Golden Nuggets: Beast mode, anyone?

Good morning. So today I've actually got a question, I've been wondering for awhile. I came to NinersNation right around the beginning of the preseason. I mean, I came before then for news when I was starved for it but I didn't participate at all until the beginning of preseason. Now my question is, back around this time last year (draft time) were people saying we needed Patrick Willis? Was he a name on here at all? What were the prevailing thoughts? There seems to be a lot of options and opinions this year, did anyone predict Willis being such a beast? And the last question is: if he wasn't, who was NN's clear-cut "we need this guy" pick? Sorry for using the Nuggets to do this but I couldn't think of much to say today and its nice to make it look bulky. Sue me. Here's your links! (you know I love ya)

So as you likely already know we've released Tully Banta-Cain and Keith Lewis. (SFGate.com)

Could Jennings be next? To be honest, I really hope so, he hasn't really produced and he's always hurt. I figure we could find somebody who does more than him in high school. They could at least do a play or two before cracking. (PressDemocrat.com)

So we've got opinions saying that the Niners should definitely consider Sanchez if he's available at the 10th pick. You wont see me comment on a lot of these potential picks, as honestly I didn't pay too much attention to college football this year. Which saddens me, to be honest. (PressDemocrat.com)

Samuel Lam takes a look at some offensive tackles that we could potentially have coming our way with our first pick in the draft. (MVN.com)

Here's a look at why Banta-Cain and Lewis were cut. (Scout.com)

Rachal is ready for beast mode. This is good. I'd like a lot of production from him next season. (49ers.com)

That's all I've got for you right now, enjoy, discuss, etc. You all know the drill. (And if you don't, welcome!)

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