Free Agency -
Geoff Schwartz - OG - Panthers
*Underrated offensive guard that will directly compete with Kilgore for the RG starting spot. Schwartz, if a backup, will provide swing guard capability. If needed, he can play tackle...but he isn't very good in that position.
NFL Draft -
R1: Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
*Personally, I don't like the idea of drafting a TE when we already have good players at the position. But Fleener addresses 3 key areas that Alex Smith has NEVER HAD IN HIS CAREER:
- Big target with good route running skills
- End zone threat
- Excellent hands
Delanie Walker is a free agent after this year, and will receive interest on the open market. Fleener is already familiar with Harbaugh and Roman's scheme.
R2: Trumaine Johnson - CB/S - Montana
*A few reasons why I think the 49ers will take a hard look at Johnson in the 2nd:
- Fantastic size and physical ability
- Sound coverage skills
- Man-to-man and zone skills
The 49ers have a history of converting CB's to S's. Reggie Smith and Dashon Goldson are two known examples. If we resign Goldson, then it provides flexibility to our secondary. If Goldson continues to demand a huge contract, we can replace him with Johnson. If we resign Goldson and let Tarrel Brown walk, we can move Johnson back to corner. If Whitner regresses, we can slide Goldson to SS, and let Johnson start at FS.
R3: T.Y. Hilton - WR/ST - FIU
*Assuming Joe Adams is not available, T.Y. Hilton makes a lot of sense at this spot. He's a very fast receiver with good hands. He will immediately contribute to special teams as a returner, but provides an option as a slot receiver. May eventually replace Kyle Williams on the depth chart as we continue to bolster our WR unit.
R4: Derek Wolfe - DT/DE - Cincinnati
*Bolsters our depth behind Smith and McDonald. Great size and strength, but fairly raw skill set. Pet project for Ron Jeremy...uhh...I mean Jimmy Tomsula.
R5: Brandon Bolden - RB - Mississippi
*Slow 40 time + character concerns makes him a mid-late round steal for the 49ers. North-South runner as Dixon is supposed to be, Bolden has much more natural running ability.
R6: Derrick Shelby - DE/OLB - Utah
*Not very impressive at the combine, but Shelby will provide depth and special teams skills in his first year. Very raw as he transitions to the OLB position, he may be able to develop as a replacement for Haralson on the bench.
R7: Kellen Moore - QB - Boise State
*Moore has the qualities Jim Harbaugh loves in a QB outside of his lack of height and deep ball arm strength. For what he asked Alex Smith to do in 2011, I think Moore would be a great QB as depth to elevate the position. Nothing against Tolzien, but competition is competition at all positions on the team.
Depth Chart -
ST: Akers, Lee, Jennings