Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Chris Owusu participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Grab Draft Picks, Sign Chris Owusu As Free Agent

The San Francisco 49ers went ahead and got their guy for 2012 - drafting wide receiver A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois with their first pick in the draft at No. 30 overall. The draft is over and they can now focus on undrafted free agents. For more on the team, head over to Niners Nation. Be sure to catch up on our offseason stream here.

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49ers Roster Battles: Wide Receiver Now A Position of Strength?

The 49ers have taken one of their weakest positional groups from 2011 - wide receiver - and in the course of the offseason, made it one of their strengths. They likely sought to make things easier for Alex Smith by putting as many weapons at his disposal as possible, and with the additions of Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, and now first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, they've possibly done just that. Throw in the Chris Owusu as the wildcard to join a corps that already includes former first rounder Michael Crabtree, and you've got yourself an interesting problem.

SI.com's Don Banks compiled the roster depth chart battles he's most looking forward to come training camp, and the Niners' wide receiver situation was near the top of the list.

49ers rookie receiver A.J. Jenkins vs. San Francisco's receiver depth chart -- No team finished the 2011 season with more of a crying need at receiver than the 49ers, who still somehow came within a play of reaching the Super Bowl in head coach Jim Harbaugh's rookie season. But the position suddenly has been transformed into one of the deepest on San Francisco's roster, and that leaves Jenkins, the team's somewhat surprising first-round pick, facing a crowd of competition in his quest to produce rookie-season impact.

Is it training camp yet?

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49ers NFL Draft Grades 2012: Joe Looney, LaMichael James "Best" and Most "Questionable" Picks

Respected NFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter and former NFL Personnel man Bucky Brooks assembled their NFC West Draft grades for the 2012 Draft, and had a few interesting things to say on their way to a C+ Grade for the San Francisco 49ers.

To start out, they list the Niners' best pick, an offensive guard out of Wake Forest.

Best pick: Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest (Round 4, 117).
His injury at the Senior Bowl was unfortunate, as it prevented teams from seeing his strength and versatility as a guard and center -- and also kept him from participating at the NFL Scouting Combine. But his physical nature and athleticism will allow him to challenge for a starting spot with the Niners in the near future.

On the other hand, while some people applauded the choice, Brooks and Reuter don't see the explosive and dangerous former Duck as a 'questionable' pick. They explain:

Questionable pick: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (Round 2, 61).
As I've mentioned with several of these "questionable" picks, James' listing here is not really about his talent level; his elite speed and quickness should make a good change-of-pace back in the NFL. But with Kendall Hunter already in the fold and other similar backs available later in the draft, the 49ers could have taken a cornerback, defensive end or linebacker who met more immediate needs.

A noteworthy take from the two NFL.com analysts, but ultimately we won't know how well these picks have panned out until two or three years from now.

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Greg Cosell Explains San Francisco 49ers Picking A.J. Jenkins

When it comes to the 49ers, you get the feeling you're never going to get a conventional draft pick in the first round, particularly on the offensive side of the football. The 49ers like to find players that are good at fitting the schemes they run, which are run-heavy and demand a lot of blocking. The Niners are a team that favors the run first to set up the pass, and Jenkins seems to work well within that framework.

That's why Greg Cosell of NFL.com really likes the pick of Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to match up with the type of offense San Francisco runs.

Remember what team drafted him: the 49ers. This is a team whose offensive foundation features run personnel and run formations. That almost always results in defenses responding with fronts and coverages that require a safety to be involved in run support. Corners, in run-based defensive concepts, rarely play press on the outside. That gives Jenkins the free access mentioned above — a circumstance that will maximize his vertical strengths. One more thing you saw watching Jenkins on film: he played both outside and in the slot, so he has experience in multiple alignments.

Jenkins sure seems ready to be a 49er for awhile. He's already getting ready to move to the Bay Area, as Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

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49ers Offseason 2012: Niners Ink 17 Undrafted Free Agents To Contracts

The San Francisco 49ers have been all business since the end of their season in the NFC Championship game in January, continually adding talent to their already talented roster though free agency and now the NFL draft.

They moved another step forward on Friday after the announcement of 17 undrafted free agents signing contracts with San Francisco, highlighted by former Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Chris Owusu and tight end Garrett Celek, brother of current Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek.

Fullback Cameron Bell, linebacker Kourtnei Brown, defensive tackle Patrick Butrym, offensive lineman David Gonzalez, running back Jewel Hampton, linebacker Joe Holland, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, corner back Anthony Mosely, tackle Kevin Murphy, guard Al Netter, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, corner back Deante Purvis, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Brian Tyms all received contracts as well.

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NFL OTAs & Minicamps 2012: San Francisco 49ers Dates Announced

All the NFL teams generally have OTAs to bridge the gap between the end of the previous season and the start of the upcoming training camp. The San Francisco 49ers have three straight week of OTAs that'll take place during the week: The first one takes place during the week of May 22nd and ending on the 24th; the second one is May 29th, May 30th and May 31st; and the last one is June 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.

The 49ers will have two minicamps going on this year, one for rookies and another for rookies and veterans. They have one for rookies that'll take place from May 11th through May 13th, and then another one that takes place for everyone on June 12th, June 13th and June 14th.

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NFL Draft 2012: 49ers Assigned Rookie Pool Number Of $4.02 Million

The San Francisco 49ers have been assigned a rookie pool number of $4.02 million and the deals for their seven picks - including first round pick A.J. Jenkins - can't exceed $22.14 million total over the length of the rookie contracts, according to a tweet by Raven Insider Aaron Wilson.

Compare this to last season when the 49ers had $6,935,903 to cover their 10 draft picks and $38.1 million over the life of those deals, which was the most in the NFC West.

It was already determined that this year's rookie class would make far less than last season's and the proof is in the numbers. Jenkins and the rest of the 49ers' rookies will have to earn later money by outplaying these deals, which ironically, becomes easier.

Here is the complete list of the 49ers' selections in the 2012 Draft.

No. 30 (First Round): WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 61 (Second Round): RB LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks
No. 117 (Fourth Round): G Joe Looney, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
No. 165 (Fifth Round): OLB Darius Fleming, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
No. 180 (Sixth Round): FS Trenton Robinson, Michigan St. Spartans
No. 199 (Sixth Round): OT Jason Slowey, Western Oregon
No. 237 (Seventh Round): DE Cam Johnson, Virginia Cavaliers

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NFL Rookie Free Agent Signings: Chris Owusu The Headliner For San Francisco 49ers

The NFL Draft was not where many teams stopped to try and find the next cornerstones of their franchises. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area runs down all the signings for the San Francisco 49ers below.

