Golden Nuggets: Combine should show deep class with limited first-round locks

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

So the combine is officially here! But we're still a day away from the things I actually care about: the drills. I love watching the drills, and I base a lot of my opinions off of them (well, not my overall opinion, but I do take them into account).

At any rate, I'm actually pretty excited for this draft class. The top end of the NFL Draft isn't stacked by any means and I agree with Mike Mayock in that respect. There aren't many game-changers at the top of the draft, but it is a very, very deep class at many positions.

Fortunately, they're deep at some of the big positions that the 49ers need this year. So that's a plus. Anyway, on to your quick links for the day.

San Francisco 49ers haven't yet decided whether they'll trade Alex Smith (Inman)

Combine Day 1: What lies ahead for 49ers' free agents? (Barrows)

49ers notes: Undecided on franchise tag (Maiocco)

Taking a flyer - should the 49ers look at Tyrann Mathieu? (BA Sports Guy)

Jenkins wouldn't be first WR to make big jump after dull rookie season (Inman)

49ers will have four of top 93 picks in draft (Branch)

Sources: Alex Smith release unlikely (ESPN)

Stanford's Ertz an option if 49ers need tight end (Maiocco)

NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines (CBS Sports)

NFL scouting combine Q&A with Trent Baalke (CSNBayArea)

Dashon Goldson - what is he worth? (Lynch)

Walt Easley Passes Away at 55 (49ers)

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