SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will hold their first practice of the week Wednesday afternoon to begin preparations toward facing the New York Giants on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park.Here's are some of the elements to keep tabs on throughout the day:--The 49ers are scheduled to hit the practice field at 2 p.m. At that point, we'll have a better idea whether to expect tight end Delanie Walker or receiver Ted Ginn to play in the game.If Walker participates in any portion of practice, it means that he has been cleared and you can expect him to suit up for Sunday's game. Walker sustained a fractured jaw on Christmas Eve. The game Sunday will take place four weeks after the injury.When the 49ers faced the Giants on Nov. 13, Walker was the 49ers' leading receiver with six receptions for 69 yards. Strangely, those were the last passes Walker caught in the regular season. He was held without a catch in his final six games.Ginn twice exited Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a right knee injury. He was seen with a pronounced limp on Monday.--Keep checking those weather reports. The forecast calls for rain to arrive in the Bay Area on Thursday and last through Monday. It's almost impossible to project which team a sloppy field would favor.--The 49ers are certain to be asked about some comments from the Giants, such as safety Antrel Rolle saying, "I might be a little biased, but in our minds, we can't be beat."Many have focused on the last part of that quote -- "we can't be beat." The entire quote sounds reasonable. But a couple 49ers have already responded.Donte Whiter, the hard-hitting 49ers safety, responded via Twitter: "Out here in San Fran we let our Shoulder Pads do all the talking.haha"Tackle Anthony Davis chimed in with a dash of humor: "Are the Giants doing drunk interviews? lol"
The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned.
Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers.
The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles.
Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.
#49ers reach four-year, $16M deal with DT Earl Mitchell, per source. He receives $5.5M in first year.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) February 25, 2017
The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:
49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 34 overall
3. Third round: No. 66 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)