Due to popular demand (one person on Twitter), we present the inaugural Inside the 49ers mailbag. If your question doesn’t appear below, it could appear in Mailbag No. 2:
The thought has crossed my mind that plenty of NFL players might not be too broken up about missing minicamps if there is an extended lockout. Perhaps. But Niners tight end Vernon Davis, among others, has some serious incentive to get back on the field.
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson could be one of the first players selected in the NFL Draft. Louisville quarterback Adam Froman could be one of the last. The disparate duo, however, does have this in common: They can already see how the lockout could alter their NFL dream.
It’s safe to assume that Mallett is not a first-round consideration for the 49ers, but he does have the distinct whiff of a quarterback who could slide into the second round due, in part, to the will-he-pass-his-next-drug-test drama.
Aumukamara’s time silenced doubts about his wheels and might have cemented his status as a top-10 pick. On Sunday, even before he ran the 40, the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he thought the Cowboys should select Amukamara if he was still available at No. 9.
What does he hope to run in the 40-yard dash Tuesday at the NFL Combine? LSU’s Patrick Peterson said he wanted to clock in at 4.2 seconds, a mark which would break the event record of 4.24 seconds.
John Elway eyed countless cornerbacks during his Hall-of-Fame career. And there is some belief he’s closely examining another – LSU’s Patrick Peterson — in his new role as Denver’s vice president of football operations.
Now, no one is ready to predict Peterson will join Lott, the No. 8 pick in the 1981 draft, in the Hall of Fame. But there are a few noted draft analysts who are predicting Peterson will follow Lott’s path from college to San Francisco: In their latest mock drafts, ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have the 49ers selecting Peterson with the No. 7 pick.
In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay has San Francisco selecting LSU conerback Patrick Peterson, the winner of the Bednarik (top defensive player) and Thorpe (top defensive back) awards this past season.
CBS Sports draft guru Rob Rang can envision a scenario in which the 49ers, clutching the No. 7 overall pick, walk away with perhaps the best player in the draft, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.
By the time Roger Goodell announces the No. 1 overall pick, we’ll be able to pronounce Prince Amukamara, tick off Von Miller’s time in the three-cone drill and compute the average Wonderlic score of Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Pat Devlin faster than you can say “blue-chipper with a high-end motor and a huge ceiling.”