Niner Talk Bonus: 49ers Backup RB Competition

In this week's bonus round of "Niner Talk," we covered a number of topics that didn't quite make this week's show.

Our inquisitive fans are always sending me questions on Twitter (@TaylorPrice49) and I'm happy to answer them on the show or right here on

Let's get right to it...

@TaylorPrice49 Who can the #49ers trade up to draft? #ninertalk — Marc G. (@MarctheShark909) April 17, 2014

If you look at the latest mock draft projections from some of the top NFL scribes, you'll see a consistent line of thinking. Many seem the believe the 49ers will use the No. 30 overall pick to find a wide receiver or a cornerback. If that's the consensus first-round need for the 49ers, San Francisco would have to move up in the first half of the round to find a top-rated wideout or corner.

I do want to point out that this year's draft has often been called one of the deepest drafts in years. So, if the 49ers see several talented players worthy of bringing in, don't be surprised if they wait their turn and make the 30th pick.

If the draft is as deep as everyone says it is, this might be the year to stay where they're slotted. San Francisco also has six selections in the first three rounds and if you trade up, you risk the chance of finding six future contributors.

Sup @TaylorPrice49 I really want a gold 49er jacket but the Santa Clara store doesn't send them to Alaska. Can you help? #NinerTalk go 9ahs — Eric Bissell (@EAB49) April 16, 2014

Drop @49ersTeamStore a line. They would know best.

@TaylorPrice49 Who's most likely going to take the #3 spot out of the wide receivers? Baldwin, Patton, Lloyd, or a draft pick? — Gabriel Crisostomo (@Gabec_84) April 17, 2014

It's way, way too early to tell. I know we all want to know the starting lineup and have the key roles identified ASAP, but let's watch offseason practices first. Follow up with me in July and I'll have a better idea how to answer that question.

As it currently stands now, the 49ers have created competition at wide receiver with the signing of Brandon Lloyd. That's a very good thing.

@TaylorPrice49 any news about fan fest at our new stadium? — Dee (@Dianna910) April 16, 2014

There's been no announcemnt on Fan Fest just yet, but the team did release information on the second annual 49ers Draft Bash presented by Bud Light.

@TaylorPrice49 what do you consider the ultimate breakfast of champs? — Daniel Flores (@Another_Daniel) April 16, 2014


@TaylorPrice49 why did they sign Brandon Lloyd instead of a speed receiver like Sidney Rice? — Ron Peezy (@angryvein21) April 16, 2014

Lloyd has consistently been a downfield threat. He's averaged 14.8 yards per reception in 10 seasons in the NFL. Rice, too, has averaged exactly 14.8 yards per catch in his seven years in the league.

While they have the same yards per reception average, Lloyd has been doing it over a longer period of time. Granted, he didn't play in 2013, but when we last saw Lloyd in 2012, he produced a career-high 190 receiving yards against the 49ers. San Francisco reportedly had previous interest in Lloyd so the signing makes sense.

If Jim Harbaugh really wants more production from a No. 3 wideout, adding a veteran to spice up the competition should help that goal.

@TaylorPrice49 what do you think will be the best position to draft for 1st rd WR or CB since the signing of B.Lloyd — Tyson Walker (@bornking1988) April 16, 2014

I always say take the best player available. You can never have enough studs on offense or defense. If you force a need, you probably won't help your team in the long run.

If you subscribe to the "49ers need a wide receiver or cornerback theory" that I previously mentioned, perhaps the team is more likely to look for a cornerback with the recent Lloyd signing.

We'll have to wait and see.

@TaylorPrice49 will you guys be videotaping the grass installation at #levisstadium tomorrow? — David Conrad (@dconrad81) April 16, 2014

Yes, of course. Stay tuned.

For now, here's a preview of what's going on across the street.

@TaylorPrice49 why does the NFL not have a better process for NFL Draft tickets for fans? — John M (@Mason49ers) April 16, 2014

I'm not really sure, but the draft seems like an event I'd rather watch from home. I'd much rather be comfy on the couch, logged on to where I can get all my 49ers coverage.

@TaylorPrice49 r u looking forward to the World Cup? Have any favorites to win it? — orlando (@fuerte2112) April 16, 2014

Yes, always.

My pick: Team USA.

@TaylorPrice49 Who has bigger role next year, Hunter or Lattimore? — DIG (@SFgiantsfan_) April 16, 2014

As I currently write my answer (Thursday, April 17), the smart money is on Kendall Hunter. He knows the offense. He's had success, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

Marcus Lattimore is working his way back to 100 percent. We can't rush his return to the field and pencil him in as Frank Gore's backup just yet. Preseason football will have a big say in who wins the job behind Gore.

Oh, and it's important to note that Hunter and Lattimore must excel in blitz pickups. If they can't master that, Gore will never come off the field.

@TaylorPrice49 Will the grass be greener at Levi's Stadium? — Tony (@GoSF49ers) April 16, 2014


Fact No. 10. Bermuda Bandera is also known for its fast recovery rate after a lineman creates a divot and its ability to stay green deeper into the season. The latter advantage is a side effect of WCT over-seeding the sod with perennial rye grass last November.


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