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1. Mock Talk
Q: What's better than a mock draft?
A: A four-round mock draft.
NFL Media's Bucky Brooks took the 32-pick excercise to the next level with a four-round offering for every NFL team. It's significant for the San Francisco 49ers because the team has seven draft picks in the first four rounds of the draft.
While many media analysts have the 49ers selecting a 49ers wide receiver, Brooks has the 49ers taking TCU cornerback Jason Verrett with the No. 30 overall selection.
Brooks slotted the following players to San Francisco:
Round 2 (56): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Round 2 (61): Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Round 3 (77): Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Round 3 (94): Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford
Round 3 (100): Trai Turner, OG, LSU
Round 4 (129): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
>>Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee crowned Indiana wide receiver as his 2014 draft crush.
2. Alex Smith Talks 49ers Past
Former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith gave a commencement speech at his former school, the University of Utah. He was also presented with an honorary doctorate.
In his speech, the current starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs and 49ers Week 5 opponent, discussed his football experience in the Bay Area.
"We’re all going to strive for success,” Smith said on Thursday. “But the truth is at some point you’re going to find yourself on the bench. You’re going to have two choices. One, you can sit and sulk and feel sorry for yourself or you can refocus your energy preparing yourself for the next opportunity life brings you."
>>SF vs. KC is one of the most underrated games on the 49ers regular season schedule.
3. Around the League
>>ProFootballTalk.com has a rundown of the 2011 first-round draft picks and their fifth-year contract options.
>>Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared a must-read story on this year's quarterback draft class.