As the NFL Draft approaches, many are pegging the 49ers to pursue defensive line depth with their league-high 14 picks. Mike Sando of ESPN.com took stock of the d-line and 2013 prospects for Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and free-agent signee Glenn Dorsey.
“McDonald and Justin Smith had both played at least 85 percent of the defensive snaps through Week 15, which was when an arm injury forced Smith to the sideline until the playoffs,” Sando wrote. “Tampa Bay (three) and New Orleans (two) were the only other teams with more than one defensive lineman logging 85-plus percent of his team’s snaps to that point in the season. The Bucs and Saints had a combined seven other defensive linemen logging at least 30 percent of the snaps to that point. The 49ers had none.”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the 49ers secondary, NFL Draft news and more.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offered a potential role for free agent Nnamdi Asomugha should he sign with the 49ers this offseason.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee listed draft-eligible safeties who could help fill the void left by Dashon Goldson at safety for the 49ers.
Andy Dolich of CSNBayArea.com wrote about the new Santa Clara Stadium’s chances of hosting Super Bowl L.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle looked at the possibility of the 49ers drafting Duke QB Sean Renfree.
Barrows reported the 49ers have set up a meeting with speedy West Virginia wideout Tavon Austin.
Sando broke down the distribution of money paid to NFL quarterbacks by team.
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