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2012 #Draft49 Blog

Posted by Taylor Price on April 26, 2012 – 4:47 PM

The 2012 NFL Draft has yet to start and already there’s been a huge trade.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns have swapped the No. 3 and 4 overall picks. Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns gave up picks in the fourth round (No. 118 overall), fifth round (No. 139 overall) and seventh round (No. 211 overall) to make the trade happen. The Vikings moved down one spot so the Browns could presumably select Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

The draft will begin at 5 p.m. PT.

Make sure you follow our @49ers Twitter account for instant #Draft49 updates and frequently visit our 49ers Draft Central page where you can find our draft room camera.

Currently, the 49ers Faithful are filling up the Santa Clara Convention Center to get the best seats for the team’s annual draft party. Head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to speak to the fans at the start of the draft. Harbaugh was met with a serious ovation from the 49ers Faithful. Fans even chanted his name towards the end of his speech.

5:15 PM Update

It didn’t take the full 10 minutes for the Indianapolis Colts to make the first overall selection. The Colts did the expected and drafted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. According to Schefter, Luck is the 12th quarterback taken No. 1 overall in the last 15 years.

In another non-surprise move, the Washington Redskins selected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall selection. Griffin dressed appropriately to the event, wearing Redskins colored socks. According to NFL Network host Rich Eisen, Nike is hot-pressing uniforms backstage. Griffin’s last name was already on a Washington No. 1 jersey.

5:25 Update

Lots of movement taking place. The Browns took Richardson, the Vikings took USC tackle Matt Kalil and now the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock after working out a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Jaguars have moved up to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

5:35 PM Update

The St. Louis Rams have traded with the Dallas Cowboys. LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is the pick at No. 6. The Cowboys traded their No. 14 and No. 45 overall choices to the Rams to take Claiborne. The Rams now have the 14th, 33rd, 39th and 45th choices in this year’s draft.

5:50 PM Update

Alabama safety Mark Barron is the second member of the Crimson Tide to be picked in the top seven selections. Barron is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choice at No. 7. Florida’s other NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, has just drafted Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall selection. So far, only the quarterbacks Luck, Griffin and Tannehill have gone to the team’s they were perceived to go to. Tannehill just became the first A&M quarterback to be taken in the first three rounds of the draft.

Back-to-back picks are in at the 9th and 10th picks. The Carolina Panthers took Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly at 9; the Buffalo Bills took South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore at 10.

6:05 PM Update

The Kansas City Chiefs have selected Memphis defensive tackle Donatri Poe at pick No. 11. Next pick, the Seattle Seahawks traded the No. 12 selection to the Philadelphia Eagles who are now on the clock. The Seahawks acquired the Eagles No. 15 overall pick, No. 114 overall pick (fourth round) and No. 172 overall pick (sixth round).

The Eagles have moved up to select Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

6:20 PM Update

The first team in the NFC West to make a pick is the Arizona Cardinals. They’ve selected Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd at No. 13. The Rams and Seahawks both traded out of the top 12.

The Rams, who made a trade with the Cowboys, have taken LSU DT Michael Brockers with the 14th overall pick.

6:30 PM Update

The Seahawks have selected West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick.

6:45 PM Update

The 16th and 17th picks have been made. The New York Jets drafted North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples; the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Alabama has three of the first 17 draft picks in this year’s draft.

The San Diego Chargers have picked South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram at pick No. 18. The Chicago Bears drafted a pass rusher with the No. 19 overall pick, Boise State defensive end Shea McCLellin.

7:00 PM Update

The Tennessee Titans have selected Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright at No. 30. The New England Patriots have just traded up with the Cincinnati Bengals to make the No. 21 selection. Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is the pick.

7:15 PM Update

Picks are coming in fast and furious. The Cleveland Browns have drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden at pick No. 22. The Detroit Lions took Iowa tackle Riley Riff at No. 23 and the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Stanford guard David DeCastro at pick No. 24.

Surprise, surprise, another trade. The New England Patriots have moved up again to take Alablama linebacker Dont’a Hightower at pick No. 25, a pick previously held by the Denver Broncos.

