Looking at the roster it is easy to see what our needs are. I think Glen Dorsey will be used as a DE to spell McDonald and Smith on running downs to keep them fresh on passing downs. I don't see him as a NT unless it's a few snaps a game. I think we take a NT high. We can choose to trade up to 22-24 to get Sylvester Williams or we can take Jesse Williams or John Jenkins later on. I prefer Jesse Williams. He is a perfect 1 gap NT who is as strong as a bull. Plus, he gives 110% effort and can move for a big man. I think he is a HUGE upgrade on Sopoaga and can be a plug and play player.
As for our secondary: I think what we want to do is play with press coverage on the outside, with a floating FS and a prototypical in the box SS. We do not want teams to run the ball so I think Whitner still has value to this team as a true in the box safety. We just need to protect him in coverage. I think Culliver makes the move to FS. He can be a Devin McCouty type centerfielder for us.
If we want to talk about trading up for the BPA then we will wait and see how far Star Lotulelei falls. If he falls to the 12-14 range, I think we make a move to get him because the value will be there. I doubt Star falls to that range so Xavier Rhodes is a guy I would target and is a guy who can come in and start from day 1 and fit our system perfectly. 31 and 34 and maybe our Tarell Brown should be enough to move up to 12 to get Rhodes. The only way we make this move is if we feel that Culliver is our FS. Cosell recently said that he knows for a fact that the teams thinks they can upgrade on Tarell Brown. I think he may be the odd man. It would be between him and Rogers but I think Rogers offers more and is more versatile.
And we need a TE2. There are quite a few nice prospects but I think we move up to get the best blocker available and a very good receiving TE in Kelce. Much like Vernon Davis, Kelce has some maturity issues but both guys learned from their mistakes and are better because of them.
*Trade (1) #31, (1) #34 and Tarell Brown to Miami for the 12th overall
*Trade (2) #61, (3) #94 to San Diego for the 45th overall
*Trade (3) #74 and (4) #128 to Jacksonville for the 64th overall
*Trade (5) #157, (6) #173 and (6) #180 to Pittsburg for the 115th overall
As for all the trades…we only have 4 or 5 roster spots open and Baalke has said he wants his rookies to play. If we come out of the draft with a starting CB, a starting NT and a TE2, we would be set. We already have an extra 2 next year from KC and should get a boat load of comp picks as well.
1. (12) CB Xavier Rhodes, FSU (6'2, 215, 4.5-40)
Big, physical corner. Perfect for our scheme. Would team with Nnamdi to form arguably the best 1-2 man to man press corner duo in the league right behind Seattle's duo.
2. (45) NT Jesse Williams, Alabama (6'3, 325, 4.92-40)
Extremely strong and powerful. Commands a double team but can move. He was the anchor of a dominant Alabama D and will provide an instant upgrade over Sopoaga. High character guy as well.
3. (64) TE Travis Kelce, Cincinatti (6'4, 255, 4.6-40)
Best blocker in the draft. Has the speed to get deep and has nice hands. Perfect TE2 for our team. Some off the field problems are a concern but we saw what happens first hand when a TE grows up. Kelce is a good one.
4. (115) CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (5'9, 175, 4.5-40)
This guy is an absolutely un-believably talented kid. He is a playmaker who forced more fumbles in 2 years than any LSU defender in school history and is tied for the all-time SEC FF lead with Guss Scott. He played in the best conference in the nation and was a standout on his team. He led his team in pass breakups with 7 as a freshman and wasn't even a starter. Patrick Peterson was on that team by the way. He ranked 4th in the nation in punt return yardage as a freshman. If this kid had his head on straight he would be a top 15 pick. We take the chance on this kid and watch him become a MAJOR playmaker for years to come. I think he will be an Antoine Winfield clone and the perfect replacement for Carlos Rogers in a year.
4. (131) WR Josh Boyce, TCU (5'11, 206, 4.38-40)
Big, productive and fast. 2535 yards, 22 TD's and 15.7 avg in 3 years.
7. (237) OLB Walter Stewart, Cincinatti (6'4, 265, 4.6-40)
This guy would have been a 1st round pick if not for his back condition. If he checks out he may go alot higher. But, like Cam Johnson last year, questions make talented players drop and Stewart is a very talented player. Plus, he has a non-stop motor and is a team captain and a great leader.
7. (246) DE Spencer Nealy, Texas A&M (6'5, 277)
Tough and versatile DL. Averaged 45 tackles and 2 sacks the past two years. Nice 3-4 DE prospect.
7. (252) OT Braden Brown, BYU (6'5, 310)
Athletic OT who was a former TE. With some coaching he may turn into a nice player. Hard worker and a team leader.
QB- Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien
RB- Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon
FB- Bruce Miller
WR- Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, AJ Jenkins, Josh Boyce
TE- Vernon Davis, Travis Kelce, Garrett Celek
OT- Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, Al Netter
OG- Mike Iupati, Alex Boone, Joe Looney
OC- Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore
DE- Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Glen Dorsey, Demarcus Dobbs
NT- Jesse Williams, Ian Williams
OLB- Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Parys Harlason, Darius Fleming
MLB- Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, Dan Skuta, Michael Wihoite
CB- Nnamdi Asomougha, Xavier Rhodes, Carlos Rogers, Perrish Cox, Tyrann Mathieu
SS- Donte Whitner, CJ Spillman
FS- Chris Culliver, Craig Dahl, Trenton Robinson, Darcel McBath
Special Teams: (3)
K- Phil Dawson
P- Andy Lee
LS- Brian Jennings
KR/PR- Kyle Williams
That is a pretty deep and talented team if you ask me.
[ Edited by SteveYoung on Apr 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM ]