The 2010 Draft is almost here, just about an hour away to be exact. Our 49ers Draft Party is about to kick-off too. Our emcees for the evening, Gary Plummer and Ted Robinson are on stage testing the microphones, which means we’re about to open the doors. Fans will soon start filing in the Santa Clara Convention Center and we’re about to catch up with some of them.
The Convention Center is filled with activities for 49ers Faithful. Fans can get autographs from players and alumni like Dwight Clark, Brent Jones and J.J. Stokes. The Gold Rush just performed for the first time in 2010 and the draft itself is just about to begin.
Stay tuned to our blog for live draft updates…
And just like that the draft begins with Sam Bradford sporting a St. Louis Rams cap. He’ll be their quarterback of the future, perhaps Keenan Burton will have to give up his No. 14 jersey.
“It’s a dream come true,” Bradford said. (I wonder how many times we’ll hear these words tonight.
That didn’t take long. Ndamukong Suh, the defensive tackle from Nebraska is headed to Detroit as the Lions No. 2 overall selection in this year’s draft. That’s now two picks, and two players from the Big-12 off the board.
Three for three for the Big-12, as Gerald McCoy is Tampa Bay’s selection at No. 3. McCoy is consumed with emotion as he hugs family members in the draft green room. Moments like these are special in showing how important draft day really is.
Washington is on the clock and NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams is the pick. Coincidence, he’s now on the phone in the green room. Could he be the fourth Sooner taken in the top-4 and the fourth consecutive Big-12 player selected?
La Canfora’s sources were right, Williams is the pick.
Team logistics coordinator Steve Risser is representing the 49ers in New York by phoning in the draft picks. He’s already sent in a couple behind the scenes photos from his cell phone and just sent in this shot of 49ers fans at tonight’s draft.
Wide receiver Dominique Zeiger (a former Baylor Bear) weighed in on the Big-12′s dominance so far via Twitter.
“the big 12 has crushed the draft so far,” Zeigler tweeted.
The Chiefs have broken the string of Big-12 players, by selecting Tennessee safety Eric Berry. Russell Okung, who many ranked as the top tackle in this year’s draft is still available. NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks are now on the clock.
I’m backstage writing this blog from the 49ers draft party, and just saw safety Dashon Goldson arrive to sign autographs for fans. I had to ask him who he wants as his next teammate.
“Anybody,” Goldson replied.
NFL Network just flashed a shot of the Seahawks war room, which instantly received a chorus of “Booos” inside the party.
Okung is now on the phone, looks to be Seattle’s pick. Indeed he is, and now the Cleveland Browns are on the clock.
“Words can’t express my emotions right now,” Okung told Deion Sanders of NFL Network.
Commissioner Goodell announces Joe Haden as the Browns selection at No. 7, the crowd here in Santa Clara erupts with displeasure. A good amount of them must have favored Haden as the 49ers pick at No. 13.
The Oakland Raiders are now on the clock.
The Silver and Black have selected Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, easily the biggest surprise of the draft so far. Buffalo is now on the clock.
They must know what they want, without wasting time they select C.J. Spiller, running back out of Clemson.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are now up. Nine picks have gone within an hour, these teams are wasting no time in selecting their chosen players.
Jacksonville picks Tyson Alualu, a defensive lineman from Cal. The room gave a nice applause to the local product. If McClain was a surprise, this is a total shocker. Only Denver and Miami will select before the 49ers make their first choice at 13.
THE 49ERS HAVE TRADED UP TWO PICKS! WE ARE NOW ON THE CLOCK!
The 49ers traded 13th overall pick and fourth-round selection (113 overall) to the Denver Broncos to select tackle Anthony Davis out of Rutgers.
The crowd instantly approves of the trade!
We’ll hustle back over the team headquarters to hear from Coach Singletary and Davis.
7:30 PM Update
The 49ers selected guard Mike Iupati out of Idaho with the No. 17 overall selection. Singletary raved about Iupati’s toughness to local reporters.
Several trades and picks have come and gone since the 49ers two picks. There’s just a few picks left in this year’s draft, but we’ll have more on today’s selections on 49ers.com shortly.
And for more 2010 NFL Draft coverage, including live look-ins into the 49ers draft room, check out our Draft Central Page.
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