Alright, so many choices that could work great. A multipurpose RB, super-talented OLB/DE projects, and a few top-tier OT. After much thought and deliberation, the 49ers are proud to select with the 17th pick:
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The best RT prospect in the draft. His numbers were down this year due to playing LT and C, but the previous two years he started at RT, where he was truly dominant. The reason why the 49ers invested on a OG and OT in the 1st rounds can be explained in a quote my college coach told me, "Rather have a great OL with a mediocre QB than a great QB with a mediocre OL, b/c a great line can make a mediocre QB look great, and a mediocre OL can make a great QB mediocre." With the offensive line we build this year, we'll make Gore a top 5 back again and keep our QB upright.
Now, a lot of you are going to be yelling, "OMG, how can you pass on Spiller? We need an OLB like Hughes or Graham to complete our pass rush! What about Bulaga?!?!?!?!" Look, they are all great, but here's my reasoning:
-Bulaga is a zone-blocking OL and as good as he is would be limited in our system.
-Spiller is a talent, but won't matter if no one can block for him, and if his main purpose will be to be a returner, a return specialist isn't worth a 1st.
-No OLB is worth it this year at #17.
-All the best teams (Indy, NO, Minn, Pitt, Baltimore, Denver, SD, NYJ/G) have solid OL from tackle to tackle.
Overall, we fix our trenches and both Iupati and Williams will be able to start from the get-go.