Key FA Assumptions
Resign: Dashon Goldson
Let Walk: Delanie Walker, Isaac Sopoaga, Randy Moss, Ted Ginn
Cut: Parys Haralson
Compensatory Pick: 3rd Rd (Very Optimistic But what Many "Sources" Projected", I'll ignore the 2 or 3 late round comps expected)
Trade: Alex Smith for 2014, 3rd round pick
1) John Jenkins- NT, Georgia
We let Sopoaga walk in FA and upgrade at the NT position. Jenkins will be a true NT (immovable object), which is truly what we need with the talent we have at linebacker roaming behind him.
2) Chase Thomas- OLB, Stanford
While he won't be any every down starter initially, this guy is a total Harbaugh player and will contribute in a rotational role and on ST right off the bat. Just a great football player and the type of player you want on your team.
3) Jordan Reed- TE, Florida
Reed is a rich man's Delanie Walker (who we let walk in FA). An instant upgrade and weapon for Kaepernick.
3) Khaled Holmes- C, USC
We finally add the longterm solution at center. Holmes is a proven commodity and was the best OL on the USC team this year.
3) Tyrann Mathieu- CB, LSU (Formerly)
This pick will serve multiple needs. It will provide us with a better 5th cb than Brock, provide a longterm nickel cb, and provide an electric punt returner/special teams ace. We overlook character for a chance at a difference maker and Day 1 contributor.
4) Johnathan Franklin- RB, UCLA
With Brandon Jacobs gone, Kendall Hunter coming of ACL surgery, and Frank Gore on the decline we get an all purpose back to add to the stable of runningbacks. Between Hunter, LMJ, and Franklin we will have a great young trio of runningbacks to rotate.
5) Marcus Davis- WR, Virgina Tech
This is a true Baalke pick and the player I believe we were most interested in all those times we scouted VT. Incredibly raw, but incredibly gifted. He will need to sit atleast a year and develop, but in the right system and with the right coaching he can provide the tall, fast, deepthreat we've needed.
5) Traded for a 4th in 2014
6) Dustin Hopkins- K, Florida St.
Best kicker in this draft and we desperately need a long term replacement for Akers.
6) Craig Roh- DE, Michigan
Longterm project to play defensive end. High motor, great work ethic, will need to put on 10-15 pounds but has the size and frame to do so.
7) Traded for a 6th in 2014
7) Terron Armstead- OT
Developmental prospect to be a longterm backup OT (with Alex Boone now at OG, we need a new backup swing tackle). Likely a practice squad member in 2013.
Now we have 5 players guaranteed to make a contribution (Jenkins, Thomas, Reed, Mathieu, Hopkins), but a few great developmental prospects (Holmes, Davis, Franklin) waiting in the wings. To top it all off, the next year we will have an extra 3rd, 4th, and 6th round pick
Feedback is always welcome!
[ Edited by 49oz2superbowl on Jan 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM ]