Around the NFC West: Drafting for defense

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat looks at the 49ers' high draft choices on defense. We're going to stick with this theme across the division today. I've prepared a look at the last 10 defensive players each team has drafted in the first three rounds.

Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with former 49ers player Ben Lynch, who is leading efforts to better understand and avoid concussions.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Steve Breaston refused to run onto the field for introductions in honor of the fallen teammate he replaced, Anquan Boldin. Also, the Cardinals hold sole possession of first place in the division later than they have since the 1988 team opened with a 4-2 record.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic explores connections between the Cardinals' coaching staff and the Cowboys, who visit University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes Rams-related questions from readers. He thinks Dante Hall is "on a very short leash."

Also from Thomas: The Rams cut Eddie Kennison, then re-signed him almost immediately.

More from Thomas: Rams defensive end Leonard Little has high hopes now that he's healthy.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune describes Jordan Kent, recently signed from the practice squad, as the Seahawks' best deep threat at receiver.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times looks at what remains of the Seattle passing game. It's not a pretty picture.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seattle defense faces a long list of talented running backs.