Good morning ladies and gents. The 2014 NFL Draft is here, which means we'll have plenty to talk about for the next week or so, and then we'll be back to complaining about how the season is some inconceivably long time from actually coming around. The San Francisco 49ers drafted 12 players and I gotta say, I'm excited about many of them.
I think the 49ers hit on my players, including Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde, Marcus Martin, Bruce Ellington and Aaron Lynch. I think all of those guys can be significant contributors relatively quickly. The only pick I don't particularly care for is Chris Borland in the third round, and I can't claim much knowledge of either Keith Reaser or Kenneth Acker, so I'm undecided on those.
Personally, I'm very excited for what Shayne Skov can bring to the table. If you didn't know, the 49ers went out and brought him in as an undrafted free agent (take that, Oakland Raiders). Anyway, we're going to jump to your links and what not. Post any in the comments if I missed some (which I will).
49ers turn 11 draft picks into a dozen rookies (Maiocco)
Harbaugh on fifth-round pick Lynch: 'He needs direction' (Branch)
Harbaugh: Aldon Smith is 'doing his job' (Maiocco)
Undrafted free agents: 49ers land Skov, Southern Illinois QB (Barrows)
Ellington could replace James as return specialist (Maiocco)
49ers draft includes a 'Developmental Dozen' (MercuryNews)
Baalke wishes Sam had gone to team outside NFC West (Maiocco)
49ers keep team physicians busy with seventh round picks, sign UDFA Shayne Skov (BA Sports Guy)
Draft wrap: Baalke, Harbaugh excited with 12-man class (Inman)
49ers fifth-rounder Aaron Lynch is fine physically, but mental health is a concern (BA Sports Guy)
Another versatile DB joins the fray: North Carolina State's 6-2 Johnson (Inman)
Lynch: 'Everybody's right: I am a first-round talent' (Maiocco)
Jimmie Ward, Dontae Johnson: Combine Roommates (49ers)
Chris Borland Familiar with 49ers Defense (49ers)
49ers Sixth-round CB Kenneth Acker a Former WR (49ers)
49ers LB Lynch Takes Cues from Deacon Jones (49ers)
Conference Call: CB Kenneth Acker (49ers)
Conference Call: CB Keith Reaser (49ers)
Conference Call: LB Aaron Lynch (49ers)
Conference Call: WR Bruce Ellington (49ers)
Conference Call: CB Dontae Johnson (49ers)