Tonight — coincidentally, it was right around bed time for the kids — I took part in a live chat with the fans who gathered at 49erswebzone.com and 49ersparadise.com. Thanks to my wife for handling the tucking-in duties without me.
Here are some excerpts from the chat. The full transcript can be read at 49erswebzone.
Q: Would you consider Maclin a good value at 10? Chances of the Niners taking him?
Questions about the receivers, Morgan and Hill, as well as the chances the Jags’ signing of Torry Holt will impact their pick at No. 8 . . .
Answer: Josh Morgan was seen as a No.1 type receiver before all of his physical problems. Hill has always just been in a battle (no pun intended) to get on the field. . . . I have the Jags taking Orakpo, so I don’t see WR as a must-get for them in Round 1 . . .
Q: when do you think Thomas Clayton will get an opportunity to play in a regular season game? Who will be the #2 RB? Robinson, Clayton, Draft?
Q: Question why people think the 49ers would pass on Sanchez, as well as question about Alex Smith’s performance at minicamp.
Answer: The reason there is a question whether the 49ers would take Sanchez is because there is doubt whether he could be of any help this season. I think the 49ers would take a step backward if they were to draft a rookie QB in the first round. I’m not sure how much the decison-makers are thinking about this, but what if there’s a work stoppage in 2011? That’s about the first season that you could expect a QB selected this season to contribute. My best guess is that Shaun Hill will begin the season as the starter. He’s done enough to win the job. As for a report that Smith didn’t look good in minicamp, that — in my opinion — was a little off the mark. The guy was throwing his first live passes since early September. I thought the minicamp was a great success for Smith to get back on the field and start the process of knocking off the rust.
Q: What jumps out at you when you see the schedule?
Answer: The thing that stands out is that three of the 49ers’ first four games are against NFC West opponents. That should be a great barometer.
Questions about ranking Raji, Andre Smith and Michael Oher. . .
Answer: I talked to someone with an NFL team today. (Not the 49ers.) He told me that he knows of some teams that have taken Raji off their draft boards. I don’t know that the 49ers have gone to that extreme, but I can see them being pretty cautious, considering the huge money that would be going his way. Personally, I think the 49ers would not be disappointed if Raji were selected in the first nine picks. I think, probably, Andre Smith would be ranked ahead of Oher.
Q: Matt, I want to get your thoughts on Michael Oher and Malcolm Jenkins. Would it not be more beneficial to pick a player that is the best overall pick among CB and S, instead of picking the 4th best OT?
Q: Why do you not think that
Q: Matt, do you think that McDonald’s knee injury is more serious than let on and how does this affect the Niners in the Draft?
Q: In what round did the Press Democrat draft you?
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