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Morning Tailgate: April 19

Posted by Taylor Price on April 19, 2012 – 9:32 AM

The more NFL mock drafts are being released, the more professional football writers seem to think Stanford tight end Coby Fleener will be the San Francisco 49ers’ choice with the No. 30 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Fleener attended Wednesday’s local pro day at 49ers headquarters, “to say hello and get to know everyone.” The talented Stanford tight end, figured by many to be the first player drafted at his position, did not participate in the workout.

It remains to be seen if Fleener is in the team’s plans with their first-round pick. According to general manager Trent Baalke, the 49ers have one player already in mind for the No. 30 overall pick. That’s what Baalke explained to reporters when discussing the team’s plans in his pre-draft press conference.

More on Fleener, the 49ers’ draft options and an announcement on the team’s New Santa Clara Stadium groundbreaking ceremony can be found after the jump.

Don Banks of SI.com continues to pencil in Fleener as San Francisco’s first-round selection. Fleener to the 49ers remains Banks’ assessment at pick No. 30 in his sixth mock draft of the 2012 offseason.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner Blog recently reviewed the pros and cons of Fleener’s game in his “Shutdown 50” prospect evaluation. Farrar compares Fleener to New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee hypothesizes that West Virginia outside linebacker Bruce Irvin could be the player that Baalke and the 49ers covet in the first round.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares Harbaugh’s comments on San Francisco’s recently released 2012 schedule. Said Harbaugh on the team’s season opener in Green Bay, “Whoever that was in the opener, that’s where my eyes went immediately.”

Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune reports former 49ers guard Chilo Rachal has signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

Since there’s been so many first-round mock drafts discussed in our Morning Tailgate posts, let’s take a look at a second-round mock draft thanks to Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com. Bunting has the 49ers taking Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward with the No. 61 overall pick.


The team’s New Santa Clara Stadium groundbreaking ceremony will be streamed live on 49ers.com tonight at 6 p.m. PT.

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18 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: April 19”

  1. By sterf on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    is that a serious quote everyone has us taking our 10th offensive linemen of this decade at 30.

  2. By the fanster on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I cant see baalke and harbaugh wasting a 1st round pick on a T.E. when we have delanie walker and vernon davis,,we need help at wr, safety, and o-line,,

  3. By jose ole on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    @ fanster. They say when walkers contracts up this year he plans on trying to find a starting role else where

  4. By the fanster on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    man,one week till the draft,,that is the start of football season for me,,cuz after that is off season work outs,,ota’s,,mini camps and the training camp and then BOOM!! pre season starts,,,SEE YOU AT THE ‘STICK!!

  5. By JE on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Go 49ers!! Super Bowl 6 and 7 coming!!

  6. By the fanster on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply


  7. By the fanster on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    delanie walker might be inclined to sign a new 2 year deal after we win the super bowl,so keep your hopes up jose and lets hope we get stephen hill from GT at 30 in the 1st round

  8. By dave g. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Right On Fanster! We need a BEAST WR! TALL & FAST. To have one helps open up soooo many aspects of an offense. It will open the underneath stuff, less congestion for RB’s, play action works more effectively & redzone offense gets more TD’s when you have a tall WR outleaping dbs (even when covered!). I know Hill is raw BUT he has more upside than the other guys they talking about AND with 1 year under Moss, he will be ready when Moss retires on TOP AS A CHAMP! I am telling you…this guy has a lot of similarities to Megatron AND remember Magatron only had 758 yards and 4 TD’s his rookie year. They are very similar in size but Hill is faster!

  9. By dave g. on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    I hope we can squeeze out at least 80% of the old Randy in 2012! We got the D, now we need the O to shift in the next gear! Dear Lord…give us NINER FANS A BIG, FAST, TALL WR who scares corners & helps our QB be more productive! We miss the days of having one in RED & GOLD!

  10. By the fanster on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply


  11. By LU on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    WOW..football is just around the corner…and everyone is guessing at what….9ers need a wide receiver and help at the o-line..that’s it………….

  12. By rjdniner on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    iam still going with Jeffery our 30th pick ….

  13. By Kyle on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Dont forget, we still need a guard…

  14. By 49fSINCE '67 on Apr 20, 2012 | Reply

    Guys we p/u recievers to fill a very large hole…I’m a crab fan…the guy now is going to have some help and hopefully a break at camp.We needed astud for short yardage and I believe we filled that too.The biggest problem we have is when one of our OL lineman go down…I say get akid to fill in when neccessary, you never want to skip a beat.same with DL. If anybody on the west coast have ever seen UCONN play..remember Kendall Reyes…the gut is an absolute beast.

  15. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    RJD i like Jeffrey too he has amazing hands…Hill is the better athlete but i hate that he catches with his body mostly….Good thing about Jeffrey is we can also prob get him at Pick 61…just wish he was faster thats prob the most important trait in the NFL but he did get away with it in the SEC so should be interesting!!

  16. By rjdniner on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    NINERSS we, ll see …….. hey kyl …. they got 3or 4 guys trying for that spot ….

  17. By dave g. on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    49fSINCE ’67…I think you need to really look at our roster. We have Kilgore, Person, Chisolm & Boone all competing for the open Guard spot. While I agree that its important we fill that spot we did draft Guard Kilgore just after Kendall Hunter last year. And we drafted Guard Person last year. We have Alex Boone who at 6’8″ 312 lbs is converting from T to G. We signed G Garrett Chisolm in January & is 6’6″ 300 lbs. Now I am not disagreeing that we need to fill that starting spot BUT I think no matter who we draft those guys immediately may have a leg up since our coaches have been working with most of the already. Honestly WR & CB/S is our biggest needs because Moss is not guaranteed and we only have for 1 year, maybe two if we lucky & safety is looking thin and Goldson has not signed.

  18. By rjdniner on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    dave g…..what seem to be the hold up on the Goldson deal ….. lets hope so…. my qustion is who would replace staly if he were to go down… would it be BOONE …..

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