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This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 28

Posted by Taylor Price on April 28, 2011 – 10:38 AM

Two of the team’s best entertainers were selected on this day in 49ers draft history.

With the No. 11 overall pick, the 49ers strengthened their defense for the long haul by selecting Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis. Shortly after, the team traded back into the first round to take Central Michigan tackle Joe Staley with the No. 28 overall selection.

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This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 27

Posted by Taylor Price on April 27, 2011 – 2:44 PM



A pair of prominent past and present 49ers with names beginning in the letter “J,” jump out as memorable draft picks on this day in 49ers draft history.

Back when the NFL Draft lasted 12 rounds in the 80s, the team grabbed Hawaii offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu with the No. 289 overall selection in the eleventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft. And on the same day 25 years later, the 49ers snatched sure-handed Virginia Tech wideout Josh Morgan with the No. 174 overall selection in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 26

Posted by Taylor Price on April 26, 2011 – 11:44 AM



Current offensive and defensive line units were bolstered on this day in 49ers draft history.

With the No. 39 overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected USC offensive lineman Chilo Rachal in the second round and followed up a year later by picking LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois in the seventh round with the No. 244 overall selection.

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York Lends Support to New Scholars Gala

Posted by Taylor Price on April 25, 2011 – 4:15 PM

On June 2, 49ers President and CEO Jed York will join other prominent Bay Area leaders in supporting the creation of a sustainable economy in Southern Sudan.

York and other Bay Area intellects, athletes and entrepreneurs will lend their support to the 2011 New Scholars Gala at the Stanford University Club in San Francisco, a charity event that focuses on rebuilding Sudan.

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This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 25

Posted by Taylor Price on April 25, 2011 – 3:23 PM



Two key contributors were added to the team’s current roster on this day in 49ers draft history.

On April 25, the 49ers selected Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and used the 188th overall selection in 2004 to pick two-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee out of Pittsburgh.

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Mayock Not Sold QB Goes No. 1

Posted by Taylor Price on April 20, 2011 – 1:56 PM

Mike Mayock loves talking football, so much so, the NFL Network analyst lost his voice in the third round of last year’s draft telecast.

This year, Mayock has done fewer interviews in order to save his opinions for draft day, but he did have time to conduct his annual pre-draft conference call on Wednesday.

The biggest news from Mayock’s call took place when the discussion moved to the first overall pick.

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ESPN’s Gruden Offers Draft Insight

Posted by Taylor Price on April 19, 2011 – 11:15 AM



Oh, how we love draft information this time of year. The collective NFL masses are clamoring for tidbits prior to April 28th and thanks to Jon Gruden, there’s an hour-worth of more information to digest.

This time around, the opinions came from the former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst as well as ESPN Draft producer Jay Rothman. Both discussed everything from draft prospects to draft programming.

The biggest news from the call was Gruden’s praise of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. The former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach said Newton would be the choice when the Carolina Panthers pick first.

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49ers Announce 2011 Pro Day Attendees

Posted by Taylor Price on April 18, 2011 – 3:11 PM

This week, the 49ers annual local pro day will take place Wednesday at team headquarters in Santa Clara. Prospects who graduated high school or played collegiately within the area can meet with the 49ers coaching staff and take part in various field drills.

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McShay Discusses 2011 Draft Talent

Posted by Taylor Price on April 14, 2011 – 3:22 PM

Quarterbacks Christian Ponder of Florida State and Andy Dalton of TCU would be good fits in the 49ers West Coast offense according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

In his Thursday pre-draft conference call, the director of college football scouting for ESPN Scouts Inc. said both players could potentially have success in Jim Harbaugh’s offense and should be considered when the 49ers pick No. 45 overall in the second-round.

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Casserly and Lombardi Talk 2011 Draft

Posted by Taylor Price on April 13, 2011 – 12:28 PM

NFL Network’s esteemed former NFL decision-makers Charley Casserly and Michael Lombardi conducted an hour-long conference call Wednesday afternoon, all in the name of expressing their latest draft-related opinions.

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