After a few of these, my picks are really starting to coalesce.....the Senior Bowl can adjust availability somewhat but I feel pretty good about the players that I have selected here. I'm still predicting Alex to go to KC for their 3rd rounder and the 49ers to get comp picks in Rounds 4,7 and 7. I'm not selecting any OLB's because I think the 49ers have potential with Darius Fleming as well as Cam Johnson, not to mention Haralson will be back.
Round 1--Datone Jones-DE-UCLA-6'4"280. After his performance at the Senior Bowl, I'm totally on board this bandwagon. He showed a tremendous combination of athleticism and technique. He can stand to add more weight but size-wise he is the closest to Justin Smith when he came out of college, bigger even actually. He can stop the rush but also has a great ability to rush the passer which I think is crucial, this defense has been most effective with Justin Smith reliably getting penetration and requiring a double-team to stop him. All the tools are there for him to be a dominant player, next season he could be a regular rotational DE, subbing in for Smith and McDonald throughout the game, allowing this team to maintain their pass rush which is tremendously important, we've see what this defense looks like when the pass rush is hindered, the need to get to the quarterback is most crucial.
Unlike many others, I DO think he'll be available still at this point, there's quite a few D-line prospects ranked over him and I see him as an early 2nd rounder.
Round 2-Quinton Patton-WR-Louisiana Tech-6'0", 205. There's nothing to say that I haven't said really, this guy is the truth, I'm convinced he's going to be a star in the NFL, he'll make for a very useful #2 WR opposite Crabtree and the more diverse the offense becomes, the better off this team will be. Manningham's injury was severe enough that WR is a need and Patton fills this role tremendously. I'm basically hoping that his numbers will be off enough at the Combine to scare some teams away. He's a phenomenal prospect and perhaps the most game-ready WR in this draft. Comes with leadership ability, tenacity, not great speed but very deceptive quickness and an ability to make cuts without really slowing down, he has tremendous hands and is an eager blocker. I've been on board this bandwagon for awhile, I'm convinced he's going to be an outstanding player in the NFL.
Round 3-(KC pick)-Brandon Williams-NT-Missouri Southern-6'2",341. Williams proved he can hang with top competition at the Senior Bowl. He has the tools to be a pro-level NT and really isn't very far off from Jonathan Jenkins in terms of overall talent. He might move up quite a bit more depending on the Combine results, especially with a few more teams going to be running the 3-4 next season and looking for an NT. If the 49ers could pull off snagging Williams AND Jones, I'd be ecstatic, that is the future of the defensive line right there, with both guys being able to develop under Tomsula and being slowly brought into eventual starting roles.
Round 3-(Carolina pick)-Robert Alford-CB-Southeast Louisiana-5'9", 182. Just a playmaker all the way, when you see him play, he is very fluid, moves naturally, very feisty and loves to compete. He doesn't have the ideal size but he is a fierce competitor and looks to be a tremendous cornerback at the next level.
Round 3-Bacarri Rambo-FS-Georgia-6'1", 215. His stock fell some with the Senior Bowl but I still like him as a prospect quite a lot. He's very aggressive, loves to hit, plays the centerfield role very well, similar to Dashon Goldson in many ways, he is also bigger than initially thought, pretty good size for a safety and he fits this defense well, at this spot in the draft he's a bargain. An alternate at this spot could also be DJ Swearinger of South Carolina.
Round 4-Jordan Mills-OT-Louisiana Tech-6'5", 316. Love him as a player. Hard-working guy, plays with a mean streak a mile long, very aggressive, plays violently, keeps fighting and fighting, plays very physically, a street-fighter sort of mentality. I think he'll go a bit earlier than this, but if available, he'd be a hell of a steal, providing depth at tackle and insurance in case the 49ers can't re-sign Anthony Davis a couple years from now.
Round 4-Matt Scott-QB-Arizona-6'2", 215. The ideal future backup for Kaepernick, a capable passer and runner, can eventually develop into a starter. Very good leadership ability, tremendous athleticism, fairly strong arm, a nice player to simply let him sit and develop for a couple of seasons. Some may think that this too early for a QB but if you can get a guy like this, with his potential, who can fit right into the same offense as Kaepernick, its a valuable addition to your that shouldn't be underestimated.
Round 5-Dennis Johnson-RB-Arkansas-5'9", 210-Another one of my favorites, a very hard-working north-south runner with good athleticism, also performed as a kick returner, he's not a guy who dances around and waits, he looks for daylight, commits, hits the hole and will carry tacklers for another yard or two, always pushing forward trying to get more yardage. Good receiving skills out of the backfield, also a strong blocker as well, this is someone I'd look at grooming to eventually take over for Gore or perform in a platoon with Hunter and James.
Round 5-Mychael Rivera-TE-Tennessee-6'3", 235-Very good receiving tight-end, similar to Jordan Reed, athletic with good, reliable hands, fairly raw as a blocker but could be a good replacement for Delanie, would likely need some time to develop and improve his blocking but a nice addition to make this team more threatening in the redzone.
Round 6-Marquess Wilson-WR-Washington-6'3", 210. Wherever he gets picked, it will likely be too low, he's a physically impressive receiver, not a speedster by any means but has good hands and could be a useful addition. 49ers could be without Moss next year and Wilson could add a bigger, more physical element. Additionally Manningham may not return until after the season has started so another WR in the draft could be very helpful.
Round 6-Dustin Hopkins-K-Florida State-6'2", 190. 49ers need a kicker, Hopkins is the top prospect this year. If he's not available, Caleb Sturgis and Quinn Sharp are acceptable alternatives. 49ers should definitely try and add a kicker in this draft, doing so is essential with Akers looking shaky in regards to the future.
Round 7-Chris Jones-DE/DT-Bowling Green-6'2", 295. Worth a look. He was dominating at Bowling Green, capable pass rusher, not very refined, but plays aggressively with a solid motor. At this point in the draft, why not one more D-Line prospect to see what he's got
Round 7-Robert McCabe-ILB-Georgetown-6'1", 232. Could be a needed replacement for Larry Grant, also can contribute on special teams. He was a very good player at Georgetown, a bit undersized but a very capable inside linebacker and reliable tackler. Has good leadership skills, was team captain and leading tackler, tremendous college production, albeit at a lower level.
Round 7-Mark Harrison-WR-Rutgers-6'3", 233. Potential as a WR and could develop into an elite H-back like Walker down the road. Plays with a lot of strength, difficult to tackle in the open field, eager blocker, decent athleticism for his size, has the frame to add some more weight and possibly move to TE down the road, raw and could use some time to develop but would be a valuable addition at WR/TE..outplayed Sanu for much of last season.....at this point in the draft, its damn worth the risk to do so IMO.
Round 7-Tony Tatum-CB-Gallaudet-6'2", 200. My favorite late-round small school prospect. Well-built player who is a tenacious defender, very aggressive cornerback, huge playmaker, he could be gone before this point but looks and plays the part of a good man to man cornerback. Doesn't shy way from physical contact, confident bordering on cocky, has absolutely dominated, basically the Revis of D3 football, played at a low level of competition this will drop him, as well as him being deaf, which is something he's managed with due to him being very instinctual. He could go anywhere from the mid 6th round to being undrafted, I think at this point in the draft, he'd be a terrific choice, especially with his physical size.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM ]