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In the aftermath of the NFL Draft, Shady McCoy's high school coach sees shades of Ricky Watters:

Weachter coached McCoy at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg. McDevitt also produced Ricky Watters, back when. Weachter did not coach Watters, but he is like the rest of us, interested in the comparisons between the two running backs. Weachter says he has a witness.

"My defensive coordinator was there when Ricky played," Weachter said. "He told me that at the end of LeSean's junior year, he was better than Ricky as a senior."

While, Larry Weisman of USA Today likes what the Eagles did, he's not sold on the 49ers draft...including the acquisition of Scott McKillop.

"WR Michael Crabtree fell to them and they grabbed him. They did not have much to work with after that, though, and they may not have done much with what they had. RB Glen Coffee shows few measureable NFL skills, does not approach what they have in Frank Gore. LB Scott McKillop is essentially Coffee's equal, though he excelled in combine workouts. Looks like a journeyman. QB Nate Davis joins a carousel, decent value in fifth round."

During his conference call with the media, McKillop says he didn't know of any interest on the 49ers end.

RE: Did you expect that the 49ers had a lot of interest in you?

"Not really. The first time that I was able to meet with the 49ers was actually the last day I was at the combine when not Head Coach Singletary but his nephew I believe approached me. He had an opportunity to… He had previously coached at Buffalo and we had a little, quick time to talk for about 10 minutes and that was my first opportunity. I really wasn’t aware of this, but I’m more than happy right now."

Meanwhile, the Bears only seem interested in Derek Kinder's blocking ability.

Kent Somers states what most of us already know - if LaRod Stephens-Howling has a chance to make the team, it's going to be because of his ability as a kick returner.

I know it's still to early to tell, but it looks like McCoy and McKillop could both be steals. We'll see.