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Morning Tailgate: April 10

Posted by Taylor Price on April 10, 2012 – 9:51 AM

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.


CEO Jed York shared information on his efforts in the community working with Second Harvest Food Bank.

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14 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: April 10”

  1. By the fanster on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    yes,the draft is right around the corner.cant wait to see what harbaugh and trent do in this years sweepstakes.I would love to see them move up in the 1st round to draft either justin blackmon of ok. state or michael floyd of notre dame,or one of these stud linemen coming out.

  2. By LEW on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Yes! I agree man a nice young gun wide out would be lovely because he would be able to learn from a future hall of famer in randy moss

  3. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    yeah a stud OT would be a nice move up with him and lupati the running game would be surgeing …the niners have always been a small line team would like to see some good bulk up there pushing the defense around and moving the line at will

  4. By Ladybug on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    YUP I’d like to see more bulk in the Offensive line…and some receivers who can actually catch the ball !……Looks like things are shaping up and hopefully when the draft comes, we can get our wish list fulfilled.

  5. By rjdniner on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    eleven years , there going to be some good comptation for that OG postion, that kid forme south caralina that the niners signed in feb he A BEAST

  6. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to see a wideout taken because our problem has not been solved with an aging moss and manningham, neither of whom are a stud #1 receiver (moss not anymore)….O-lineman although are usually safe picks, but do need time to develop…tough to just throw them out there and expect a lot….I think Kilgore will fill in that spot well and we can take an O-lineman later on.

  7. By SHIP on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Drafting OL all depends on how Harbaugh & Baalke feels about the development of Kilgore & Person & adding Chisolm in FA. I tend to agree with NINERSS ALL DAYYY on this one.

  8. By ELEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    receiver 2nd def…..1st round if they dont trade up CB we need some depth and maybe a gem if it happens

  9. By kram on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    how about giving up pick to pitt. for wallace? there”s your stud wr for years to come..throw in crabtree and pick for wallace..what kind of wr are niners going to get at their pick? pay wallace and u got a stud wr.. line up moss one side wallace other and manningham now u have a soild core of wr’s..just thinking of it makes me say WOW! add davis they will score 28 every game!

  10. By Mutney on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I think OL is deeper than quality WR’s in this year’s draft. Hope the Niners are inclined to pick WR or TE (Fleener) in the first rd and then possibly trade up in the second RD to get the best versatile lineman available in say mid-2nd or their spot at the end of the second.

  11. By John on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I like what the 49ers have done in FA. They have taken the presure off to pick a WR at 30. They can now get the best player available at 30. If Fleener is still there I say grab him. Then maybe move in the 2nd rd and get another lineman or wr. They now don’t have to draft for needs. Great offseason job in the front office.

  12. By kram on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    i think they should wait and see what oline guys get cut and pick a seasoned vet up who can still play and teach young oline guys..get a oline late in draft. if they don’t make a move up or trade for wallace i’d trade out of pick and get more picks for furture years.guy i think coach will draft is a sleeper from stanford chris owusu wr or b.j. cunningham mich. state wr. watch for these guys..if u take fleener te. what do u do with walker? if they keep pick and draft at there spot i’d like them to pick a cb or safety let them learn this awesome defense and have them for years to come.

  13. By the fanster on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    is there a WR worthy of a 1st pick at 30? if we are going to draft a WR in the 1st round we would have to move up,wouldnt we? with the 30th pick in round 1 if we dont move up wouldnt it seem more likely to take an OT/G? there will be alot of late round talent at WR like that kid from florida atlantic,,but WR is an area where we are thin even with the additions of manningham and moss,but seriously,its all just speculation at this point

  14. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I see your point FANSTER and it makes sense in regards to taking an o-lineman late in the 1st round but im with KRAM when it comes to going after someone like Wallace full force…we need a Wallace or something close to it….Manningham is not a big playmaker he was good because he had a great qb throwing to him a qb that made plays….Smith is solid but he is not the type to make a receiver Better…he needs a receiver with dominant speed or size or both!!!O-line def needs work but i say our main concern is still at WR

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