As you know, it’s precisely three months until the NFL Draft. Please celebrate safely today:
• Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks broke the Jeff-Fisher-is-out-in-Tennessee story on Thursday. Banks evidently had the news before some of the Titans assistant coaches.
With Banks’ obvious connections in mind, perhaps his mock draft (click here) is actually more like the answer key.
Banks has the 49ers selecting Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. Here’s Banks:
“A lot of early mocks are giving the 49ers help on the defensive line, like Alabama tackle Marcell Dareus or a pass-rushing end like (North Carolina’s Robert) Quinn. But I don’t really see it, because the line was the strength of San Francisco’s defense last season. Where the 49ers need help is at cornerback or outside linebacker. Amukamara is the No. 2-rated corner behind Peterson, and options at outside linebacker include Texas A&M’s Von Miller or Missouri’s Aldon Smith.”
• If it turns out that Banks is, indeed, omniscient, what do we discuss for the next three months?
• Answer: Rounds 2-7.
• By the way, it’s pronounced “ah-moo-kuh-mare-uh.” (Quiz after recess).
• The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows reported this week that running back Frank Gore began running about two weeks ago – roughly seven weeks after Gore suffered a hip fracture on Nov. 29 at Arizona. Gore’s rehabilitation is ahead of schedule and his injury is not expected to impact him in 2011.
• Wide receiver Dominique Zeigler (torn ACL) and cornerback Phillip Adams (broken ankle) are rehabbing at the team’s facility. The Niners are not issuing updates on their progress.
Zeigler had reconstructive surgery after injuring his knee on Nov. 29. Adams, a rookie, broke his left ankle on the second-half kickoff on Dec. 26 at St. Louis when he was blocked backwards into Rams linebacker Chris Chamberlain.
• CSN’s Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reported via Twitter on Thursday that former NFL wide receiver Bobby Engram is being considered for an entry-level position on the Niners’ coaching staff.
(Update: The Niners have officially hired Engram as an offensive assistant).
Engram, 38, was cut in training camp by the Browns this past season, marking the end of his 14-year career in which he spent eight seasons in Seattle.
A Seahawk coming to the 49ers? Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?
• This story, from last week, offers some insight into fullback Moran Norris, who has established an education-based foundation to benefit children in the San Francisco and Houston area.