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49 in 49: Pac-12 Week

Posted by Taylor Price on April 2, 2012 – 12:54 PM

Our pre-draft series continues into the first week of April with a look at the best players hailing from the West Coast, specifically the Pac-12 conference.

With 2011 serving as the first year of the Pac-12 expanding to a dozen teams, there was no shortage of talent being represented on the gridiron.

The 49ers have a history of taking players from the conference, too. Eight players on the team’s current roster are from Pac-12 schools (however, quarterback Alex Smith technically played at Utah when it was part of the Mountain West Conference).

It was a competitive inaugural Pac-12 season from top to bottom. Sanctions kept USC out of the conference title game, but the University of Oregon beat UCLA soundly in the inaugural Pac-12 title game before defeating the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

With such a competitive conference full of talented players, it’s not hard to envision such players joining the 49ers in the future.

In the past two years alone San Francisco drafted a Pac-10 receiver in the sixth-round.

Considering several of Jim Harbaugh’s former Stanford players are marching up the draft board on top of a number of talented Pac-12 players, who would you like to see wearing a 49ers uniform in 2012? More Stanford players familiar with the 49ers schemes or players from other Pac-12 schools?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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9 Responses to “49 in 49: Pac-12 Week”

  1. By Josh on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Kaddu is a really underrated OLB, and we could add some depth there. I also like LaMichael James, and he would compliment our other backs perfectly. Fleener would be a good pick-up, too, but I’m not sure we need to draft a TE this year.

  2. By RednGold1 on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Coby Fleener to the Niners. Thanks.

  3. By Miguel on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Would love to see any (or all in a perfect world) of these players in a 49er uniform: David DeCastro, Coby Fleener, Chris Polk (UW), Juron Criner (UA).

  4. By Takimoto on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Obviously Coby Fleener would be fantastic, but if the Niners decide there’s more of a need with their first-rounder, and he isn’t there in round two, Oregon’s David Paulson could be a nice Day 3 pickup to add tight end depth. Great hands, and has NFL potential as a blocker.

    I’d also love to see Cal’s Marvin Jones in a Niner uniform. Can’t have too many receivers.

  5. By Jim1946 on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Trade up to get Fleener. He and V Davis would terrorize the opponents as they try to cover those two + Manningham, Crabtree and hopefully Moss. I like Decastro but he might be to costly a trade up. Iupati and DeCastro sound awfully good as LG and RG though. The upside of those 2 seems pretty awesome..

  6. By BC on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Polk is the real deal! He’d be a perfect replacement for Gore in a few years. Go Dawgs! Go Niners!

  7. By Tom on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    #1 – David DeCastro, far and away the guy I want most in this whole draft.

    #2 – Coby Fleener, great target for Alex, would open things up in the red zone.
    #3 – LaMichael James, breakaway speed and underrated strength and toughness.

  8. By rjdniner on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Remenber were at 30th AZ , ST LOUSE , SEATTLE . are not going to let use get any top rated players , and remenber some top rated players turn into stude muffins and alot of them showed up at the combin and smoked it they had alot of time to prepare for it Trenntt and JIM got this kide smith and nobody saw that coming 13 or 14 sacks . They ell make the right pick .

  9. By leroyjenkem on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    LaMichael James would be a bust over rated and under performed during the pro workouts. Comes from Oregons fast paced option offense nothing the niners run or any NFL team. Hes not Ray Rice and choked against big bodied defenses like the SEC teams Oregon lost too. Probably a fat chance but Decastro would be a good first round pick. Im sure Harbagh wants the chance to finally coach him.

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