The 2012 NFL Draft is three days away, and we can all agree, nobody has any indication on what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the No. 30 overall selection.
Trent Baalke, however, has a pretty good idea. The 49ers general manager said last week that there’s one player the team has in mind for its first-round pick. Yet, the rest of us continue to debate over potential 49ers on our water cooler visits.
Thankfully, respected NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has revealed his top 100 draft prospects and rankings by position. Mayock’s opinions will give fans a better idea of which players will be available when the team drafts at No. 30, No. 62 (second round) and No. 91 (third round).
Mayock’s rankings, 49ers draft needs and more headlines can be found after the jump.
Roger Goodell will announce San Francisco’s first-round pick, but Jesse Sapolu, a 13-year veteran on the 49ers offensive line, will be at the draft to announce the team’s second and third round selections. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares a list of all the former NFL players who will be announcing second- and third-round picks for their respective clubs.
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com lists guard, wide receiver, defensive line and cornerback as the 49ers biggest needs heading into the draft.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated foresees the 49ers being inclined to take the best player available regardless of position. King referred to Baalke as a “traditionalist” when it comes to the draft.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando shares the results of ESPN blog network’s mock draft. On behalf of the 49ers, Sando selected North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com continues his week-long mock draft and has the 49ers selecting Pittsburgh guard Lucas Nix in the fourth round (No. 125 overall) and California defensive end Trevor Guyton in the fifth round (No. 165 overall).
NFL Network analyst and NFL.com contributor Michael Lombardi shares 10 draft predictions which includes a note about Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones being a “hot commodity.”
Safety Colin Jones became the first 2011 draft class member to share reflections from his rookie season with 49ers.com.
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