  • Wide receiver Chris Owusu of Stanford
  • Running back Dajuan Cofield of San Jose State
  • Running back Jewel Hampton of Southern Illinois
  • Fullback Cameron Bell of Northern Illinois
  • Wide receiver Brian Tyms of Florida Atlantic
  • Tight end Garrett Celek of Michigan State
  • Offensive lineman David Gonzalez of Washington State
  • Offensive lineman Kevin Murphy of Harvard
  • Offensive lineman Al Netters of Northwestern
  • Defensive end Matthew Masifilo of Stanford
  • Defensive end Kourtnei Brown of Clemson
  • Defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie of Texas A&M
  • Defensive tackle Patrick Butrym of Wisconsin
  • Outside linebacker Joe Holland of Purdue
  • Cornerback Anthony Mosley of Kentucky
  • Safety Michael Thomas of Stanford
  • Defensive back Deante' Purvis of UNLV
  • Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio of Cal

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post files this report, where Owusu is the top guy signed.

A bit of an linear athlete. However, is a natural pass catcher with good straight-line speed and a real savvy about his game. Will find a way to contribute to an NFL receiving core as a solid secondary option.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers Select Mississippi State DB Johnthan Banks

With the 2012 NFL Draft in the books, guess what we're about to do?

You guessed it, another mock draft!

As if you didn't get enough this past weekend, SB Nation is already a year ahead of schedule by dropping its first 2013 mock draft.

It's never too early to take a look at next year's crop of steals, studs and flops and as it is currently situated, the San Francisco 49ers have the 24th pick in the draft and with it SB Nation has them selecting cornerback Johnthan Banks from Mississippi State.

SB Nation gives this reasoning behind the selection:

Improving the secondary, the corners specifically, could make the 49ers defense truly unstoppable.

A defense-first team with a defensive player as their first pick? Nope, that's not shocking at all. But who knows what will happen in a year? We will know in due time.

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49ers 2012 NFL Draft Grades: Harbaugh And Baalke's Picks Have Evaluators Scoffing

After the 2012 NFL Draft, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke made it clear that they had no "needs" list they were working off of. They felt their 2012 team was plenty strong as-is, so they were simply trying to pick up as many talented players as possible for the long term. That strategy didn't go a long way toward impressing the draft evaluators, however.

Sports Illustrated has released their complete grades for the 2012 NFL Draft. Here is how the 49ers fared:

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers made WR A.J. Jenkins a shocking pick at 29, then grabbed LaMichael James at 61 — James has home-run potential, but the 49ers already have a crowded backfield with similar players. OL Joe Looney’s an injury concern, and LB Darius Fleming has a long way to go to be a productive NFL player. Grade: D

The 49ers seem poised to make another run at the playoffs even without factoring in their draft picks, so the team may have the last laugh this year.

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NFL Draft Grades: 49ers Receive A 'C+' According To ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

The San Francisco 49ers made some big moves with their 2012 NFL Draft class, taking a few game-changing offensive playmakers as well as some defensive stalwarts as well, though many experts are not that high on their choices.

One such expert is ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., who after breaking down all of the 49ers needs and the value of their players drafted, gives them an overall mark of a C+.

Via ESPN.com:

Top needs: RG, WR, S, CB, RB


Summary: San Francisco is working a "no excuses" plan. Meaning, the 49ers have added enough pieces to this offense via both free agency and the draft that Alex Smith should continue to develop. If he can't get to the next level with this group, my guess is Jim Harbaugh will look for someone who can. A.J. Jenkins was a bit of a reach on my board, but I know the 49ers really liked him. I'm a huge fan of LaMichael James and I had a change-of-pace running back as one of their needs. Joe Looney is a decent player, though he's no immediate upgrade like I felt they needed. Trent Robinson has a chance to be a starter at some point, but I thought they could have used a corner. Not a bad draft at all, and you could see their strategy. It's tough to add early impact to a good roster.

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I think Kiper's best remark is his last, because it's very fitting with the current 49ers. They already had a lot of talent and now have created an environment of 'survival of the fittest' with each player having to fight to keep their job. They also added diversity to both sides of the ball, now having a terrific mix of young, hungry players and experienced, pro-bowl caliber veterans.

Personally I think Kiper's overall analysis is spot on, though his grade could have been a bit higher.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: 49ers Get A 'C' For Talent-Filled Draft Class

Now that all the dust has settled from the 2012 NFL draft, it's time to sit back and reflect on how it all happened, and which teams fared better than others.

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber came up with his NFC draft grades, giving the San Francisco 49ers a C for their efforts:

San Francisco 49ers: C

San Francisco decided not to try and wait, or trade up, for A.J. Jenkins. The Rams wanted him at No. 33, so maybe teams are really onto something. Joe Looney, a guard from Wake Forest, adds depth. He might need to play a big role this season, and I wonder if he can do that at this point in his career.

Where does LaMichael James fit? I want to see more from Kendall Hunter. San Francisco has a deep enough roster to take risks.

If there's one thing the 49ers have been working on this season in terms of their roster, it's certainly depth. At many of the skilled positions, including receiver, running back and quarterback now has a strong mix of talent that will compete for the starting position.

Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke and the rest of the Niners braintrust believe in their system, and know that they can bring the best out of all their players, now they want the players to do the same for one another through competition.

Talent-wise the 49ers did very well in this draft, but in terms of a pre-conceived paradigm such as picking the best player available or drafting for folks needs (well, what outsiders deem as a need for their team) it's easy to see why such a mediocre grade was placed.

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NFL Draft 2012: Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke Talk About Trenton Robinson, Jason Slowey, Cam Johnson

The San Francisco 49ers may have confused some observers with their game plan during the 2012 NFL Draft, but the front office apparently couldn't be happier at how things turned out.

Nate Stuhlbarg of CSN Bay Area reports that head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke spoke with the media following the conclusion of the draft on Saturday to discuss their draft picks.

Harbaugh took some time to talk about Trenton Robinson, a safety from the Michigan St. Spartans whom the team feels has tremendous upside.

"Great skill, athleticism, ability to cover," Harbaugh said. He'll need get better in a few areas: "learn the angles, track the deep ball."

The coach and GM seem to have much the same about Jason Slowey, a center form the less-well-known Western Oregon.

"He's going to need a year," Harbaugh said. "A lot of room to grow. Lot of upside."

"Jason is a young man who has the traits we are looking for," Baalke said.

Finally, Baalke discussed Cam Johnson, a defensive end from the Virginia Cavaliers whose stock plummeted due in part to his having sickle-cell anemia. The diagnosis is not an issue for the Niners, however.

"We're comfortable with his status," Baalke said. "We don't feel it'll be an issue going forward."

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NFL Draft 2012: Jim Harbaugh Comments On Picks Joe Looney, Darius Fleming

The San Francisco 49ers made some interesting choices during the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, choices that raised some eyebrows. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke stated that they were not selecting based on any sort of "needs" game plan; they were merely trying to draft the best possible players for the long term, since they feel pretty well-stocked at the moment.

Nate Stuhlbarg of CSN Bay Area reports that Harbaugh and Baalke spoke to the media following Saturday's final round of the NFL Draft and discussed some of the players they picked up.

It is clear that Harbaugh was very keen on third-round pick Joe Looney, a guard from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

"Top 1-2-3 of all the youngsters we talked to in Indy," Harbaugh said. "We believe he'll be a starter in this league, for us."

What did Harbaugh like so much about Looney? "Oomph. Pizazz." Need more? "He's a bright guy. Book-, street- and football-smart."

Along with James, Looney might be the player Harbaugh is most looking forward to being around.

Harbaugh made it clear that fourth-round pick Darius Fleming, a linebacker from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, will take his route to the NFL via special teams play. Harbaugh feels that Fleming needs to add some size, but Fleming's addition will add depth to the linebacker position.

"Fleming and Cam (Johnson) will have an outstanding opportunity," said Harbaugh.

The 49ers are looking forward to seeing hat their new players can do. Niners fans should be, too.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Full List Of 49ers Picks

The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books and the San Francisco 49ers have made all of their official selections. The Niners can now busy themselves with the frenzy that will come with attempting to sign undrafted free agents. To that end, they've already begun supplementing their roster with UDFAs, notably signing Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Chris Owusu first.

Here is the complete list of the 49ers' selections in the 2012 NFL Draft:

No. 30 (First Round): WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 61 (Second Round): RB LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks
No. 117 (Fourth Round): G Joe Looney, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
No. 165 (Fifth Round): OLB Darius Fleming, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
No. 180 (Sixth Round): FS Trenton Robinson, Michigan St. Spartans
No. 199 (Sixth Round): OT Jason Slowey, Western Oregon
No. 237 (Seventh Round): DE Cam Johnson, Virginia Cavaliers

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2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agents: 49ers Reportedly Add Trio Of Stanford Players, Among Others

With the 2012 NFL Draft now officially out of the way, the race is on to sign the best of the rest: the undrafted free agents. The San Francisco 49ers, along with most other teams in the league, are already hard at work signing players in this year's pool of talent who weren't picked up during the draft proper.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the team has already signed a couple of players with ties to Jim Harbaugh by way of the Stanford Cardinal: wide receiver Chris Owusu and defensive tackle/nose tackle Matthew Masifilo.

The players that have reportedly signed with the 49ers as undrafted free agents, according to Barrows. The list includes another Stanford name, that of safety Michael Thomas:

Brian Tymes, WR, FAMU
Nathan Palmer, WR, NIU
Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
Joe Holland, OLB, Purdue
Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
Michael Thomas, S, Stanford
Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
Matt Masifilo, DT, Stanford
Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Sign Stanford WR Chris Owusu As Undrafted Free Agent

The final picks of the 2012 NFL Draft are in the books, but the action is still flying fast and furious as the pro teams scramble to sign the undrafted free agents, who they are hoping will turn out to be the diamonds in the rough.

According to Shane P. Hallam of the Football Writer's Association of America, the San Francisco 49ers have signed an undrafted free agent that should make a wide cross-section of Bay Area fans very happy. The Niners have reportedly signed Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Chris Owusu.

Owusu, along with Coby Fleener, was one of the favorite targets of No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck, but had his 2011 season cut short due to concussions.

In fact, Owusu has been frighteningly concussion-prone during his college career, so it is uncertain whether, or for how long, he might be able to stick in San Francisco. But the signing is great for Owusu nonetheless, so this is a move fans can feel good about.

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2012 NFL Draft: With Their Final Pick, 49ers Draft DE Cam Johnson

With the 237th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Cam Johnson. It isn't clear where Johnson will fit in San Francisco's 3-4 defensive scheme; Johnson played his two most recent seasons in a 4-3 scheme as a defensive end, prior to that he was a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Johnson moves well for his 6'3" 268lb size. He is quick off the line and brings a strong rush to the passer, but there are questions about his motivation and effort, especially when facing double teams. He uses his hands well and is capable of defending the run and the pass. That inconsistent effort may have really hurt him, as Johnson was projected significantly higher than the 30th pick of the seventh round. It's possible San Francisco got a great value in Johnson, a young player with a lot of strength and coachable issues.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: San Francisco 49ers Select Jason Slowey At No. 199

With the No. 199 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected Jason Slowey, center out of Western Oregon. He's the second offensive lineman drafted so far, joining guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest, a fourth round draftee. They're both interior linemen, which is significant, considering the 49ers don't presently have a starter at right guard.

It'll be interesting to see how this all works out - Daniel Kilgore is the presumed starter, but he was just a fifth round pick from a year ago himself, so he's not locked in by any means. He was initially expected to compete for the spot with Alex Boone, the team's swing tackle, but with two interior linemen now drafted, it looks like Boone might be better-suited being the ever-important swing tackle.

It's possible that the 49ers also made this move specifically for depth - Slowey is a center and the 49ers currently don't have a backup center, with Jonathan Goodwin being the only guy holding down the middle of the line.

49ers 2012 NFL Draft Haul

No. 30 (First Round): WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 61 (Second Round): RB LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks
No. 117 (Fourth Round): OG Joe Looney, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
No. 165 (Fifth Round): OLB Darius Fleming, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
No. 180 (Sixth Round): S Trent Robinson, Michigan State Spartans
No. 199 (Sixth Round): C Jason Slowey, Western Oregon

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Select Trenton Robinson At No. 180

With the No. 180 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected safety Trenton Robinson out of Michigan State. They acquired this pick from the Carolina Panthers, along with a 2013 third, so Carolina could take No. 103 in the third round. That No. 103 pick came from the Dolphins, who traded into San Francisco's spot at No. 97 to draft running back Lamar Miller.

Robinson fills a need for the 49ers - as the team doesn't have a real backup at safety. Dashon Goldson is the starter at free safety, while Donte Whitner is starting opposite. After him, there's C.J. Spillman and Colin Jones, but neither of them are actually safeties - both are special teams aces, while Spillman does occasionally see the field on defense in goal line situations.

It will be interesting to see if the 49ers think Robinson can eventually be the starter, perhaps replacing Goldson, who is playing the 2012 season on a franchise tag.

San Francisco didn't have have a third round pick, electing to trade out of it when the Indianapolis Colts wanted to trade back in, acquiring this No. 97 overall pick as well as a fifth round pick in 2013. Previously, the 49ers had selected A.J. Jenkins, a wide receiver out of Illinois and LaMichael James, a running back out of Oregon.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Select Darius Fleming At No. 165

With the No. 165 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Darius Fleming, outside linebacker out of Notre Dame. San Francisco actually kept their own pick for this one - after having traded down and up a couple times now on days two and three. Fleming joins A.J. Jenkins, RB LaMichael James and OG Joe Looney, who were picked in the first, second and fourth rounds, respectively

Fleming is regarded as a high-ceiling guy with a lot of potential as a pass rusher, but is extremely raw and doesn't do anything in particular exceedingly well. He also struggles in the passing game, getting lost in the defense at times. He started his junior and senior year at outside linebacker, but did play on the line at times those years (he started there his sophomore year).

It appears to be a solid pick, though it's not necessarily a huge need, given the drafting of Aldon Smith last season.

49ers 2012 NFL Draft Haul

No. 30 (First Round): WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 61 (Second Round): RB LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks
No. 117 (Fourth Round: OG Joe Looney, Wake Forest
No. 165 (Fifth Round) OLB Darius Fleming, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Trade Up This Time, Draft Joe Looney Out Of Wake Forest

After trading down a bunch (and acquiring three extra picks for 2013), the San Francisco 49ers have moved back up in the fourth round to get offensive guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest. The 49ers moved into the No. 117 pick by trading the Detroit Lions No. 125 in round four and No. 196 in the sixth round, a pick that was sent to them in a trade.

The 49ers need a guard, with the right spot on the line being the starting position on the whole team that's actually up for grabs. Starter Adam Snyder left for the Arizona Cardinals, while backup Chilo Rachal was signed by the Chicago Bears. He'll likely compete with Alex Boone (the current swing tackle) and Daniel Kilgore, a 2011 draftee.

Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say about Looney in their scouting report:

Impression: Exhibits good short area quickness and balance for his size in pass protection. He has the ability to mature into a good run blocker as well and warrants a pick as a potential starting guard down the line.

49ers 2012 NFL Draft Haul

No. 30 (First Round): WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 61 (Second Round): RB LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks
No. 97 (Fourth Round):
No. 125 (Fourth Round):

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Trade Again, Pick Up 2013 Third Round Pick

The San Francisco 49ers have made yet another trade. They're sending the No. 103 overall pick in the fourth round to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for their sixth-round pick (No. 180 overall) and a 2013 third-round pick, which is fantastic value. Carolina went on to select wide receiver Joe Adams.

This is all coming from the No. 92 pick, which the 49ers sent to the Colts in exchange for their fourth-round pick at No. 97 and a fifth-round pick in 2013. Then, they traded No. 97 to the Miami Dolphins, who drafted running back Lamar Miller, and got their sixth-round pick this year at No. 196 overall and a sixth-round pick next year. So they've got third, fith and sixth-rounders in 2013 and two extra sixth round picks this year for their No. 92 pick in the third round.

San Francisco has made just two selections thus far - taking wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the first round at No. 30 and running back LaMichael James in the second round out of Oregon.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Jim Harbaugh Lauds Tenacity, Versatility of LaMichael James

For the second straight pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers took an offensive play-maker off the board with the selection of running back LaMichael James from the University of Oregon.

Now, with his Stanford ties many felt a player like Coby Fleener would be between the crosshairs, but the 49ers went another route by making a part of Harbaugh's former enemy and make him part of his team. Harbaugh remembers all those times James took it to his Cardinal in the Pac-12, now he wants James to return the favor to the rest of the NFL:

"I have a memory like an elephant," Harbaugh said with a grin. "I never forget."

The 49ers already have a large group of running backs on the team, and like they are doing by stacking up wide receivers and quarterbakcs, they are making the play-maker positions the most competition heavy on the team, forcing the cream to rise to the top so to speak. Harbaugh sees the 5-foot-8, 195 pounder as an every down back, but really love his tenacity at the goal line:

"Just the unstoppable nature of him at the goal line," Harbaugh recalled. "You could not stop that team once they got inside the 5-yard line."

But the 2010 Doak Walker Award and the frist two-time consensus All-American in Oregon football history doesn't care what he's asked to do from his new squad, because he feels like he's a threat on in every aspect of his game:

"I plan to do everything," James said. "Return balls, run down on kickoffs, whatever the team needs me to do that's what I'm going to do. Whatever they need me to do. I feel like I have a variety of skill sets. Returning ability, I can run in between the tackles, I can catch the ball, I can do pretty much everything they ask me to do."

That will certainly come in handy down the line as he will have an uphill battle for playing time heading into the 2012 season.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Trade Down Again, Pick Up A Couple 6th Round Picks

The San Francisco 49ers didn't have a pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, as they traded it to the Indianapolis Colts to drop down a couple spots to No. 2 in the fourth round, picking up a fifth-round pick in the process. Surprise - they also traded out of that spot, which was No. 97, moving down seven spots to No. 103. The Miami Dolphins were the team that traded up, and they grabbed running back Lamar Miller with that selection.

In the process, the 49ers picked up a sixth round pick in this draft (196th overall) and Miami's sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. It's a good strategy for the 49ers, who are set right now with their roster, and can stockpile picks for the future. As it stands now, they've got no holes in starting positions outside of right guard, but the 49ers feel they are alright in that vein with Daniel Kilgore and Alex Boone set to compete.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Not Focusing On 'Needs' One Bit

When the San Francisco 49ers made LaMichael James their selection in the second round, it created immediate speculation on the running back depth chart. More than that, it led folks to question if the 49ers were unhappy with any of their players at the position, and whether or not this spelled the end for anybody currently on the roster. The answer to that question is very simple: only if that aforementioned player can't compete.

The 49ers are a complete team, and they're not drafting for need anywhere in the draft. They're not saying, "look, we need a running back now," after taking a look at the roster. General manager Trent Baalke said it best in a conference following the selection, courtesy of Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:

"This isn't an indictment on the players we had," Baalke added. "This was an opportunity to add a very good football player to the 49ers and create more competition."

Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs and Anthony Dixon need only to worry if they aren't up for a competition. San Francisco didn't evaluate the running back position and decided to draft James, they simply felt James was the best player on the board and took that opportunity to bring him in. In the first round, the 49ers were probably satisfied with their offseason additions of Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, but still went with their best player available in A.J. Jenkins.

You can bet, if the 49ers were set at pass rusher heading into the 2011 NFL Draft, they still would have drafted Aldon Smith at No. 7, too. Because that's how they roll.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers' LaMichael James Not After Kendall Hunter's Job, But ...

The San Francisco 49ers' crowded backfield just got a whole lot more crowded. With their second pick in the draft, they took Oregon running back LaMichael James, a guy they apparently had their eye on, given the hints from Jed York on Twitter prior to the 49ers actually being on the clock. Which is comparable to what they did with their first round pick, Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who Trent Baalke knew the team was going to get on Wednesday night, before the draft even began.

That being said, let's take a look at the running back position as it stands:

Starter: Frank Gore
Change of Pace: Kendall Hunter
Backup: Brandon Jacobs, Anthony Dixon
Fullback: Bruce Miller
Backup Fullback: Rock Cartwright

That's six running backs even without James, who comes in with a skillset somewhere in between Hunter and Gore. Right now, the 49ers only know one thing: Gore is the starter. Unfortunately, Gore won't be able to be the starter forever, and the 49ers don't seem to have his replacement on the roster. That could be where James comes in, really.

