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May 23, 2007
It was a very good draft - maybe even Super

Question: Hi, Matt: According to Mel Kiper Jr. the Niners and the Browns got the best of the draft. What are your thoughts and where do you see the Niners in say two to three years? It appears Nolan has a definite plan and is putting the pieces together - unlike Erickson and Donahue, who merely tried to patch holes with no direction.

Gary, Sacramento

Answer: Predicting drafts is risky business, but I'd tend to agree with Mel. I also liked the Cardinals' draft and the Steelers' draft. I think LaMarr Woodley is a great fit in steel town. As far as the 49ers, barring catastrophic injuries, I see them as a division-title contender for the next three years. If Alex Smith and the passing game take off, you might want to start saving for Super Bowl tickets.

- 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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