Now for something completely different. Kirwan has us taking Dontari Poe, NT, at #30, and Chandler Jones, DE, at #61
Poe has slipped on draft boards because of production (five sacks in his college career) but he is a massive athlete. and it is hard to pass this type late in the first round. He will force double-teams and keep Patrick Willis free to roam the field.
He has been rising up draft boards after teams are satisfied with his recovery from a knee injury that kept him out of five games last year. He has long arms and could pack on more good weight with his frame.
I'm posting this because for months, the forum has been filled with fill our greatest need at #30. Before signing Moss and Manningham, it was Fleener or Hill to increase our passing attack. Lately, because we haven't signed a veteran OG, taking Kevin Zeitler OG (our biggest remaining hole.)
After the combine I saw mocks that had Poe go as high as Carolina at #9, before falling because he didn't have the production on tape. Could Kirwan be drafting BPA? Here are 2, recently updated, value boards:
Gill Brandt's latest Hot 100 Board:
Dontari Poe NT .......#17
Kevin Zeitler OG .....#26
Stephen Hill WR ......#29
Coby Fleener TE .....#32
Chandler Jones DE .#48
Rob Rang's Big Board:
Dontari Poe NT .......#14
Coby Fleener TE .....#20
Chandler Jones DE .#26
Kevin Zeitler OG .....#37
Stephen Hill WR......#49
If the draft fell as Kirwan guesses, our first 2 rounds picks (30 +61 = 91) would have netted value totaling:
17+48 = 65 (Brandt)
14+26 = 40 (Rang)
Value wise, that would be a very impressive yield.
Breaking:Round 5, Pick 2: 49ers select Iowa TE George Kittle