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David Fucillo

David Fucillo is head writer and editor of Niners Nation.

NFC West beefs up

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I would argue that the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks have had two of the better offseasons thus far. As a 49ers fan it's certainly not a great thing to admit, but the Seahawks hit a home run during the three days of the draft. They nailed their draft early on with the likes of Russell Okung and Earl Thomas; two guys who will likely be impact players from day one. Their free agency moves weren't too exciting, but their draft day deals to get Leon Washington and LenDale White will be a boon to a running game that struggled a bit with Julius Jones as the feature back. The most important part of the Seahawks offseason has been the ability to get healthy. They were banged up for quite a bit of 2009, so just getting healthy is a big step forward.

The Ravens continued to make some solid draft decisions, adding talented DE/OLB Sergio Kindle. My favorite draft choice of theirs was DT Terrence Cody. Adding Mt. Cody next to Haloti Ngata adds some serious beef to their defensive line. On the offensive side, adding Anquan Boldin is a home run for an offense that already has a solid QB in Joe Flacco, and just needs some more weapons for him.

Although my 49ers were quiet in free agency, they've been active since the week before the trade deadline and while they may not have had the No. 1 offseason, it's been very solid. The addition of Ted Ginn via trade should help with a league worst return game. The team's biggest hole was the offensive line, and they hopefully rectified it in spades drafting two offensive linemen in the first round. And what I would view as the most exciting move of the offseason was getting all-world LB Patrick Willis signed to a contract extension through 2016. The 49ers still have some holes to shore up, but they have definitely put themselves on the map as a potential favorite in the NFC West.

By David Fucillo  |  May 5, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Draft , NFL , San Francisco 49ers , Seattle Seahawks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Seattle hit a hidden goldmine in Anthony McCoy. Seeing him play for USC he's a fantastic passcatcher with a knack for getting open and getting nasty with the football. And if there's anyone that can maximize on his potential, it's Pete Carroll.

As for the Niners, I liked what they did in the draft for the most part. I didn't see why they had to trade up to get Anthony Davis, but what's done is done and all that matters is whether or not Singletary will be able to capitalize on his potential. Iupati and Byham show that Singletary is seriously focused on getting physical on the front line and giving Gore/Coffee plenty of holes to run through. And I'm torn on Taylor Mays after seeing him for four years at USC. Although I'm happy that the Niners now have two Trojans on the team, Taylor is a bit slow to read-and-react but I'm convinced he'll lead the league in most concussions administered.

Overall, this could be the most competitive the NFC West has been since the re-alignment. I'm excited

Posted by: pbjoejoe | May 12, 2010 9:53 AM

Seattle hit a hidden goldmine in Anthony McCoy. Seeing him play for USC he's a fantastic passcatcher with a knack for getting open and getting nasty with the football. And if there's anyone that can maximize on his potential, it's Pete Carroll.

As for the Niners, I liked what they did in the draft for the most part. I didn't see why they had to trade up to get Anthony Davis, but what's done is done and all that matters is whether or not Singletary will be able to capitalize on his potential. Iupati and Byham show that Singletary is seriously focused on getting physical on the front line and giving Gore/Coffee plenty of holes to run through. And I'm torn on Taylor Mays after seeing him for four years at USC. Although I'm happy that the Niners now have two Trojans on the team, Taylor is a bit slow to read-and-react but I'm convinced he'll lead the league in most concussions administered.

Overall, this could be the most competitive the NFC West has been since the re-alignment. I'm excited

Posted by: pbjoejoe | May 12, 2010 10:09 AM

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