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Meet the Rookies: 2012 Edition

Posted by Alex Espinoza on May 2, 2012 – 1:57 PM

The 2012 49ers draft class is one marked with intrigue and excitement. From traditional powerhouses like Notre Dame to up-and-coming programs like Oregon and even Division II schools like Western Oregon, the new crop of 49ers bring their own share of interesting stories to the team.

In his third year at the helm of the 49ers draft room, general manager Trent Baalke was able to add some explosive offensive weapons while adding some back-end depth on the final day. Above all, the 49ers are excited to bring another group of high character players in the locker room at 4949 Centennial Blvd.

Baalke and his staff felt good about the 49ers prospect board heading into the draft and are even happier with the seven players they added to the roster.

“It creates competition,” Baalke said. “I can’t say it enough, that’s what this game’s all about, is competing and developing this roster from the top down and the bottom up. And as those things come together, that’s when you start to develop a team that we feel we can play long into the year with.”

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Mayock Breaks Down 2012 Draft

Posted by Alex Espinoza on April 19, 2012 – 4:23 PM

On Wednesday, general manager Trent Baalke told reporters the 49ers have a certain someone circled on their 2012 draft board. If this player is still available when the 49ers make the No. 30 pick in the first round on April 26, he will be wearing red and gold threads this fall.

Playing his cards close to the vest, Baalke naturally didn’t reveal the name of the targeted prospect. As pundits and writers offer their best guesses as to who the mystery man will be at No. 30, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock was the latest to take a stab in Thursday’s nationwide conference call.

But not before giving out a hearty chuckle.

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Morning Tailgate: Feb. 22

Posted by Alex Espinoza on February 22, 2012 – 10:58 AM

49ers.com is setting up shop in Indianapolis as we prepare to bring you sideline-to-sideline coverage of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. More than 300 invitees will try to impress head coaches, scouts and front office executives from all 32 teams at Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Colts.

In today’s morning tailgate, we’ll get you primed for the four days of workouts, measurements and speculation. We’ll also take a look at some of the potential wide receiver targets the 49ers could pursue once free agency starts on March 13 and revisit Donte Whitner’s appearance on the NFL Network during Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access. All these stories and more after the jump.

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