49ers 2010 NFL Draft: Ready for War?

Joseph BurkeyAnalyst IApril 16, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  General view of Radio City Music Hall which will host the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Tipping your hand in poker can cost you a large pot, but it can cost you solid players in the NFL Draft.

Trent Balke carefully covered his cards in a sit down with media grunts Thursday, giving us obsessive fans little to chew on one week before the draft.

Nevertheless, SF Gate's Kevin Lynch provides a timely trough of fodder for all us slobbering savages.

It seems Baalke won't be seeking a trade, but will be open to one—should another team approach with a proposal.

His game plan includes staying patient and not outsmarting himself, which apparently means not getting out of position to take a good player by over trading. 

One notable quote from Baalke: "We're going to get the player we have targeted, believe me." I take this to mean the 49ers have a specific player or two (beyond BPA) in their cross hairs.

Baalke's description of Mike Singletary's roll in the draft process might shed a little light on the situation as well: "He does all the homework to ask the right questions by talking to high school coaches, not only to people (in the player's) collage community but his hometown community."

This may (or may not) point to Dez Bryant being a target in the first, if not the second round. Bryant's character was addressed: "We have no problem with Dez Bryant's character, none whatsoever."

Given a strong and positive reaction from Balkee regarding running back Ryan Mathews, however, one can't help but wonder if Baalke is creating a smoke screen by naming the mentioned skill player instead of athletes who play the common positions regarded as 49ers' needs.

The only certainty that could have been projected from poker-face Trent Baalke might be the 49ers' lack of interest in a first-round quarterback. Said Baalke "We are not going to rule out anything, but I want to reiterate Alex Smith is our quarterback."

The San Francisco big board is said to be 95% set, which leaves a five percent margin of fluctuation in strategy for San Francisco with about a week to go before the first real shot is fired.

And then—a Tim Kawakami twitter alert—the 49ers will take Jimmy Clausen at 13 if he's available!

As the smoke screen and conspiracy theories begin to reproduce, skeptics see a barrage of tracers pierce Radio City Music Hall. A QB in the first round?

You can't really tell with Baalke playing his own version of 'Money Ball' here, for as Hiram Warren Johnson put it: The first casualty of war is truth.

The drums strike up and the beat goes on.


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