Hunter was picked in the fourth round last year, and the 49ers are very excited about what he can do. But he's more of a Darren Sproles kind of guy and likely can't be the bell cow of the offense, so his role as change-of-pace certainly seems safe. James brings in a similar skillset, but the 49ers wouldn't have invested so highly if they were simply looking to replace their change-of-pace guy.

No, Hunter is safe. It's as simple as that. The guys on standby will be Jacobs and Dixon, who need to show that they can be something. Jacobs will need to show he's still got "it", while Dixon needs to prove there was a reason he was drafted at all. Jacobs may have an "in" for the final roster if the 49ers really want to diversify and keep him for goal line situations.

James certainly makes things very interesting, at this point. He might take some carries from Hunter, but he won't take his job. There was a lot of hype surrounding him at Oregon, but also a lot of detractors who claim it was the scheme that led to his success. We'll see, and it'll probably be at the expense of Jacobs or Dixon.

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49ers Draft Picks 2012: Where San Francisco Slots In The Rest Of The Way

The first two days of the 2012 NFL Draft are in the books. The San Francisco 49ers, perhaps not surprisingly, have used their two draft picks thus far to select offensive players. As we all know, the Niners have one of the most stacked defenses in the NFL and that crew will be returning in 2012 almost totally unchanged, so it makes sense to try to beef up an offense that was at times anemic in 2011.

In the first round the 49ers selected wide receiver A.J. Jenkins with the No. 30 overall pick and in the second round they went with running back LaMichael James at No. 61 overall. San Francisco opted to trade their third-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts and stand pat for now.

On Saturday, the 49ers will be on the clock almost immediately, as they hold the No. 97 overall pick -- the second pick of the 4th round -- as a result of that trade with the Colts. They will also pick at No. 125 overall in the 4th round. In the 5th round, the Niners hold the No. 165 overall pick. They have overall pick No. 199 in the 6th round and No. 237 overall in the 7th and final round. So Niners fans could see as many as five new players come to their team on Saturday.

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The third and final day of the 2012 NFL Draft will take place on Saturday from Radio City Music Hall. The first round on Thursday was strange and unpredictable, often bordering on the surreal. The second and third rounds on Friday were a rapid-fire blur of selections and trades.

Saturday will bring with it the 4th through the 7th rounds of the draft, so it will begin bright and early. While many of the marquee names will be gone by the time the day ends, but it will be a nonstop stream of news and analysis nonetheless. You might want to order in.

The fourth round will begin on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. PT.

You can watch the draft live on either ESPN or the NFL Network and also stream it live on the internet on NFL.com/Live.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: San Francisco 49ers Trade Out Of Third Round

The San Francisco 49ers went ahead and drafted Oregon running back LaMichael James with their second-round pick - knowing well in advance that he was going to be there guy, with team president Jed York Tweeting out hints as far as five picks prior to San Francisco coming up. Their first rounder, A.J. Jenkins, was going to be their guy no matter what happened, with general manager Trent Baalke going as far as to put his name in an envelope the night before the first round got started.

It appears that the 49ers didn't have "a guy" for the third round, or if they did, he was snatched by some other team, as the 49ers have traded out of the third round and are done for the day. San Francisco traded with the Indianapolis Colts, acquiring their fourth-round pick at No. 97 overall and a fifth round pick for next year, while giving up the No. 92 pick in the third-round.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Select LaMichael James - Successor To Frank Gore?

The San Francisco 49ers shocked most of the football world when they took Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins with the No. 30 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but their second pick was head-turner as well. San Francisco went with Oregon running back LaMichael James at No. 61, their second-round pick.

It turned heads because the 49ers already have a loaded roster in regards to running back. Frank Gore is the starter, as he has been since the team drafted him years ago, while Kendall Hunter, a 2011 draftee, is the backup and change-of-pace guy. Then, the 49ers have recent signee Brandon Jacobs, and of course, Anthony Dixon after that.

One would think that this makes Anthony Dixon expendable, and potentially even Jacobs. The 49ers are chiefly a running team and also have Bruce Miller and Rock Cartwright, who comprise the fullback depth chart, while the latter is expected to get some carries here and there. Dixon is a fan favorite, but his production is lacking, albeit it in limited playing time. He was a sixth-round draft choice and just can't seem to stand up to these guys.

What will be most interesting is how Jacobs is used, if he makes the roster at all. James might not actually bump anybody else off the roster at this point, given that the 49ers likely consider him the successor to Gore. The 49ers were great when Hunter had the ball in his hand, but he's not a No. 1 back who can handle a full load.

Maybe they consider James that guy, given the fact that Gore is getting up there in age.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: San Francisco 49ers Select Oregon RB LaMichael James

With the No. 61 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected running back LaMichael James out of Oregon . Jesse Sapolu was on hand to announce the pick. James is something of a luxury pick for the 49ers, who don't have any holes on the roster right now, and can afford to do so. James will join a crowded backfield of Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon and Brandon Jacobs - though it's safe to say one of those guys will be gone.

Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say about James in their scouting report:

Final word: James has good athleticism and competes on every snap. He was perhaps the most dangerous open field running back in college football at attacking the perimeter while at Oregon. James was very consistent with his production, in three years he totaled 4,923 yards rushing and scored 52 rushing touchdowns. He is aggressive when attacking the outside and cutback lanes. Overall, I feel in time James will have an impact on a NFL team such as ex-Eagles running back Brian Westbrook with their comparable styles.

It does look like a solid pick at face value. He'll have to compete, but realistically, he'll be competing with Kendall Hunter for the main backup/change-of-pace job. He'll join A.J. Jenkins, the 49ers' first-round pick. San Francisco knew they wanted James several picks before they were on the clock, with Jed York referencing "our guy" in a Tweet prior to the actual selection.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Panthers Select Amini Silatolu, A Potential 49ers Target

With the No. 40 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers have selected offensive lineman Amini Silatolu out of Midwestern State. Silatolu is widely regarded as having some of the highest potential of any guard in the draft. The Panthers will do very well with him on their line, which is already very strong in places. Mike Rucker was on hand to announce the pick.

In the final week of mock drafts, the Niners Nation Mock Draft Database noted a shift from mocking Coby Fleener to the San Francisco 49ers to sending them offensive guards. While Fleener dominated the top pick in mocks since before the scouting combine, it's Silatolu and Kevin Zeitler who were the guys just hours before the draft. Silatolu is a player that the 49ers reportedly had more than a passing interest in, and met with him more than once. He would have projected very well into their scheme, especially considering the fact that he's, you know, better than nobody.

