First Round Draft Slotting for 49ers

The regular season is over and since the 49ers didn’t make the playoffs, we now get ready for offseason and draft discussions. First up now that all the teams have finished their regular season is draft position.

The latest reports are that the 49ers will get to draft at No. 13 for their pick and their second pick, aqcuired via trade with the Panthers, puts them at either the 16th or 17th spot. The result of their second pick will be decided based on a coin toss between the Titans and the Panthers.

Hopefully the football gods will help us out and put the 49ers in that 16th spot, since they already screwed us over on that Favre touchdown pass, the Vikings choking against the Cardinals, the 49ers sucking against the Seahawks, and the Panthers finishing the season by beating good teams, despite starting the season 0-3.


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  • West

    Coach Sing just may look back in Coach Walsh's notes and draft Joe Haden DB Florida and then draft Taylor Mays SS USC next….Walsh found Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright with the 1st picks of the 81 draft…

    • Mas (Realest One)

      +1

      I’m not a huge Taylor Mays fan but just having a guy back there with his range and aggressive playing style – coupled with Dashon Goldson would definitely give opposing offenses something to think about.

      Haden looks like he will be gone by 13 and with all the hype surrounding him (despite playing on one of the most dominant defenses in the FBS – we can live with out him. He’s listed at 5’10/5’11 when he’s actually closer to 5’9″.

      A corner that stands out in my mind that isn’t getting a lot of press time is Patrick Robinson. He’s aggressive, great cover guy and definitely has better size than Joe Haden. He’s quick and until this season was THE guy at his position. Watching him chase down Noel Devine last week was amazing. (If you don’t know who Noel Devine is – Youtube.)

      Robinson will definitely be there at 16/17 and it’s far from a stretch to consider him there.

      OT/OG is also a position needing to be addressed and with the depth at that position, it isn’t a stretch to the imagination to find one in the 2nd round. Maurkice Pouncy & his twin brother out of Florida wouldn’t be such a bad idea… (C/OG move Heitman back to G?)

      Anyway. You guys know we’ll be discussing this over the next 4 1/2 months so have at it!

  • Chris

    I think that picking where we are picking is good for this team. We are still going to get some very good players, but won’t be required to pay them top 10 money like the past few years. We have to address RT tackle with one of those picks. Synder can’t block anyone and we really need to shore that spot up in a big way. With the other pick we have some play. Both of those spots are nice places that teams with higher picks would like to trade down too. So that option is open. Most likely I don’t think that we’ll trade. I would like us to pick an OT with the first pick and a DB with the second, either Harden or Mays would be nice. I really think that OT is our number 1 priority.

  • Ninerfan81

    Yes, RT is our number 1 priority but I see the Niners taking care of that with a possible FA before the Draft. Willie Colon is a FA and would be a nice complement to Staley.

    Then we can use our 2 first rounders to secure our secondary and draft someone like CJ Spiller to give us another offensive threat and kick returner.

    Taylor Mays and CJ Spiller would be my selections.

    • West

      We dont need CJ Spiller atleast not in the 1st round. We can go after Jahvid Best RB Cal in the 3rd round. Nice change up for Gore and he can play Special Teams. Anyone know if M. Robinson contract is up? If so Best is his replacment.

  • Niner Pundit

    All I want in the offseason, is O-line, Safety, Pass Rusher, Returner…and bring TO back and let him finish his career where it all started.

  • Cory

    I would like to see us draft Golden Tate in the 2nd round if he falls to us

    • West

      Golden Tate, nice call.. He is under the radar with Dez Bryant getting all the shine… Golden will fall but in the 2nd round i hope we go after a Guard " not sure whats happening with Bass" or a Pass Rusher..Manny Lawson time is up.. A. Brooks is coming on nice but we could use more help….Look at what Evertt Brown is doing…

      • Cory

        Manny Lawson has stepped it up this season….he did lead the team in sacks with 6.5 and he really helped in stopping the run.

  • West

    With Clements coming back “hope for a paycut” we need to go after Taylor Mays. I see M. Lewis retiring and the thought of Goldston and Mays “2 fast hard hitters” back there = PAIN + TURNOVERS. With our 2nd pick from Panthers Antony Davis RT Rutgers
    OR Bryan Bulaga RT Iowa.

    If we pick up a RT in FA then i hope we draft Taylor mays SS/ USC and Joe Haden DB/ Florida

  • http://www.49ersnews.com John

    Dashon is really coming into his own and we need a true ballhawking FS to pair with him. Eric Berry would be great, but he is going to be gone unless we trade up. This can be addressed in FA or Draft. We need to sign a LG or RT in FA. The other we can get with one of our 1st round picks. The ideal situation would be to tender Baas and bring him in for depth, along with Simms, for a good price. He can rotate with Chilo and be a backup at LG/C/RG. Bring back either Pashos or Snyder, other one needs to be gone. Reggie Bush is a ‘dream’ addition to his team. As a KR/PR, SPEED at the RB position, and PERFECT IN THE SPREAD. We can also address a future NT and MLB in rounds 2-4. Lastly, we MUST resign our young core players. Willis, Davis, and Goldson all need extensions. Gore, Smith, and Lawson I would hold off on for another year. GO NINERS!!!

    • West

      John i agree but Goldston is our Ballhawking FS.. E. Berry will be gone, so we should leave Goldston where he is at FS and draft Taylor Mays at SS to replace M. Lewis.. Lewis has been knocked out of some games and is slow " hints why he has always played so close to the line" adding Mays will add alot of speed to our Defense. NO more screens or TE breaking long runs… Mays and Goldston..

      We have to look at DB also "Joe Haden", with Clements making to much and not knowing if Clements is willing to take a paycut, Walt Harris is done and Bly future is unknown but i hope Bly decides to come back..

  • Joe Gomez

    how much will an uncapped season fuck everything up for the 49ers?

    • Mas (Realest One)

      I don’t think it would fuck us up that bad Joe. Instead of players being unrestricted free agents after 4 years in the league (w/salary cap) they’re restricted until 6 years. Owners will pay less for players that don’t have a direct contribution to the team leaving more for players that deserve it.

      What I’m worried about is this… The York’s are tight with their money and the positions we need to acquire via free-agency or draft will cost us quite a bit (Tackle, Pass Rush DE/OLB, CB [QB?])

      I hope for Coach Singletary’s sake as well as ours that they let him go after the people he wants…

      • Joe Gomez

        is the uncapped season confirmed?

        • Mas (Realest One)

          I think it just rides on whether or not a deal gets done between the NFL and CBA with in the next 2 months or so… outlook not so good for "the deal".

  • 49ERS,GET BACK T.O. in 2010!!!!!!!!!!

    What happen to picking a QB in the draft. The QB should be our #1 concern. Seems like every year people on here have a hard on for a stud defensive back or tackle when that is something we can get in later rounds, we need offense, or were gonna keep on sucking, and stay around 500. Our defense for the future is set, we have the foundation, we need to emphasize getting our QB of the future or we will have the same problem year after year. We need to look for a plan B because I do not have enough faith in alex and I am sure Sing feels the same way. Seems like alex finishes the year up strong like he did against denver that year and then he will start of the year sucking and inconsistent. I like alex, I just feel like he is a damn good backup, that is all he should be. We need to look for the future in the first round, or were going nowhere. Pundit amen on getting T.O. back, that is a No-Brainer, T.O. was born here and now he needs to finish his hall of fame career as a 49er, were it all started! I feel like T.O. will always be a loud mouth and a show-off that is T.O. I feel like T.O. will want to retire with a good image and he will try to prove a point to the media and the fans to clean up his image, he will still be loud but he will want to go out with class. Imagine T.O. coming back helping us to the playoffs, he will make a immediate impact and tutor crabtree just as rice did T.O. T.O. is like 37 and I do not think he wants to continue being called a cancer in the press that eats him away. I am sure T.O. will want to boil Jerry Jones blood by going to the cowpattties rival and being sucessful, he will praise the 49ers and flaunt us! He will go to the Hall as a 49er, no doubt! We need to get T.O. because he has a few years left, we need to let the front office know that the fans want T.O. back!!!!

  • http://www.49ersnews.com John

    West, I have doubts about Goldson as a FS. I think he would be much better as a SS. His coverage skills need some work and is still somewhat inconsistent. He is a hard hitter with good speed. Nate will be back next season along with Shawntae as the starters. Brown and, most likely, Bly will be back along with Hudson. I dont see another CB being aquired this off-season unless we replace Bly for depth. I really want to add one more OLB pass rusher through FA. Brooks, Lawson, and Haralson are all young guys and we need a veteran instead of another young player through the draft.

