It's no secret that the 49ers will draft a NT to fill the void created by the departure of Isaac Sopoaga. The 49ers play a base 3-4 scheme and need a large-framed DT.
As it stands, Ian Williams and Lamar Divens will compete for playing time as the NT, but I don't know much about these players. Williams, like Ricky Jean-Francois, seems undersized to play NT (6'1", 305lbs). Divens (6'3", 335lbs), on the other hand, has the bulk to be a space-eater in a 3-4. However, one has to wonder if he will ever make it as a prominent player in the NFL, since he is already 28 years old.
Therefore, the Niners will have to add to the defensive line by drafting a big, fat, space-eating NT in the early to mid rounds of the 2013 draft. The good news is that there seems to be a lot of big guys available in this years draft class.
Star Lotulelei, Utah (6'3", 311lbs) - 1st round
Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State (6'3", 320lbs) - 1st round
Jesse Williams, Alabama (6'4", 323lbs) 2nd round
Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (6'3", 313lbs) 2nd round
John Jenkins, Georgia (6'4", 346lbs) 3rd round
Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern (6'1", 335lbs) 3rd round
Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin (6'4", 329lbs) 4th round
T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech (6'6", 369lbs) 5th round
Kwame Geathers, Georgia (6'6", 342lbs) 6th round
The 49ers will pick a player based on the following criteria:
- High motor
- Has a nasty side
- Willing to compete
- High character
- Good collegiate program
My knowledge of NCAA players is very limited, so I'm asking you WEBZONERS for assistance. Who do you think is the best fit at NT based on the above criteria and when should the 49ers pull the trigger?
[ Edited by doc_brown_ on Mar 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM ]