49erholics Mock Draft 1.0
Resident draft guru Scott Wagner is back with his 2013 5-round 49ers Mock Draft.
1(31) Datone Jones – DE – UCLA
Keeps his head up and locates the football quickly, showing good awareness and effort in pursuit. Has the upper-body strength to lock-out opponents and seal the edge. Stout enough to slide inside to defensive tackle, especially on obvious pass rush downs. Enjoyed a breakout senior campaign and may be just scratching the surface of his potential.
Weaknesses: A classic ‘tweener who until his senior season hadn’t ever lived up to expectations. Lacks the sustained speed and flexibility to turn the corner as a traditional 4-3 defensive end. Lacks the bulk to handle full-time duties as a traditional defensive tackle. Has a tendency to stand up as he comes off the ball, losing out on the leverage battle. Uses his hands well initially but tires quickly and struggles to disengage once his opponent has locked on.
2(34) Jamie Collins – OLB – Southern Miss
Weaknesses: Motor appears to waffle at times. Explosiveness and fluidity appear to be there for brief moments, but other times he looks heavy-footed and sloppy in space. First step isn’t elite. Is much more athletic than instinctive at this point. Isn’t a high-intensity, fly-to-the-football defender, despite possessing some dynamic physical tools that indicate he’s capable of covering more ground. Tends to tackle with his shoulder too frequently rather than wrapping up, and will take on blockers with his chest or shoulders far too often. Will reduce speed and exhibits loose legs when flipping his hips from a backpedal in man-coverage. Awareness in zone coverage waivers, as he tends to freeze in space and lose track of what’s going on behind him.
2(61) Sio Moore – ILB – Connecticut
Weaknesses: At his size, Moore will need to continue to improve his strength in taking on and shedding blocks.
3(74) Bacarri Rambo – FS – Georgia
Intuitive defender who reads the quarterback’s eyes well and gets a jump on the ball in coverage. Shows good burst to the ball due to above average acceleration and straight-line speed. Times his leaps/contact with receivers nicely, showing good body control and hand-eye coordination to play physically without drawing the flag.
Locates the ball and has very good ball skills. Possesses soft hands to pluck the ball away from this frame as well as the ability to track it over his shoulder.
Highly aggressive tackler. Looks to lower the boom on unsuspecting receivers crossing the middle. Lowers his shoulder into ball-carriers, though he sees what he’s hitting, not lowering his head and spearing the opponent and drawing the flag.
Generally takes good angles to the ball and plays a key role in Georgia’s defense as the last line of defense. Made Georgia’s secondary calls for at least the last two seasons. Played free safety at Georgia but possesses the size and physicality to play either of the traditional safety roles in the NFL.
Weaknesses: Has a tendency to lead with his shoulder rather than wrapping up fully as a tackler, leading to some slip-ups. Generally gauges pursuit angles well but can get caught up in the trash when he gets too aggressive, leading to some cut-back opportunities for backs with vision, burst to exploit.
Does not possess the elite recovery speed that his 16 career interceptions might indicate and is, in fact, a bit of a gambler.
Has twice failed drug tests while at Georgia and was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season due to his most recent violation.
3(93) Da’Rick Rogers – WR – Tenn Tech
Weaknesses: Generally a reliable pass catcher, but will occasionally look to juke the defender before securing the pass, resulting in an occasional bad drop. Until he cleans up the conception that he’s a troublemaker, it may not matter how talented Rogers is, NFL teams will be too concerned to give him the first-round grade his talent deserves.
4(128) Terry Hawthorne – CB – Illinois
Weaknesses: Lanky frame with average bulk for the position and needs to get stronger. Transitional technique needs refinement and needs to do more at the line of scrimmage to reroute receivers. Susceptible to fakes and too easily bites in coverage, needing to show better discipline. Too much contact downfield and needs to show better finesse and timing. Too easily blocked on the outside and lost contain. Only average ballskills and won’t always finish the interception. Strong durability concerns with a history of bumps and bruises, including a serious concussion in 2012.
4(131) Jordan Mills – OT – Louisiana Tech
Weaknesses: Inconsistent in his aiming point. Will grab outside of the chest plate, which will result in holding calls. Mills isn’t very quick off the snap, and can be beaten almost instantaneously because of this. Mills can also be found lunging at his blocks too often. Never played left tackle.
5(157) Chris Harper – WR/HB/TE – Kansas State
Weaknesses: Could finish plays more consistently, as he will stand around a bit while his quarterback is trying to scramble and doesn’t always sustain his blocks despite his aggressiveness. A bit stiff in the hips. Fought an ankle injury in 2011. Hasn’t been immensely productive.
5(164) Duke Williams – SS – Nevada
Weaknesses: Like many aggressive college safeties, gets sucked up by play action. Needs to prove his average size is enough to handle the strength and speed of larger pro receivers in coverage; often lines up against slot receivers, showing good agility but also manhandling them (which will draw a flag at the next level) down the field, especially if he gets tripped up on their first move. Has had multiple off-field issues while playing in his hometown, as well, including arrests for underage possession of alcohol (November 2009) and driving with a suspended license and without insurance after being in a car accident (December 2011).