Draft - Football Wiretap

49ers Haven't Drafted Defensive Lineman Since 2009

Dec 29, 2012 4:59 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have not drafted a true 3-4 defensive lineman since the 2009 NFL Draft.

Justin Smith has been the 49ers' anchor on their defensive line though he is already 33.

Ricky Jean Francois will start at Smith's spot in Week 17. Francois was a seven round selection in 2009.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Misc Rumor

Chiefs, Jags, Raiders, Eagles, Lions Comprise Projected Top-5 Picks

Dec 17, 2012 11:56 AM

The Chiefs, Jaguars, Raiders, Eagles and Lions would have picks one through five in the 2013 NFL Draft if the season were to end today.

The Chiefs and Jaguars would have to win both of their final two games to even have a chance of moving out of the top-two.


Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Draft, Draft Misc

UNC's Bernard Declares For Draft

Dec 14, 2012 11:19 AM

Giovani Bernard, a sophomore running back at North Carolina and the top punt returner in the country, will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Bernard, ranked No. 11 in the country in rushing yards per game (122.8), is ranked No. 1 at his position by ESPN and No. 52 overall.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Chapel Hill and coming to UNC was one of the best decisions I've ever made," Bernard said in a prepared statement. "I feel like the best decision for my future is to enter the NFL draft this year. I want to thank Coach [Larry] Fedora, this coaching staff and the previous coaching staff for putting me in a position to succeed. I am on track to graduate and I plan on coming back to earn my degree in the spring of 2014."

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Tags: Draft, Draft Declaration

Marcus Lattimore To Declare For NFL Draft

Dec 10, 2012 11:59 AM

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lattimore sustained an extensive ACL and LCL injury in his right knee and has been rehabbing.

Lattimore understands he may have to sit out this season, but has a goal of jogging and catching passes at the end of March for NFL executives and plans to visit with them at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Since the injury, Lattimore has spoken with other running backs who came back from knee injuries such as Willis McGahee, Frank Gore and Eddie George.

Joe Schad/ESPN

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Russell Wilson Nearly Became Backup For Luck Or Griffin

Dec 7, 2012 2:07 PM

Sources say there were at least three teams, possibly more, that intended to draft Russell Wilson shortly after the Seattle Seahawks selected him with the 75th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Eagles would have picked Wilson at No. 88, the pick they used on Nick Foles.

The Colts would have selected Wilson to become Andrew Luck's backup at 92nd. T.Y. Hilton was picked at that point by Indianapolis.

The Redskins also would have picked Wilson at 102nd overall and instead went with Kirk Cousins. Cousins is the backup to Robert Griffin III.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts, Draft, IQ, Misc Rumor