The hottest topic around the bay area concerning the 49ers seems to be Coby Fleener: Will the 49ers select him at No. 30, provided he's still on the board?
Eric Branch of SFGate.com does a good job of laying out the reasons for such a move in a post titled, "Stanford tight end Coby Fleener on 49ers' radar."
Grant Cohn has recently Tweeted:
I'm not so sure about this one, but it's clear to see how much traction this idea is gaining in San Francisco's media circles.
Fleener ran a scalding 4.45 second 40-yard dash time at his pro day, per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.
That's a darn good time for a wide receiver, let alone a 6'6", 250-pound tight end. Fleener has the hands of a top receiver, too, not to mention he is an effective run-blocker.
With Delanie Walker's contract running out after the end of this year, it does make sense to look to the future now. Fleener paired with Vernon Davis would give the 49ers a one-two punch that rivals the New England Patriots duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
The thing that gives me pause is that taking Fleener seems like more of a luxury pick than anything else. My preference would be to secure the offensive line with either Cordy Glenn, Kevin Zeitler or Peter Konz.
The departure of Adam Snyder to the Arizona Cardinals opens up a true need—the only real "need" the 49ers have in this year's draft.
Still, Fleener is an attractive offensive weapon that could potentially help the 49ers improve their red zone numbers from last year.
It wouldn't surprise me to see Trent Baalke pull the trigger on this deal if Fleener is sitting there when they pick.
That being said, if I had my druthers about a bold move in the first round, it would be to trade up to the middle of the first for David DeCastro.