Originally posted by LA9erFan:
SD79...who do you think the future stars are in this draft? Who are some guys you'd like to see the Niners go after, even if it means trading up?
Future Stars - IMO the best locks to be stars are DT Star Lutulelei, LT Luke Joeckell, and CB Jonthan Banks. I feel confident those 3 will be stars. I know Joeckell is now considered a top pick, but I've been riding his bandwagon since the start of year (when A&M played LSU I said it would decide if Joeckell is the #1 pick). Banks, I don't get his lack of love, everything you'd want in a corner. And ofcourse everyone knows about Star.
Players Niners should target:
-QB: Honestly unless some QBs fall big time I don't think its a position for us to draft this year if we lose Smith. I don't see many QBs that fit the Kaepernick mold that we can grab late and develop. If QB EJ Manuel is around in the 4th, we take him.
-RB: Again, I don't think we should take one just because we are filled with RBs until Gore steps down (and then we have Hunter/LaMike). Grabbing Randle in the 3rd or later is a good value pick, grabbing Franklin in the 4th or later would be a great value pick.
-WR: Aaron Dobson from Marshall. I'be been riding this guys bandwagon for a long time, one of the best WRs in the class in ability to catch (espicially away from the body), talented route runner, big (6-2) and exmtrely strong. Maybe compare him to an Anquan Boldin with more speed? I would not mind reaching for him in the 1st or grabbing him in the 2nd
-O-Line: Brian Winters frmo Kent State was my sleeper. At the senior bowl he moved OT to OG and isn't big enough to play OT. Wouldn't mind taking him at all in the 2nd/3rd as a back up lineman.
-D-Line: Sylvester Williams, DT of North Carolina has been the guy I think we should target for a long time. I think he would be a great protege of Justin Smith. Also wouldn't mind us going Kawann Short, Shariff Floyd or Jessee Williams with our 1st, but I think all 3 will be gone by then.
-Linebackers: Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky. Coach of WKU is Willie Taggart, former RB coach under Harbaugh at Stanford. Smith got hurt and won't be at the combine, so he is going to slide. I'm hoping Harbaugh gets the inside info on him and takes him in the mid rounds.
-Cornerbacks: Jordan Poyer of Oregon State is a legit corner and playmaker, if he falls to us in the 1st, going to be real hard to pass on him. In the later rounds I'd like for us to go for Logan Ryan of Rutgers or Blidi Wreh-WIlson of UCONN.
-Safety: Jonathan Cyprien is a stud and I like Tony Jefferson a lot too. In a late round, would love for us to give Cooper Taylor of Richmond a shot. A supersized safety at 6-4 220lbs, once played at Georgia Tech but took a season off due to medial issue (heartbeat), lost his job and transferred out.