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March 21, 2007
The running back question

Question: On some mock drafts I have been seeing Adrian Peterson dropping if Brady Quinn goes to Cleveland at pick three. If for some reason he does fall do you see the Niners passing him up if he falls in their lap?
-- Roni, Stockton

Answer: If Adrian Peterson falls into the 49ers’ lap, you can bet there will be several teams stepping forward - nay, leaping forward - with trade offers so they can get ahead of the running back-needy Buffalo Bills at pick No. 12. The 49ers would relish that scenario. However, I do believe San Francisco will take a running back fairly high, especially since the Frank Gore negotiations haven’t gotten off to a very promising start. I like two guys who had Gore-like injury issues in college, Dwayne Wright of Fresno State and Michael Bush of Louisville. They would seem to the profile Nolan and co. are seeking.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: What do you think of Brandon Moore's future in SF? I can see the underrated Moore becoming a future defensive leader. He really emerged this past season and I think a Moore-Smith tandem in the middle of a 3-4 defensive scheme would be awesome.
-- Austin, Yreka

Answer: It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Moore. He plays essentially the same position - Ted linebacker - as Derek Smith and depending on the 49ers’ draft, the two could be duking it out for a starting spot in training camp. In my opinion, Moore’s versatility has been his downfall. Because he can play any linebacker position and rush the passer, he’s been moved around so many times he hasn’t had an opportunity to settle in at one spot. Moore played very well last season, but Derek Smith is a coaches’ favorite. Should be fun to see how that turns out.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: If wide receivers Dwyane Jarrett and Ted Ginn Jr. were both available to the Niners at their 11th position in the first round, do you think they would take Ginn for his speed and return abilities or Jarrett for his great hands and length?
-- Steve Hubbard, Penryn

Answer: Is there an option C? I could be wrong, but I don’t see the 49ers nabbing either of those guys. If I had to choose, I would say Jarrett, simply for the fact that he is a big target and the 49ers love big receivers. Ginn seems too raw and injury-prone for their liking. And besides, their need for a burner diminished when they signed Ashley Lelie.
-- Matt Barrows

Question: What are the chances of the 49ers getting, say ... Jerry Porter? Doesn't that sound perfect for our offense? I don’t remember him being hated in his locker room, just by the coach.
-- James, Mobile, Ala.

Answer: I think the 49ers would love to have someone as fast and physical as Jerry Porter. However, the Raiders’ new coaching staff has extended an olive branch to Porter and it seems like he is happy (for now) in Oakland. He even changed his jersey number - to No. 81 - to symbolize his fresh start. Note to Jerry: That number didn’t work out so well for Terrell Owens, Rashaun Woods and Antonio Bryant.
-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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