With all these underclassmen coming out, it has been a bit tough to keep up with everything that is going on, but with draft position largely solidified, here's my latest update. I still see cornerback as the biggest need, Brown made some big plays last night and I don't see him coming back to the 49ers, he'll need to be replaced by someone of suitable talent and ability, so that is a priority. WR, due to the uncertainty on whether or not Boldin comes back, on whether or not Crabtree re-signs, is also a big need and this draft is now loaded with quality WR talent. Safety, either depth or a potential starter to replace Whitner is another necessity. Beyond that depth at various spots, including QB is also important.
Round 1-Allen Robinson-6'2", 210-WR-Penn State I'm not changing this pick, Robinson is one of the most polished wide receivers in this draft, for a team that has struggled to develop wide receivers, he seems like one of the most likely guys to step into the lineup and be an instant impact player. He performed and was consistent, even with mediocre QB play. He's a physical, smart and tough wide receiver who projects to be a very good possession receiver in the NFL and would be a solid replacement for Boldin if needed.
Round 2-Cody Prewitt-6'2", 220-S-Ole Miss I'm making a prediction that Prewitt does come out after all. He's a very physical, hard hitting safety that played very well in the SEC. Guys loves to hit but is also solid in coverage and a high quality tackler, he has some similar qualities as Reid and certainly has ideal size for the safety position. If he comes out, I'd be all in for Prewitt.
Round 2-Keith McGill-6'2", 200-CB-Utah I like McGill, he's a very physical, tough cornerback who made the transition from safety to cornerback, much like Culliver. He has the size to play on the outside and was the only real reliable performer on a lousy secondary. A CB group of Brock, Culliver and McGill would be solid.
Round 3-Cody Latimer-6'3", 215-WR-Indiana One of my favorite receivers in this draft has declared as a junior. He's a guy with some tremendous hands, attacks the ball in the air, a very explosive athlete, not top-end speed but fast and agile enough, able to create separation and fight for contested passes, definitely a redzone threat. Had some monster games this season and would be allowed to develop over time.
Round 3-Ricardo Allen-5'9", 185-CB-Purdue Outstanding competitor, he's only 5'9" but plays as if he was 6'3", very feisty, never quits competing, never quits running his mouth either, I've compared him to mini-Sherman and that does fit. He doesn't back down from anybody, at this point he's a steal, if he was about 6 feet tall he'd be a 1st rounder IMO. The ideal slot cornerback.
Round 3-Aaron Murray-6'1", 200-QB-Georgia Very pro-ready QB prospect, projects out to be a top-notch backup QB at worst. Smart player, experienced in a pro style offense and a guy who also possesses some decent athleticism, a nice player to develop behind Kaepernick.
Round 4-Tyler Larsen-6'4", 315-C-Utah State This might be a stretch but if Larsen falls to this spot, he's quite the steal. Quality center, capable in both run and pass blocking, very experienced, has the size and mobility to fit this blocking scheme well.
Round 5-Brandon Linder-6'6", 325-OG-Miami Has had some injury issues but an all-around solid guard with a lot of potential. 49ers need more depth along the OL and more competition. With Luke Marquardt in the mix at tackle, more depth and competition at guard is a must and that is exactly what Linder brings. He also has the room to add more weight to his frame as well. Alternatively, Spencer Long of Nebraska, coming off an injury, is another guy I'd take a flyer on here.
Round 6-Stephen Houston-5'11", 225-RB-Indiana Dixon could be a goner after this season, Houston is an experienced power back with good athleticism and shiftiness. A no-nonsense sort of running back, he hits the hole and goes, runs with power and authority. Capable of being a threat in the receiving game as well, reliable hands and shows good ball security.
Round 7-Mister Cobble-6'0", 340-NT-Kentucky My late-round draft crush over the past 2 seasons, a bowling ball with legs is all you need to know, gets leverage, terrific against the run, doesn't do much as a pass rusher but a guy I would LOVE to see Tomsula work with. He has such a unique combination of power, size and quick feet that its kind of ridiculous. I can see a guy that ends up becoming a pretty good NFL nose tackle because of his unique characteristics.
Round 7-Kendall James-5'10, 175-CB-Maine Very experienced long-term starter for Maine, I haven't seen very much of him but he possesses some ridiculous athletic ability, he was always around the ball, always making plays, his closing speed is kind of stupid. At this point in the draft, he'd be worth a look if for no other reason than to be a potential special teams gunner.
Round 7-Wade Keliikipi-6'3", 310-DT/DE-Oregon Because you can never have enough big-bodied guys on the DL. Another project for Tomsula to work with, possibly a PS guy that can develop over time and continue this team's recent tradition of taking lower round defensive linemen and developing them into solid contributors.
Round 7-Asa Watson-6'3", 235-TE-North Carolina State Ideal h-back type guy, can be developed to take over the Delanie Walker role in this offense down the road.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM ]