Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Couple notes on the game:
Loved what I saw from many front seven defensive players in the game. Of course, the star was Brandon Graham, who was unblockable this season, this week during practices, and in the game. It will be more difficult in the pro game, but he has such a variety of moves (he's not a one-trick pony around the end) that he is going to be very solid either as a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB.
Kudos to Dan Williams, who was stout, and Geno Atkins, who is very quick. Williams is a guy the team should take a serious interest in, if they decide to trade down a few picks from their 16th/17th selection. He is a toilet clogger, but also can get up the field. One nice thing about NT: they seem to last longer than players from other positions. So, you get a decade of work, not 5-6 years.
I would put much stock in WR and secondary play. The schemes were limited, and the QB play was really limited. It is just too hard to grade these guys in this setting, since NFL QB's get the ball out so much quicker, and with tons more velocity.
I still think the Jags will pick Tebow at number 43, even though he has no business being selected before the 3rd round. He's simply not going to be a good QB in the NFL for a long time, if ever. Too bad, nice kid.
I know that many are upset, befuddled, skeptical of Mike Iupati after last night. All I can say are few words: BJ Raji, Joe Staley. Raji completely dominated Senior Bowl practices last year (he was the unquestioned star), and yet was invisible during the game. Eric Wood completely dominated him. Raji's stock was not hurt. Joe Staley allowed 3 sacks in the game, 2 against Jay Moore, after a terrific Senior Bowl week. And, his stock was not dinged.
In other words, the game means VERY LITTLE to scouts, coaches, GM's. It is really mainly for the fans. That is why the scouts, coaches, GM's hop on planes and take off. They saw these players all week long on what really matters to them: the one-on-one matchups in practices, in scrimmages, etc. So, while it is fun to watch the game, I believe fans radically overanalyze and overvalue what happens in the game.
The bottom line with Iupati is that he did not adjust terribly well to other positions outside of LG this week (although he did look very sharp at RT in one practice session). He did not look comfortable at RG during the game, and that is where his problems emerged. But, coaching can change many of these issues on the line, especially if you have a good athlete, who works hard, and is coachable. I still think the kid is going to be a Pro-Bowl guard or tackle someday. Don't let a few snaps at a foreign position sway you too far.
Likewise, I don't see much from Gilyard in the NFL. He's the darling today, but he had a very mixed week of practices, and from all accounts, dropped in value throughout the week.
So, take the game with a grain of salt.
MD.. I agree that the game isnt everything but I do think it exposed some weakness in Iupati and drops him to the bottom of round 1. While I wouldnt be upset if the Niners took him at 16/17 I think there are better options now.