49ers.com is setting up shop in Indianapolis as we prepare to bring you sideline-to-sideline coverage of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. More than 300 invitees will try to impress head coaches, scouts and front office executives from all 32 teams at Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Colts.
In today’s morning tailgate, we’ll get you primed for the four days of workouts, measurements and speculation. We’ll also take a look at some of the potential wide receiver targets the 49ers could pursue once free agency starts on March 13 and revisit Donte Whitner’s appearance on the NFL Network during Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access. All these stories and more after the jump.
Scott Kegley and Taylor Price of 49ers.com will be in Indianapolis for the duration of the combine. Here’s a look back at last year’s experience, which was among the first activities Jim Harbaugh undertook as head coach of the 49ers last season. 49ers.com will also provide running blogs throughout the day, exclusive interviews and other stories, such as last year’s “All-Personality Team,” which featured last year’s second-round pick QB Colin Kaepernick. Both Harbaugh and General Manager Trent Baalke are scheduled to hold press conferences on Thursday morning from Indianapolis.
Wes Bunting of National Football Post has provided his list of the top 30 prospects he expects to emerge from the combine. You can find his picks for 1-15 here and 16-30 here. The 49ers hold the No. 30 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which is scheduled to take place from April 26-28.
Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com also weighs in on the combine, naming the top 10 players he expects to shine. At the top of his list are Heisman Trophy winner QB Robert Griffin III from Baylor, followed by North Carolina OLB Zach Brown and Alabama RB Trent Richardson.
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the pros and cons of the 49ers pursuing a high-profile wide receiver this offseason. Lynch lists players like Stevie Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace as potential targets.
The NFL Network got hit with a dose of Donte Whitner on Tuesday as he made an appearance on Total Access Live. Whitner, who was named the 2011 recipient of the Garry Niver Award by the 49ers beat reporters for his accessibility and honesty, is never one to hold his tongue. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recapped Whitner’s on-air performance.
TWEET ABOUT IT
Donte Whitner was outfitted with an official NFL Network badge before he jumped on the set. “I had fun at NFL Network yesterday,” Whitner tweeted on Wednesday morning.
Tags: Donte Whitner, Draft, Scouting Combine
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