    • Chris

      John,

      Hey don’t forget about Walt Harris coming back. He is a great DB even with his age. I think that he would be agreat Free Safety.

  • Ninerfan81

    Okay so after watching the Orange Bowl I think Bryan Bulaga would make an excellent RT for the Niners. Worthy of a 16th or 17th pick for sure. This guy totally dominated Derrick Morgan and was a beast blocking for the run!!

    Oh and if Crabtree can fall to us then I’m praying Eric Berry does the same or Taylor Mays. Either way it would be a sweet pick.

    • Niner Pundit

      @Ninerfan81: I’m a little weary of Mays, I was on his bandwagon last year, but this year I don’t know. I think he is just a little overrated. And I’m all for Bulaga.

      • Mas (Realest One)

        Berry will not slip – Mays will plummet.

        Bryan Bulaga will be a 49er and if he’s not, Scot McCloughan should be canned.

        Would it be too much to give up our 13th overrall, a 2011 2nd and 4th round pick to move up to #5 and select Eric Berry?

        KC currently holds that #5 spot and according to this draft chart – a 2nd and a 4th is what it would cost us.

        http://walterfootball.com/draftchart.php

      • Ninerfan81

        I guess Mays is a poor man’s Eric Berry and if he’s gone and Mays is there then you have to look at him based on physical attributes alone.

        Having said that I agree he’s not had the best year and should’ve come out last year. But, in his defense USC lost most of their LBs last year and he was called apon to make more plays. He won’t have to be “THE MAN” with San Fran.

        I’ll say this, if Mays was there instead of Roman, we beat Minni in week 3! 6’3 vs. 5’10 wins every time.

        • West

          Ninerfan81, nicely said!

  • VERNON DAVIS NEW HAIR CUT HATER- I LOVED THE DREDS BRING THEM BACK VERNON!

    I hate vernons new dreds, that news look is not fitting his style, he should of left more on than going for that shaved look, thats not vernon he made a mistake!

  • Mas (Realest One)

    From some Seahawks site – love the mock though…

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    Tuesday, 5 January 2010
    Updated mock draft: 5th January
    I’ve compiled an updated mock draft to coincide with the confirmed draft order for picks 1-20. From a Seahawks perspective, we still don’t know the identity of the team’s new GM so projections at this stage remain complete guess work. I will publish a further updated mock draft after the deadline passes for underclassmen to declare on January 15th.

    Picks 21-32 are subject to change following the playoffs. The rest of the draft order is now confirmed. The Seahawks will pick 6th, 14th and 40th overall. Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments section or email rob@seahawksdraftblog.com

    #1 St. Louis: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
    There’s no obvious quarterback candidate to go first overall, so St. Louis take the best player with the opening selection. Suh is a dominant force with elite potential.

    #2 Detroit: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
    Jim Schwartz had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator in Tennessee thanks to an elite defensive tackle. McCoy is a close second if Suh is the best player in the draft.

    #3 Tampa Bay: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
    The Buccs’ biggest needs are on the defensive line and the offensive skill positions. Morgan solves one problem as a relentless edge rusher for the teams’ 4-3 scheme.

    #4 Washington: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
    Mike Shanahan will be the Skins’ new coach and expect him to target either a new quarterback or an offensive lineman.

    #5 Kansas City: Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama)
    The Chiefs are committed to creating a strong 3-4 defense but lack that presence at inside linebacker. McClain can be an impact player for Kansas City.

    #6 Seattle: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
    Davis is raw but could have Ryan Clady type potential. He needs to improve his second level blocking, but has the most upside in a weaker tackle class than previous years.

    #7 Cleveland: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State)
    Mike Holmgren inherits a great offensive line, but he needs some playmakers and direction at quarterback. With Bradford off the board, he takes Bryant.

    #8 Oakland: Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland)
    Campbell has unique size and and athleticism, something that will undoubtedly interest Al Davis. He’s had injuries though, that’s the potential red flag.

