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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.

I particularly enjoy these calls because it gives a great scope of the available players and various NFL team needs. There’s usually great anecdotal material from the former GMs too. Last year, Lombardi shared an epic tale of how the 49ers and Jerry Rice came together in the 1985 NFL Draft.

This time around, Lombardi didn’t discuss past 49ers drafts, but he shared plenty of thoughts on this year’s top draft prospects. Casserly on the other hand, had strong opinions about the uniqueness of this year’s draft as it pertains to the league’s current work stoppage.

With free agency being delayed, Casserly thinks teams could potentially reach for players based on need and not what their draft board dictates.

“You may have an extra need and you may have to fill that position because you don’t know you can fill it with free agency later,” the analyst said. “You may have some reaches this year that are bigger gambles than in the past. Not having free agency creates more needs for your team.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE CONFERENCE CALL



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4 Responses to “Casserly and Lombardi Talk 2011 Draft”

  1. By VA 9er on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    Be advised, there wasn’t a San Fransisco reporter asking any questions related to the 49ers specifically, at least not during this round of Q and A.

  2. By v j naray on Apr 16, 2011 | Reply

    THIS IS TO HARBAUGH.
    APRIL 16 2011, 9:45pm
    IF YOU THINK YOU WANT TO GO WITH ALEX SMITH IS A GOOD THINKING. BUT YOU GOT TO MOLD ALEX SMITH INTO A REAL NFL QUARTERBACK. I MEAN A FAST AND QUICK ONE. GIVE HIM A LOT OF TRAINING AND BE HELPFUL TO HIM. HE NEEDS TO GET PHYICALLY FIT.
    NOW IF YOU CAN MAKE YOUR DEFENCE AND OFFENCE STRONG BY SELETING SOME GOOD,STRONG,PHYICAL,AND TALL PLAYERS IF AVAILABLE IN THE DRAFT. I AM JUST A FAN.I HAVE NO WHO IS THAT PLAYER SUITABLE FOR RED AND GOLD THAT WILL MAKE THE FANS PROUD AND TAKE US TO PLAYOFFS.
    BECAUSE SOMEONE SAID THAT 49ERS WILL NOT GET IN THE
    PLAYOFFS THIS SEASON (2011).I DONT KNOW IF I AM ASKING
    TO MUCH FROM YOU AS A FIRST YEAR COACH AND IF YOU DID
    THIS THE FANS WILL BE PROUD OF YOU CHALLANGE.
    HARBAUGH THIS IS FROM ALL THE 49ERS FANS TO YOU WE ALL BLIEVE IN YOU AND THE REST OF THE COACHING STAFF WITH THE 49ERS.
    GOOD LUCK
    VJN

  3. By DaCatch on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    OMG…Colin is Alex Smith II. Disappointed in the picks. I was praying for a month that the 49ers would NOT draft Colin. Bill Walsh come back, we miss you. I hope DAY 3 saves us. I have written down the players we should have picked….In two years I will check if I was right.

  4. By sad day weekend on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    WOW cant say much more.

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