Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by pd24:
What are you guys looking at? This has us taking Trent Williams and Iupati.
13 SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: JOE HADEN, CB, FLORIDA
The Niners have quite a few areas that they need to address but the secondary is at or near the top of the list. Nate Clements was once one of the best cornerbacks in the business but he has clearly lost a step and there is even talk of moving him inside to safety. Beyond that all they have are a couple of solid but unspectacular types (Shawntae Spencer / Tarell Brown) who are probably best suited for backup duty. Florida’s Joe Haden is clearly the top rated corner in this draft and he would likely have been a Top 10 pick if not for some concerns about his speed. An outstanding athlete, Haden not only excels in coverage but he’s also very physical and a willing tackler. Haden may not the next Deion Sanders or Champ Bailey but he profiles as a potential #1 cover guy at the next level and the Niners would likely be doing backflips if he fell into their laps. San Francisco would also have to seriously consider an offensive tackle if one of the “Big 4” was available and if Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen unexpectedly slipped a bit he could prove awfully tempting as well. The 49’ers could also be intrigued by the thought of adding Clemson's C.J. Spiller as a dynamic weapon for both their offense and special teams. Don't rule out a linebacker either.
BUFFALO BILLS: TRENT WILLIAMS, OT, OKLAHOMA
If by some chance Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen fell into the Bills laps they would likely jump at the chance to bring in a top quarterback as that is by far their most glaring need. Unfortunately Clausen is already gone in this scenario, which means they must turn their attention elsewhere. After passing on Michael Oher (who looks like the real deal) in favor of Aaron Maybin (who had a grand total of zero sacks as a rookie) the Bills were forced to trot out a parade of has-been’s and never-were’s at offensive tackle in 2009. Needless to say it is time for the Bills to bring in a stud blocker on the outside. After excelling at right tackle early in his career Williams moved to the left side as a senior and had some ups and downs, although there were legitimate excuses including injuries and inexperience. An excellent athlete who is capable of seeing action on either side, Williams is a terrific all-around player who excels as both a pass protector and run blocker. After pulling the plug on the Terrell Owens experiment the Bills once again need a pass catcher to compliment Lee Evans so Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant could be a possibility as well. As a potential shocker don’t completely rule out the Bills reaching a bit for Tennessee’s Dan Williams, who could be the nose tackle that they need to anchor the middle of their 34 defense.
And this is what I see when I click the link:
13 SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: TRENT WILLIAMS, OT, OKLAHOMA
San Francisco has had a lot of issues over the years but one constant has been the shaky offensive line play. Joe Staley is a keeper and they have some talent inside but the Niners desperately need to bring in an upgrade at right tackle. Former teammates Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson received more publicity and attention during their time at Oklahoma but Trent Williams is actually a better player and a far superior pro prospect. After excelling at right tackle early in his career Williams moved to the left side as a senior and had some ups and downs, although there were legitimate excuses with injuries and overall inexperience. An excellent athlete who is capable of seeing action on either side, Williams is a terrific all-around player who excels as both a pass protector and run blocker. In many ways Williams will remind you of Michael Oher, who is coming off of a fantastic rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens. Keep a close eye on the Niners sketchy quarterback situation too. If they decide Alex Smith isn't the long-term answer once and for all the 49'ers will likely be in the market for a new signal caller and with two first round picks they certainly have the ammunition to trade up. A defensive back such as Florida's Joe Haden or USC's Taylor Mays would be the other option here if by some chance they didn't go o – line
17 SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS (f/CAR): MIKE IUPATI, OT, IDAHO
San Francisco has had a lot of issues over the years but one constant has been the shaky offensive line play. Joe Staley is a keeper and they have some talent inside but the Niners desperately need to bring in an upgrade at right tackle. Idaho’s Mike Iupati is a big, strong, tough, physical blocker and also a terrific athlete with considerable upside. Most feel that Iupati is perfectly capable of playing inside or outside at the next level and he’d be a perfect for San Francisco. Another option would be a safety and depending on what they are looking for either Earl Thomas of Texas or Taylor Mays of USC could be a match. Even though it may not seem like an obvious fit do not rule out Clemson’s C.J. Spiller either. The 49ers obviously still have Frank Gore, who will only be 27-years-old next season, but he's battled injuries going back to his college days and also missed time each of the past two years. Spiller would serve as a perfect compliment to Gore and ease his workload while also providing a huge upgrade on special teams, which was a major problem area last year. Depending on what they do with their earlier pick a cornerback or linebacker could be a strong possibility as well.