7:30 PM Update

The Houston Texans have selected Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus at pick No. 26. The Cincinnati Bengals have selected Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler with pick No. 27.

7:50 PM Update

The Green Bay Packers selected USC linebacker Nick Perry at pick No. 28. The Minnesota Vikings selected Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith at pick No. 29.

The 49ers selected Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins with their No. 30 overall selection. Jenkins ran a 4.39, 40-yard dash at his pro day and led the Big Ten Conference with 6.9 receptions per game.

8:00 PM Update

Once again, another trade. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have moved back into the first round to take Boise State running back Doug Martin at pick No. 31. The New York Giants selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd pick of the first round.

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81 Responses to “2012 #Draft49 Blog”

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


  2. By johninchina on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    what? Luck gone? shoot, i had him down for us at #30 ! tooooo bad . . .

  3. By Ryan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    The draft cam is not working? Is anyone else having problems?

  4. By 9erblood on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    What side of the ball do u guys think we at going to draft?

  5. By Loconiner on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wish I was at the party THE FANSTER!

  6. By jeromy on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    we need a good QB, hopefully someone will still be available

  7. By johninchina on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    in Trent we trust . . . go niners !

  8. By Loconiner on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    we need help down field, maybe a safety.

  9. By Loconiner on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply


  10. By David Whitaker on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    We have already lost two players that we could really use Guar/tackle Zieler (sp) and fleener TE

  11. By ricky on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    We could use a Safety, 6-2 CB, or another 6-3 wr.

  12. By Allen Taylor on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    My guess…an OT.

  13. By David Whitaker on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    coach and GM must be looking at thw best player available. I hope they find a good on at 30

  14. By stixzman on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    What!? We need to replace Snyder and another CB!!

  15. By BrentwoodEric on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    wow unexpected but “In Trent we trust” go NINERS!

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


  17. By David Whitaker on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I feel they got a good young WR to learn from manningham and Moss good pick good verticle stretch the field guy

  18. By KDB on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    They have been addressing the GALRING needs all off season and now in the first round. a speed guy from IL I like it, what the heck the staff has been super all all along so far.

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


  20. By Allen Taylor on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    A WR? I thought we were loaded with WRs.

  21. By Travis on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I sure hope this new WR isn’t another F’in pre-Madonna like what we have building right now. Coach has his hands full keeping these guys in check. Believe my friends……

  22. By David Whitaker on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    maybe we can still get fleener

  23. By Nate on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    AJ Jenkins? What didn’t they see in Stephen Hill?

  24. By Jim1946 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I guess you just have to have faith. Still would have liked Fleener.

  25. By goose31 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    that was an awful pick at 30, we addressed WR need via FA and we already have a “fast” guy in Ted Ginn, Jr. and that hasn’t worked out well. We could have paired Fleener with Davis and/or filled some OL needs…..bad pick

  26. By goose31 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    is this a blog or a censor session…..I say its a bad pick and it sits in “moderation”…whatever..I hope they don’t waste the other 6 picks we have…..we need to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke and draft some decent players that have a shot at making the club this year.

  27. By Nate on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    yeah, I give Harbaugh the benefit of the doubt until he proves he lost that right, I’m just confused

  28. By goose31 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    good luck to all and enjoy the party I’m switching to NHL playoffs.

  29. By coleman on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    would have rather had Stephen Hill. O well, they are smarter than I.

  30. By devin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    seems like they could of gotten much better talent then aj jenkins

  31. By Plauer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I feel that Jenkins will be a Mike Wallace type guy for us. We need the speedster guy to stretch the field. Also, When Moss quits on us we will need the depth at WR.

  32. By EG49er4Life on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    AJ Jenkins, boy i thought they would have taken fleener or hill, but I have faith in coach and balke. they have made great choices before and i am sure they will cont…GO NINERS…Round two

  33. By devin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    they could of picked up fleener at te or jenkins at cb or hill or many other people that look better than this guy

  34. By Robert on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good pick the young man is quick…….good #30 coach and baalke….go niners

  35. By benny hernandez on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    WE had one reception for three yds. against the Giants in the playoffs
    last yr.A.J.Jenkins lead the Big Ten Conference for seven catches a game!!!
    Have A little faith in our 49er staff.Aldon Smith was not a too bad a choice
    for us last yr.

  36. By devin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    all i can say is maybe they see something in him i don’t he seems to short and under weight

  37. By Plauer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now that the Cardinals got another wide receiver in the Fitzgerald mold we need to shore up the secondary some more. Big corner somewhere? I also think that if we have the chance to move up and grab Fleener it would be hard to stop him and Vernon. Lamichael James would be worth a move also, he could be a home run threat, We could use him like Sproles for the Saints.

  38. By 49fsince67 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    look what happened last year with smith..braintrust certainly know thier stuff…obviously they saw something..Niners are going vertical this year ..all I know about jenkins is he is fast and has great hands..NO DROP HERE..welcome to the niners Jenkins!!!

  39. By jeff on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think hill would have been a way better future #2 target in the redzone. A bunch of short lightning quick receivers. But, like every body else has mentioned harbaugh and balke are geniouses

  40. By Allen Taylor on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think they are addressing special teams with Jenkins…T Ginn, Jr. needs a back up, or replacement down the road. After losing the NFC Championship on a couple of special teams plays, it probably makes sense.

  41. By devin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    ya but i think jenkins would have still be available in the next round so they could of gotten another starter at a different post. and then gotten jenkins in the 2nd round

  42. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I am shocked! Although I agree with a WR, I am very surprised. The man has tremendous speed, I really hope it works out!. What we have to remind ourselves is there are many WR’s who are ranked very high who come out every year but don’t deliver the goods. Baalke & Harbaugh knows a lot more than we do BUT at least they agree that WR was a need. It killed us in the NFC Championship. With Manningham, Crabtree, Moss & now A.J. Jenkins we are not taking any chances of not having enough firepower in that area! That was the biggest issue & we ALL can agree the position has been addressed.What everyone needs to keep in mind is A.J. Jenkins is built exactly like Mike Wallace with the same speed. Mike Wallace was drafted in the 3rd round AND A.J. Jenkins will be a lot cheaper than if we would have signed Wallace. Just somethin to think about.

  43. By gary potter on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    jeromy: 0for11 on your post. you just don’t get it do you?? back in your hole lad.LOL jenkins was a good pick. he is fast fast. Baalke and JH know what they are doing. jeromy doesn’t.LOL

  44. By JOHN PEREZ on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just saw the AJ Jenkins vs Northwestern 2011 highlights on youtube. Good pick for Niner Nation. Check it out.

  45. By stanoishi on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mohamud Sanu and Ruben Randall still on the board what am I missing something?

  46. By stanoishi on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gaurds Gordy and Osemele cornerbacks Alfonzo Denard and Janoris Jenkens were still on the board too.

  47. By bill h on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    ok this dude played at illinois, besides a benn who was a good wr from that school. telling me he was good in the big ten is like telling me marshall can win the national championship….fleener, a offensive guard or even another corner . jenkins ( even with his off field issues would of been a great pick…saying this guy is fast…tell me how well that work for the oakland raiders all these years…if we had a track team then cool but we don’t.

  48. By bill h on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    john p, remember it’s northwestern…u could of done that.

  49. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Niner Fans…Lets keep this in mind: Desean Jackson was drafted in round 2 in the 2008 draft. We picked Kentwan Balmer & Chilo Rachel when we had shots at Desean. Also, keep in mind that the following WR’s were taken ahead of Desean in that draft: Donnie Avery, Devin Thomas, Jordy Nelson, James Hardy, Eddie Royal & Jerome Simpson. A. J. Jenkins is actually bigger and just as fast as Desean! Mike Wallace who is more A.J.’s size and just as fast was drafted in the 3rd round in 2009 and many jokes taken ahead of him. Lets hope we got this years Desean or Wallace cuz if we did the shock will be a good thing!

