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49ers mailbag: On Marcus Peters, Carlos Hyde and draft prospects

Former Washington player Marcus Peters motions as he works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle.
Former Washington player Marcus Peters motions as he works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. AP

Sean Morgan‏ @gamerollerb How much stock should we put into “49ers are high on ____” stories (i.e. Marcell Ateman)? Who would have even told media that?

ANSW: Follow the money, Sean. … Last year, there were all sorts of reports -- beginning in February -- about the 49ers falling head over heels for Leonard Fournette. It turns out he wasn't one of their Top 3 players. Ateman, meanwhile, will be a middle-round draft pick. I have no doubt the 49ers have some interest. After all, at 6-4, 220 pounds Ateman has something Kyle Shanahan openly admitted his offense was missing last season: size. But to link a mid round player like Ateman to one team this early is silly. The team will visit/interview/show interest in hundreds of players between now and the draft. The best way to pinpoint true interest is to see who visits Santa Clara in April. Last year, at least four players who visited ended up on the 53-man roster: Reuben Foster, George Kittle, Elijah Lee and Ahkello Witherspoon.

JimmyGOATroppolo‏ @NinerJD Are the 49ers looking into a Marcus Peters trade?

ANSW: I'm sure that if Peters is being shopped the 49ers are at least looking into it. During the first round of the 2015 draft, the 49ers narrowed their choice to two players -- Arik Armstead and Peters. Of course, there's a new regime in town now, but it's clear that Peters is a very good player, an excellent scheme fit and one who plays a position of need for San Francisco. However, you have to ask why the Chiefs would want to part ways with a young and talented player so early. Would the 49ers, a team that is still rebuilding, want to give up a draft pick for another team's headache? He also has only one year remaining on his current contract.

Amin‏ @K49G Best guesses on the top 5 FAs 49ers will try to get a day 1 visit from? Presumably they will have some specific targets this year rather than sit back and let the market come to them like last year, no?

ANSW: Obviously, this will depend on which players get the franchise tag and which are allowed to become unrestricted free agents. But if the 49ers' biggest needs are: cornerback, pass rusher and interior offensive line, I'd expect them to be in the market for at least one of the following: Trumaine Johnson, Ezekiel Ansah and Andrew Norwell. At running back, Isaiah Crowell makes a lot of sense. Receiver? I don't know, but Donte Moncrief is in a similar stage of his career that Marquise Goodwin was a year ago.

Alejandro Perez‏ @ape_rez Hey Matt, your bald glory is my inspiration. Can you give us a bit of insight into Lynch/Shanahan’s strategy for re-signing their own free agents?? I get a sense that they sent a message to their FAs/the league by the signings so far that they are looking for fit above all else.

ANSW: My sense is that the only pending 49ers free agents the team might sign between now and the start of free agency are linebacker Brock Coyle and perhaps tackle Garry Gilliam. I think everyone else -- Tank Carradine, Carlos Hyde, Eric Reid, etc. -- at least makes it to the open market to test their worth. That's where "fit" comes in. The 49ers probably would like all three back. But they may be better fits -- and thus, more valuable -- on other teams.

Rohith Kannan‏ @RohithKannan71 Why aren’t the 49ers keen on re-signing Carlos Hyde?

ANSW: He'll be perhaps the best running back to hit the open market, but he's not an ideal scheme fit for the 49ers. He's probably better suited for a power-running offense and, presumably, a power-running team would offer him more money than San Francisco. If not, then there's a good chance he's back.

Aaron‏ @Tnniner Last year they brought in competition for Kilgore, and this year they gave him a pretty decent extension. Did he play above expectations last year and is now a penciled in starter, or would they still consider drafting/signing someone?

ANSW: Kilgore is quite aware that the starting job won’t be given to him. There will be competition. There are some really good centers in the draft -- Billy Brice, Frank Ragnow, etc. -- and it wouldn’t be surprising if someone like Joshua Garnett gets some repetitions at center this offseason.

Jerrod Robinson‏ @bathebay Where do you think Solomon plays this year? Feels like keeping him at one spot would be better for his development, much like Ward.

ANSW: I think he starts at left defensive end (big end; which was Carradine’s spot last season) and then plays inside next to DeForest Buckner on passing downs.

Joe Ruckus‏ @JoeRuckus11 Who takes part in the coin toss? Just John Lynch?

ANSW: If your organization needs more than one employee handle a coin toss, you're organization is in trouble.

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