Each year, several high-profile NFL Draft prospects earn invites to New York City for a chance to hear their names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. While everyone knows players like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be in the green room on April 26, there are some other less familiar names that help make up this year’s record-setting group of 26 invitees.
As for for the 49ers, who hold the No. 30 pick in the first round, there is still plenty of speculation as to which direction they will go. Some say San Francisco will look for more weapons at the wide receiver position while others mention the possible offensive guards who could be worthy of a late, first-round selection.
Aldon Smith shook Goodell’s hand and posed for pictures at Radio City Music Hall during the 2011 NFL Draft, who will do it for the 49ers this year? The latest 49ers draft headlines can be found after the jump.
The NFL officially released the list of 26 invitees on Thursday and you may notice some familiar names from our 49 in 49 pre-draft series. NFL.com also put together a photo gallery featuring all 26 of the invited players.
A couple of 49ers beat writers took a look at the deep class of offensive guards that make up the 2012 NFL Draft. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com examines a number of options at interior line that the 49ers could consider drafting. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee profiles Tracy native Amini Silatolu, an intriguing guard from little-known Midwestern State College who has drawn plenty of interest from NFL teams.
Barrows also reported that the 49ers hosted Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright for a visit on Thursday and that Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill is scheduled to visit team headquarters in Santa Clara this weekend. Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle also breaks down other wide receivers that have been linked with the 49ers during the pre-draft process.
Tight end Delanie Walker discussed the 49ers involvement with missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar in a thoughtful interview with KNBR on Thursday. Barrows also noted the efforts of Alex Smith and other 49ers teammates who have helped during the search for LaMar.
In case you missed yesterday’s coverage on 49ers.com, we profiled head strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama for our Coach ‘Em Up Series. You can read his story and watch his interview. Also, we featured Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles for our latest 49 in 49 player profile.
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Vernon Davis stopped by spring football practice for his Alma mater Maryland and talked to coach Randy Edsall and his players on Thursday.
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