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A daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web. Thursday, Draft Day, 2017.

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It’s a great day, sports fans. Draft day has finally arrived. The season of making new arch-rivals comes to a head later today, when the player selection meeting kicks off. Months of intense research and debate will prove useless immediately, as teams make trades and melon-scratcher picks, leaving us helpless to watch as our prized mock drafts get shredded by inevitability.

On the upside, we’ll be freed from the endless mock drafts, at least for another calendar year. Oh, other than the ubiquitous “Way Too Early 2018 Mock Draft”.

Anyway, I’m excited and nervous to see the foundation of the Shanahan/Lynch era be put down. One question that I’ll be awaiting answers for through the draft is how Jimmie Ward did in his extremely brief debut as an NFL safety. Specifically, it’ll be interesting to see how it impacts decisions pertaining to the secondary. If Ward made his case convincingly, we might see CB become a more valuable position than S for the front office.

Note:

One last thing, after the draft I’m going to give “Caption This!” another shot. Idea is simple, I post a 49ers-related recent picture, you say snarky and irreverent things, most recs by your peers gives you bragging rights for the week. Since I do Thursday and Monday Nuggets, I’m just going to tack it on at the end of those. Looking to do new contests every Thursday, and do the leaderboard on the Monday edition. Going to aim to do a total of 10 weeks between the draft and the first pre-season game, just in time to take up a new set of distractions. Hope to see you there.

On to the links, and Happy Draft Day!

Bowman returns to practice at full speed after 2016 injury | Maiocco, CSN Bay Area

Hoyer not focused on possibility of 49ers drafting a QB | Staff, CSN Bay Area

Hoyer: Starting QB til I’m not | Montero, KNBR

Seahawks did the right thing and let Lynch go for a song | Bair, CSN Bay Area

49ers best bet at QB is remaining patient | Wagoner, ESPN

Why the 49ers shouldn’t go QB at 2 | Purdy, Mercury

Rathman’s advice to Gore, Hyde | Inman, Mercury

Harbaugh and Co.’s wacky adventures in and around The Vatican | Associated Press

Justin Smith & Tom Rathman to announced Day 2 picks | Inman, Mercury

Kawakami’s final thoughts on the #2 draft spot | Kawakami, Mercury

Inman’s final thoughts of the #2 draft spot | Inman, Mercury

Swarming defense notable on second day of Mini-camp | Barrows, Sac Bee

Arik Armstead getting time at LEO | Barrows, Sac Bee

Biggest needs entering the draft | Barrows, Sac Bee

Draft crush reveal | Barrows, Sac Bee