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Morning Tailgate: April 24

Posted by Taylor Price on April 24, 2012 – 9:58 AM

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.

Mike Mayock’s top-100 draft prospects and positional ranking on NFL.com are a great primer for anyone seeking draft insight.

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.


Welcome to the family. 49ers linebacker Tavares Gooden shares the news of his son’s birth.

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51 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: April 24”

  1. By abe37 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    congrats Gooden!! he just needs some 49ers gear!!

  2. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    welcome to the family little man,,a big congrats to Tavares Gooden,,his wife and new family.what better way to welcome your new son into the world but with a super bowl victory

  3. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    wow,as if alshon jeffrys didnt have enough red flags on him coming out,there is a fast spreading rumor that the kid tested positive for pot before the combine

  4. By Micah on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Trent and Jim will take the best player available. WR OL CB DL all are choices that would be great with the 30th pick and we have the luxury of taking the best player at those positions. My only advice is OL is stacked in this draft so I think we can get a solid OL in the later rounds, also we have Kilgore and Boone ready to step up to the starting position so we should focus on a WR like Hill if hes still there and if not and Hill is gone we should go for either DB Stephan Gilmore or DL in Dontario Poe or Chandler Jones. My man Justin Smith is a beast but he is in his last years and we need to replace him while hes still with us so a rookie can learn from him

  5. By rjdniner on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    fanster im not going to switch my chioce because of a pot rumor ,he probably drop to the 2nd rnd… hey remenber WARREN SAPP had that same rumeor he still got pick up by the … bucks,,, this is so mch fun .. who got dop ..and who got the red flags … today ………… watching a child being born is greater than the super bowl

  6. By michael on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I would be happy with either Hill (WR) Zeiglter (OG) or Jenkins (CB)

  7. By kram on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    ok i got things kinda going on trading for browns 4th pick yesterday for blackmon..looking more into blackmon i agree it’s not worth wasting draft picks with that said at 30th we will see…so lets go past 1st rd. and move to the all important later rds……i love this guy cousins qb from mich.st, i know i know kram don’t start with qb stuff but he could just be that diamond we niner fans have been waiting since joe…not comparing him to joe in anyway…my daughters name is montana enough said…coach is a big ten guy..seeing more tape and hearing cousins talk he is a winner. with the sighing of johnson it kinda rises a question on coachs take of kap..i think kap. could be odd man out if he doesn’t show big this preseason…

  8. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    rjd,,alshon has been slated to go in the mid to late 2nd round all along,,he was never slated to be a 1st round pick

  9. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    when you watch one playr in particular you tend to fall in love with that player and maybe get a little dis-illusioned with how high a talent level that player may have

  10. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    you seem to have this love affair with anyone playing for south carolina

  11. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    now get mad at me for calling you out on that but if you go back and look at the last 10-12 morning tailgate blogs,,,just about every player you name being drafted by the 49ers seems to have played ball at south carolina,,take the time to look at other players aside from the ones you watch on tv every saturday,,

  12. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    and i meant dont get mad at me for calling you out

  13. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    where I live we only get the pac 12 conf. games but you wont see me saying draft every kid out of cal or stanford,

  14. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    and when i made the post about alshon maybe testing positive for pot I dont seem to read anywhere where I said you should change your mind about drafting him,,silly goose,,,we will know soon enough who gets to thump their chest and tell everyone,,yup I was right thats the guy I been saying all along that the 49ers should take in the first round

  15. By rjdniner on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    YOU ARE ADSOLUTLY CORRECT …….no two peaple watch football the same ….. when a player is mention ill go check him out i just got done spending time , looking at a player to make my own judgement …

  16. By rjdniner on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    ive mention two . one is a 1st rnd pick …. i love this stuff and iam not made gotta go talk to you later

  17. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply


  18. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    man,,,baaalke just had a quick press conference confirming that a team picking in the top 15 has contacted him looking to move back in the draft..he reiterated that nothing is finalized or for sure but , yes a few teams have contacted him looking to possibly move back in this thursday draft,,,,STEPHEN HILL WIDE RECIEVER GT,,,,,,,,,CAN IT BE???????

  19. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ KRAM,,,ive been a big fan of cousins from MICH ST.,,also I have been enamoured with BJ CUNNINGHAM,,his big play WIDE-OUT,,also a big fan of GRIF WALHEN the wes welker clone from stanford

  20. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    also another wide-out sneaking up everyones draft board is the kid from cal MARVIN JONES,, great possesion reciever who can kill it on the punt return

  21. By Chris K on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats on the new son! I currently have 6 children and still remember the day we brought each of them home. Enjoy him and I hope you and your wife are able to sleep…. Atleast a little.

  22. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    and I got fingers crossed we can some how get that kid trumaine johnson from montana,,he is a 6’2 215lb. corner who could play safety almost right away,,,there is gunna be alot of talent to be found in the later rounds

  23. By rjdniner on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    ya all from the SEC hahahaHAHA

  24. By gabriel49 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    congratulations to Tavares Gooden & his family on the birth of his son. The Yorks have a contract ready for ur son to sign when he gets out of the hospital.

  25. By rjdniner on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    FANSTER …… COMCAST bit thats funny as hell

  26. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    laff all you want i just heard the baalke interview on knbr 680 here in the bay area,,,dont get bent outta shape just cause you dont have the ability to hear it or watch it for your self,,hahaha

  27. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    like I said I get to hear any news about the 49ers straight from the front office,,,you get all your 49ers news second hand

  28. By the fanster on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    wrong,,,not all from the sec,,,geez rjd give it rest about the sec

  29. By Hmrhead on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    What??? If the Niners move up to 15 and take Stephen Hill, that will be a joke! The dude had 28 catches! I know Megatron is the bomb from the same school and Hill’s combine #s were sick. But you know who else blew up the combine? Taylor Mays. If we trade up for 15, that’s expensive. The only way we do that is for Decastro.Taking Hill would be idiotic. Our starting quarterback cant even make a deep throw, so unless Kaep gets the call, his 28 catches will be his ceiling. No thank you. If you’re right about the opportunity for 15, it has to be DeCastro.

  30. By kahntra52 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome to the Niner Nation little Gooden god bless u, u get to see ur daddy win a Super Bowl. Congrats Tavares and family.

  31. By rjdniner on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    fanster……. So your the only one that got that info , well just maybe there throwing that out there so peaple can get all excited , HOT RUMOR may give up 1st to some team to get more pick s in the 2nd the radio host was talking about doing it with cleveland …… I PRAY IT PURE SPECULATION ……

  32. By the fanster on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    again rjd,,I feel like im correcting a child,,,there plenty of people who either saw the interview on comcast sportsnet bay area,,or heard the interview on knbr 680,,,a LOCAL radio station,,,your out there on the east coast so I dont expect youll ever hear this interview,,,what?? just beacuse you didnt hear it or cant find a link to it somewhere on the internet it cant be true?? i have hadd a dozen phone calla text msgs or emails concerning this very quick interview with baalke on his way into the santa clara head office,,maybe you should move here to the bay area so you can believe it with your own eyes or ears,,

  33. By the fanster on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    @ hmrhead,,,moving up intoo the top 10 is expensive,,moving down to 15 wouldnt be that costly,,,but I dont think hill is the targeted player,,,,nor do I think its decastro,,,nor do I think they will move down att all,,,like I said,,,this reporter, along with many others,were following baalke from the parking lot of the headquarters into the building,,,one of them asked about the RUMOUR,,,HERE LOOK AT THIS RJD,,,,the rumor going araound that a certain un-named team had contacted the 49ers about trading down with them,,,then a bit later during his again look at this closely rjd,,,during his WEEKLY RADIO SHOW,,,,that,yes a certain team which he could not name at this time had indeed contacted him about a POSSIBLE TRADE,,,

  34. By the fanster on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    baakle does a WEEKLY radio show with 95.7 the game fm here in the bay area and also does a WEEKLY radio show with our local am station knbr 680,,

  35. By the fanster on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    dont hate just you cant get 1st hand information regarding the 49ers rjd,,I am permanently disabled and I am home 24-7,,,my tv is always on either nfl network or comcast sportsnet bay area,,,my laptop is always on tv49.com and my pc is always on 49ers.com…the 49ers are my hobby and my life,,,I do nothing else but pay attn to what my team is doing all year,,,dont give me this IT CANT BE TRUE BECAUSE I DIDNT SEE IT OR HEAR IT,,,relax buddy,,,the draft is tomorrow,,,we will know soon enough

