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Golden Nuggets: 49ers draft haul looks impressive

Sunday, April 28, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Quinton Patton's future's so bright, he has to wear eye-black.
Quinton Patton's future's so bright, he has to wear eye-black.

It's a massive edition of the Nuggets so I'm going to have to cut the chit chat short. I'm leaving tons of stuff out due to time constraints. I'm grouping it by overall pieces on the draft and then by pieces on the individual draftees of Day 3. And if you're looking for something non-draft related, you're probably looking in the wrong place, because that's all we're talking about today. There was a lot more written yesterday if you feel the urge to seek out more of your favorite scribes' comments. Enjoy!

Commentaries on 49ers Draft Class

Ruthless Sports Guy takes a look at the entire draft class with a little commentary on each selection. He, like me, thinks we got some great value here. | A pick-by-pick look at the 49ers' 2013 draft class (BASG)

Mike Sando discusses the entire NFC West's draft in not so much detail. By all accounts, the entire division had a good draft class. | NFC West draft analysis (Sando)

Keeping an eye on the competition: NFC West (Maiocco)

Bios on all 11 draft picks (Inman)

Reviewing the 2013 NFL Draft: The 49ers hit another home run (49erswebzone)

Baalke, Harbaugh excited about draft class, especially Lattimore (Inman)

Podcast: Better Rivals (49erswebzone)

Niners score for now and later (NBC)

Harbaugh, Baalke praise 2013 class (

Fangio recaps defensive draft picks (

NFL draft: Team-by-team selections (Mercury News)

Quinton Patton

He just might be the steal of the draft for us. A.J. Jenkins is the one who stands to suffer the most by this pick. He may be our No.3 receiver starting the season if Mario Manningham's rehab continues on it's current pace. | A.J. Jenkins has some competition - 49ers draft WR Quinton Patton (BASG)

Fourth Round: Louisiana Tech WR Patton adds to vertical game, return options (Inman)

Catch this: 49ers select prolific WR Patton in 4th round (Branch)

Conference Call: Quinton Patton (

Quinton Patton admires 49ers receivers (

Marcus Lattimore

Here's a big write up by Ruthless Sports Guy on his draft crush, Marcus Lattimore. It's got highlights, some pre-draft analysis and he is compared to Arian Foster. | 49ers select (RSG's draft crush) Marcus Lattimore (BASG)

By now you should have heard that Frank Gore and Marcus Lattimore had contact before the draft. They're situations coming out of college prompted Frank to give him some encouragement. Now they're teammates. | Marcus Lattimore connected with Frank Gore before the draft (Gin)

And Coach Harbaugh has said what many of us have been thinking. Marcus Lattimore may not play next year. He may get a "red-shirt" year, with a full-strength, fully prepared Lattimore expected to step up in '14. | Harbaugh tells NFL Network RB Lattimore may not play this year (Inman)

Marcus Lattimore's addition follows pattern (Sando)

Latter-day Gore? 49ers take South Carolina runner Lattimore in Round 4 (Barrows)

Marcus Lattimore says he should be ready to put on pads in 3 to 4 months (49erswebzone)

Conference Call: Marcus Lattimore (

Quinton Dial

Quinton Dial was drafted to add depth to our defensive line. He's a bit like Glenn Dorsey size-wise and in that he is very versatile. Everyone wants to know who will be our starting DT in the 3-4, but with half of our snaps coming in the nickel, it looks more and more like we'll have a lot more rotation on the line. | 49ers add to DL depth in fifth round, select Dial from Alabama (Maiocco)

One of the big winners in the draft was Coach Jim Tomsula. He gets more toys to work with, some projects and a lot more pieces to make himself, our defense and the position group stand out. | Tomsula time: 49ers DL coach gets another project in 5th round (Branch)

Alabama's DL Dial is fourth SEC pick taken by 49ers so far (Inman)

Quinton Dial brings versatility (

Nick Moody

Some people are thinking that the selection of Nick Moody will be great for our special teams. After having a stellar 2011, the unit as a whole regressed in 2012, giving up a critical touchdown return in the Super Bowl. Many moves have been made to fix this. | Nick Moody - Florida State linebacker could be special teams ace with 49ers (SF Gate)

Defense picks up another reinforcement: Florida State's Moody (Inman)

Conference Call: Nick Moody (

B.J. Daniels

Maiocco discusses BJ Cooper and his prospects for making the team and the possibility of beating out Scott Tolzien. | 49ers look for more from third quarterback (Maiocco)

49ers draft potential 'SAK' in South Florida's Daniels (Branch)

Trivia question: Name first QB drafted by 49ers since Kaepernick (Answer: BJ Daniels) (Inman)

Conference Call: BJ Daniels (

Carter Bykowski

Iowa St OT Bykowski selected 246th overall (Inman)

Carter Bykowski - The swing tackle of the future? (SF Gate)

Conference Call: Carter Bykowski (

Marcus Cooper

Rutgers CB Cooper completes 11-man draft class (Inman)

Conference Call: Marcus Cooper (

UDA News

British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye, one of the most intriguing prospects around has never played a down of football. He's one of the most amazing physical specimens around (see Coach's comments below). It should be fun to watch his development under defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, one of the best in the business. | Throwing a curve: Discus thrower Lawrence Okoye signs with 49ers (Gin)

Discus thrower Okoye lands with 49ers (Barrows)

Harbaugh on Okoye: 'Our creator created a beautiful man' (Branch)

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