2012 NFL Draft: What Is Up With the 49ers First Round Pick?

Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Does anyone else feel like a kid on Christmas morning, waiting to open his presents?

After seeing how well Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh drafted together last year, I can't wait to see what they bring to San Francisco in this coming draft next month. It is indeed March and now that Peyton Manning is sweeping the nation, we've had little discussion about what the 49ers will try and do with that first round draft choice.

Niners fans are pretty split. Some think trade up, some think trade down, some think offensive line, some think cornerback or receiver, some think Mike Wallace and some think Coby Fleener. The fact that free agency is yet to get going is probably why I'm still undecided myself but my faith lies in that hands of the 49ers front office.

Assuming a fairly normal journey into free agency, where Alex Smith re-signs, San Francisco could be looking for a big offensive target for the long haul. But then again, we haven't heard word from what is going on with Carlos Rogers and it's looking bleaker everyday from my perspective. So maybe cornerback is a likely selection at the end of the first round.

With the NFL Combine and the players' respective Pro Days, stock has risen for some and fallen for others. I couldn't even guess what round Alshon Jefferey is going to get chosen. But a guy I've liked all along had a monster day at the Combine and I would love to see him in red and gold, but has he earned first round consideration?

I'm talking about Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. He had a great workout and scouts and coaches everywhere took notice. However in the broad spectrum of things, when we're grading overall players, there are a lot of guys ahead of Hill on the big board. It eludes me when and where San Francisco would have to take him if he was truly their guy.

I'm also intrigued by the cornerbacks that are expected to fall to the back half of the first round in guys like Alfonzo Dennard out of Nebraska and Janoris Jenkins from Northern Alabama (Florida). Last year, the 49ers were supposed to be gunning for a guy like Patrick Peterson and countless mock drafts had them taking Prince Amukamara, but it never happened.

49ers fans could debate for days whether or not Mike Wallace or Coby Fleener are worth their respective prices. Wallace would cost the 49ers first rounder and a large chunk of change, while many don't think Fleener has first round value. Would the 49ers look past these things? Likely not. But I could see San Francisco trading up in the second round for Fleener if Harbaugh really wanted him.

I've also come to understand more of Niners Faithful would like to see them stockpile picks by trading back. Given all the talent that is to be found in later rounds and with Baalke's eye for it, I'd be in support of that decision. But here we are in March, post-NCAA workouts and the anticipation is killing me.

What is to become of the 49ers first round draft choice?

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