    #9 Buffalo: Ryan Mallett (QB, Arkansas)
    The Bills are going to name an offensive minded head coach. With the top two offensive tackles gone, they could take Mallett – he remains the X-Factor of this draft.

    #10 Jacksonville: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
    The Jaguars will rebuild their secondary in the off season. Haden is without doubt a top ten talent and would present great value here to fill a big need.

    #11 Denver: Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State)
    This fills the Broncos biggest need as a five technique 3-4 end. Don’t be surprised if they target a receiver like Damian Williams if Brandon Marshall departs.

    #12 Miami: Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee)
    The Dolphins priority appears to be finding a nose tackle for their 3-4 scheme. This is a reach, but one that fills a vital need.

    #13 San Francisco: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
    The 49ers could use an upgrade in the secondary. Berry could end up playing cornerback long term, but he’s a playmaking safety that will interest Mike Singletary.

    #14 Seattle: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
    The Seahawks need a playmaker on offense. Nobody on the roster has Spiller’s speed or ability to put points on the board – whether as a runner, receiver or return specialist.

    #15 New York Giants: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
    The additions to New York’s defensive line last off season didn’t have the desired effect. Price is a three technique with real potential.

    #16 San Francisco: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
    Bulaga is a right tackle in the NFL. The 49ers would be able to plug him in from day one knowing both tackle positions are sorted for years.

    #17 Tennessee: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
    The Titans should invest in their defensive line this off season. Pierre-Paul has huge upside as a 4-3 defensive end.

    #18 Pittsburgh: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
    Thomas could be the best all round safety in the draft. He has eight interceptions, but tackles much better than Eric Berry.

    #19 Atlanta: Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
    The Falcons have three primary needs – to improve their defensive line, linebacker group and secondary. If Bruce Carter (LB, North Carolina) declares, he could be the pick instead.

    #20 Houston: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
    The Texans have some playmakers, but they need to keep improving their offensive line. Iupati could be a once-in-a-decade type interior lineman, with a unique size and speed combination that fits any scheme.

    #21 New York Jets: Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
    Damian Williams is an option if Braylon Edwards isn’t retained. He worked well with Mark Sanchez at USC. If Edwards stays, New York could look to upgrade at right tackle with Williams.

    #22 Baltimore: Damian Williams (WR, USC)
    The Ravens will undoubtedly try to bring in a receiver during the off season. Williams has fantastic value here and could go much higher.

    #23 Arizona: Ricky Sapp (LB, Clemson)
    Arizona are still piecing together their 3-4 scheme and Sapp could be a stand out OLB.

    #24 Green Bay: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
    I’m not sold on Okung as a top ten pick. He was beaten badly twice in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss, once leading to a severe hit on the quarterback. He would’ve been a late first round pick as an underclassmen, nothing this year has proved otherwise for me.

    #25 Cincinnati: Arrelious Benn (WR, Illinois)
    Bad quarterback play and inconsistent hands has hurt Benn’s stock, but this is still a guy touted as a top 15 pick at the start of the year.

    #26 New England: Jerry Hughes (OLB, TCU)
    Hughes is a prototype 3-4 OLB. It’s impossible to predict what the Patriots will do in a draft, but their biggest need is finding a pass rush specialist.

    #27 Philadelphia: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
    Dunlap did well in his comeback against Cincinnati. He has plenty of time to repair his stock and could go much higher than this.

    #28 Dallas: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
    This seems like a good fit. If Mays makes it past Al Davis (and reports are already saying the Raiders love the USC defensive back) then he probably won’t fall past Dallas and out of round one.

    #29 Minnesota: Donovan Warren (CB, Michigan)
    This could be a landing spot for Jimmy Clausen and if he falls this far, you have to anticipate teams trading up to get him. The Vikings haven’t got many needs, but cornerback is arguably one of the highest.

    #30 San Diego: Brandon LaFell (WR, LSU)
    The Chargers are my AFC pick for the Superbowl, so I think they’ll pick later than this. Receiver is somewhat of a need and LaFell deserves first round consideration.

    #31 New Orleans: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
    Jeremy Shockey hasn’t had the hoped impact for the Saints. This isn’t a big need, but Gresham is too talented to fall out of round one. This is for value and provides Drew Brees with another talented weapon.

