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Morning Tailgate: Feb. 22

Posted by Alex Espinoza on February 22, 2012 – 10:58 AM

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.


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9 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Feb. 22”

  1. By luis soriano jr on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    WE NEEd some GOOD WIDE RECIVERS ! THATS ALL WE NEED !!!!!!!

  2. By alvino on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    no alex is good we need more guys like vernon

  3. By wolff on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    True. the last coment!

  4. By ninersss on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Alex needs to get better coz no matter how good a receiver is, without a good QB, he’s pretty worthless. (Vice Versa)

  5. By JOHN PEREZ on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    WE NEED O LINE HELP. WE GAVE UP TO MANY SACKS LST YEAR.

  6. By True Niner Fan on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Crabtree X, Vincent Jackson Y, Josh Morgan Z, That’s all we need!!

  7. By True Niner Fan on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Jeromy, go back to your cowgirl site.

  8. By andrew on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    We need A WIDE OUT A FREE AGENT LIKE VINCENT JACKSON

  9. By andrew on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I THINK OUR QB NEEDS TO RUN MORE WHEN THERE IS NOTHING DOWN FIELD, JUST TAKE OFF LIKE HE DID IN UTAH, HE HAD ALOT OF RUSHING YARDS………………………..MAKES YOU NUMBER ONE IN DRAFT AS QB……………………………….THAT YEAR.

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