  50. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gary Potter…don’t waste your time on that joke….seriously why even bother? Thats what they want. Ignore…Ignore…Ignore them.

  51. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah….another biggie to remember. Wes Welker is 5’9″ 185 lbs and HE WAS UNDRAFTED in 2004! Yeah thats the year we drafted WR Rashaun Woods in the 1st round (ouch!). Those were the really bad years! Other notable WR’s 1st round in 2004 were Roy Williams, Reggie Williams, Mark Clayton & Michael Jenkins??? So what the hell do the mock and draft experts know? My point is lets not over-react & be down on our pick just because mocks & “so called experts” did not predict this move. Keep things in perspective and give A.J. a chance to prove himself. I would we make the best move than the popular moves. There are many, many popular moves that end up being huge busts!

  52. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    A.J. Jenkins, WELCOME TO THE RED & GOLD BRO! Make us proud!

  53. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Correction:I would always rather us make the best move than the popular move!

  54. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, lets not forget Victor Cruz (same height as A.J.) undrafted in 2010. How many experts even came up with that name in 7 rounds? And think of how many jokers was taken ahead of him.

  55. By SHIP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    It takes a lot of b@lls for Baalke & Harbaugh to choose their guy when everyone else is saying “reach”. I personally like that those are the guys making the calls!

  56. By ninerfansince81 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    just rember aldon so shut up and watch history…..

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

    never fear 49er fans,this kid is money.he was projected to go early in the 2nd round,like 5-6 in the 2nd,,so if you look at we got a good value with him,,his hand size is like rice,his speed rivals moss,,and the kid can line-up at all WR spots,,not to mention the kid can kill it on punt returns,,have faith in harbaugh and baalke,,,49ERS FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!

  58. By bill h on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    So what does this move mean for kyle williams ???

  59. By SteveR on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    AJ Jenkins as our top pick. Read his interviews, watched his videos of the combine workout and college highlights. He’s smooth, has great hands, speed and quickness. Seems like he has the smarts to pick up the Niner’s offense and ability to play multiple receiver positions. Last time I checked none of the so called ‘draft experts’ are current GM’s or coaches. He’s a great pick.

  60. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    He fits our style….fast and runs a lot of quick underneath routes and a lot of slants….GREAT HANDS and BALL SKILLS….No point in taking a vertical receiver if your not a vertical team…I get it!!!!

  61. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Can everyone stop going crazy over the O-LINE we have drafted several very capable players to fill in for Snyder…We have guys ready to step in…We want to win now and if we drafted an O-LINEMAN in the first round they wouldnt start next year anyway they need time…And CB dont we still have Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver?? We are fine this was a very nice Pick for us!! Happy that most of us including JH and TB agreed our WR problem was not fixed yet!!!

  62. By rjdniner on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Alex you got another weapon ………

  63. By kram on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    goes to show what i have been saying all along..hill was rated where before his big showing at combine? coach looked at tape and saw something he doesn’t like in hill..he is over rated glad we didn’t take him…watch what they do now love our new gm and coach it’s so awesome we are back niner nation…they are drafting WHO they want not these stupid people who analyas aka kiper,maylok and so on..they are drafting guys who fit the system…

  64. By sean mcdonald on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah another weapon is great. I am sure they will address some defense as well as o line today and tomorrow.

  65. By guest on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Long reach at #30. Next year the 49ers will be drafting higher than 30. About 20 spots higher. I see a 6-10 or worse 2012.

  66. By kearsdogg on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    After everyone cried about the Aldon Smith pick last year and it turned out to be an amazing decision, I’m going to trust this pick too. I really wanted Fleenor, but we still have Davis and Walker at TE. Not a bad duo as long as Walker can stay on the field. You can scratch the idea of trading up in round 2 to get Fleenor. The colts will take him with the 2nd pick. Luck -> Fleenor, sound familiar. We would have to trade with the Rams and they would never let us have that. NFC worst no more. I think we’re going to be one of the toughest conferences in all of the NFL. GO NINERS!!!!!