    #32 Indianapolis Colts: Charles Brown (OT, USC)
    Brown has great potential, but he’s playing at 290lbs. If he gets bigger before the combine and maintains his athleticism, he’ll go earlier than this.

    No Jimmy Clausen?
    I still can’t find a place for Clausen in my first round mock draft. I wrote about this in greater detail back in November, but I remain unconvinced he’ll be a top pick in 2010.

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  • Mas (Realest One)

    From some seahawks site:
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    Tuesday, 5 January 2010
    Updated mock draft: 5th January

    #1 St. Louis: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
    There’s no obvious quarterback candidate to go first overall, so St. Louis take the best player with the opening selection. Suh is a dominant force with elite potential.

    #2 Detroit: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
    Jim Schwartz had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator in Tennessee thanks to an elite defensive tackle. McCoy is a close second if Suh is the best player in the draft.

    #3 Tampa Bay: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
    The Buccs’ biggest needs are on the defensive line and the offensive skill positions. Morgan solves one problem as a relentless edge rusher for the teams’ 4-3 scheme.

    #4 Washington: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
    Mike Shanahan will be the Skins’ new coach and expect him to target either a new quarterback or an offensive lineman.

    #5 Kansas City: Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama)
    The Chiefs are committed to creating a strong 3-4 defense but lack that presence at inside linebacker. McClain can be an impact player for Kansas City.

    #6 Seattle: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
    Davis is raw but could have Ryan Clady type potential. He needs to improve his second level blocking, but has the most upside in a weaker tackle class than previous years.

    #7 Cleveland: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State)
    Mike Holmgren inherits a great offensive line, but he needs some playmakers and direction at quarterback. With Bradford off the board, he takes Bryant.

    #8 Oakland: Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland)
    Campbell has unique size and and athleticism, something that will undoubtedly interest Al Davis. He’s had injuries though, that’s the potential red flag.

    #9 Buffalo: Ryan Mallett (QB, Arkansas)
    The Bills are going to name an offensive minded head coach. With the top two offensive tackles gone, they could take Mallett – he remains the X-Factor of this draft.

    #10 Jacksonville: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
    The Jaguars will rebuild their secondary in the off season. Haden is without doubt a top ten talent and would present great value here to fill a big need.

    #11 Denver: Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State)
    This fills the Broncos biggest need as a five technique 3-4 end. Don’t be surprised if they target a receiver like Damian Williams if Brandon Marshall departs.

    #12 Miami: Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee)
    The Dolphins priority appears to be finding a nose tackle for their 3-4 scheme. This is a reach, but one that fills a vital need.

    #13 San Francisco: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
    The 49ers could use an upgrade in the secondary. Berry could end up playing cornerback long term, but he’s a playmaking safety that will interest Mike Singletary.

    #14 Seattle: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
    The Seahawks need a playmaker on offense. Nobody on the roster has Spiller’s speed or ability to put points on the board – whether as a runner, receiver or return specialist.

    #15 New York Giants: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
    The additions to New York’s defensive line last off season didn’t have the desired effect. Price is a three technique with real potential.

    #16 San Francisco: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
    Bulaga is a right tackle in the NFL. The 49ers would be able to plug him in from day one knowing both tackle positions are sorted for years.

    #17 Tennessee: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
    The Titans should invest in their defensive line this off season. Pierre-Paul has huge upside as a 4-3 defensive end.

    #18 Pittsburgh: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
    Thomas could be the best all round safety in the draft. He has eight interceptions, but tackles much better than Eric Berry.

    #19 Atlanta: Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
    The Falcons have three primary needs – to improve their defensive line, linebacker group and secondary. If Bruce Carter (LB, North Carolina) declares, he could be the pick instead.

    #20 Houston: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
    The Texans have some playmakers, but they need to keep improving their offensive line. Iupati could be a once-in-a-decade type interior lineman, with a unique size and speed combination that fits any scheme.

    #21 New York Jets: Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
    Damian Williams is an option if Braylon Edwards isn’t retained. He worked well with Mark Sanchez at USC. If Edwards stays, New York could look to upgrade at right tackle with Williams.

    #22 Baltimore: Damian Williams (WR, USC)
    The Ravens will undoubtedly try to bring in a receiver during the off season. Williams has fantastic value here and could go much higher.

