With 12 picks in the upcoming draft – the most of any team in the NFL – the 49ers will undoubtedly be one of the most-talked about teams at the 76th NFL Draft. So to get the 49ers Faithful ready for this year’s draft now just 10 days away, 49ers.com has all the details you need to get prepared for the three-day event which begins April 28th.
There’s plenty of ways to keep up with the 2011 NFL Draft, from parties to mobile applications, we have you covered with all the necessary viewing essentials. To get started, enjoy this primer of all things draft-related.
WHERE TO VIEW
The 49ers 2011 Draft Party is the bar-none, No. 1 place to view the draft. Where else can you celebrate the team’s first-round selection with thousands of red and gold clad Faithful? The Santa Clara Convention Center is once again that place where you can watch the draft drama unfold on two giant video screens as well as view exclusive live look-ins into the 49ers draft room.
In addition, the party is a great chance for fans to interact with 49ers alumni like Dwight Clark, Keena Turner, and Brent Jones just to name a few. There’s also the first performance from the 2011 Gold Rush Cheerleaders and a scheduled appearance from Coach Jim Harbaugh.
New to the party this year, the event is priced with a nominal $2 entrance fee. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated on behalf of the 49ers Foundation to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The Foundation will match the gift up to $10,000 in addition to a $10,000 contribution from Denise and John York. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.
If you’re unable to attend the festivities, NFL Network and ESPN will air its televised draft coverage beginning Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. PST. Second and third round coverage kicks off Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m. PST and rounds 4-7 will take place Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Bay Area fans can follow along locally via KNBR’s live radio broadcast from the party and throughout the weekend.
For fans on the go, there’s a number of ways to follow along in the social media age. For one, 49ers.com will have plenty of draft coverage all weekend long and will post instant updates to our @49ers Twitter account and San Francisco 49ers Facebook page. You can also receive updates on our mobile application, 49ers Gameday Live, which can be downloaded on your smart phone or iPad.
WHAT TO KNOW
Perhaps the most underrated aspect of draft weekend is the 49ers Draft Day VIP Experience contest.
It’s an opportunity no Faithful 49ers fan should miss out on. One lucky winner gets to go into the 49ers Draft Room during day two of the draft (Friday, April 29) and also have a meet and greet with Harbaugh and the 49ers first-round draft pick. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. And for more insight, watch 49ers.com's video package covering the experience of last year’s winner.
The 49ers pick No. 7 overall in the draft and have 11 picks following the first-round selection. The team holds one second-round pick (45th overall), one third-round pick (76th overall), two fourth-round picks (108th and 115th overall), one fifth-round pick (141st overall), two sixth-round picks (174th and 190th) and four seventh-round picks (211th, 231st, 239th and 250th). Of the dozen draft choices, the 239th and 250th selections are compensatory, which means the 49ers are unable to trade those selections.
Teams will have 10 minutes to make a selection in the first round, seven minutes per team in the second round and five minutes per picks made between rounds 3-7.