Originally posted by fan49:
id rather go macdonald in 2nd and go cb in 3rd just me. I like the idea of shoring up the wr core
To be honest, very little impresses me about McDonald beyond him being the son of Tim, the more I see of him, the more stiff and unflexible he looks. He's currently rated in the mid to late 3rd round for good reason. In terms of coverage abilities, he's better than Taylor Mays but he struggles to change direction, gets caught out of position a lot. He's a hard, heavy duty hitter, but looks to be in the mold of Whitner where he'll get picked on if you put him out alone in coverage. After Mays, Rachal and others, I'm about ready to say f**k it, no more USC players, like....ever.
Take a look at JJ Wilcox from Georgia Southern if you haven't before. He's pretty raw, has only played safety for a year, was a WR/RB before that but in that one season, he turned a lot of heads. He's a guy who likes to hit and is very good in man-to-man coverage, especially for a strong safety. He utilizes his experience as a WR the same way Sherman does, predicting where routes will go, understanding what receivers and offenses are trying to do in a given situation....shows great field awareness. I'd draft him, unleash him on special teams and continue to develop him further to be an eventual starter. He seems like the high-ceiling type of player that Baalke loves.
Mike Mayock......I said MIKE MAYOCK(somewhere NinerJohn is lurking
)..........is quite fond of him.
"215-pound safety with corner feet," Mayock described. "I think he's an immediate starter in the NFL, he can help you on special teams. This is a guy that I've really enjoyed watching." A running back/slot receiver his first three seasons at Georgia Southern, Wilcox moved to strong safety as a senior and was a first-team all-league pick by the Southern Conference coaches. He also brings to the table kickoff return value.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM ]