This edition of the Morning Tailgate pays tribute to an all-time 49er great who passed away Monday at the age of 73.
Roland Lakes, a defensive lineman (chasing down Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr in the picture above), is proudly represented in the San Francisco 49ers 10-Year Club (a place for players with 10 years or more experience in a 49ers uniform). Lakes will be laid to rest Friday, March 16 at Mills Grove Christian Church in Oakland, Calif.
The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. PT.
More on Lakes, a high-profile player spotted in public and other team-related headlines can be found after the jump.
Bob Lutz of The Wichita Eagle writes a touching tribute on Lakes, the former Wichita State Shocker, who started in 124 of his 154 career games during his 11-year career (10 seasons in San Francisco and one with the New York Giants).
ESPN senior draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has released his third mock draft of the 2012 offseason and has the 49ers taking Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill with the 30th overall pick. ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando summarized Kiper’s view of the selection.
Another intriguing prospect, Utah State running back Robert Turbin, stands out for different reasons. Eric Branch of The San Francisco chronicle shares the story of the Fremont native, who’s had to overcome unique circumstances to become a NFL Draft hopeful.
In other prospect news, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shares highlights of the recent pro days of Miami wide receiver Tommy Streeter and Wisconsin wideout Nick Toon. Streeter rested on his 4.45, 40-yard dash from the Scouting Combine; Toon improved his 40 time from 4.54 to 4.43.
And lastly, if you missed the latest in our “49 in 49” series, on Thursday we profiled Alabama running back Trent Richardson as we continued SEC Week.
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If only reporters knew of Alex Smith’s recent whereabouts, they might have been able to get an exclusive interview with the 49ers quarterback scheduled to be a free agent on March 13.
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