Not Resign/Cut: Dashon Goldson, Ricky Jean-Francois, Isaac Sopoaga, David Akers, Randy Moss, Alex Smith, Ted Ginn, Carlos Rogers, Tramaine Brock
1. Datone Jones DE UCLA 6-4, 280.
Physically gifted, versatile, passionate, hard-working, nonstop motor.. Sound Familiar? We get Justin Smith's heir.
2a. Johnthan Banks CB Miss. State 6-2, 185
Big, physical corner who falls just out of the first round due to a below average 40 time.. Instant upgrade over Rogers IMO and would immediately start with Brown and Culliver..
2b. Phillip Thomas FS Fresno State 6-1, 208
Ball hawking safety, aka our biggest need.. Much better in pass coverage than Goldson. Thomas is an interception machine and would start right away.
3a. Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU 5-9, 186
We get the honey badger.. Our counter to the Hawks getting Harvin.. Mathieu can compete for the slot corner position right away and due to his versatility, can be an extra defensive back on passing downs. Also, will definitely be a top candidate for the punt returning job..
3b. Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M 6-0, 205
Tough, hard working receiver who would be a great fit in our offense.. Very smart receiver and has surprising quickness..
3c. (Comp.) Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina 5-11 221
Best RB in this draft by far. Will be the future work horse in our offense once Frank retires, as Lattimore will sit out next season anyway.. Good all around running back and I don't think Hunter or LMJ are the types of backs that can handle a full load.. But they can come is as great game changers.
4. Sio Moore LB UConn 6-1, 245
Probably the most versatile linebacker in the entire draft.. Can line up anywhere and just make plays. Very good in pass coverage as well as against the run. IMO, can play outside linebacker in the 3-4 and can provide a good pass rush.
5a. Kenny Stills WR Oklahoma 6-1 194
One of the smoothest receivers in the draft with sneaky speed.. Extremely confident and has the game to back it up.. Also is a hard worker and great leader, who loves to block and has NFL bloodlines..
5b. Duke Williams SS Nevada 5-11 201
Physical safety who is great against the run, with good tackling ability, as well as the ability to make the big hit.. Has good speed to close down and has good pass coverage ability that would be an immediate upgrade over Whitner's.. This may make Whitner expendable, but I'm not sure how the coaching staff would feel about starting 2 rookie safeties (assuming Thomas starts)..
6. Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin 6-6 308
Massive O-lineman who was originally a walk on at Wisconsin.. Provides depth, as I would like Boone to focus on Guard and not worry about being a backup swing tackle..
7a. Caleb Sturgis K Florida 5-10 188
Arguably the best kicker in the draft..
7b. Ryan Griffin TE UConn 6-6 254
Big tight end who is quick for his size and has the ability and toughness to go up and make the tough catch.. Gives great effort on every play and is a relentless blocker.. My favorite late round -UFA sleeper with our need at TE..
That's 12 players drafted and I know that's a lot considering our stacked roster.. But I believe all of these guys have a really good chance of making the team and even pushing us to cut a couple more of our veterans
[ Edited by Cooper22 on Mar 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM ]