Aubrayo Franklin - NT (Franchise)
David Baas - OG (RFA)
Barry Sims - OT/OG
Ahmad Brooks - LB
Matt Wilhem - LB
Marcus Hudson - DB (RFA)
Patrick Willis - ILB
Vernon Davis - TE
No one worth mentioning - how bout them apples?
R1: Brandon Graham - DE/LB - Michigan
- Scot McCloughan is not in a position to take a risk in the early rounds this year. I consider Graham to be one of the more pure and safe players in this draft, and he showed why during the Senior Bowl. Playoff teams have that one player that provides premium pass rush: Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Terrell Suggs, and Demarcus Ware. The addition of Graham will not only improve our pass rush (not just sacks), but also may indirectly benefit our secondary as more rushed throws may occur.
Trade - 49ers trade 16/17th pick for Detriot Lions 2nd, 3rd, and future draft pick.
Why for the 49ers: With the expected run on offensive tackles, the 49ers will be in a very lucrative spot to trade this draft pick - considering it is a need as well at RT. Since I think there will be many suitable players in the 2nd round for the position, the 49ers can still be relived to know that the Lions have a very high 2nd round draft pick. Read the rest of the draft to see why.
Why for the Lions: While Suh is the best rated prospect, I think the Rams want to get that franchise QB in Clausen. Assuming that is the case, the Lions can not pass up Suh at the #2 spot. With that pick, it still leaves a HUGE hole at LT. Bulaga is an excellent LT prospect that will boot Backus to another position along the O-line. With a franchise QB, WR, and TE secured, the Lions need to address the LT position promptly and with a tangable prospect.
R2 (f/ Lions): Charles Brown - OT - USC
- Brown reminds me a lot of Joe Staley when he came out of Cent. Mich. Brown is a former TE that transitioned to LT in the last couple of years. Substantial upgrade over Adam Snyder in terms of pass blocking. Good technique and agility in his game. Still somewhat raw, but a very good prospect in his own right.
R2: Kyle Wilson - CB/KR - Boise St.
- One of the emerging prospects after the completion of the Senior Bowl. Wilson has demonstrated outstanding ball skills, and exceptional return ability throughout his college career. If this class of CBs were a bit weaker, he'll be a first round draft choice.
R3 (f/ Lions): T.J. ward - S - Oregon State
- I debated between Ward and Chanceller, but at the end, I think Ward is a more NFL ready SS with moer potential. With Roman on his way out, Ward fits nicely as a rotational player to Lewis. He also provide some solid special teams play.
R3: Mike Johnson - OT/OG - Alabama
- A technically sound athlete, Johnson is a prototypical OG player for our blocking scheme(s). A possible starter on the left side, Johnson has experience at LG and LT.
R4: Eric Decker - WR - Minnesota
- As a U of M student, I've seen Decker play, and let me tell you - this guy is a Singletary player. Fantastic route runner, pass catcher, and run blocker, Decker does it all. With his ideal height and versitility, he is what we hoped Arnaz Batte should have developed into as a 49er.
R5: Jim Dray - TE - Stanford
- In my opinion, he's one of the best blocking TEs in this draft. Addresses a huge hole on the team.
R6: Jeff Owens - DT/NT - Georgia
- A developmental prospect at NT, Owens has a similar frame to Franklin.
R7: Trindon Holliday - RB/WR/KR - LSU
- Purely a special teams player.
Depth Chart -
ST: Nedney, Lee, Jennings, Holiday*