MMP: Draft Recap

Monday Morning Punter is back, well at least for this week. We take a quick look at the players drafted over the weekend. Info courtesy of Matt Maiocco

MICHAEL CRABTREE
First round, No. 10 overall
Position: Wide receiver
College: Texas Tech

The vision: The 49ers expect him to compete – and win – the starting job at split end, where second-year player Josh Morgan is also competing. Crabtree has a chance to immediately become the team’s No. 1 receiver. The 49ers will certainly take it slow with Crabtree this offseason, as he recovers from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He probably will not do much until the start of training camp.

Quotebook: “When I played quarterback, I always wanted a receiver like (me). I wanted a receiver where I could just throw it up and he could go get it. Or if I threw a pass, I knew he was going to cut in front of that DB and not let the interception happen and make a play” – Crabtree.

GLEN COFFEE
Third round; No. 74 overall
Position: Running back
College: Alabama
Ht: 6-0; Wt: 210

The vision: Coffee is a powerful runner who has the ability to put on another 10 pounds and become an answer in short-yardage situations. The 49ers would like Coffee to work into a role of prominence to give Frank Gore the occasional breather. McCloughan likes Coffee as the No. 2 back, calling him a “one-cut power back.”

Quotebook: “I watched a lot of (Gore) when he got into the league and I knew a little bit about him in college. I know he’s a great back and he can do a lot of things. I’m glad to be able to practice with him and play with him” – Coffee.

SCOTT McKILLOP
Fifth round; No. 146 overall
Position: Inside linebacker
College: Pittsburgh
Ht: 6-1; Wt: 245

The vision: McKillop, the Big East defensive player of the year, should be a solid inside linebacker who will be an immediate contributor on special teams. McKillop will compete with veteran Jeff Ulbrich to serve as backup to Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. McCloughan said he’ll start off at the backup Ted. “That’s a pick for me that I’m very excited about,” he said.

Quotebook: “I kind of play like I have a chip on my shoulder. Everyone is always doubting me. All it takes is one person to make one comment about me and I’m just going to work harder and try to prove people wrong” – McKillop said.

NATE DAVIS
Fifth round; No. 171 overall
Position: Quarterback
College: Ball State
Ht: 6-2; Wt: 217

The vision: Davis is a gifted quarterback whom the team can take the time to develop. He is the No. 4 quarterback on the roster behind Shaun Hill, Alex Smith and Damon Huard. There will be no urgency to get him onto the field. The GM says there is a great upside to Davis. “He’s proven he’s a winner,” McCloughan said. He likes the way he hangs in the pocket and does not flinch.

Quotebook: “Personally I don’t think there’s really anything different. I think the big difference is he (Matthew Stafford) went to Georgia and I went to Ball State. (Mark) Sanchez went to USC, I went to Ball State. It’s a bigger school and unfortunately they had better competition but it all worked out” – Davis, comparing himself to the top two quarterbacks selected.

BEAR PASCOE
Sixth round; No. 184 overall
Position: Tight end
College: Fresno State
Ht: 6-5; Wt: 255

The vision: Pascoe is a tough, rugged inline blocker who should immediately take over for blocking specialist Billy Bajema, who signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent. Unlike Bajema, Pascoe can also be used in the passing game.

Quotebook: “Football’s a rough sport. There’s going to be injuries, but you have to play through them, play through the pain and learn how to handle it. And that’s probably one of my best attributes, is I’ve got a very high pain tolerance” – Pascoe.

CURTIS TAYLOR
Seventh round; No. 219 overall
Position: Free safety
College: LSU
Ht: 6-2; Wt: 211

The vision: The 49ers figure taking Taylor at this spot in the draft was a good investment because of his size and athletic ability. Conceivably, he could contribute on special teams while taking on a backup role.

Quotebook: “Taylor will get a long look because he is so physically gifted, but he never materialized as the consistent standout performer you thought he could be” – ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS
Seventh round; No. 244 overall
Position: Defensive line
College: LSU
Ht: 6-3; Wt: 295

The vision: Francois has a lot of talent, but he did not play with a lot of consistency throughout his career. He saw action in just 25 games. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has a project on his hands.

Quotebook: “When you look at the film at the other kid, the third pick in the draft (LSU teammate Tyson Jackson), the guy next to him jumps out and makes plays” – 49ers coach Mike Singletary.

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  • West.

    Here is a list of undrafted free agents who have agreed to contracts with the 49ers, according to their agents.

    Kory Sheets, RB, 5-11, 208, Purdue

    The fastest running back at the combine with a 4.39 in the 40. He rushed for more than 3,300 yards in his career, along with 4,944 all-purpose yards. Sheets has breakaway speed, scoring 48 touchdowns in four seasons. He can also be a factor as a kickoff-return man. The 49ers brought Sheets in for a visit three weeks ago as part of their background check. Sheets reportedly had difficulty with the Purdue coaching staff, beginning with a brief benching in 2007 for a fumble problem. He made some critical comments after a loss to Northwestern, and was banned from speaking to the media for the remainder of the season. NFLDraftScout.com ranked him as the 11th-best running back – just one spot behind Glen Coffee. Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him No. 13.

    Alex Boone, OT, 6-7, 328, Ohio State

    If Boone can get his act together, there might be a place for him in the NFL. He struggled against the speed-rushers of Florida and LSU in BCS title games. He probably does not have the feet to play left tackle, but he has a chance to play right right tackle. But the bigger concerns are off the field. In February, while in California training, police in Aliso Viejo allege Boone jumped up and down on the hoods of cars, attempted to smash the window of a tow truck and then fled police and had to be tasered twice in order to be subdued. He was arrested for DUI in 2006. But he was a two-time All-Big Ten performer, so with the right kind of support system with the 49ers, he has a chance. NFLdraftscout ranks him as the 21st-best offensive tackle. Kiper had him No. 14.

    Pannel Egboh, DE, 6-6, 276, Stanford

    Ended his career with 24 consecutive starts at defensive end. He recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, and six sacks as a junior, but his production dipped as a senior. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He has a 35-inch vertical leap. He seems to be a 'tweener among 'tweeners. The book is that he might lack bulk play DE in a 3-4, and he's not necessarily an elite pass rusher. Kiper says he has enough measurables to allow an NFL defensive line coach to work with him. NFLdraftscout had him rated as the 16th-best defensive end. Kiper had him at No. 22.

    Jahi Word-Daniels, 6-0, 197, Georgia Tech

    Word-Daniels is a tough cornerback who has good size, but his stock dropped because he missed half of his final season with a hamstring injury. Kiper says Word-Daniels is so aware and intuitive in coverage that he plays faster than he times. He ran a 4.59 and 4.64 at his pro day. He's an interesting guy. He was Georgia Tech's long snapper on punts and kicks for three years – an oddity for a cornerback. He has a lively personality. He proposed to his girlfriend in front on hundreds of Georgia Tech fans at the preseason fan day in August of 2007. NFLdraftscout rates him as the 39th cornerback. Kiper has him No. 24.

    Carlos Thomas, CB, 5-11, 186, South Carolina

    Recorded six career interceptions for the Gamecocks. He was reportedly one of the fastest players on the team with a 4.37 in the 40, but he ran 4.51 and 4.57 during his pro day. He played wideout early in his career before making the transition to defense full time in 2006. NFLdraftscout ranks him as the 76th corner, while Kiper has him 81st.

    In addition, there are credible local reports that South Florida OG Matt Huners (6-3, 303) and Michigan State DE Brandon Long (6-3, 254) have agreed to terms with the 49ers. Once they are confirmed, I'll put up a little more information on the individuals.

  • West.

    Pundit or James… Do you now if NT Chris Baker from Hampton got drafted? I dont recall seeing his name.

  • Samra209

    Leroy hill would at least command Bart Scott or Rey Lewis Type money and i doubt at this point the 9ers would do that… Also i wonder if he would play MIke (Patrick Willis)or supplant Manny Lawson at OLB… I want Manny Lawson to have one last chance cuz i know he can get to the QB he looked savage at times but mike nolan had the defense set up for pansies with his umbrella defense

  • Samra209

    Hey west Chris Baker did not get drafted and there has been zero news of him signing anywhere either…i thought we were gona take him with our last pick but i guess not i think he has tons of potential just needs time to develop

  • Samra209

    ALSO We Signed FA Marques Harris OLB From San Diego, started a few games last season with 3 sacks i think…so we did end up getting depth at olb now maybe we could sign Kwame harris…Sike biggest joke ever rite but seriously maybe we could bring in a guy like Jon Runyun for cheap to compete with barry sims for the backup RT spot…Other FA we Could consider

    Chris McAilister to compete with Walt Harris and allow REggie Smith to play FS
    Dre Bly
    Rod Hood just got realeased in ARI and is a ballhawk
    Travis Laboy also released by ari moments ago and great for olb depth
    Pete Kendall to push David Baas
    Kevin Carter in case Ray McDonald is not ready for season
    Dewayne Robertson former top 10 pick was an OK NT in NYJ

  • Billy

    Hey Samra you forgot about LeRoy Hill I wonder how much it would take to get him!!! Also I love Chris McAllister but as FS but I heard he still wants to be a CB

  • West.

    Samra209……Thanks for the update on NT Chris Baker. I agree he has potential and thought he would have been brought in by someone. I know he has had been in some trouble so I’m assuming that’s what’s holding him up. I’m not really sold on Isacc at NT but then again Nolan was running the D. Now that Muniski is in control maybe Isacc can blossom.

  • Texas9er

    I had questions about our GM but after this weekends draft I have to give him an A+. To get Crabtree and an extra first for next year on day one and get Nate Davis, scott Mckillop and Glenn Coffee the next day was great. I think all of the GM bashing that everyone on here did (including Me) should be aimed at Nolan. The more and More I look at it Nolan was an idiot. It looks like our team if finally heading in the right direction in all the right places. I bought a box of football cards the otherday and got a Tony Romo Rookie Card and promply burned it after finding it. It was woth $40 and it was the best 40 bucks I ever burned.