Silatolu saw his draft stock rise considerably in recent months, with some thinking that his ceiling could be the highest of any interior lineman in the draft. He's got a skillset somewhere in between Cordy Glenn and David DeCastro, and is a very well-rounded player.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Colts Select Coby Fleener, A Potential 49ers Target

With the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have selected tight end Coby Fleener out of Stanford, taking him off the board at the top of the second round to join back up with Andrew Luck, who was the first overall pick in the draft.

It's pertinent because Fleener was mocked to the San Francisco 49ers consistently in mock drafts since even before the scouting combine. Fleener was originally looking like an early second-round pick but his stock skyrocketed after said aforementioned combine, and that put him in danger of being taken by some other team before the 49ers picked at No. 30. Of course, he wasn't taken, and the 49ers drafted A.J. Jenkins, but it's worth noting, anyway.

At any rate, Fleener goes to a team other than the 49ers. It was kind of silly that people were basing their entire mock drafts off of him going to San Francisco anyway. They rationalized that, since Jim Harbaugh coached at Stanford, he'd draft Fleener and it'd all be a happy reunion. It's a tenuous tie at best, not to mention the fact that the 49ers are very happy with their tight end situation, with Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker on the roster already, not to mention Nate Byham, who is returning from an injury.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: 49ers Receive A 'C' For Selecting A.J. Jenkins

With the litany of draft day trades that went down during the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, there was a lot of extracurricular activities to be taken into account when placing any grades on the chosen players.

Well, SB Nation's Joel Thorman was sure to take everything into account before making his draft grades for the first round, giving the San Francisco 49ers a grade of 'C-Picks With Equal Potential And Question Marks' for their first round pick of wide receiver A.J. Jenkins.

49ers: A.J. Jenkins was considered by many to be a 2nd round pick, so this comes off as a bit of a reach. Jenkins spends a year with Randy Moss at receiver.

Jenkins was taken only three spots out of the second round, so he technically is almost a second-rounder as is. Nevertheless with the incredible defense they already have adding another receiving threat could go a long way for the 49ers success in 2012.

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2012 NFL Draft: Bruce Irvin Was In Line For 49ers First Round Pick , According To Report

As day two of the NFL Draft is upon us, it's not too early to reflect on the moves and selections made in the first round this year. CBS Sports' Rob Rang has been taking a look at all he picks under a microscope, and after a little digging, found this gem:

Per Rob Rang via Twitter:

The 49ers still get themselves a lot of value with the selection of A.J. Jenkins in the first round, though Irvin would have been a terrific addition to an already terrific linebacker core of San Francisco. now they'll get to see him twice a year up in Seattle. But, no time to cry over spilled milk, there's still work to do.

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2012 NFL Draft: Rams Would Have Likely Taken 49ers' A.J. Jenkins In Round Two, According To Report

So, do you think that the San Francisco 49ers took A.J. Jenkins too early by taking him at No. 30 in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft? You're not alone. On top of that, you're also not alone in being totally unrealistic. We've already told you why you should cool your jets - namely because Jenkins was projected to be an early second-round pick and the 49ers were just two picks away from said second round. But there could be another reason.

St. Louis Today reports that the St. Louis Rams were very high on Jenkins, and would have taken him at the start of the second round, suggesting that his potential availability was one of the reasons that they were fine with moving back in the draft and missing out on guys like Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright.

League sources told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday afternoon that the Rams liked Jenkins so much that his grade wasn't much different than the one given Blackmon by the team's personnel department.

Many consider Blackmon to be one of the best and most polished wide receiver prospects in recent years, so that's very telling. The 49ers knew they were going to draft Jenkins, with general manager Trent Baalke going so far as to put his name in an envelope on Wednesday night.

There was talk of the 49ers considering a trade down with the Minnesota Vikings, but that didn't happen, and it's likely because they got word that the Rams would be hot on Jenkins given the opportunity. St. Louis holds the No. 33 pick in the draft - the first pick of the second round. The report from STL Today notes that the Rams visited with Jenkins on multiple occasions, having quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Tom Brandstater throw passes to him in a private workout.

San Francisco has shown time and time again that they'll go out and get their guy. It paid off in Aldon Smith in 2012, and don't forget, there were rumors that the Rams also were interested in Aldon back when the 49ers selected him "too early."

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2012 NFL Draft: A.J. Jenkins In The First Round!? Cool Your Jets, Media

Journalists and fans alike were shocked when the San Francisco 49ers drafted A.J. Jenkins with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday, but they really shouldn't be. The reason it's so shocking is because everyone was thinking in terms of Stephen Hill, Kendall Wright and Michael Floyd. When two of the three were gone, it was all about Hill out of Georgia and guys like Coby Fleener out of Stanford.

Nobody considered Jenkins of the Illinois Fighting Illini, despite the fact that he'd been previously regarded as a player who could sneak into the first round - which he did. The media and the fans get obsessed with a small group of players, ignoring everyone else with a chorus of "It's gotta be ____ because ____ is already off the board!"

And then, when the 49ers made their pick, everybody flipped out. A few journalists gave the 49ers an 'F' in grades because they believe Jenkins could have been had in the second round. Let's hold on and do a little bit of thinking here, shall we? The 49ers picked at NUMBER 30, which is two picks away from the second round, folks.

Why suggest that it suddenly would be a good pick if it was made two picks later? If he's your guy, and you're not reaching a round, then what's the problem? There isn't one, not even a little bit. San Francisco is just fine. Take a step back from your mock drafts and remember that they're effectively meaningless when it comes to the NFL. Do you realize how absurd it is to latch onto two or three different players with 29 variables in front of you?

That being said, while this writer likes the pick, it's still a bit hasty. In fact, we'll close off with CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, who says it best:

I'd love to be able to tell you it was a good pick or it was a bad pick. But, come on, that would be silly.

It's nearly impossible to evaluate a wide receiver without having access to the all-22 coaches film that NFL teams use to evaluate prospects. And it would be ridiculous to criticize the team's first-round pick for a second year in a row.

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2012 NFL Draft: Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke Speak Highly Of A.J. Jenkins

The San Francisco 49ers didn't take the player many thought hey would in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, selecting Illinois wideout A.J. Jenkins 30th overall. Nevertheless, after the season they put together in 2011, there isn't much room for criticism of the new Harbaugh regime, and this pick is certainly no different.

The Niners braintrust lauded their first round pick Thursday evening, explaining why they made the pick they did, and some of the factors why they chose Jenkins over everyone else.

General Manager Trent Baalke was excited about the versatility Jenkins brings at the receiver position, a large reason why they chose him in the first round:

"Some guys are strictly Xs (flanker)," general manager Trent Baalke said right after making Jenkins the team's first-round selection. "We feel this is a multi-align guy, who can line up at all three spots."

Head coach Jim Harbaugh explained how he felt the draft process went, and why the 49ers chose Jenkins over some of the other players that were said to be on their radar:

"It went the way we anticipated," head coach Jim Harbaugh said of the opening round which saw 19 trades take place, the most in NFL Draft history since 1970. "He's a bright guy, a bright football guy, someone we're really pleased to have."