    #23 Arizona: Ricky Sapp (LB, Clemson)
    Arizona are still piecing together their 3-4 scheme and Sapp could be a stand out OLB.

    #24 Green Bay: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
    I’m not sold on Okung as a top ten pick. He was beaten badly twice in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss, once leading to a severe hit on the quarterback. He would’ve been a late first round pick as an underclassmen, nothing this year has proved otherwise for me.

    #25 Cincinnati: Arrelious Benn (WR, Illinois)
    Bad quarterback play and inconsistent hands has hurt Benn’s stock, but this is still a guy touted as a top 15 pick at the start of the year.

    #26 New England: Jerry Hughes (OLB, TCU)
    Hughes is a prototype 3-4 OLB. It’s impossible to predict what the Patriots will do in a draft, but their biggest need is finding a pass rush specialist.

    #27 Philadelphia: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
    Dunlap did well in his comeback against Cincinnati. He has plenty of time to repair his stock and could go much higher than this.

    #28 Dallas: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
    This seems like a good fit. If Mays makes it past Al Davis (and reports are already saying the Raiders love the USC defensive back) then he probably won’t fall past Dallas and out of round one.

    #29 Minnesota: Donovan Warren (CB, Michigan)
    This could be a landing spot for Jimmy Clausen and if he falls this far, you have to anticipate teams trading up to get him. The Vikings haven’t got many needs, but cornerback is arguably one of the highest.

    #30 San Diego: Brandon LaFell (WR, LSU)
    The Chargers are my AFC pick for the Superbowl, so I think they’ll pick later than this. Receiver is somewhat of a need and LaFell deserves first round consideration.

    #31 New Orleans: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
    Jeremy Shockey hasn’t had the hoped impact for the Saints. This isn’t a big need, but Gresham is too talented to fall out of round one. This is for value and provides Drew Brees with another talented weapon.

    #32 Indianapolis Colts: Charles Brown (OT, USC)
    Brown has great potential, but he’s playing at 290lbs. If he gets bigger before the combine and maintains his athleticism, he’ll go earlier than this.

    No Jimmy Clausen?
    I still can’t find a place for Clausen in my first round mock draft. I wrote about this in greater detail back in November, but I remain unconvinced he’ll be a top pick in 2010.

  • Mas (Realest One)

    Mel Kiper's latest 2010 Big Board

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    A lot of movement this week. A couple of guys are back in — now that they're locks to jump as juniors — in Jahvid Best and Arrelious Benn. Then, closer to the top, we also have upward movement by the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul (look for my piece on Monday about Bowl risers and fallers) as well as Joe Haden, who is head and shoulders the top CB in this group right now.

    Florida had a couple of other players rise, and Taylor Mays continues to drop. We expect great things from him in workouts but, as we discussed before, we also assumed greatness there. Some movement as well in my top players at each position, so check those out as well.

    Big Board Bar

    1

    Ndamukong Suh

    DT

    6-4

    300

    Analysis: Explosive, relentless and consistent. Last week: No. 1

    2

    Gerald McCoy

    DT

    6-4

    297

    Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 2

    3

    Eric Berry

    DB

    5-11

    203

    Analysis: Ultimate playmaker, in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 3

    4

    Jimmy Clausen

    QB

    6-3

    223

    Analysis: Improved through adversity, has under-center experience. Last week: No. 4

    5

    Sam Bradford

    QB

    6-4

    223

    Analysis: Has underrated arm, great feel for position, is super-accurate. Last week: No. 5

    6

    Joe Haden

    CB

    5-11

    190

    Analysis: Polished cover corner with tackling ability to match. Last week: No. 7

    7

    Russell Okung

    OT

    6-5

    300

    Analysis: Athletic, strong and fiery blindside pass-protector. Last week: No. 6

    8

    Derrick Morgan

    DE

    6-4

    275

    Analysis: Proven pass-rusher, stout versus run. Very productive. Last week: No. 8

    9

    Dez Bryant

    WR

    6-2

    220

    Analysis: Dynamic receiver, punt returner and TD maker. Last week: No. 9

    10

    Rolando McClain

    LB

    6-4

    258

    Analysis: Fiery, vocal team leader with top instincts for position. Last week: No. 11

    11

    Jason Pierre-Paul

    DE

    6-5

    262

    Analysis: Explosive, natural pass-rusher out of juco ranks. Last week: No. 12

    12

    Brian Price

    DT

    6-2

    300

    Analysis: Powerful leverage guy who wreaks havoc. Last week: No. 10

    13

    C.J. Spiller

    RB

    5-11

    195

    Analysis: Multitalented, super-fast, electrifying game-breaker. Last week: No. 14

    14

    Carlos Dunlap

    DE

    6-6

    290

    Analysis: Physical tools are off the charts. Has unlimited upside. Last week: No. 17

    15

    Aaron Hernandez

    TE

    6-2

    250

    Analysis: Great hands and excellent run-after-catch skills for a TE. Last week: No. 19

    16

    Everson Griffen

    DE

    6-3

    280

    Analysis: Supremely talented, now gaining the necessary consistency. Last week: No. 16

    17

    Dan Williams

    DT

    6-3

    327

    Analysis: High motor, consistent, tremendously powerful lower body. Last week: No. 18

    19

    Anthony Davis

    OT

    6-6

    325

    Analysis: Gifted physically, quick feet and still improving. Last week: 15

    19

    Taylor Mays

    S

    6-3

    235

    Analysis: Has linebacker size with cornerback speed. Last week: No. 13

    20

    Brandon Graham

    DE

    6-2

    270

    Analysis: Awesome athlete and force off the edge. Last week: No. 19

    21

    Sergio Kindle

    LB

    6-4

    255

    Analysis: Production finally matches his talent. Last week: No. 21

    22

    Jermaine Gresham

    TE

    6-6

    258

    Analysis: The best pass-catching tight end in college football. Last week: No. 22

    23

    Jahvid Best

    RB

    5-10

    195

    Analysis: Versatile; home run threat on every play. Last week: No. NR

    24

    Arrelious Benn

    WR

    6-2

    220

    Analysis: Silky-smooth but physical playmaker. Great RAC threat. Last week: No. NR

    25

    Patrick Robinson

    CB

    5-11

    193

    Analysis: Consistent, even in a tough year. Best overall senior CB. Last week: 25

  • Mas (Realest One)

    ..And that's all i got for tonight..

  • Mas (Realest One)

    From KC Joyner ESPN contributer.

    One of the traps that football personnel evaluators have to constantly remain vigilant against is overvaluing one facet of a position; this often happens, for example, with quarterbacks and arm strength. As important as velocity is for a passer, it is rather meaningless unless it is combined with accuracy. Passing power can be so alluring that it is easy to give it more credence than it deserves if one isn’t careful.

    That mindset also comes into play for left tackles and pass blocking in large part because of “The Blind Side” (first as a book, then as a movie); the public’s perception of pass blocking is now at the loftiest of heights.

    As important as protecting the passer is for the left tackle position, two moves made by NFL teams the past two seasons show that professional talent evaluators still understand the value of run blocking at that position.

    The first was when the Miami Dolphins drafted Michigan left tackle Jake Long as the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft. Long was a good pass blocker — but he was an elite run blocker, and it was the combination of these traits (not just his ability to protect the corner of the offensive line) that moved him to the top slot in the selection process.

    The second was when the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Buffalo left tackle Jason Peters this past offseason. According to the metrics I compiled for Scientific Football 2009, Peters was coming off of a season where he was tied for last place with Houston’s Duane Brown for most sacks allowed among left tackles.

    It may have seemed odd for the Eagles to be willing to part with a first and fourth round draft pick for someone coming off of a pass blocking season like that, but a look at the run metrics shows why Philly wanted Peters. Peters’ 90.9% Point of Attack (POA) run block win percentage was the 2nd highest among left tackles and 8th best among all offensive linemen. The Eagles obviously valued his ability to keep Donovan McNabb from getting hit but they also wanted his help in solving their short-yardage running woes and that was likely the clincher in closing the deal.

    I bring all of this up because of what the metrics said about Maryland left tackle Bruce Campbell (currently listed as the No. 12 pick on Todd McShay’s Mock Draft 1.0). Let’s start with his pass blocking.

    Campbell allowed three splash plays (defined as when a defender does something to negatively impact a passing play) in the five Terrapin games I broke down (at California, vs. Clemson, vs. Virginia, at Florida State and vs. Boston College).

