The NFL has descended upon Indianapolis, which means much of the free world is discussing this significant step toward the NFL Draft. After the Combine wraps up, players will have their Pro Days, and get additional chances to visit with teams and work out for them. However, this is one of the last times most of the NFL personnel people will be in one place at the same time.
The NFL has media availability for general managers and coaches, and the 49ers are getting theirs out of the way fairly early. GM Trent Baalke met the media at 7:15 a.m. PT and addressed a variety of topics. The 49ers will likely make the audio available later today, but in the meantime, there are plenty of folks tweeting about the press conferences. If you are on Twitter, I recommend following @justRVB, @mockingthedraft, @matthewfairburn and @jgarrisonSBN, all of whom are representing SB Nation this week at the Combine. Our own Trevor Woods will be there this weekend.
I'll post a link to the audio once it's available, but for now, I figured we'd open by looking at his comments about the 49ers 2012 Draft class.
Baalke: We didn't get a lot of production out of the class, but if you look at the players drafted, they were coming into some loaded depth— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
Baalke: We feel very good about AJ, LaMichael James. We weren't expecting a ton of production, to be honest.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
Baalke said he's looking for production from AJ Jenkins this offseason. AJ's a young man that has worked hard and will continue to work hard— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
Baalke said Jenkins is in Atlanta working with SF's QBs. "Biggest growth is from year 1 to 2. We expect that to happen with AJ."— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 21, 2013
This doesn't tell us a whole lot of much, other than a lot of what we probably should have expected to hear. The 49ers wide receiver depth struggled late in the season with injuries, but heading into the season, I think the team was fairly optimistic. And considering what we could have seen from Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham had they stayed healthy into the playoffs, I would have to agree.
Although most of the draft class sat most of the season, the biggest concern remains A.J. Jenkins. He received limited snaps, and struggled a decent amount in those snaps. It is waaaay too early to declare him a bust, but it is obvious that he has a lot of work to do this offseason. It sounds like he is either in Atlanta, or is on his way there this week. Whatever the case, much will be expected of him in the coming months of OTAs, minicamp and training camp.