My awesome weekend covering the 49ers during the draft

First round pick Aldon Smith smiled for the first time all day when he got his jersey.

One of the things I really enjoyed about covering this NFL Draft was being with the other local media people during the entire weekend. The writers are all great fun people to hang out with and they made the entire experience overwhelmingly awesome for me.

I saw on the side of the room with CSN’ Matt Maiocco, Sac Bee’s Matt Barrows, Lowell Cohn from the Press Democrat and SF Gate’s Kevin Lynch. All throughout the draft, we were cracking jokes left and right about anything and everything. These guys alone are a great handful of people.

On the other side of the room were the other known writers: Tim Kawakami and Daniel Brown  from the Mercury News, Janie McCauley from AP, Eric Branch from the Press Democrat and even Peter King from Sports Illustrated. It was a lot of jokes, good conversations and just laughs the entire weekend.

The 49ers PR provided us food throughout the entire three days. We were fed very well.

Ribs, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy and steamed veggies.

Some people asked me how I was able to announce the first round draft picks 15 seconds before it hit the airwaves on TV. As writers, we had this special computer (well, not so special, just a Dell really) that gave us the draft picks immediately when the team made the selection. So with the five-second delay on TV and the walking by Roger Goodell to the podium, we had the inside scoop of who was going where 15 seconds before the rest of the country did. Pretty cool I must say.

Conference calls with the draft picks is always fun too. I especially liked Daniel Kilgore and Bruce Miller. Both seemed to have this genuine sense of humility — that both were just so glad that a team wanted them to play.

Overall, the draft picks seemed to all be really bright men and I look forward to getting to know them down the line.

I was really glad that I got a chance to meet and talk with the team’s first two draft picks in person. Aldon Smith was very soft spoken, but looking at him up front, he is a physically looking beast. For being a 21-year old, he seemed very gracious for the opportunity to be with the 49ers.

The future QB of the 49ers?

Colin Kaepernick lives in Turlock, CA and he drove to Santa Clara right after the 49ers drafted him. We met and talked with him immediately after he arrived and you could just tell his excitement to stay local for his new job.

And as for Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh, they were full of confidence in our few meetings with them during the draft. It’s a very confident atmosphere at the team headquarters during the weekend.

So this is just a little piece of what it was like covering the draft over the weekend. Enjoy your Sunday!

*** This was originally posted here.

**** I won $14 in our media trailer pool for correctly predicting the 49ers’ sixth round pick. I only chose Ronald Johnson because I was thinking that Jim Harbaugh wanted revenge on Pete Carroll and draft a USC guy.

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