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Morning Tailgate: Feb. 16

Posted by Taylor Price on February 16, 2012 – 10:12 AM

Draft talk – get used to it.

It’s going to dominate this blog (and 49ers.com) for the next few months as we lead up to the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 26.

The latest draft dialogue relating to the 49ers stems from Mel Kiper’s second mock draft of the 2012 offseason. The tenured ESPN draft analyst predicts LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle being San Francisco’s choice with the 30th overall selection in the first round.

On Wednesday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Randle could fit with the 49ers offense, adding that the LSU product could fall into the range of picks no. 20-30 in the first round.

More 49ers headlines and news on Randle, including Kiper’s thoughts on the 6-foot-4, 209-pound receiver, can be found after the jump.

Kiper’s assessment of Randle can be read online courtesy of Niners Nation. According to Kiper, Randle could be a steal. The analyst believes the 6-foot-4 wideout is being overlooked. Kiper thinks Randle could have been more productive and desired by NFL clubs if he played in a more dynamic passing attack.

As for the current 49ers squad, CSN Bay Area insider Matt Maiocco writes that safety Dashon Goldson is the team’s top franchise tag candidate. If the 49ers don’t reach a long-term contract with the Pro Bowl safety before March 5, the team can exercise its right to use a franchise tag on Goldson which is expected to be $6.2 million at the safety position for one year.

For more offseason debates on how the 49ers should approach offseason decisions, a roundtable of CSN on-air personalities, including Maiocco, recently discussed offseason storylines.


It was mentioned on the ESPN broadcast and on Twitter by the official account of the Golden State Warriors. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh sat court-side of last night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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10 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Feb. 16”

  1. By cage on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Corner, Right guard, rushing defensive end opposite A. Smith, bigger faster running back to support Gore,
    Those are my tops
    I also agree with others in that drafting a receiver is a waste when the q.b. rarely targets them unless they are completely open. Plus Morgan would trump any addition.

  2. By jrparker on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t believe Randle will have the same success in the NFL. He has very good hand eye coordination, but the guy is just a tad slow for me to pick him with our number one pick. I see him as a 4th round at best considering whats available.

  3. By seven years with Alex on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    glad to hear it keep up the good work

  4. By LEW on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    But we do need a reciever and A – hole smith will have to become a complete qb and look for everyone not just the te’s he is not that good if you ask me anyway. Josh M. is too small and can not run away from any db so if not the guy from LSU then I say this kid from i believe rutgers M. sanu

  5. By Aaron on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Support your playoff team. Download the official 49ers anthem today! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aint-no-way-single/id484217365

  6. By rjdniner on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Does Collin K have the the arm for the deep ball threat , any body ?.
    Well be lucky to get a fast reciver picking at 30th in the draft .

  7. By A.Ferrarini on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    If Alex Smith is the best we will have at QB get prepared for another frustrating season.I’m very sad to say this ,but watching him in the Giants game convert on 3rd. downs was terrible.There is NO excuse .

  8. By dave g. on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Why are some of you so dang negative. I am not saying everything is lollipops and candy BUT geez. Did your mama not hug you when you were little or have you been rejected soooo much? You can get a fast reciever or great player no matter where you choose. There are hits and misses at every round. Our Coach & GM has proven to make solid choices. No one is perfect, but man they are better than what we have had since the good ole days. Chill out and be happy with the possibilities. There is a boat load of really good WR’s available in free agency too and we have a boat load of cap space people so chill out!

  9. By gary potter on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    they are negative because 13-3 upsets there applecart. they and i mean 7yrs and jeromy have brought a couple more clowns to spit hate. it will not work.

  10. By Jermaine Keyes on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Everybody thinks that we need rush defense. I say it’s the secondary,widereceiver,and Quarterback. Coach can keep his belief in Alex Smith,but my belief is that if the Niners do decide to keep Alex Smith then have better protection and receivers that is better than Crabtree to catch and run with the ball.

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