For the next seven days, 49ers.com will continue profiling the most compelling prospects available in the 2013 NFL Draft as part of our “49 in 49″ series.
Next up, the Pac-12’s talent comes into focus. Seven prospects from the conference will be featured, including a son of a former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowler.
The Pac-12 enjoyed another competitive season led by a pair of 12-win teams, Stanford and Oregon, who finished No. 7 and No. 2 in the AP’s Top 25 rankings, respectively.
Oregon State also finished in the Top 25, a 9-4 record allowed the Beavers to claim the No. 20 overall ranking.
In 2012, San Francisco notably picked multi-dimensional Oregon running back LaMichael James with the 61st overall selection in the second-round of the NFL Draft.
James came on strong late in the regular season as a backup running back and kickoff return man. James averaged 4.6 yards per carry in the regular season and scored his first career rushing touchdown in San Francisco’s NFC title game victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Jim Harbaugh, the former Stanford head coach, was well aware of James’ talents from competing against the former Oregon standout in college. In 2013, Harbaugh remains ahead of the curve when it comes to evaluating Pac-12 talent. He’s directly coached, competed against and in some cases recruited many of the top West Coast prospects available in this year’s draft.
Which Pac-12 talent would you like to see in a 49ers uniform next season? Leave your thoughts in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
It looks like the Pac-12 conference has a good idea on who the 49ers should draft in April.
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