Draftniks, start your engines ... The league just released the draft order for April of 2009 and the 49ers are picking 10th, which isn't bad for a team that finished 7-9 and won four of their last five games. After finishing 7-9 in 2006, the 49ers had the 11th pick and ended up taking Patrick Willis. The 49ers barely edged out the Bills for the 10th spot. Both teams finished with the same record, and because they played virtually the same teams this season, had almost the same strength of schedule. The Bills' opponents had a .453 winning percentage; the 49ers' were .447. My ultra-early projection for the 49ers -- Florida receiver Percy Harvin. A creative OC could do wonders with him.
Here are the 49ers' opponents for 2009. (Crossing my fingers that Houston is late in the season while Minnesota and Green Bay are early season).
Home: Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Tennessee and Jacksonville.
Away: Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis, Green Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Houston.
The 49ers signed the following players to future contracts, which will kick in when the calendar year ends in late February. They are practice squaders WR Mark Bradford, T Joe Toledo, LB Justin Roland and TE J.J. Finley.
-- Matt Barrows