With the 2012 NFL draft only weeks away, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has been sorting through the film and taking copious notes on this year's draft class, trying to decode which player will go when in the draft and why. Banks thinks he's got it figured out in his latest mock, with the San Francisco 49ers selecting tight end Coby Fleener 30th overall.
Here's Banks with the commentary:
Though a defensive tackle like Michigan State's Jerel Worthy or UConn's Kendall Reyes is tempting, Jim Harbaugh takes his former Cardinal tight end and joins the growing two tight end craze in the league.
Many have thought that this would be a match made in heaven for Harbaugh, reuniting with his former player from Stanford. But I doubt that he would make the pick on sentimentality. If Fleener does end up with San Francisco, it will be because Harbaugh, Trent Baalke and the rest of the 49ers braintrust feel it's the right pick at the right time.
There's no doubt Fleener's quite a talent and would certainly be a nice fit on the 49ers, but if the 49ers feel a better team pick could be made here, they certainly will make it.
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