Question: Al Wilson was just released by Denver. Are we interested? Second, I keep hearing Alan Branch's name in the same sentence as "bust" and "falling" as in down the draft board. I hear the same about Jamaal Anderson (lack of physical strength). Both of these guys appear on mock drafts as our No. 11 pick. Needless to say I'm worried. If Adam Carriker isn't there, what do we do?
- Jason, Sacramento
Answer: I haven't heard anything about Wilson and my guess is that he's a little long in the tooth for the 49ers' liking. As for mock drafts -- remember that they're compiled by members of the media. Most don't know what the heck they're talking about. The ones that do are getting their information from NFL personnel guys who may be disseminating misinformation so that a particular player "falls" into their laps. In other words, I wouldn't lose any sleep over mock drafts.
Now that I've told you not to pay attention to anything the media writes prior to the draft, pay attention to this: I think the 49ers would be tickled with either Branch or Carriker and there's a likelihood that at least one of them will be available at pick No. 11. Carriker is an overachiever; Branch is an underachiever. But that's why the 49ers went out and got a new defensive line coach - to whip young linemen like Branch into shape.
- Matt Barrows