Originally posted by nw9erfan:Originally posted by MadDog49er:Originally posted by nw9erfan:
Curious MD.... I know you didn't like the Davis pick at 171. Who would you have drafted at that spot? Do you like the Niners last 3 picks? I felt the team did a nice job with their UDFAs.....any that you are particularly high on? Thanks, man.
I am very high on Georgia Tech OT Andrew Gardner, who was selected only a few picks after Davis by Miami.
Gardner was a two time All-ACC First Teamer, a starter for four years, and he will be versatile enough to play both left and right tackle. His best home is probably suited for RT in the NFL. He's a big guy at 6'7", and has room to stack on weight.
Gardner's stock fell at the end of this season due to a torn labrum, but he's looking to come back very soon. He projected to be a 3rd-4th rounder before the injury.
Thanks MD..... I take it that the Niners overall draft and UDFA signings didn't really impress you much.
In actuality, I am pleased overall with the Niners' draft and free agent class. The Niners stole Crabtree at 10, picked up a 1st rounder in 2010 (which will probably be a mid-first rounder), grabbed a stud ILB in McKillop, a solid blocking TE in Bear, and a group of free agents that actually have a shot to make the squad either in 2009 or 2010 (Boone, Sheets, Long).
The only disappointing picks to me were Coffee in the third round (we should have attempted to find a starter with the 74th overall), and Davis in the 5th, who I see having colossal problems in the NFL.
I am generally correct in pointing out the guys who will struggle at the next level. Two years ago, it was Joe Cohen, and last year it was Cody Wallace. I believe Davis will be the guy who struggles in this 2009 class. We'll soon see.