The 2012 Draft is finally here! At last. My mock hath runneth over. So far, I’ve seen predictions the 49ers will trade up, trade back, or select Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle, Kendall Wright, Coby Fleener, Amini Silatolu, Kevin Zeitler, Peter Konz, Doug Martin, Harrison Smith, or Janoris Jenkins. I’m sure I missed a mock or two or ten that have us taking somebody else, too.
If Trent Baalke holds true to form, he’ll draft a guy nobody has mentioned yet, if that’s possible.
Judging by the list above, the 49er players who won’t be here much longer would include Delanie Walker, Kyle Williams, Chuck Person, Dan Kilgore, Tramaine Brock, or Anthony Dixon. Williams and Dixon might be threatened by anybody we draft at their positions in any round, actually. Or even a UDFA.
Jenkins is an interesting prospect at CB. His main problem is being stoooopid. He’s been busted for pot twice and has four kids by three different girls, which he says is no problem becauses he’s a good father. Janoris, my man, helloooo? Knock, knock. Anybody home?
Of course, CBs don’t have to be particulary bright. And Jenkins would probably be the BPA if he’s still available at pick 30. And we just signed Perrish Cox, who’s fresh off beating a rape charge, which is not necessarily stoopid, although certainly is red flaggy behavior to the max.
But clearly, Fleener would be the most popular choice at 30. He has emerged as the hands down draft crush winner throughout the blogosphere.
Fleener could not be the player Baalke was referring to as the guy he knew he would pick at 30, though, because Fleener is quite likely to be gone before 30 rolls around. Baalke could be lying like a rug, of course, but nobody except Lowell Cohn would get on his case about it.
Baalke didn’t say he wouldn’t pick somebody else if he had a pick higher than 30, though. And he’s moved up in both drafts he’s conducted so far. He can move up to 19 by kissing off his second round pick, or move up to 24 by tossing his third round pick, or hop up a few spots by some combination of 4th, 5th, and/or sixth rounders.
One thing I can say for sure is that, starting tomorrow, it will be a lot more fun to be talking about the guys we drafted than the 250+ we didn’t. I was never big on the dating game, pawing over prospects in search of a keeper. My first wife, when we were exes, used to tell me I needed to date more if I expected to find a new mate. I didn’t find her that way and I didn’t find Skeebette that way. I found them both when the smoke got in my eyes from across a crowded room.
Not that I didn’t hit the bars with greed in my jeans, but there is a difference. The guys we draft will become cara mia mines. People you bring to meet the family. Keepers. Not an endless stream of one night Youtube flings and body parts ogling.
Anyway, can we get this thing done already? The 2012 49er juggernaut is chomping at the bit to get rolling. Let’s find out who we pick and get the new season launched!