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April 6, 2007
Some love for the O-line?

Question: As a Kings and Niners fan, I see one team on the rise and one free-falling down the Grand Canyon. So I'm trying to focus on the happy stuff. The mock drafts I've seen are having the Niners taking a defensive tackle. But with Frank Gore backfield, shouldn't we trade up or down and try to get some o-lineman? Joe Thomas could help out that right side, since we've already got Larry Allen and Jonas Jennings on the left. What do you think?
-- Kameron Schmid, Roseville

Answer: Yeah, seems like the 49ers are taking a pack mule to the top of the Grand Canyon while the Kings are taking a more express service to the bottom. As far as the offensive line - no, the line isn't perfect, but it did help pave the way for Gore to be the NFC rushing champ last year. That is, it's not screaming for attention as is the case at wide receiver and defensive line. Besides, trading up to get Joe Thomas would require the 49ers to deal away most of their remaining draft picks. That's not going to happen. Look for San Francisco to go after an o-lineman in the third round.
-- 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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