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April 26, 2007
More draft musings

Question: A month ago I kept hearing about Adam Carriker and Alan Branch right next to each other, neck-and-neck somewhere near the 49ers' pick. Now it's all about Branch. What happened to Carriker?

- Kameron, Roseville

Answer: It's more like 'What happened to Branch?' A month ago, he was a top-five selection. However, he has taken a tumble - in the mock drafts at least - to where the 49ers now have a shot at him. Carriker is still in the same spot. In fact, there's now speculation that if the Broncos and Texans swap first-rounders, Denver will nab Carriker with pick No. 10. Stay tuned, draft fans.

- Matt Barrows

Question: All right, Matt, with the draft just about here, how about a 49er mock draft. Ten picks. I'll give my opinion on what 10 positions I feel we need to add players and if you could give me 10 names and put them in order according to round picked I would be delighted. WR, D-end, DT, WR, RB, O-line, LB, O-line, WC, WC. (WC = wild card) player of your choice or pick traded. Thank you.

- Jason, Sacramento

Answer: Ha! You stole my thunder. I was going to do just that later in the week, although in a different order. I tell you what. How 'bout you guys do your own 49ers mock drafts - all 10 picks - and whoever gets the most right wins a prize, something along the lines of a SacBee T-shirt. If I win, it will be because of my superior 49ers knowledge. If one of you guys wins, it will be beginner's luck ...

- Matt Barrows

Question: I think with the 11th pick we should pick either Jamaal Anderson or Adam Carriker depending on who is available. With our second-round pick take David Harris, and with our first third-round pick get Jason Hill. What do you think of those three picks? Do they seem realistic? Also, I think we should add depth to the O-line in the third and fourth round. What do you think?

- Cesar, Arbuckle

Answer: Those are good picks, Cesar, although I don't think Hill would be around when the 49ers pick in Round 3. I agree entirely about adding o-line depth in those middle rounds. You can definitely find a starting-quality guard there.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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