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MMs early 49ers blueprint to the draft

http://blog.pressdemocrat.com/49ers/2010/01/early-look-at-possible-49ers-draft-blueprint.html

First round: No. 13 - Like a year ago, the first thought is the 49ers will take their highest-rated offensive tackle. But the 49ers don't need to "reach" in this spot because they have another pick just a few slots later. If a cornerback, defensive lineman or linebacker falls to them, they're in the spot to choose one. One player who - based on watching the BCS title game - that seems like a good fit would be Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. He reportedly has great passion and football smarts. Takeo Spikes is entering his 13th season and the final year of his contract. The 49ers were smitten with USC linebacker Rey Maualuga last year and tempted to move up a few spots in the second round to get him. They also wanted Lance Briggs a couple years ago. So the 49ers would love to get another young impressive player to line up next to Patrick Willis.



First round (from Panthers): No. 16 or 17, pending coin toss - If the 49ers do not select an offensive tackle at No. 13, they would probably do so here. If they get their tackle at No. 13, they truly can go best-player available. They'd like to add an immediate impact player, but I tend to believe anything is possible here. They would not take a wide receiver, but if that wideout has fantastic return skills, they could pull the trigger. I would not expect them to take a quarterback, but if there's somebody who blows them away and he's still around, that would not shock me, either. It could be a cornerback. It's probably still too high for a safety, as Eric Berry will be long gone. It could be a pass-rusher, a nose tackle, an inside or outside linebacker, etc.



Second round: No. 17 (No. 49 overall) - Free agency will have already been open for six weeks when the draft rolls around. Clearly, the 49ers need a return man. And if they want to get a game-changing type of presence, they better get him here. Otherwise, they're taking another big chance of just trying to piecemeal together that part of their game for another season.
i saw this, and i dont know about anyone else, but id love to take McClain and have him and Willis in the middle for the next 10-12 yrs and the best ILB tandem in the league.

Though, i want a OT 1st and foremost, but id be open to this draft.

1st- McClain(ILB)
1st- Bulaga(OT)
2nd- Arenas(CB)
3rd- Johnson(OG)
4th- Alexander(WR)

or something along those lines.
I know McClain is pretty damn good but I'm just not a fan of taking an ILB there when we have so many holes to fill, and we still have TKO at TED and McKillop in waiting. I'd be fine if we took a pass rushing OLB, or a DB, or an offensive tackle. That's one of the reasons that while I think Iupati is an absolute friggin breast, I've cooled on taking him with one of the 1sts because he's an OG. Our main need is RT or LG, and you can get a LG in FA that has experience in Bobbie Williams or Stephen Neal.
MLB is the last thing we need.

two top 15 picks on MLBs. hell to f**ken no.
Originally posted by SFCH3DDERZ:
MLB is the last thing we need.

two top 15 picks on MLBs. hell to f**ken no.

IMO linebackers are a lot like running backs. If a great one falls you take him. Case in point......Peterson and the Vikings and Willis with the Niners. Those are both great selections, but you can find very good lb's in the second round. The Willis selection was our best pick in the last 10 plus years, but i'm not a fan of getting McClain to be the big body that takes on blocks, at least not at 13. Willis is the play maker, McClain would just be taking Takeo's role. People are up and down on Brandon Spikes. Some have him in the first and some have in him in the fourth. If we could get him in the second and address other needs at 13 and 16 that would be a better option. Nothing knocking McClain, he's a fine football player, but we already have our playmaker in the middle of the defense.
I completely disagree with MM's thesis and would be surprised if it went down per his "blueprint".

I am glad he isn't building my house..
Originally posted by JDeezy:
Originally posted by SFCH3DDERZ:
MLB is the last thing we need.

two top 15 picks on MLBs. hell to f**ken no.

IMO linebackers are a lot like running backs. If a great one falls you take him. Case in point......Peterson and the Vikings and Willis with the Niners. Those are both great selections, but you can find very good lb's in the second round. The Willis selection was our best pick in the last 10 plus years, but i'm not a fan of getting McClain to be the big body that takes on blocks, at least not at 13. Willis is the play maker, McClain would just be taking Takeo's role. People are up and down on Brandon Spikes. Some have him in the first and some have in him in the fourth. If we could get him in the second and address other needs at 13 and 16 that would be a better option. Nothing knocking McClain, he's a fine football player, but we already have our playmaker in the middle of the defense.

I wouldnt mind spikes in the 2nd round. And i wouldn't be surprised if we didn't select a MLB at all in the draft.
We have to get an OT or OG that can contribute immediately and a pr/kr with speed and good ball handling skills to start the season. That is a lot to ask out of the draft for guys to contribute immediately but if we want to make the playoffs next year we are gonna need a couple of our draft picks to step up and contribute immediately. after that we could always use some more bodies in the 2ndary, but if we get the OL help and kr/pr this draft would be a huge success to me. without that we are screwed.
Originally posted by AB83Rules:
i saw this, and i dont know about anyone else, but id love to take McClain and have him and Willis in the middle for the next 10-12 yrs and the best ILB tandem in the league.

Though, i want a OT 1st and foremost, but id be open to this draft.

1st- McClain(ILB)
1st- Bulaga(OT)
2nd- Arenas(CB)
3rd- Johnson(OG)
4th- Alexander(WR)

or something along those lines.

this would be ideal to me as well, keep in mind people that free agency would have started as well , so it all depends on what we do in FA.
I would have no difficulty with McClain in the 1st A pick and Iupati at 1 B pick and then get Fox for RT in the second our SS/CB/PR in the third and Carter in the 4th.
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I agree that MLB would be low on the list of impact positions on defense, plus you can pencil him in to Denver, biggest lock of the draft that Nolan gets his own Willis there. The problem I see with not taking OT 1st is that you run the risk of a run on them (someone trading back is possible) and then you are left at that 2nd pick with all the good OTs gone. Happens in drafts all the time. I don't really care about who, I have preferences but the first 3 picks should be:
OT
OG/ OLB
OG/OLB in some order.
This draft is deep at 3-4 OLBs and OTs, just not top heavy good quality top to bottom. These are our biggest needs to not address them in this draft is lunacy. In fact if we got Williams, Iupati, and pass rusher 1, 1a, 3, we could trade the rest of our picks for Cribbs and I would be very happy. a 3rd, 5th, and 6th and conditional future pick for Cribbs plus those players and we'd solve a lot of problems.
Originally posted by TX9R:
I agree that MLB would be low on the list of impact positions on defense, plus you can pencil him in to Denver, biggest lock of the draft that Nolan gets his own Willis there. The problem I see with not taking OT 1st is that you run the risk of a run on them (someone trading back is possible) and then you are left at that 2nd pick with all the good OTs gone. Happens in drafts all the time. I don't really care about who, I have preferences but the first 3 picks should be:
OT
OG/ OLB
OG/OLB in some order.
This draft is deep at 3-4 OLBs and OTs, just not top heavy good quality top to bottom. These are our biggest needs to not address them in this draft is lunacy. In fact if we got Williams, Iupati, and pass rusher 1, 1a, 3, we could trade the rest of our picks for Cribbs and I would be very happy. a 3rd, 5th, and 6th and conditional future pick for Cribbs plus those players and we'd solve a lot of problems.


EXACTLY! Of course the risk of not getting an OT at all is less since we have 16 or 17 3 or 4 picks later, but still. What if the Hawks take Bulaga, the next team takes another guy, and then we're stuck with the worst one. I'm all for taking Bulaga with our first pick, and then using #17 on a safety or a guy like Brandon Graham, who is going to be a ridiculously good player IMO. But MLB is just not high on the list of needs at all IMO, not with Spikes there now and McKillop in waiting.
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Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Originally posted by TX9R:
I agree that MLB would be low on the list of impact positions on defense, plus you can pencil him in to Denver, biggest lock of the draft that Nolan gets his own Willis there. The problem I see with not taking OT 1st is that you run the risk of a run on them (someone trading back is possible) and then you are left at that 2nd pick with all the good OTs gone. Happens in drafts all the time. I don't really care about who, I have preferences but the first 3 picks should be:
OT
OG/ OLB
OG/OLB in some order.
This draft is deep at 3-4 OLBs and OTs, just not top heavy good quality top to bottom. These are our biggest needs to not address them in this draft is lunacy. In fact if we got Williams, Iupati, and pass rusher 1, 1a, 3, we could trade the rest of our picks for Cribbs and I would be very happy. a 3rd, 5th, and 6th and conditional future pick for Cribbs plus those players and we'd solve a lot of problems.


EXACTLY! Of course the risk of not getting an OT at all is less since we have 16 or 17 3 or 4 picks later, but still. What if the Hawks take Bulaga, the next team takes another guy, and then we're stuck with the worst one. I'm all for taking Bulaga with our first pick, and then using #17 on a safety or a guy like Brandon Graham, who is going to be a ridiculously good player IMO. But MLB is just not high on the list of needs at all IMO, not with Spikes there now and McKillop in waiting.

Exactly, I thought this was why they took McKillop, who was a tackling machine in colllege. Obviously not physically on par with McClain, but that position on this defense doesn't really call for a second stud, just someone solid to funnel the plays to Willis. But since he will go to Denver this is all moot anyway.
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Linebacker? MM has been drinking.
I would take Spiller if he was available at 13. I would LOVE Bulaga at 16 or 17
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