Harbaugh went on to note some of Jenkins other qualities as well:

"Speed, very fluid in his routes, someone who can get separation," Harbaugh said of his new receiver. "Strong, tough guy."

In regards to his fit with the team, now filled with talented receivers in Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, and former 49ers first round pick Michael Crabtree, Harbaugh likes where Jenkins fits in with his core of wideouts:

"Very excited about the great players for A.J. to be mentored by, learn from and also to compete with," Harbaugh said.

In summation, it was quite the easy choice for the 49ers when it came down to it, as explained by the coach:

"Talent, character, smarts," Harbaugh explained. "He's wired right."

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2012 NFL Draft Results: What To Expect From A.J. Jenkins, 49ers First-Round Pick

On day one of the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers shocked many spectators and pundits alike by drafting A.J. Jenkins, wide receiver out of Illinois with the No. 30 overall pick. Jenkins is a productive receiver and a fierce competitor, and this writer's opinion is that it's an excellent selection. Let me break "professional character" here and treat this more like a blog.

Jenkins has fantastic hands - and he keeps them very active. It's easily my favorite thing about him and, wouldn't you know it, my biggest problem with other receivers who aren't as proficient in the area. He's going to battle with defensive backs and he's going to go up for the football. If there's a badly thrown ball, you want Jenkins to be the receiver on the other end of it.

One of the biggest reasons it was such a surprise is the fact that Stephen Hill out of Georgia was still on the board. Well, the simple answer to that is to remember that sometimes draft hype is just draft hype. Hill had zero production and all of the measurables, and he had a meteoric post-combine rise from late-round guy to first-round prospect. Of course, he didn't go in the first round at all.

Jenkins, on the other hand, had plenty of production with the Fighting Illini. He caught 90 passes for 1,096 yards for Illinois last season, and his measurables aren't too far off from Hill. In short, you're losing a little bit of athleticism in going with Jenkins over Hill, but it's a minimal loss. The gain in everything else is substantial.

Now, what do expect of Jenkins in 2012? That's hard to define, really - one can assume he makes Kyle Williams expendable, though that really does depend on what goes on with Randy Moss, who is a wild card at this point. He's more of a slot guy at this point, but he's a slot guy who will be down the sidelines making the grabs that a No. 1 receiver grabs.

At any rate, he'll have plenty of opportunities to earn some playing time. That's the big thing for the 49ers - they want him to compete, and immediately. He'll be happy to do just that.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Welcome A.J. Jenkins to the 49ers via Pick 30

Well, it certainly was...interesting to say the least. I don't think anybody, not even A.J. Jenkins' mother, thought that he would become a first round pick. Now, that doesn't mean he's a reach just because the draft "experts" didn't predict it or advocate it. Let's remember, it's the NFL GM's who get paid millions each year with the only job being: find the best players to draft for our team.

The interesting thing is how calm the 49ers' war-room appeared throughout the entire first round. I expected them to call about a potential trade-up earlier when David DeCastro lasted so long. Then I expected some calls about trading down with guys like Cordy Glenn, Janoris Jenkins, etc. still available.

Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh just sat back in their chairs relaxed the entire time. This from Matt Maiocco might explain why:

Jim Harbaugh: GM Trent Baalke wrote "AJ Jenkins" and put it in envelope last night. He was guy 49ers targeted in that spot.

The scouting on Jenkins reads like he's got a lot of ability. He's fast, runs good vertical routes, has savvy and concentration to his game that is often uncommon for college wide receivers. The only real knocks on him are that he's thin-framed, not real physical, and hasn't proven he can beat press-coverage thus-far.

Granted he'll need to learn these skills and bulk-up some in the NFL...but let's be honest. The 49ers needed deep threats to both take pressure off of Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter in the run game, and ALSO to force defenses to cover someone other than Vernon Davis.

Ted Ginn wasn't that guy. Sure he got open, but he couldn't come down with many of the catches that came his way. Jenkins on the other hand has excellent hands. He is a natural plucker of the football meaning that he hand-catches the ball away from his body. He has fast, active hands that snatch the ball from the air.

He's also adept at finding holes in zone coverage. He seems to always find a way to get between the Cover-2 CB and safety, or find which safety is biting the inside seam or slant route, and run the sideline deep for six.

Here are some of the accolades that Jenkins earned while at Illinois:

  • Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (coaches / media)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (Phil Steele)
  • CFPA National Wide Receiver of the Week (10/10)
  • Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week (10/3)
  • CFPA National Wide Receiver of the Week (10/3)

Here are Jenkins stats from his senior year as well. You can see he was very productive with a high YPC as well.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
13 90 1276 98.2 14.2 8 5 79 15.8 20 0 0 0 0 0 0

All in all I think we need to give this kid a chance. If Trent Baalke was convinced that Jenkins was worth the 30th overall pick, then he was worth the 30th overall pick. He seems like a very humble kid who will come in and learn, work hard, and might surprise everyone.

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NFL Draft Order 2012: 49ers Picks In Friday's 2nd & 3rd Round

The San Francisco 49ers got the biggest item checked off their "want" list on Thursday at the 2012 NFL Draft. They picked up a rookie wide receiver in the first round, as they drafted A.J. Jenkins of the Illinois Fighting Illini.

The second and third rounds of the draft will take place on Friday as the event hosts its second day at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The complete game plan of the Niners may start to become clear on Friday, as they make two more picks.

The first pick the Niners will make on Friday will be the 30th selection in the second round and the 61st overall selection. In the third round, San Francisco will once again have the 30th selection, which will be the 92nd overall pick.

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

On Friday, the second and third rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft will take place in New York City. The first round on Thursday provided no shortage of shocks and head-scratchers, so the next two rounds should be every bit as dramatic. What's more, the Oakland Raiders will finally receive their first pick in this year's draft, so anything is possible. Where will Stanford tight end Coby Fleener wind up? Will anyone take a gamble on Vontaze Burfict or Chris Owusu?

The 49ers also have lots more work left to do after selecting A.J. Jenkins in the first round. Now that their wide receiver needs should be met, which position will they look to beef up next? Who will be the first California Golden Bears player to be selected? The only way to find out, of course, is to watch.

Time: The second day of the 2012 NFL Draft will begin at 4:00 p.m. PT and will go until 8:30 p.m. PT.

TV: Once again, the event will be simulcast on both ESPN and the NFL Network.

Commentators: On ESPN, Chris Berman will host the desk at Radio City Music Hall, along with analysts Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden. Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Suzy Kolber will provide additional reporting.

On the NFL Network, Rich Eisen will be joined by a cadre of network analysts.

