What’s it like covering the draft from 49ers headquarters? A look back at Thursday’s action

Home of the 49ers in two years.

With the construction of the new stadium, the 49ers team headquarters is also going through a change. One of the changes that affect the media is the relocation of the media trailer. Having to find a way through the facility around construction, the media trailer was moved to about 20 yards from the original spot. But as you can see from the view, it’s pretty nice as we can look out at the new home of the 49ers.

Covering the draft has always been a very interesting time. It’s when site traffic and attention is at an all time high during the NFL calendar year. Mostly all the local media outlets are stationed at team headquarters ready to talk with the new pick, head coach and general manager.

This year was no different from other years. The media gathers in the trailer and just watches the NFL Network like everybody else. But our focus also goes on our computer screens and once the pick is in, we’re scrambling to get the information out and find as much scouting on the newest player.

But since the 49ers were the 30th pick, the media had nearly two and a half hours to spare before the 49ers got on the clock. So during that time, we’re all just hanging out in the trailer snacking on the little bowls of candy, nuts and other things that the 49ers provide.

And of course once it hits around 6:30PM, the great catered food is here. We all line up and grab our delicious cordon bleu chicken, salad, lasagna, rice and veggies. Great food.

49ers always cater great food.

But back to the actual work. It’s a crazy period once the 49ers made their pick. Immediately after the 49ers’ pick was in, online writers went to the computers, made their tweets and did their scouting research. Not long after the pick is announced, the draft pick would call in for a conference call. AJ Jenkins, the 49ers’ 30th pick, was a pleasure to talk to on the phone and his voice was filled with excitement.

This is the media’s first time talking to him and we wanted to get as many questions we can about the rookie’s feelings of coming to the team. Not long after the end of the conference call, head coach Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke were ready to meet the media to talk about the pick. It’s standard procedure but this is the first time these two are talking to the media about the pick, so it’s a lot of information we’re looking to get.

For the most part, Thursday was just about getting information on one player. The next two days will be the same except more compact. Saturday will be much crazier but it’s just part of the deal.

Today’s action will be pretty hectic as well as Jenkins will arrive at team headquarters formally meet with the media. Then afterward, two more rounds of uncertainty. We try to keep ourselves entertained in the media trailer as we wait for picks to come in. With snacks and great colleagues, draft time isn’t as stressful as it could be. It’s actually kind of fun.

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