Pick 16-17: Earl Thomas, S, Texas: This kid is a player! Had a solid season as a redshirt freshman at Texas and really came on this past season as a sophmore setting a Longhorns record with 8 ints and had 149 return yds of those INT's. The 49ers could use a big time corner, but with Haden being most likely a top 10 pick and a big dropoff after Haden at corner, Thomas would give the 49ers basically an extra corner with his coverage and playmaking skills at FS and would allow us to move Goldson to strong safety where I think he can be even better. Thomas would give us a much needed ballhawk in the secondary who is a playmaker and despite his size (5'10" 195pds) Thomas is no slouch in run support and has shown he is willing to come up and take on big RB's like he did with Mark Ingram in the Natl championship game. His biggest strength though is his ball skills as he reads and plays the ball well as well as any safety prospect I have seen since Ed Reed and he has great closing speed and instincts and a swagger to him. I really like this kid and I think he can be an Ed Reed type player in the NFL.
Now if Bulaga is gone at 13 and we take Thomas or another non OT at 13, I hope we do not reach for an OT at 16-17 with Bulaga off the board as I assume Anthony Davis and Okung will be long gone. I would not reach on Trent Williams who has 1st rd talent but I just question his desire, passion and work ethic. I wouldn't take Iupati at 16-17, if we could trade down than yes. I would us rather take C.J Spiller or best available. I am a huge C.J Spiller fan. I think Spiller will help a team win an extra 1-3 games as a rookie with his kick-punt return ability and also his playmaking skills as a RB and receiver. Of course a trade down would be great as well if Bulaga is gone at 13 or 16-17 and we could go for a Mike Iupati later in the 1st rd or Bruce Campbell or maybe Trent Williams if it is late 1st rd.
2nd rd prospects: Of course depending on what we do with our two 1st rd picks. If we don't take a tackle with either of those picks, I really like Jason Fox, OT, Miami, FL. I think he will be a very solid NFL RT or even LT. I also like the kid from UMass but he is raw and Kyle Calloway from Iowa I think will be a very solid NFL RT. If we do take an OT with one of our 1st rd picks; I like Javier Arenas, CB-KR, Alabama. Obviously he is a big time KR-PR prospect and I think he will be a solid #3 corner in the NFL. I also like Kyle Wilson, CB-KR, Boise State who is a solid PR and I think will be a very good #3 corner and maybe even a solid #2 corner in the NFL. A couple of safety prospects I like in the 2nd or 3rd... Larry Asante from Nebraska, Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech and Nate Allen from South Florida. Dexter McCluster from Ole Miss a favorite on here is also a very possible 2nd rd target.
3rd/4th rd targets: I have been on the Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan bandwagon for a while but now with a solid Senior Bowl week he may end up as a 2nd rd pick. I also like Colt McCoy and I think he may fall into the 3rd rd. Im also looking at Darryl Clark, QB, Penn State as a 3rd or 4th rd possibility and if LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon is available in RD 3, I would love for the 49ers to take a long hard look at him. Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss is also on my radar as a 3rd or 4th rd prospect. Then there is Colt McCoy. If he is available in the 3rd rd and I don't think it is out of the question, we should absolutely take him and even consider taking him in the 2nd rd.
Oh, not a Taylor Mays fan at all and Tim Tebow....Wouldn't touch him at all! Not even in the 2nd or 3rd rd. What do you guys think of Tony Pike?
What do you guys think?
[ Edited by PatrickJira411 on Feb 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM ]