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49ers Q&A: Does Kap trade request ruin team’s draft plan?

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) scrambles out of the pocket against Iowa during the first half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Indianapolis.
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) scrambles out of the pocket against Iowa during the first half of the Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Indianapolis. AP

@S49erFan: Does Kap’s trade demand mess up their draft plans of not drafting a QB at 7? Buckner would really fit that Dline well.

Answer: I agree about Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, but my sense is that he’s going to be off the table before pick No. 7. That said, my two-months-out guess is that the 49ers go back to the ol’ 2011 playbook and draft defense first and a quarterback second. Do they like Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook? What happens if Jared Goff takes an Aaron Rodgers-like fall? The 49ers have plenty of ammunition to come back into the first round if necessary. I think that’s a scenario whether Colin Kaepernick is around or not. Remember, Blaine Gabbert is only signed through 2016; Kaepernick’s contract is year to year.

@J_S_Stoef: which of the top pass rushers in the draft is the best fit for the Niners scheme?

Answ: Trent Baalke has gone with tall, long-limb players at the position, all of whom were down linemen – sometimes playing on the interior of the line – in college. Some people think Ohio State’s Joey Bosa will be better as a 285-pound defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, but I think he fits as an OLB/pass rusher for the 49ers. Others include Clemson’s Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah and Georgia’s Jordan Jenkins. I personally like Utah State’s Kyler Fackrell.

@OsLovesBeer: Is there any benefit that you can think of for Anthony Davis to wait to apply for reinstatement?

Answer: Since the 49ers offseason program doesn’t start until April 4, I guess there’s no real rush. But if I were someone trying to prove that I were serious about playing in 2016, I might have done this already. Also, I’d want to do so before the team starts making moves in free agency. One interesting note on the subject: Both Davis, the team’s former right tackle, and the current front runner to play right tackle, Trent Brown, are represented by the same the same agent, Drew Rosenhaus. #awkward

@terran0680: You think we might see Gerald Hodges stay as a starter inside with Bowman or was that just a plug in for 2015?

Answer: I think it’s a position the team might want to upgrade, perhaps with their first-round pick (Myles Jack). If no inside linebacker is taken with an early pick, look for a competition involving Michael Wilhoite and Hodges.

@heef81: Since the 49ers have tons of cap space and the most picks, do you think that they may finally trade up to get the best player?

Answer: Remember, they traded up in the first round in 2010 (Anthony Davis), in the second round in 2011 (Colin Kaepernick) and the first round in 2013 (Eric Reid). So that’s in their DNA (also: see first question and answer). One thing they need to do: avoid injured players. Receiver DeAndre Smelter will get a chance to prove himself in the upcoming season. But not one of the “value/injured” picks the team has made in recent years has panned out. There must be a greater sense of urgency this year.

@fliphonda: how about the niners picking up Colston and Mario Williams? They can sign them now since they are released correct?

Answer: Are we running a football team or a geriatric facility?

@dsnead32: Uva’s chances to win it all?

Answer: Only if by “it all” you mean the NIT.

@BDpeacock: What happened to the #MattBarrowsForGM movement?

ANSWER: OK, I’ll do it. But I want my own bathroom and I only want to work three or four days a week. And one more thing – I don’t want to talk to any reporters. They’re the worst.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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