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April 13, 2007
Offensive line name game

Question: Do you suppose there is any chance the 49ers will draft an authentic center to replace Jeremy Newberry, thereby freeing up Eric Heitmann to compete for G/T and maybe freeing up someone who can pass block for RT? There are two centers out there that look as if they can do the job: Ryan Kalil or Sampson Satele. It might be kind of cool for the 49ers to have a center named Sampson. What do you think?

- James Tuell, Vacaville

Answer: The best offensive lineman name of all time has to be Will Shields. That's like having a receiver named Will Goverdamiddle. I'm not sure center is high on their draft list. Heitmann has made a miraculous recovery from his broken leg and has become the de facto leader of the offensive line. He's very intelligent and may be more effective at center than at guard. In addition, both David Baas and Tony Wragge can play the position.

- 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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