Sixteen days from now, we’ll know which college prospect will become the very first 2012 draft pick to join the San Francisco 49ers.
The buildup seems endless, and it’ll feel that way the closer we get to April 26. It seems like every day new mock drafts are being shared online with experts drawing on all different sorts of reasons for why the 49ers should select various players.
Tuesday is no different, with two new mock draft offerings for 49ers Faithful to look over. As was the case with many mock drafts released last week, there remains no clear-cut consensus on who is the 49ers’ top option at the No. 30 overall selection. However, a local 49ers beat writer has gone out on a limb once again to unveil his 2012 “draft crush.”
More on who the 49ers could potentially be eyeing and additional draft news can be found after the jump.
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com has gone the other route with his second mock draft. With many prognosticators penciling in various wide receivers to the 49ers in the first round, Silva believes Wisconsin offensive lineman Peter Konz will be the selection because of the position versatility he provides. “Konz can play guard and center,” Silva writes. “Both need areas in San Fran.”
The Sporting News goes a different direction as well with its latest mock draft offering. With the No. 30 overall selection, Kendall Reyes, a defensive lineman out of Connecticut gets the nod in this mock.
As for the “draft crush” Bay Area football fans have been anxiously awaiting, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee chose Stanford tight end Coby Fleener to keep his honored tradition alive. Barrows places Fleener on a list that includes, Carl Nicks (2008), Percy Harvin (2009), C.J Spiller (2010) and Von Miller (2011).
It remains to be seen if Fleener is the selection at No. 30, but it’s worth noting that teams will be more prone to trade up in this year’s draft. ESPN senior NFL analyst John Clayton discusses the topic in his latest ESPN.com mailbag. According to Clayton, there’s only been four trades involving top-five picks since 2000, but if a team has a pressing need trades, the phones should be ringing heavily inside of draft rooms.
Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com shares information on some of the top prospects who will travel to Indianapolis this week for medical rechecks. Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill headline the group.
Greg Cosell of NFL Films offers a blog post detailing the merits of several of this year’s top wide receiver prospects. Cosell breaks down possible NFL roles for receivers like LSU wideout Rueben Randle, South Carolina wideout Alshon Jeffrey and Rutgers wideout Mohamed Sanu.
Lastly, if you missed Monday’s live updated on 49ers.com, we revealed the 32 members of the 2012 Gold Rush Cheerleaders.
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