Free Agency -
Barry Sims - OT
*We need to resign him - pronto: 2 year, 6 M deal
Gibril Wilson - S - Dolphins (cut)
*An overrated player, but an upgrade over Mark Roman. Adds needed experienced depth in the secondary.
NFL Draft -
R1: Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma
Ideal bulk --- Fantastic athlete --- Quick --- Agile --- Nimble feet --- Good balance --- Natural knee bender --- Moves well laterally --- Mobile with range to get to the second level --- Can hit a moving target --- Great strength --- Stout at the point of attack --- Gets a good push in the run game --- Able to adjust and recover when beat --- Understands positioning and excels at sealing off defenders --- Solid instincts and awareness --- Violent initial punch --- Tough --- Nasty with a killer instinct --- Has a lot of experience against top competition --- Versatile.
R1: Kyle Wilson - CB/KR - Boise State
NFL Draft Scout's Take:
Wilson is a four-year starter for the Broncos and received his second straight All-Western Athletic Conference first team award in 2009. Wilson has made 40 total tackles and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He has also been Boise State's primary punt returner again in 2009 returning 20 punts for a 10.4 yards-per-return average. In his career at Boise State, Wilson has made 151 career tackles, intercepted 11 passes and averaged 12.7 yards-per-punt return. He has also returned three punts for touchdowns in his career.
R2: Cam Thomas - NT - North Carolina
A two year starter for the Tar Heels, Thomas primarily was a run stopper in the Carolina defense. He has a huge body but lacks great quickness, lateral agility and speed. He rarely makes a play out of the tackle box and appears to lack conditioning throughout the contest. He isn't an explosive player but is tough to get movement on when defending the run. He lacks an expanded pass-rush package and only flashes the ability to push the pocket when bull rushing. He is an inconsistent reactor as blocking schemes unfold and needs to improve in this phase of the game. Thomas is clearly a two-down player who could be limited as a nose tackle at the next level, but players with his size and strength are hard to find.
R3: Jacoby Ford - WR/KR - Clemson
Ford is an explosive receiver that has a lot of skills but is a bit on the undersized side. There were concerns about his hands as he likes to body catch a lot of balls but he showed pluck ability in the Senior Bowl practices this winter. He definitely has long speed as he ran a 6.52 60-meter dash in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March of 2009. He has a tendency to rely on his track speed at times, and will need to work on altering how fast he runs his routes. He probably fits the role of a slot receiver as a team’s No. 3 receiver.
R4: Daniel Te'o-Neshiem - DE/OLB - Washington
NFL Draft Scout's Take:
A classic overachiever, Te'o-Nesheim lacks the size and speed NFL scouts are trained to look for, but he started all 49 games in which he played with the Huskies and proved to be one of the Pac-10's most consistent defenders over the past three seasons.
The two-time second-team all-Pac-10 honoree leaves with eye-popping numbers: 194 tackles, 47 tackles for loss and as the school's all-time leader with 30 career sacks. He showed a penchant for coming up with big plays when the Dawgs needed them and was one of few standouts on an otherwise weak unit throughout much of his career.
R5: Ciron Black - OT/OG - LSU
Draft Countdown's Take:
First name is pronounced "Suh-ron" --- Was a four-year starter for the Bayou Bengals --- Named 2nd Team All-SEC in both 2007 and 2008 and 1st Team in 2009 --- Recipient of the 2009 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which goes to the top offensive lineman in the SEC as voted on by the league’s coaches --- Started 53 consecutive games since beginning of 2006 season, breaking Andrew Whitworth's school record --- Played left tackle in college but projects to right tackle or perhaps even guard at the next level --- Has the sheer talent to start in the NFL but will need to get in better shape and be more consistent --- Not quite the pro prospect that his college press clippings would lead you to believe.
R6: Chris Brown - RB - Oklahoma
*Competes for the #3 RB position with Michael Robinson. Secures depth and special teams talent.
R7: Josh Hull - ILB - Penn State
*Competes with Wilhem for the backup TED spot.
Depth Chart -
- Carr poses an interesting threat to Smith. For sure we are moving towards a vertical style offense.
- I think our front office believes in Coffee. Brown is a SEC guy that could compete with Coffee for the #2 role. Gore is our core offensive player as usual.
- With the addition of Ford and the recovery of Jones, we'll have more speed on the field. Ford provides a critical KR special teams role as well.
- Williams obviously fills a huge need for us. Black is drafted to add competition for Baas at LG. I expect Solari and Brown to provide a positive impact on Staley and Rachal to improve their play.
- Thomas gets to learn the ropes at NT while Franklin starts. Provides an insurance and long-term solution at the position in 2010. The rest remains the same.
ILB: Spikes/Wilhem PS: Hull*
- The main addition is Te'o-Neshiam from Washington. He can compete with Haralson in pre-season, as well as Briggs for a rotational spot. Secures depth at the position.
- Paymah, G. Wilson, and K. Wilson fortify a secondary preparing to make its step into the playoffs. The 49ers get younger and faster with these additions while keeping their core players in Spencer, Goldson, Clements, and Lewis.
ST: Nedney, Lee, Jennings
KR: Ford*, Robinson, K. Wilson*, and/or Coffee
PR: K. Wilson*, Ford*, or B. Jones
- We basically add two threats on special teams with Ford and Wilson, allowing for Robinson, Coffee, and Jones to concentrate on blocking.