  36. By dave g. on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    First off the Niners don’t have to move in the top 15 to get WR Stephen Hill because he does have doubters. I am not one of those doubters. Although, I do agree it would be stupid to trade up & give up extra picks for a guy you can get closer to the end of the 1st round, I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH THE TAYLOR MAYS COMPARISON. HmrHead…you seem to have this thought in your head that we are only looking at his combine numbers. Although combines don’t tell you the whole story, its enough for you to look a little closer. You know who had insane numbers at the combines BUT not so much in college? T.O.!!!! He was drafted in the 3rd round. He only had 667 yds & 1 TD his senior year in college (Chatanooga-Tenn) BUT he outshined all the 1st and 2nd rounders in combines: Keyshawn (1st player chosen that year!) had incredible stats in college, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison, Marvin Harrison, Eric Moulds, Armani Toomer, & many more ahead of T.O. My point is this: STOP WITH THE MAYS COMPARISON. T.O. was considered a beast even between those guys at the combines. For every Mays comparison, I can come up with a T.O. comparison. You need to watch more football than just what has happened lately and just as much as there is more than just combines, there is more than just stats! Hmrhead.

  37. By the fanster on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    RIGHT ON DAVE,once again you slam the door on some poor blog thoughts,,,YOUR THE MAN

  38. By the fanster on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    coach walsh took a big chance a on a kid from tiny mississpi valley state,,moving up from 28 to 18 I believe,,,stealing jerry rice away from the dreaded cowboys,,coach walsh always said,,if your in love with the guy,go get him before someone else does,,,stephen hill has so much upside,,he is well worth the risk vs reward factor,,,and if he IS the guy the 49ers have targeted in the 1st round,,,with all the media build-up surrounding hill they may feel inclined to move up to get him before someone like,,denver,,,or pittsburgh,,,or anyone else for that matter,,,regardless,,,we will know soon enough,,,right on dave for staying true to all these morning tailgate blogs,,,there are so few of us,,,rjd is one of us,,,we will have soooo much to blog about on thursday and threw the week-end,,,right on everyone AND GO 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By dave g. on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah Hmrhead, and BTW with those 28 catches Hill got he had 820 yrds & 5 TDs. Thats 29.3 yds a catch and a TD in every 5-6 catches! Do you even realize how hard that is to do in the GT offense? His senior numbers demolishes T.O.’s senior numbers who only had 1 TD. At the #30 spot that would be fantastic value for a 6’4″ guy who runs a 4.3. Do you even realize what that kind of beast can do for an offense? You the joke for not knowing fully what you talking about!

  40. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    what are we gonna do bout right tackle, right now maybe more of a need IMHO!

  41. By rjdniner on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    FANSTER Now i understand were your coming from … and now that i see that you were TRULY HONEST ….. Thank you …….. first i was born and raised about 3 hours north of frisco up highway 101.. been in the south a Long time thats why iam verey partial in favor of the… SEC .. you mention the nflnetwork i watch it. its lik they put the program on redail all the time . and agine thank you …….

  42. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    ‘rid’ we don’t say (firico) thank you!
    Last year I posted that FA would hurt us losing both players and coaches, sometimes its really good to be wrong!

  43. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    I still think that right tackle is a problem that we have to fix, myself I wish we would had keep Synder, Josh another loss that didn’t have to happen. Oh`well its kind of hard to second guess these guys!

  44. By rjdniner on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    not even frisco……. that no go

  45. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    did seven legally change his name to eleven, just asking ?

  46. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    yeah,. “that no go” but this sure the hcll does ………..

  47. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    yeah,. not good, but this is …

  48. By rjdniner on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    Last couple years didnt have to wait so longe for our pick this year itll be midnight ,wont have to worry about getting up BASIL it hard to keep players with all that money that they can get , as far as the coaching staff is concerned jim well keep it together …… case in piont look at how longe seifert stayed ….

  49. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    misunderstanding I was talking about what I had posted last year, about losing players to FA and thought for sure we would lose a coach or two. But for Josh and Synder we did well?

  50. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    didn’t he bring dexter carter back ,, OUCH talk about dropping the ball!

  51. By Basil on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    yeah I think you’re right about the draft, was thinking about going to a sport bar. was better when it started saturday am.

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