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April 22, 2011
Niners' first-round pick already has been in the building

When the 49ers' first two draft picks appear before the Bay Area media next week, there's a very good chance that they'll be making their second trip to team headquarters in Santa Clara. General manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday that the 49ers hosted 27 prospects - they were permitted 30 visits - over the last few weeks. Below are the 25 known visitors listed by position and ranked by area of need.

Quarterbacks:
Andy Dalton, TCU
Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Jake Locker, Washington
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
Christian Ponder, FSU
* The 49ers also had private workouts with Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and Iowa's Ricky Stanzi.

Outside linebackers:
Justin Houston, Georgia
Von Miller, Texas A&M
Robert Quinn, North Carolina

Cornerbacks:
Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
Patrick Peterson, LSU
Aaron Williams, Texas

Center:
Zack Williams, Washington State

Nose tackles:
Marcell Dareus, Alabama
Nick Fairley, Auburn (likely a DE in 49ers' scheme)
Phil Taylor, Baylor

Running backs/fullback:
Delone Carter, Syracuse
Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Ryan Taylor, North Carolina (H-back/fullback)

Wide receivers:
Kris Durham, Georgia
Julio Jones, Alabama
Denarius Moore, Tennessee
Raymond Webber, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Tackle:
Johnny Culbreath, South Carolina State

Tight end:
Brett Brackett, Penn State

• Based on a combination of availability and best-fit, my sense is that players most likely to end up with the 49ers at pick No. 7 are: Peterson, Quinn and Gabbert, who is the key for trading down. If they trade down with, say, Washington or Minnesota, perhaps Quinn or Amukamara will still be there. But at that point, you have to wonder whether Ponder or Dalton or another QB is on their minds.

-- 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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