The closer we get to the 2012 NFL Draft, now two days away, just about every football analyst under the sun has an opinion on how the first 32 picks will turn out.
In the meantime, 49ers players continue to prepare for the upcoming season through their participation in the team’s offseason strength program. Photos from the first two weeks of the nine-week program show the 49ers strength staff putting the players through a variety of challenging drills.
Soon, a number of rookies will assert themselves into the strength program when they’re officially a part of the organization. But before that happens, let’s take a look at some of the latest draft headlines concerning the 49ers.
Tony Pauline of SI.com discusses some of the last-minute NFL Draft risers, which includes Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee profiles Silatolu, a Tracey native, who could be a target of the 49ers when they make the 30th pick.
Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle shares positive comments on Silatolu from former 49ers defensive lineman Pierce Holt, who coached against the intriguing Division II prospect.
Don Banks of SI.com looks at some of the lesser-known prospects that could become big-time pro players in his annual “Wes Welker Watch List.”
The NFL Network’s on-air talent recently filmed a first-round group mock draft where former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci predicted his old team would take Stanford tight end Coby Fleener in the first round.
Charley Casserly of the NFL Network pegs Boise State running back Doug Martin as San Francisco’s first-round pick in his fifth and final mock draft of the 2012 offseason. NFL.com’s full list of mock drafts can be found here.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com makes a case for North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins being available at pick No. 30.
Maiocco also examines the 49ers roster addition possibilities with team’s now allowed to invite 90 players into training camp.
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News shares comments made this time last year when the 49ers surprised many by taking Aldon Smith in the first round.
Wes Bunting of NationalFootballPost.com continues his week-long mock draft, selecting USC tight end Rhett Ellison in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) and Toledo CB Desmond Morrow in the seventh round (No. 237 overall).
Lastly, we continued our “Rookie Reflections” series by looking at the impressive rookie season of cornerback Chris Culliver.
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