Fooch's Note: If you want to join the discussion, make sure and register (it's free, no spam, etc). There's a 24-hour wait period, so if you want to get in discussing right away, register and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll activate your account.
Comments are coming fast and furious so now seems as good a time as any for a new thread. There is a lot of news coming down the pike with rumors and whatnot flying in. I've seen reports that Cam Newton is virtually guaranteed to be the number one overall pick and Von Miller is a very safe bet to go to the Broncos. I'd cite to sources but there are so many at this point it's hard to separate them out. however, Newton to the Panthers and Miller to the Broncos seems to be the safe bets right now.
Feel free to link to any and all rumors you see as I'm sure there will be plenty of them.
As you should come to expect, we'll be here all day long today, tomorrow, and Saturday with live draft results as the 49ers make their various picks. I've been working with the rest of the front page crew to come up with some awesome coverage this year. The general plan is as follows with each representing a new post:
1. Start with this open thread
2. New post if comments fill up quickly here
3. New post when 49ers make their first pick with a quick rundown of the player
4. Tre9er will provide more in-depth analysis of the pick
5. nocal81(Vincent) will provide a look ahead to the 49ers next pick with some predictions and thoughts.
We'll have posts after the draft as well, but this is the basic path we'll follow over the next few days. It keeps things a little bit organized and provides you all with plenty of content to read, disseminate and discuss. As we get through day one, I'm also open to suggestions for in-draft updates you might like. And of course, if the 49ers make trades or any other news/rumors come out, we'll have new threads for that as needed. We're flexible, but with some semblance of a plan!
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Two things: 1) NO GIFs. It slows things down and we're going to have some busy threads, so please do not post them. Also, please avoid posting too many pictures, as they can also slow things down; 2) Just a reminder that site decorum is OFF in the live draft threads. I don't want people cussing up a storm, but warnings will not be issued if you do feel the need to swear. However, just filling up a comment with nothing but swear words is going too far. Also, this does not mean you can attack other users. You can criticize their opinions, but you still have to be respectful of their opinions. However, mocking Mel Kiper and Todd McShay is allowed as warranted.
The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28thand SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - NFL mock drafts draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFLHub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. Lastly, for more San Francisco 49ers coverage, check out our team blog: Niners Nation.