This week's "Niner Talk" tackled the fallout from the combine, including my thoughts on the most memorable prospects from Indy. As for this week's bonus round of "Niner Talk," there are a number of quality questions that didn't quite make the show.
Let's get to the answers...
Seriously... For this one time, I'll be nice and answer your questions. I think the 49ers could stay true to their recent behavior and look to build from within. When the 49ers extended
"This move is another example of our philosophy to extend the contracts of our own young players," Baalke said in a statement released by the team.
Sure, Baalke has gone out and signed outsiders in free agency (
As for your second question, I see the 49ers taking the best player available on their draft board. That's been the team's philosophy under Baalke. However, I will say that free agency will greatly impact the team's needs and speculating on potential fits right now is not a great idea. Let's wait and see what happens with free agency before we make specific draft predictions.
Nothing surprises me about Frank Gore. The same was said by Baalke at the combine. I'd expect Gore to be as hungry as ever in 2014. He loves the game and continues to work hard in the offseason. Gore has been working out in his home state of Florida and was even training with San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse.
@TaylorPrice49 what are the odds the Niners get Kelvin Benjamin out of FSU?— Julian Gonzalez (@JuGonzalez9) February 25, 2014
I would say 1/32 at the moment. Benjamin figures to be a first-round draft pick and any one of 32 teams could nab him on the first day of the draft. Will that be the 49ers? It's really hard to say right now. I'd assume that
The player that earns it.
@TaylorPrice49 How is Eddie D. not in the Hall? Like seriously!— Ruthless9erSwagg (@9erBornTillDead) February 25, 2014
Don’t get me started.
@TaylorPrice49 who were the best two CBs at Indy for the 49ers defensive scheme?— Haley (@HaleyWinter) February 25, 2014
It's really hard to say. I'm not fully aware of what the 49ers are looking for at cornerback from a scheme perspective. My best guess would be great coverage skills and a willingness to tackle. From what I've heard, there appears to be some long-armed defensive backs in this year's draft and maybe one of those players could be attractive to the 49ers. It seems like Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, one of the top-rated cornerbacks in the draft, will go very high in the draft based on recent mock drafts from respected football scribes.
That being said, don't sleep on
Speed is good TV chatter. It really is.
You don't see a lot of 60-yard shuttle coverage at the combine. What you do see is every prospect (and podcast-hosting anchor) run the 40-yard dash. It makes for good entertainment. With NFL quarterbacks using their running ability more than ever, it's always interesting to see how the fastest quarterbacks compare to recent athletic passers.
That's why it was fascinating to see Johnny Manziel's 40 compared to Kaepernick, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.
If you missed that clip, no worries. Here it is: