wonders what Bear Pascoe's addition means for 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. I would think it means fewer snaps in the long haul.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts thinks the Seahawks' reported interest in former Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones seems strange. I'm also skeptical about how much interest the Seahawks might have in adding a tackle. This is one I'm checking on. The Seahawks' top three tackles -- Walter Jones, Sean Locklear and Ray Willis -- are already set.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune points to Levi Jones' injury problems, noting that Jones has missed 17 games over the last three seasons.