The rumor mill is reaching a fevered pitch as we are now getting contradictory reports about everything and everybody involved in the 2011 NFL Draft. Although I have not been watching ESPN (I’ve got the NFL Network on for my coverage), @walterfootball tweeted a little bit ago that Adam Schefter reported the 49ers were not looking to acquire Blaine Gabbert with the seventh overall pick.
At this point, it’s impossible to tell what is a smokescreen and what is reality. Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh have spoken with the media plenty over the last few months, but I have to think they’ve kept their cards close to the vest. This late burst of Gabbert love from the media could be the 49ers attempts to get another team interested in the pick, it could be reality that the 49ers are actually interested, or it could be somewhere in the middle. Nobody can say with any certainty what the 49ers actually want to do outside of the 49ers draft room.