Round 1-Jonathan Jenkins-NT-Georgia. The 49ers biggest area of potential improvement is at NT. They lack the truly dominant attacking force that can collapse the pocket and lead to more opportunities for the edge rushers. Soap has done a solid job, but he's struggled at times to make much of an impact and has ranked at the bottom of NT's across the league in terms of overall performance. A big physical monster that can occupy blockers is one big way that this team can further improve defensively. I also choose Jenkins because quite frankly, none of the supposed 3-4 DE types impress me that much, most of the proposed prospects are ideal 4-3 DT's for the most part and are lacking in various ways. Additionally a starting NT will have the greatest overall impact and that is exactly what you want from a #1 pick.
Round 2-Chase Thomas-OLB/ILB-Stanford. Versatile playmaker, always around the ball, good pass-rusher, would provide VERY needed depth at the 3-4 OLB, can also play at inside linebacker, agile and intelligent, quite similar to Brooks Reed of the Texans.
Round 3-Quinton Patton-WR-Louisiana Tech. My hands down favorite WR prospect in the draft. Great football intelligence, awareness, hard worker is an understatement for him, shows tremendous quickness, skilled route runner with reliable hands, willing to do whatever it takes, aggressive blocker, plays with an edge, loves to compete, I think he'd be a wonderful addition to the receiving corps.
Round 3-Darius Slay-CB-Mississippi State. Possesses good size for a cornerback, very confident, not a ballhawk but a solid man to man corner with decent athletic ability.
Round 3-Ryan Swope-WR-Texas A&M. 2 wide receivers in the third round? Yep. Swope is a winner. An absolute hard-worker, not the fastest guy but he finds ways to make plays happen, he could be extremely dangerous in the slot, a guy with outstanding quickness that will frustrate the heck out of opposing defenses. I'm envisioning a future WR group that includes Crabtree, Patton, Swope and Jenkins.
Round 4-Baker Steinkuhler-DE-Nebraska. Has ideal 3-4 DE size, not a great pass-rusher but a very hard worker with a good motor that doesn't quit on plays. Shows very good strength and would provide solid depth at the 3-4 DE spot.
Round 4-Dennis Johnson-RB-Arkansas. Doesn't get near the acclaim of his teammate Davis but has been the true playmaker for Arkansas. Very decisive runner, hard to bring down, mostly north-south, seeks out physical contact, solid receiving ability out of the backfield, has been a kick returner at Arkansas as well, built very sturdy.
Round 5-Omoregie Uzzi-C-Georgia Tech. Undersized at guard, very athletic, a competent pass and run blocker, shows quick feet and terrific awareness and intelligence.
Round 5-Eric Gordon-CB-Tennessee. Slot corner potential, Brock is a free agent at the end of the season, in anycase, 49ers need better depth in the secondary, Gordon shows very good speed and quickness and could be useful to help cover some of the smaller, shiftier receivers that have given them trouble.
Round 6-Jarred Holley-S-Pittsburgh. Will get overlooked because of his perceived lack of speed and athletic ability. Terrific leader and playmaker, a bit undersized but more of a true free safety. He could easily replace McBath and provide depth at both safety and special teams.
Round 6-Tanner Hawkinson-OT-Kansas. Depth at tackle, with Goodwin possibly gone, Kilgore moving to center, Hawkinson provides depth and someone that can be developed at right-tackle to possibly take over for Davis some day if needed.
Round 7-Brett Maher-K-Nebraska. Only because Hopkins won't be here, otherwise self explanatory.
Round 7-Montori Hughes-DT/DE-His Ass Got Kicked Out State. About as "boom or bust" as it gets. Guy has tremendous physical size, good athletic ability, he's still pretty raw but everything is there for him to be a very good contributor. Could easily knock off RJF or Dobbs from the team.....could also easily be abysmal failure and make Kentwan Balmer look good, but hey, it is only a 7th round pick after all.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM ]