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And with the 30th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 49ers select...

...Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford.

This would be my dream scenario.

As we all know, probably our greatest weakness is our receiving corps. This draft, I think, is likely to be focused on the offense.

I like Fleener as our first round pick. He brings size to an offense that desperately needs it (he's 6'6") and provides a great redzone target, hopefully alleviating some of the redzone issues we've had this year. He has good hands, and also would serve as a reliable safety valve that Alex can throw to. In addition, he'd give us the ability to run more 3 TE sets and either run or pass out of them, which is a matchup hell.

He's also a guy that Harbaugh recruited to Stanford. So there's that connection as well.

He and VD would give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares. You've got VD who's too big for a cornerback and too fast for a linebacker. Then you've got Fleener who is so freakishly large that you really can't cover him anyway. He'd be that receiver to which you can throw up a jump ball and be sure that, if he doesn't come down with it, nobody's coming down with it.

In addition, look at the most prolific passing attacks this year - New England's and New Orleans'. Both of these offenses were heavily focused on the tight ends. Fleener could be our own Gronk or Graham.

Also, we're somewhat limited with our first round options at this pick. The elite WRs or defensive players are likely to be gone, and we already have a stable of #2 and #3 guys, so we'll probably get a #1 in free agency. Our O-line needs depth, but we have enough first rounders on the line, and they finished the season strong, so that can be addressed in later rounds.. I'd be okay with trading back a few spots and trying to pick up Fleener, but assuming no trades, I feel like Fleener adds the most value here.

I'd be okay with Alshon Jeffery at this pick, but I think that Fleener would boost our offense more. Again, we need receiver help, but I don't think it necessarily needs to be a WR as opposed to a pass-catching TE.

That's all I've got at the moment. What do you think?



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