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** Considerations and Expectations: We'll likely sign a veteran KR/PR and possibly add at least one FA OL.
2010 NFL Draft:
1. Charles Brown-OT-USC, 6-5 295 5.16
Plain and simple, we need a top-tier pass-protect who has the ability to shift and play on both sides of the line. Trent Williams has shown he would struggle severely if forced to play left tackle, and that's not what we want in a 1st round pick. This is why we need a guy like Brown, who I seriously doubt we'd shy away from even if he weighs in at around 295 at the combine, which he likely won't (I expect him to be more near 300). His immense talent and great athleticism could make him a top 20 pick come draft-time, and I'd be happy to have him here.
1. Mike Iupati-OG-Idaho, 6-5 330 5.20
Iupati is hands down the best OG prospect right now. He's a team captain, and he's got the look, the size, the strength, the power, the nastiness. Everything you look for in an NFL player. This is why scouts have him tabbed as a 1st-round prospect, and in the second half of the 1st round, we could be in excellent position to select him. Iupati is an absolute monster out there. Watching him each game is like watching a man take on small children in a wrestling match. Iupati manhandles opposing players, often tossing them aside as if they were mere ragdolls. Adding Mike Iupati would bring us a massive anchor at LG for some time to come.
2. O'Brien Schofield-OLB-Wisconsin, 6-2 248 4.63
What's so special about Schofield? Easy. His greatest trait is his ability to disengage and shed the blocks of tackles playing End at 6-2 248 pounds for Wisconsin. Schofield already has extensive experience playing linebacker before, so he not only knows how to rush the passer, he also knows how to drop into coverage and play standing-up, making him a perfect fit as a 3-4 pass rusher. Something that is important to note is that Schofield's fantastic numbers (16.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, 5 QB hurries) he's posting this year are all coming against top-notch competition. He had 2 TFL against previously #4 ranked Iowa, and 2 sacks with 1.5 TFL (not including the sacks) against both Minnesota and Ohio State. This tells us he's no pretender, which could be concerns for guys like Lindsey Witten of UConn who seem to only be dominating lower-level competition. I believe if Schofield has a good showing at the combine, he'll rise from his current 3rd round grade up into the middle of the 2nd.
3. Brian Jackson-CB-Oklahoma, 6-0 200 4.54
Jackson flat out shut down Jordan Shipley (who recently set a UT record with 270+ receiving yards) when Texas played Oklahoma this year, limiting him to just 24 yards receiving. Jackson is the kind of big, physical cover corner we need here in San Francisco. He excels in man-to-man and press coverage, and his ability to shut down fast/quick receivers like Shipley is something we're really missing right now. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Jackson is on the 49ers radar already.
4. Dan Williams-NT-Tennessee, 6-2 327 5.23
Williams has made a very quick rise with some stellar play this year, putting up some terrific performances over the last few weeks. Overshadowed by other stars on the Tennesse defense, Williams holds his own along the DL. Both against the run and the pass, he is adept at penetrating the line with his fantastic combination of quickness, power, and ferocity. His numbers aren't huge, but for an interior defensive lineman, he's doing very, very well. Williams has 9 QB pressures with 4.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack on the year.
5. Kyle McCarthy-SS-Notre Dame, 6-0 210 4.58
While not from a lesser known program in the least, McCarthy has quietly been an outstanding performer this year, and with his continued success, I can see him rising very quickly up the boards into early day two. One of the most sure tacklers you might ever see and extremely underrated in coverage, he already has 5 interceptions this year, 1 TFL, and 3 Pass break-ups. He has also moved around playing both FS and SS. McCarthy is one player in particular that I really hope the 49ers have their eyes on and possibly would draft in 2010. He's one of the top safeties of the draft, in my mind.
6. Derek Hardman-OL-Eastern Kentucky, 6-6 300 5.23
Just an incredibly hard worker. Hardman can play on both sides of the line having started at both the right and left tackle spots in his career, spending his first two years at RT and last year and this year at LT. Last year, he was First team All-Ohio Valley at left tackle, and was noted as having caught a substantial amount of attention from many NFL scouts who believe that Hardman is a very special talent. It would seem his team believed this from the beginning, as he was voted their Most Valuable Lineman in his very first season as a starter.
7. Arthur Moats-OLB-James Madison, 6-0 250 4.58
This kid has had a sack and/or a tackle for loss in every single game this season except for one (a 35-38 loss to Maryland) and has really turned some heads after his marked improvement this season. Last year he finished with 8 sacks; This year he already has 9.5 to go along with 21 Tackles For Loss and 1 FF. He has 72 total tackles. Moats does not have great height and will probably measure in at around 5-11, but his 4.5-4.6 speed and high motor, much like Elvis Dumervil, make him one of the best players in the FCS and a player to keep your eyes on in the later rounds when looking at developmental pass-rushers.
UDFA: David Pender-CB/FS-Purdue
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Nov 9, 2009 at 18:16:39 ]