Niners shrug off chance to draft pass rusher

April, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers obviously weren't excited about some of the higher-profile pass rushers in this draft. They could have emerged with high marks for drafting Florida State's Everette Brown in the second round, but they instead traded the pick, 43rd overall, to Carolina.

The Panthers then selected Brown. If that bums out 49ers fans, consider this: San Francisco landed the 111th overall choice this year and the Panthers' first-round choice in 2010. The Seahawks and 49ers might now have ammunition to consider making a move for a quarterback next season, at least in theory.

As for Brown, I was walking with draft analyst Rob Rang at the combine when news broke that Brown measured 6-foot-2. The stunned look on Rob's face foreshadowed the drop Brown seemed to make from likely first-round choice to mid-second-rounder.

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