  67. By oldninerfan on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    What a great pick! We needed a 3rd wide receiver to go with Manningham and Crabtree. Someone who can get deep. Stretch the field. Vernon Davis just wasn’t doing that with regularity. If anyone thinks that the Randy Moss that we have is the same Randy Moss that we used to see on highlights, well, let’s just say that person will learn something about old washed out players this year. Ted Ginn jr can get open deep, but can’t catch a football and Kyle Williams should be filing for unemployment soon.

    Way to go Harbaugh. Now let’s get some safety help.

  68. By Hermie on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I questioned many of Harbaugh and Baalke’s moves last year…but, they convinced me that they know what they are doing. They are getting some speed guys for when CK takes over and can throw 50yds downfield!!

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

    @ GUEST,,,what? you have no faith? we will win our division,we will go 11-5,,10-6,,and host a home playoff game,,you sound like one of those fake @ss bandwagon jumping fans that were at the draft party with me last night,,,dude? where’s your faith in harbaugh and our team? we are THE FAITHFUL,,,49ERS FOR LIFE

  70. By SHIP on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Kram. Hill was the 6th WR drafted in the draft. It pretty close to where he was projected. How is that over-rated? And how many guys actually called WR as a need. From what I can remember there where people acting like drafting a QB was rediculous. Did you OR anyone else predict A.J. Jenkins? Hill was chosen ahead of WR Alshon Jeffrey and WR Reuben Randle has not even been drafted. How are you trying to act like YOU KNEW SOMETHING & FEEL VINDICATED? How rediculous are some people? Really? People predicted WR Hill at 30…maybe 3-5th WR. He was 6th with no one thinking A.J.? How in the hell is that over-rated. Really?

  71. By SHIP on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Instead of QB, I meant WR…there was alot of people laughing at the mere thought of drafting a WR. Remember that KRAM?

  72. By Allen Taylor on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Long shot, but I hope they get whiff at Lamichael James and take it…it could happen…right?

  73. By rjdniner on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply


  74. By Allen Taylor on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wow… screens, delays are in the playbook now…red zone % should improve with James..that was a big challenge during the season.

  75. By dbarnes on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    can we get another super bowl ring now!

  76. By NINERSS ALL DAYYY on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ohh Boy what the hell r we gunna do with 4 RBs someone will be gone!!!! I think it will be Jacobs before u know it

  77. By johninchina on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Baalke, Harbaugh, these guys are GOOD ! As super as the D was last year, the O is primed to equal the D this year . . . I’m looking forward, it IS a new year and a new season, and man oh man did we pick up “speed” in the first two rounds of this draft. We have the weapons in place, scoring from 5 yards out with Jacobs, 20 yards out with James et al and from anywhere on the field with our receivers and Frank . . . my goodness what a stack on O; only one QUESTION, guess what? Can Alex step it up? This is it Alex, you have a full offseason, same scheme, same coaches, coordinators, etc., etc., training camp, preseason, and 5 months till kickoff . . . I am hoping our QB can pull it off and there were good moments to carry forward to this year . . . stay on track and don’t look back! My Niners are the best, even in the offseason!.

  78. By johninchina on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I predict the TD to Field Goal ratio will flip-flop this year from last ! Anyone agree? We have a staff of pro’s back heading the 49er organization, from coaching staff to scouts to GM all the way to Jed York ! Great job all of you . . .

  79. By jrparker on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins and James will definitely improve upon our offensive output and I am guessing by an easy 25%, which is the improvement we are going to need to go all the way. Now for an OG in the 4th. There are still a couple good ones.

  80. By jrparker on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Trenton Robinson is a great pick up for a 6th round pick. He was rated as a late 3 to a 4th round pick. He gives us much needed depth at FS.

  81. By jrparker on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I like our first two picks, even so I was hoping Harbaugh would jump at the chance of acquiring Cordy Glenn OG in the first and the best available WR in the second . And I am very disappointed at Harbaugh choosing Fleming LB over Billy Wynn DE. Acquiring Robinson FS in the 6th and Johnson OLB in the 7th made up for that blunder, but I honestly doubt that Fleming will even make the team.

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