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49 in 49: Big Ten Week

Posted by Taylor Price on March 12, 2012 – 10:24 AM

Our “49 in 49” series continues this week with a day-by-day examination on some of the top players hailing from the Big Ten Conference.

Currently, the 49ers have seven players on the roster that played collegiately in the Big Ten.

Led by four representatives from Ohio State (Donte Whitner, Alex Boone, Ted Ginn Jr. and Larry Grant), the 49ers added to the group last offseason, first by hiring head coach Jim Harbaugh and then by signing a fellow Michigan man, center Jonathan Goodwin to a three-year contract.

It’s worth paying attention to when the 49ers draft Big Ten players, too.

The last time the 49ers chose a player out of the power conference, general manager Trent Baalke plucked Penn State linebacker NaVorro Bowman with the No. 91 overall pick in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Bowman became a full-time starter in 2011, led the 49ers in tackles and was selected as an All-Pro.

So who will potentially join the 49ers in this year’s draft? That remains to be seen. However, several top prospects are entering the draft from Big Ten schools coming off a competitive season.

In conference play, Wisconsin dropped a few last-second games, but rebounded to win the inaugural Big Ten Championship game over Michigan State, one of the teams which narrowly beat the Badgers in the regular season.

With several standouts from both schools representing the conference in this year’s draft, as well as a number of intriguing players out there for the taking, which Big Ten players would you like to see wearing a 49ers uniform in 2012?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Posted in Announcements | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “49 in 49: Big Ten Week”

  1. By DRUSTOPO on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kevin Zeitler, OG, WISC

    Guy is a BEAST!!!

  2. By Nick on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Zietler would be a great plug and play guard from wisconsin, I also like the value in grabbing wr nick toon, another badger, in the 3rd or 4th!!!!

  3. By Roco on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Zeitler, so Chilo Rachal is never again on the field for a snap.

  4. By ZimmyBuffett on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to see Marvin McNutt in 49ers colors but would be happy with any Hawkeye!

  5. By bigearl on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Coach Harbaugh plays everyone, he’ll use all palys at all positions nomatter what he believes in keeping his players HEALTHY about Randy Moss we have all our WRs you think his a risk..? why not try 1yr.

  6. By MC on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    WR Stephen Hill, IN THE MOCK DRAFT IT SAID ALSHONN Jeffery but Hill is moving up!

  7. By trott33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Marvin Mcnutt WR from Iowa, could be a sleeper in 3rd or 4th round. Not a speedster, but can catch anything you throw at
    him. He was a QB early on at Iowa so he is a decent athlete.

  8. By jrparker on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Why the 49ers should trade down in the first round and pick up an additional 3rd or early 4th round pick. Because there will be #1 talent in the middle of the second at the 3-4 DE, CB, OG and WR positions and because we could use and additional pick. There are some quality players to be had in the 3rd and forth rounds at DE, WR and OG.

  9. By jrparker on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    My revised mock draft based upon needs and probability players may be available.

    1)Kolechi Osemele…………………….OG……Incredible strength, 35″ reach and just what our running game has been needing.
    2)Marvin Jones………………………….WR…..Good route runner, concentration and great 10″ hands.
    3)Derek Wolfe…………………………..DE/DT…. A great 3-4 book end for Justin Smith
    4) Trenton Robinson……………………FS/CB…A solid back up at FS and CB and a future starter.
    5) Scott Wedige………………………….C…………Way underrated and a need.
    6) Miles Burris……………………………OLB/ST..This guy is a major disruptor. Looks much better on film then much higher rated OLB’s
    7) Cody Johnson…………………………FB/ST. He is the short yardage FB we have been needing and will also help at opening holes for Gore and Hunter.

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