Originally posted by Ninefan56:Maddog:
You have Kelvin Benjamin, Clinton Dix, Louis Nix,Stephon Tuitt, Jason Verrett; Mimmie Ward, and DAvid Yankey all in our 1st round pick area. Could you give me your pros and cons on these players and list them as to whether they would realistically be players that the Niners would pick? Thanks
Benjamin: big target, has some YAC ability, has red zone upside for franchise that needs TDs not FGs. Got to be careful with that weight. Needs to get off the LOS faster hands were suspect at times this year.
Clinton-Dix: smart, experienced, gutsy guy that rallies guys around him. To me, lacks elite athleticism, better college than pro player, might have been exposed a bit without all-star defenders around him at UA.
Nix: prototypical size for 34 NT. good movement for a man this size. Played in NDs 34 system. Can get up the field, better athlete than instinctual defender. Tendency to loee track of the ball so he can be caught out of place.
Tuitt- Looks like a Pittsburgh steeler to me. Tall and long, very athletic, excellent productivity in soph. year. Experience in 34 system. Physical skills are phenomenal. Lacks a full time motor. Seemed in cruise control in 2013 and regressed a bit. Did not assume role as dominant player with the loss of 2012 personnel.
Varrett- fast, smooth, experienced, tough. Just a terrific college player. Shut down some of the best WRs in The Big 12. Special teams skills. Downsize is size.,I think he comes in at 5'9", 178 at combine, and that is tough week to week in the NFL against the monsters. Imagine being matched up against Calvin Johnson one week, Alshon Jeffrey The next, and then Jordy Nelson the next week.
Ward is a safety with corner tracking skills. Plug and play from Day One with big, big upside (much more than Clinton-Dix). Not afraid to hit. To me, he is Jonathan Cyprien 2014 version.
Yankey is smart, tough, versatile playing multiple positions, and NFL ready. Excellent athleticism.and ability to pull. Not a mauler like DeCastro, and doesn't have a nasty streak, but is a guy who will take a challenge and scrap and fight.