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Morning Tailgate: Feb. 28

Posted by Taylor Price on February 28, 2012 – 9:55 AM

This year’s top cornerback prospect, Morris Claiborne of LSU, didn’t disappoint Tuesday at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.

Considered by many to be the top defensive back and a top-10 draft pick, Claiborne ran a 4.47 unofficially in his 40-yard dash. He followed up his solid showing in the running portion by displaying excellent ball skills in the field drills.

You can track all the pertinent times and numbers from the defensive backs at NFL.com, which includes the blistering time from UCF cornerback Josh Robinson, who was clocked at 4.29 unofficially.

Robinson dashed himself atop the 40 times for this year’s combine. It remains to be seen how much he improved his draft stock.

More combine news and 49ers headlines after the jump.

Free agency is two weeks away, but ESPN.com’s NFC West blogger Mike Sando is chomping at the bit to get it started. Sando examines the free agent possibilities for all teams in the division and thinks Saints wideout Robert Meachem could give the 49ers a speed element at wide receiver. At 27, Meachem has averaged 16.1 yards per reception in five NFL seasons.

Speaking of NFC West news, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee discusses St. Louis’ No. 2 draft pick and how it allows them to improve their franchise with so many teams coveting Robert Griffin III. Barrows writes, “The 49ers have to be happy that they won’t be facing Griffin twice a year (unless the Rams trade with quarterback-needy Seattle, which seems unlikely.”

Lastly, with the combine coming to an end, fans can start circling pro day dates on their calendars. That’s when respective prospects can either rest on their combine times, or try to improve their numbers before the draft. CNNSI.com offers a complete listing of important 2012 pro day dates.


Much has changed since quarterback Alex Smith was at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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15 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Feb. 28”

  1. By LEW on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    we should have drafted A-Rodgers lets be real, the coach ran a simple offense which will have to become more dynamic to compete with the green bays, giants, and saints of nfc and we will have to have better QB play. I like c-Kap in his second year. Better arm, better mobility, better down the field throws.

  2. By Richard B on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    As a 49ers fan but also following Texas Tech, Rodgers had a great chance to impress me in the Holiday Bowl that season. But the Texas Tech defense ran all over him where several press releases said that Rodgers looked confused at times!! Tech were not known for their defense but they took the #1 pick away from Rodgers with that performance. Anyone of the 49ers staff watching that game would have picked Smith with the #1 pick that year!!

  3. By crowebar on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think we should focus more on free-agents then the draft. Grab Manningham from NYG and Meacham from NO… Receiving corp needs a lot of help.

  4. By seven years with Alex on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    lol alex still has the same look on his face no9w as then …uh what oh yeah uh football Qb yea that me …oh sure in 15 years yea ill be ready to play

  5. By Mac on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    stop slamming Alex. i have faith in this guy with the right receivers.. I guarantee within the next 3 years he’s going to be one of the top QB’s in the league… Draft some good receivers and Manningham would be a big pick up if we can get him

  6. By David Whitaker on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t you nsysayers get off Alex Smith, coach has[\picked him to be the one. He had a great season last year an I believe he wiil grow by leeps and bpounds next seaso after a full offseason to work more into the ply bood an get a couple of big WR’s superbowl he we come. GP 9ers||||||||

  7. By rafadiaasta on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Reblogged this on rafadiayanuar.

  8. By jake on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    How can anyone say you love the coach and then say you think the 9ers need a new qb? Jim seems to be happy with Alex maybe you dont think Jim is a good coach to lead this team. I know I do, but Alex you had a good season last year. That you need to improve on. So you need at least 4500 yards 30 tds and less then 12 ints

  9. By Basil on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    These jerk nay`sayers will never get it! Joe Montana, Steve Young,
    Freddie Solomon, Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, John Taylor. Mike Wilson.
    You give Alex any 2 of these guys last year we win 2 more games !

  10. By True Niner Fan on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    seven years still has the same look on his face too. “daaa foootball, now whaaat” LOL you are a joke. You should learn the game. Go Niners!!!

  11. By dave g. on Mar 1, 2012 | Reply

    LEW you also an idiot like Seven Years. Oh yeah we should have drafted Tom Brady, we should have drafted Drew Brees,etc, etc. Who cares about the past and its easy for any idiot to say after the fact. Why even bring stuff like that up of we should have drafted SuperBowl and League MVP’s???? Are you serious. Many teams can say the same thing.

  12. By dave g. on Mar 1, 2012 | Reply

    Richard B. you are absolutely correct and oh yeah BTW one of the coaches on that 49ers staff who preferred Alex over Aaron that year was a man by the name of Mike McCarthy BUT somehow LEW had the logical answer than. Lew…just shut up.

  13. By rjdniner on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    HEY REMENBER THIS . We had a chance to get Jake Plummer and we didnt because the head coach was Maraucci, and we all know how his pick turned out . Bill Walsh said that Jake had that Montana swagger ,.they didnt listen to him . Cant wait for the decision on Alex thats gonna be fun to watch .

  14. By rjdniner on Mar 2, 2012 | Reply

    HEY REMENBER THIS . We had a chance to get Jake Plummer and we didnt because the head coach was Maraucci, and we all know how his pick turned out . Bill Walsh said that Jake had that Montana swagger ,.they didnt listen to him . .

  15. By Anders on Mar 7, 2012 | Reply

    WE NEED PEYTON MANNING….!! its a once in a lifetime opportunity!!!!

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