As Mark Appel sat in the Stanford dugout and glanced out at sun-kissed Sunken Diamond this week, the star pitcher reminded himself just how much it meant to return for his final college season.
Multiple reports link the Oakland Raiders and GM Reggie McKenzie to trade-down possibilities. It’s no surprise they’re speeding down that avenue. McKenzie’s rebuilding effort will occur on a steep incline with no second-round pick as payment for now-former QB Carson Palmer.
Six botched selections and one misguided trade later, the results from those years add up to no playoff berths, no winning records, no Pro Bowl invitations and only oft-injured Darren McFadden left on the roster.
Rodgers went on NFL Total Access and seemed to vent his frustrations with the entire way Smith’s injury was handled by Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.
How can 21 teams pass up on a kid that might be the best player in all of baseball at the age of 21? I guess even the best mess up sometimes, and must not feel too smart now.
Darren McFadden represents one of the more frustrating fantasy football players to own. If he could stay healthy for an entire 16-game schedule, he could arguably be a top-five selection.
Unfortunately, they were forced to release some solid production that helped contribute to their 2012 success. To add insult to injury, the flashy talent pool was running on empty when it came to their first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Bay Area, though not host to names such as Arian Foster or Ray Rice, still has plenty to offer fantasy football owners once drafts commence.
Mark Appel spurned the Pittsburgh Pirates and decided to remain at Stanford for his senior season, one of the first big casualties of baseball’s new restrictions on amateur signing bonuses.
Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh have a man in mind for the 30th pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, if the player is still around at that spot for San Francisco. And if the 49ers don’t jump on a chance to move up to land someone they believe could help right away as the reigning NFC West champions look to make another Super Bowl push in 2012.