Round 1 Doug Martin RB Boise State - Baalke likes what he sees in Martin and takes a grab at him at 30. Martin posses great skills at vision running through the holes and can catch out of the backfield. He can also pick up the blitz pretty well and fits well in our offense ground game. Has an NFL body, very compact and stout... Big lower body, tough to wrap up... Great upper body strength, 28 reps of 225 lbs. tied for the most among running backs at the combine... Good short area burst, accelerates quickly and is tough to contain due to his lateral quickness... Quick feet through the hole, very shifty, slips underneath tacklers and is able to elude defenders with ease with hesitation moves... Had the second fastest three cone time at the combine... Runs with a low center of gravity and a good base, will lower his shoulder and drive into contact to get the extra yards.
With us making this move it would not surprise me to see Gore being dangled as trade bait. I think he would be used as Gore's replacement and possibly Dixon being cut for the 53 man roster.
Round 2 Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia - The guy is a beast and great value pick late in the second round. Posted over 20 sacks past two years and will be moved to OLB.Exactly what you look for in terms of size and speed for a 3-4 outside linebacker... His first step is fantastic and any wasted motion by an offensive tackle means that Irvin will be right around him... Has the strength to bull rush also, catches some tackles off guard when he goes right for them instead of around like most scouting reports and film lead them to believe... Uses leverage very well, knows he's outweighed by players and his superior athleticism allows him to be the low man.Got arrested before the combine but I would love to see us wind up with him.
Round 3 Tommy Streeter WR UMIA - I had a hard time choosing him or Nick Toon but went with Streeter due to more big play making potential. Huge body, will be a great outside receiver... A true vertical threat who can go up and get the ball at its highest point and has elite (4.40-40) speed to beat defenders down the field... Had catches of 45 yards or more in three different games this year... Not afraid to go over the middle and make the tough catch in traffic... Good at tracking the ball in the air and adjusting poorly thrown balls... Long strider with great build up speed, deceptively fast.
Round 4 Alfonso Dennard CB Nebraska - What can I say he goes and pulls a dumb move right before the draft and devalues himself as a 2nd round pick and makes us scoop him up with a great value pick in the 4th round watching his stock drop. He is a good fit in press coverage, will knock smaller receivers off their routes at the line of scrimmage... Does a good job blanketing and staying with receivers when they come into his zone and breaks well on the ball... Does not allow much separation on short and intermediate routes, man and zone coverage skills are both slightly above average.
Round 5 Brandon Hardin S Oregon State - Great size and build, will have no problem with bigger tight ends and receivers in the NFL... Elite speed, ran a 4.38-40 at his pro day... Good at reading the quarterback's eyes and diagnosing plays... Great in the box safety with impressive tackling skills; an absolutely punishing tackler (see the Goldson and Whitner resemblence).
Round 6 Desmond Wynn OG Rutgers - Baalke see's Anthony Davis team mate in college and decides to pull the trigger (another value pick) Has NFL size and strength for interior lineman and also has the frame to add a few pounds... Locks on defenders with his long 34" arms and drives them back; creates a ton of movement in the run game... Has the athletic ability to pull and get around the corner.
Round 7 Devon Wylie WR Fresno State - Been injured in and out the lineup during his time at Fresno. Has terrific speed and short area quickness, accelerates almost immediately and is tough to contain in small areas... Great top speed, 4.39-40 tied for second among receivers at the combine... Has short legs and takes quick steps so he cuts well and runs sharp routes, very good at creating separation on shorter routes... Good body control, adjusts well to the football and will dig balls out of the dirt... Catches everything with his hands, doesn't let the ball get into his body.
I know DL depth is also a pressing need but we can not fill everything in the draft. Hell there is a good chance I wont get a single pick right but its worth a shot.
[ Edited by NC49erfan82 on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM ]