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Golden Nuggets: Aldon Smith option deadline fast approaching

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

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Brian Bahr

Good morning ladies and gents. As of today, we're officially less than a week away from the 2014 NFL Draft. I'm getting incredibly excited, primarily because I won't be on shift on the first day of said draft and will be able to use my command center for nothing more than nerdy 49ers-related excitement.

I still haven't paid a whole lot of attention to mock drafts around the Internet, and really have no idea who the 49ers will be drafting. This year, I spent much of my time pre-draft looking at players the 49ers likely have no interest in -- namely the top quarterbacks -- for my job with the SB Nation mothership. So draft day is really going to be confusion, but also a pretty great surprise, I think.

Of course, I have my ideas regarding which position and all that. I actually think the 49ers won't be going wide receiver in the first round, unlike what many seem to be suggesting. I think that pick is a cornerback. But I'm wrong like ... a lot. So let's get on to your links.

49ers still contemplating Aldon Smith's fifth-year option (Maiocco)

Will size matter? Height-challenged Verrett, Joyner top nickel CBs (Branch)

Report: San Francisco 49ers expected to exercise Aldon Smith's contract option (SI)

Smith's 2015 option just might get exercised by Friday night deadline (Inman)

Why Aldon Smith is involved in the 49ers' off-season program (Lynch)

Michael Wilhoite: 'My Goal Is to Be the Starter' (49ers)

What Baalke considers when evaluating wide receivers (Maiocco)

Draft Grader: San Francisco 49ers (PFF)

Rank & file: How the draft's top WRs stack up (Barrows)

49ers draft outlook: Wide receivers (Maiocco)

2014 draft crush: And the winner is ... (Barrows)

49ers draft outlook: Offensive line (Maiocco)

Dennis Brown to Announce Draft Picks, Potential Trade Partners, Rams Options at No. 2 (49ers)