Originally posted by OnTheClock:
49ers 2011 DRAFT CLASS:
1. DE/OLB Aldon Smith: A-
Apparently we couldn't trade down. Still would've preferred Amukamara, but in the end, the pick fills a need.
2. QB Colin Kaepernick: B
We got a guy who was going to be able to learn and adapt to any system he was drafted into. All-world physical tools and ability, but will need time. The project factor keeps this a B.
3. DB Chris Culliver: C
If he's playing safety, this is a B-minus, but with way other pressing needs, and everyone knowing the DL is more important, I can't give this any better than a C grade.
4. RB Kendall Hunter: A+
Best pick, easily. Terrific, star-caliber running back.
5. OL Daniel Kilgore: C-
Fills a need, but was it really necessary to trade up for this developmental player? Didn't like the value here.
6. WR Ronald Johnson: A-
Now this was a good value. Strong slot receiver prospect. A guy who can get open and adds some depth to our WR corps. Should be ahead of Williams on the depth chart come this Fall.
6. S Colin Jones: B-
Special teamer with potential to develop into a fair back-up DB. Practice squad candidate.
7. LB Bruce Miller: A -- if he'll spend time at linebacker, D -- if he's wasted as a fullback.
Loved the pick. .... Until the rumors of him being converted to FB surfaced. You don't convert a conference Defensive Player of the Year and Bowl Game defensive MVP to fullback. That's idiotic.
7. OL Mike Person: B
Strong developmental OL prospect who excelled at the lower level. Fine with the value here.
7. CB Curtis Holcomb: C
Unlikely to make the team, but at 250th overall, you take a stab at a guy who could be at least a ST's contributor. Why is this a C? Because we ignored DL and passed on a terrific plugger/depth guy in Chris Neild who had the potential to make the team. Holcomb, unless he pulls a Philip Adams, may not even make the practice squad.
OVERALL GRADE: B
Once again, OTC shows why he's one of the top 4 draft specialists on the Zone (shared with MD, GoFD, and oldman9er), great job
I also agree with the B assessment. Just a few things I'd add:
- The F.O. and coaching staff clearly had a high grade on Smith, but couldn't get the trade with WAS to get picks and Smith. Of course, if we got the ATL trade instead, don't think we would've been worried about losing Smith...
- I see Smith, Kaepernick, Hunter, and Johnson as future players for this squad. Culliver, Miller, and Kilgore could be backup guys, but the rest look like practice squads.
- As much as I wanted Prince before the draft, the week before I got to watch some of his games (Texas & Holiday Bowl), and he started to remind me of one of our own CBs: Shawntae Spencer. He could be a good CB, but he could also be a product of a great defense in Nebraska.
- I wish we'd grabbed a starting CB and nose tackle, but not entirely worried. First, quite a few FA CBs (don't think we'll snag Nnadmi, but Marshall would be a good 2nd option, especially since he's a Cali kid who might wanna move back) and RJF showed to be getting better as a NT option (if not, Ian Williams is still available for UDFA)