Online Coverage: NFL.com will once again carry the NFL Network feed. You can find the live stream coverage of Day 2 here, starting at 3:30 p.m. PT.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Select WR A.J. Jenkins Of Illinois In First Round

With the No. 30 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected wide receiver A.J. Jenkins from Illinois.

Many wondered ... who the hell is A.J. Jenkins? He's a strong receiver, with great speed and active hands. He fights for the ball, and that's one of his best traits. His route running is a little bit raw at this point, but he's not going to need to produce right away. The 49ers signed Mario Manningham and Randy Moss in the offseason, and Michael Crabtree is in town, so Jenkins will have some time to learn.

We'll have some more analysis on the pick a bit later, but National Football Post echoes the sentiments:

Impression: Has a nice feel for the game, plucks the football well and has the speed to run away from defenders. Is a developing route runner who looks a bit limited in that area, but in the right offense he should be able to create as a reserve down the field.

49ers fans briefly flirted with the hopes of getting Stanford guard David DeCastro to fill the vacant right guard position, but he went at No. 24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was also a scare when the Minnesota Vikings jumped up ahead of the 49ers, dealing with the Baltimore Ravens to pick at No. 29 - they went with safety Harrison Smith.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Cincinnati Bengals Select Kevin Zeitler, A Potential 49ers Target

With the No. 27 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals have selected offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler out of Wisconsin.

Though most of the mock drafts around the league initially had the San Francisco 49ers taking Coby Fleener, the tight end out of Stanford, the last week dramatically shifted to talk about the 49ers drafting an offensive guard - something that makes sense given the fact that the right guard position is the only position really not decided on the 49ers roster.

There's nobody outside of Daniel Kilgore at the position, so many had Zeitler going to San Francisco in the final week. By most accounts, it was down to Zeitler and Amini Silatolu - they both were mocked to San Francisco the most in the final week. The official Niners Nation Mock Draft Database had 12 mocks indexed giving the 49ers an offensive guard, with half of them mocking Zeitler to San Francisco.

Mocking The Draft had Zeitler as their No. 2 ranked guard prospect, behind David DeCastro, who went earlier to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Tennessee Titans Select Kendall Wright, A Potential 49ers Target

With the No. 20 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans have selected wide receiver Kendall Wright out of Baylor.

Wright is one of the top wide receivers in the draft, and was mocked all over the place, from the top-end of the draft to the back-end of the first round, even falling into the second in some mocks. Many mocks did have him going before the San Francisco 49ers at No. 30, while most had them taking Wright whenever he happened to be available.

That's because the 49ers have a perceived need at the wide receiver position. They have no true No. 1 receiver, despite the signings of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham this offseason. They've also got Michael Crabtree, but nobody in that group really stands out, and it stands to reason that the 49ers would have been very interested in Wright had he been around at No. 30.

Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say about Wright in their scouting report:

Wright while at Baylor, was known for his ability to get separation, his speed, and burst to consistently get open downfield. He had a very productive senior season, playing with 2012 Heisman Trophy winner QB Robert Griffin III, hauling in 101 receptions, 1,572 yards, and 13 touchdowns. Overall, he is a competitive, tough, and smart football player who sometimes wears his emotions on his sleeve. Wright's ability to get consistent separation with his speed and burst will likely get him drafted in the first round. He would be an ideal fit with the Houston Texans playing alongside of Andre Johnson.

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2012 NFL Draft: 49ers Mock Consensus Shifts To Offensive Guard

Over at Niners Nation, SB Nation's compulsively devoted 49ers blog, they've been crunching the data for you viewing enjoyment of the 49ers possible first round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Taking a sample of 30 prominent mock drafts around the interwebs, they've compiled a general database showing the consensus of who San Francisco might choose with their first round pick.

With the data compiled, it looks like most people the majority of mockers feel that grabbing an offensive guard in the first round is the most important, with Midwestern St.'s Amini Silatolu and Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler getting most of the attention. Stanford's Coby Fleener was the old consensus, while Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill was another prominent name on the board, though most folks are leaning towards the O-line at this point.

Zietler and Silatolu are tied with six mentions a piece in the database, with the closest player after that is Stephen Hill with four.

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2012 NFL Draft: First Round Draft Order For All 32 Picks

The Oakland Raiders unfortunately do not have a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and the San Francisco 49ers are picking third to last. Nevertheless, there is still a lot of intrigue as to where all these talented youngsters are going to wind up, which is why the draft order is so important for every single organization.

St. Louis is the earliest NFC West team to make a selection, picking No. 6 overall, followed by the Seahawks (No. 12) Cardinals (No. 13) and then 49ers (No. 30).

Below is the complete order of picks in the first round, with links to the corresponding SB Nation blog as well.

1 - Indianapolis Colts, STAMPEDE BLUE

2 - Washington Redskins, HOGS HAVEN

3 - Minnesota Vikings, THE DAILY NORSEMAN

4 - Cleveland Browns, DAWGS BY NATURE

5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, BUCS NATION

6 - St. Louis Rams, TURF SHOW TIMES

7 - Jacksonville Jaguars, BIG CAT COUNTRY

8 - Miami Dolphins, THE PHINSIDER

9 - Carolina Panters, CAT SCRATCH READER

10 - Buffalo Bills, BUFFALO RUMBLINGS

11 - Kansas City Chiefs, ARROWHEAD PRIDE

12 - Seattle Seahawks, FIELD GULLS

13 - Arizona Cardinals, REVENGE OF THE BIRDS

14 - Dallas Cowboys, BLOGGING THE BOYS

15 - Philadelphia Eagles, BLEEDING GREEN NATION

16 - New York Jets, GANG GREEN NATION

17 - Cincinnati Bengals, CINCY JUNGLE

18 - San Diego Chargers, BOLTS FROM THE BLUE

19 - Chicago Bears, WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

20 - Tennessee Titans, MUSIC CITY MIRACLE

21 - Cincinnati Bengals, CINCY JUNGLE

22 - Cleveland Browns, DAWGS BY NATURE

23 - Detroit Lions, PRIDE OF DETROIT

24 - Pittsburgh Steelers, BEHIND THE STEEL CURTAIN

25 - Denver Broncos, MILE HIGH REPORT

26 - Houston Texans, BATTLE RED BLOG

27 - New England Patriots, PATS PULPIT

28 - Green Bay Packers, ACME PACKING COMPANY

29 - Baltimore Ravens: BALTIMORE BEATDOWN

30 - San Francisco 49ers: NINERS NATION

31 - New England Patriots, PATS PULPIT

32 - New York Giants, BIG BLUE VIEW

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Times, Schedule, Online Stream, Announcers

Who will the 49ers and Raiders select this year?

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49ers Looking For Solid Contributors, Not Game-Changers In NFL Draft On Thursday

The San Francisco 49ers aren't looking for immediate playmakers in the 2012 NFL Draft, they're just looking for value, with virtually all the starting spots on the roster filled. For more on the team, head over to Niners Nation.

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