Originally posted by GORO:
I think the 49ers would have taken Amerson if Tank was not available at 40. But I agree that the pass rush was lacking with injuries to Smith brothers. When 49ers were winning super bowls they rotated pass rushers and always drafted DL early in the draft.
As far as NT I think Ian Williams is this year Alex Boone were the coaching staff will give him every chance to win the job.
I agree. When Ian came out he was known as a run stuffer. =
Overview Williams is recovering from a torn MCL suffered during his senior season, but he is a quality run stopper that could be an effective two-down specialist. He is near impossible to move when he gets in good position, as he is very strong and has a thick compact body. He is also a hard worker that never gives up on the play. He can be a very stout run stopper, but he is not athletic or technically refined enough to contribute in the pass rush. Williams is a one dimensional player, but he is human hole plugger and should get picked late.
Analysis Strengths Williams has a low center of gravity and possesses a quick first step. Strong run plugger that can anchor against double teams and flashes a powerful bull rush. High effort kid that relentlessly pursues the ball carrier and is a sound tackler. Has a good attitude and is very coachable.
Weaknesses Does not have the burst to get after the quarterback or make tackles in the backfield. Lacks the hand technique to consistently shed blocks and does not show effective pass rushing counter moves. Not fluid enough to make plays in space. Has a soft body and a limited frame. Trying to return from a torn MCL in November 2010.
I also read this from Scout's Inc at the Senior Bowl in 2010=
Notre Dame DT Ian Williams is having a good day. He's showing good first-step quickness, leverage and power.
Irish spring We were surprised how well Notre Dame DT Ian Williams played today. He's not a great athlete but had a quick first step, used good leverage, showed good initial power and the ability to hold his position against the run. One of the most effective linemen during the 2-on-1 (two offensive linemen) drills.
The fact that we kept him around on the 53, even though he wasn't making it into games, say a lot about what the staff thinks. They reconfirmed that belief by signing him to a 2 year extension and not drafting a pure NT high in the draft. He did 31 reps at the combine, more than John Jenkins and Jessie Williams did this year. Even though the "bench" is not a perfect indicator of football strength, its something to compare the apples with. Plus you know he's gotten even stronger working out for 2 years with team. Like you, I think Ian can make a Boone like jump into prominence this year.
[ Edited by DRUSTOPO on May 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM ]