The wait is over. The draft board is finalized. The prospects are eager. The fan base is ready. The draft bash is all set.
The 2013 NFL Draft begins tonight and it couldn’t have come any sooner. We broke down prospects and spoke with analysts about the endless possibilities, but that was all build up to the inevitable conclusion. The three-day draft gets underway tonight at 5 p.m. PT and the future of the San Francisco 49ers will come into greater focus when the team makes its first selection.
Will it be at No. 31, or will San Francisco move up to select a player they’ve been coveting all along? The outcome will be known shortly.
In Trent Baalke’s three drafts leading the team’s draft-day decisions, the 49ers general manager has traded nine times. In 2010, Baalke’s first year as Vice President of Player Personnel, Baalke moved up to select tackle Anthony Davis, a player who recently signed a five-year contract extension through 2019. Baalke also traded back in 2010 to select, two-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, another player who has been extended until the 2018 season.
It’s worth noting that Baalke has never traded out of the first-round in three years. In 2011, he moved up in the second-round to select quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
With 13 selections heading into draft day, the possibilities for Baalke and his personnel staff are endless.
It’s safe to say the world will be watching. NFL Draft prognostications are endless, but they’ll stop very soon. We’ve compiled the top mock drafts for your consideration in today’s Morning Tailgate.
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Thanks everyone for checking out our blog and enjoy the draft. 49ers.com/Draft will have you covered all weekend long.
Now, on to the links…
Mike Sando of ESPN.com shared the mock draft picks for every team in the NFC West.
Sando also shared the seven-round predictions from Scouts INC.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News rounded up 19 different mock draft picks for the 49ers.
Inman offered a draft primer to get fans ready for the three-day draft.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com pegged Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden as SF’s pick.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at potential trade up scenarios for the 49ers.
Barrows’ trade-free mock draft is included here.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previewed potential draft outcomes.
ProFootballTalk.com offered a final mock draft; Eric Reid out of LSU is the No. 31 pick.
Peter King of SI.com took Cordarrelle Patterson is the choice at 31.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News has a solution if you’re tired of watching draft coverage: Attend Joe Staley’s Saturday night fundraiser at Candlestick Park.
49ers.com caught up with last year’s first-round pick, A.J. Jenkins.
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Tags: A.J. Jenkins, Anthony Davis, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Staley, Navorro Bowman, Trent Baalke
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