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NFL Draft 2011: Bill Parcells Big Board And 49ers GM Trent Baalke

Over the last day or so, some of you have referenced Bill Parcells big board that was discussed on ESPN's "Bill Parcells' Draft Confidential." During the show, the cameras caught Parcells Big Board in the background and thanks to the power of DVR, the folks at Pats Pulpit were able to pinpoint various players on the board. Head over to to check out some of Parcells round by round thoughts on players by position.

This big board is likely going to be of particular interest to 49ers fans because of the previous working relationship of Baalke and Parcells. It's been a long time since Baalke worked for Parcells, but some indications are that they are still really close. Obviously this doesn't mean Baalke necessarily views certain players the same way as Parcells. After all, two Football Ops guys can be the best of friends but disagree significantly on specific players. Parcells ranks Prince Amukamara ahead of Patrick Peterson. There is nothing to indicate Baalke ranks him the same way.

Instead, this is just one more little puzzle piece that may or may not fit in to predicting the 49ers plans for the upcoming draft. While this is evidence of something, it could be a red herring in regards to the 49ers draft plans. Of course, that's not going to stop us from loading up on as many possible clues as we can find. We know what we think the team's needs are, and some of them are needs the team will see as well. However, like anything else we've heard over the last three months, it will be interesting to see how much of what he hear is just hot air and what proves to be right.