Let the Madden curse debate continue.
Patrick Willis has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2013 EA Madden video game cover tournament where he’s pitted against Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
In a recent appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Willis spoke openly about wanting to grace the cover and becoming the first defensive players to solely be on the Madden cover since Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
For those scoring at home, Willis has already defeated Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
More insight on Willis’ quest for the Madden cover and a busy day of 49ers headlines are recapped after the jump.
Matt Barrows of The Sacrament Bee explores the recent track record of Madden cover athletes and wonders if Willis will fall victim to the so-called “Madden curse.”
Don Banks of SI.com released his fifth mock draft of the 2012 offseason and like many of his counterparts, Banks lists Stanford tight end Coby Fleener as San Francisco’s choice with the No. 30 overall pick.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando takes the mock drafts a step further by listing 14 different mock draft offerings and their respective choices for NFC West teams. Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler was the clubhouse leader with four different mock drafts penciling in the Big Ten lineman to the 49ers.
Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com examines 10 players he considers to be safe draft picks.
In 49ers news, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that tackle Alex Boone could be given a chance to compete for the team’s starting right guard position.
Maiocco also offers a rundown of prospects with local college and high school ties that’ll potentially attend the 49ers local pro day set for next Wednesday.
With veteran safety Madieu Williams signing with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, Barrows took a look at the 49ers depth at the position.
Lastly, the 49ers will compete with the New York Giants once again as the teams are featured in ProFootballHallofFame.com’s “Jersey Showdown” tournament. The uniforms worn by the 1973 49ers are in competition with the threads worn by the 1936 Giants.
TWEET ABOUT IT
49ers cornerback Cory Nelms shared big news on Twitter last night: special teams standout Tavares Gooden has created his own account.
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