    As noted in the Trent Williams Draft Lab (read that here), the best professional pass rushers allow four or fewer splash plays in a season — so this isn’t a dominant number. Having said that, it does compare favorably to Williams’ splash play totals (four in five games) and was much better than the number tallied in Anthony Davis’ Draft Lab (eight splash plays in five games).

    Going on those numbers alone, I would have considered Campbell a solid professional left tackle prospect, but his stock shot up considerably when reviewing the run metric totals. Campbell was at the Point of Attack (POA) of a running play 38 times and won 35 of his blocks. That equates to a 92.1% POA win percentage, which, as detailed in the Peters analysis, would be an elite number in the NFL. In addition, Campbell received double team blocking help on only 11 of those plays, so his one-on-one POA win percentage was a superb 88.9%.

    The scouting eye notes on Campbell’s run blocking weren’t quite as good as numbers, but they were still almost entirely positive. One bright spot was that he was used as a pulling tackle quite often, which is an underrated skill that many NFL teams would take advantage of. His biggest issue is that he didn’t consistently finish his blocks. That would be a problem if it were due to a lack of effort, but in Campbell’s case it was inconsistent technique, so it is something that should be able to be coached out of him.

    From a pass blocking viewpoint, the major scouting eye concern is that Campbell received a lot of help from other blockers; this made me look back at the numbers, which showed Campbell received some kind of assistance from another blocker on 31 out of 120 dropback pass plays. That is a bit higher than one would expect from an elite pass blocker, but it is probably more due to Maryland’s heavy use of zone blocking and facing two teams with 3-4 schemes than it is a sign that Campbell has blocking issues.

    The Football Scientist Lab Result: If I were to grade the three left tackles reviewed thus far in the Draft Lab series, I would rate Campbell No. 1, Davis No. 2 and Williams No. 3. I plan to focus on Oklahoma State Cowboys OT Russell Okung in an upcoming edition as well. Campbell is just as — if not more — adept at guarding the blindside as the other two and there is every reason to think he could develop into a dominant NFL run blocker. That doesn’t seem to be the consensus perception of his skills and that disparity means that he receives a TFS seal of approval.

    K.C. Joyner, aka The Football Scientist, is a regular contributor to ESPN Insider. His Countdown Daily by IBM weekly video matchups can be found every Tuesday here. He also can be found on Twitter (@kcjoynertfs) and at his Web site.

    • Mas (Realest One)

      BTW This is about BRUCE CAMPBELL, OT Maryland Terps… if you haven't already gone through and read this…

  • http://www.49ersnews.com John

    Ninerfan81, I love your idea of bringing in Spiller. Dude reminds me of Chris Johnson a little bit. Were gonna have the 13th and 16 or 17 picks. Where do you think we can get him because I think he will be gone by our picks. I can see him going to Seattle at #6. Thoughts?

    • Ninerfan81

      It's hard to say which direction Seattle will go with pending changes in their front office. Seattle needs alot of help but QB is probably their #1 priority.

      As for Spiller its wishful thinking on my part but I wouldn't be shocked if the Niners passed over him. If they view him as a one deminsional player then he's a poor man's Reggie Bush.

      He's more then likely to go to a team that needs 1 or 2 players to get them to the Superbowl.

      We need more help in more areas.

  • Ninerfan81

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MooMhKt-wKw

    Get ya popcorn and check out CJ Spiller!

    We passed up on D jack 2 years ago. Can we afford to do it again?

    I think if we get an OL and Spiller then you have maximum bang for your draft dollars.

    Teams will eventually start to focus on Crabtree and Davis. Bring Spiller in on 3 downs and watch’em go!!

  • http://www.49ersnews.com John

    How about a guy like Earl Thomas from Texas?

  • Mas (Realest One)
  • http://myspace.com/t4mrocks Rick Carroll

    RT is our best bet, but i would love to see a SS in the mix, or even CJ Spiller. We could use a game breaker. We really dont have anyone that can stretch the field. We have enough freakin LB’s, I would rather see a pure DE pass rusher, or NT. So,,,,,,,,, NUMBER 1 RT, 2. SS 3. WR/KR PR
    4. CB 5. Another OL, Possibly another WR KR, and another RB, Coffee isnt the answer.
    GO NINERS…..