Updated April 16 to delete 5th-rounder, traded to Miami for Ted Ginn. There will be no version 2.0 etc. This is it. Be warned, the only Niner pick that I called correctlty last year was RB Coffee.
13. NT Williams - Tenn - 3rd -rated DT per nfldraftscout.com (#1-rated NT), 6'2", 327, 5.19, 27 reps. D-linemen take time to develop. The club needs a viable alternative in 2011 for the franchised Franklin. NT is a brutal position, subject to injury. Depth is important. Williams would be a rotational player as a rookie. NT's are hard to find, but critical to the 3-4 scheme. When you get a chance to get a premium guy at this position, you do it. More protection for Willis. Note what NE has done with 1st-round picks for the DL.
17. OT Davis - Rutgers - 4th-rated OT per nfldraftscout.com, 6'5", 323, 5.36, 21 reps, OT is an urgent club need. Davis slips to this spot due to concerns about his attitude, wiight, commitment, immaturity, etc. Singletary/Solari/Brown see his enormous talent and believe that they can bring-out the beast in Davis. Whether he is placed at LT or RT (more likely) will be up to the ooaches. Starts by Game 3 of rookie year.
49. SLASH (PR/KR/WR/RB) McCluster - Ole Miss - 6th rated WR by nfldraftscout.com. 5'8", 172, 4.53, 20 reps. Short but very strong and durable and versatile. Will get 6-10 "touches" per game as PR and KR. Can also be used creatively in the offense. Has all the intangibles to contribute immediately. McCloughan would not have made this pick. Even after the trade for Ted Ginn, I'm going to keep McCluster in this spot.
79. CB Murphy - South Florida - 11th-rated CB by nfldraftscout.com, 6'0", 198, 4.50, 16 reps, strong, tough, big hitter, Clements-like CB who is very tough against the run and physical in coverage, tall enough for the position. Will get PT in Year 1 primarily on ST and as 4th or 5th CB. Also significant KR experience.
113. OG Newhouse - TCU - 6th-rated OG by nfldraftscout.com, 6'4", 319, 4.99, 25 reps, solid guard prospect with excellent pulling speed, played for a winning program at TCU. Durable and versatile with 3 years as starting LT.
145. Deleted. Traded to Miami for Ted Ginn.
182. ILB Dillard - Nebraska - 6th-rated ILB by nfldraftscout.com, 6'0", 245, 4.65, reps not known, key man in solid Black Shirts defense, playing behind Suh, short but tough, can bulk-up a little in weight program, ST-performer in rookie year, competes with Wilhelm and McKillop for increased PT in 2nd year, when/if Spikes retires.
206. OLB Hart - Central Arkansas - 23rd-rated OLB by nfldraftscout.com, 6'0", 246, 4.58, reps not known, speedy OLB with pass rush skills, TC competition for Briggs.
224. QB Daryll Clark (drafted as a TE) - Penn State - 24-rated QB by nfldraftscout.com, but this is a position change, so not important, 6'2", 235, 4.72, 21, outstanding athlete and leadership skills (aka Michael Robinson), the club needs more depth at TE, has the hands and offensive knowledge to quickly absorb the TE position, doesn't have a pro career as a QB and knows it, so will accept the position change willingly, can bulk-up a little on weight program and be key ST contributor early-on.
That's it. You may well disagree on whether each pick will still available at the given time. Using MadDog's latest slotting and nfldraftscout.com's latest projections, these guys stand a good probability of still being available, when the Niners pick.
[ Edited by jimbagg on Apr 16, 2010 at 10:57:41 ]