Originally posted by OnTheClock:
1. RaShede Hageman-DL-Minnesota, 6-6 318 4.89
I understand that on the surface, it looks like we have great depth at the position. However, when you consider much of it is either still developing and/or unproven (Carradine, Dial, TJE, Okoye, Purcell, etc.) -- Justin Smith admitted a year ago he might only have a couple years left in him. Ray McDonald has gutted it out but has struggled with injuries. With Dial the 4th string NT behind Dorsey, Williams, and TJE, he may end up on the practice squad. Hageman has monstrous potential to supplant either starter. If a player this good gets to you, you take him. There's a chance Smith and McDonald both aren't here in 2015. The 49ers have already shown interest and I expect Hageman to be a target on draft day.
my earlier opinion on drafting a DE with our 1st-rounder was: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
During the last weeks my opinion changed a little bit.
Given that Justin will turn 35 in september and we dont s**t about Tank's ability yet and that Justin will end his career soon or could even become a cap casualty (4.2 Mio in savings if cut in 2015), we have to go for another DE. Additionally to that, RayMac could also become a cap casualty in 2015 or even before and we dont know whether TJE can take over without any quality loss on a consistent basis.
IF a very good DE falls to us, we have to pick him.
the games are won in the trenches.
2. Donte Moncrief-WR-Mississippi, 6-2 226 4.49*
If there's one thing that just out the most to me on tape for this kid, it's this: I have not seen him caught from behind. I do not care what he times at the combine, this kid is FAST. On top of his size and speed, from everything I have seen on the field, I believe he has star potential. Moncrief's speed and ability to get open would give us everything we could really want in a player -- the speed to threaten deep, but the size and strength to be strong as a blocker and a threat in the red zone as well. In a deep WR draft, there's the possibility we could get him later, but I expect his stock to rise, and personally, if it were me at the helm I would not wait long to draft him.
Ok. No one would complain here, imo.
2. Jack Mewhort-OT-Ohio State, 6-6 306 5.28
I'm sure I wasn't the only whose heart sank with grief and started shouting "NO! NO! NOOOO!" when Joe Staley went down with an apparent serious and gruesome injury against the Rams early in the year. Thank God it was not what it appeared (and sounded) to be. The 49ers top replacement at LT is their outstanding RG in Boone and we really need to get a legitimate backup that allows us to keep our all-pro caliber guard in place in the case that we need someone to fill in at tackle. The 49ers showed interest in Mewhort at the Senior Bowl and this could be a year they take an OL a little earlier.
Cannot say anything specific about the player for now but in general I am absolutely ok with this pick. Again, you win the games in the trenches. Your trenches should be as non-sensitive to injuries as possible. Iirc, we dont have any REAL ot-backup; we can count ourselves lucky that our tackles are not injury-prone.
Especially the tackles are the insurance for our success, for the success of our QB (look at the last play of the Seattle game!!! Kaep failed because our RT sucked...). It is NOT a coincidence that these guys are well-paid throughout the league.
3. Marcus Smith-DE/OLB-Louisville, 6-4 258 4.76
Long-armed, productive, and showed up in the team's biggest game of the year to make plays. Smith has already reportedly sparked interest from 49ers scouts and was spoken to at the Senior Bowl. Players we've talked to there have historically had a very good chance of becoming selections for us. Teams that keep their pass-rushing arsenal stocked are the teams that dominant. The old adage remains true: Defense wins championships. Smith I believe is going to be one of our targets and would be a nice addition to have.
Imo, we are stacked at OLB right now, no need to go for another one.
3. Pierre Desir-CB-Lindenwood, 6-1 195 4.56
A long-armed, small-school, high-potential player who made big strides over the week at the Senior Bowl, proving he can adjust to playing with the "big boys" of major conferences. He fits the bill in just about every way that Baalke typically searches for a player. I imagine Stanley Jean-Baptiste is another potential target here. Desir should have the edge though because of better fluidity. If the 49ers re-sign Wright, they likely would go into the season with Brock/Culliver/Wright as their starters -- this would give Desir and promising 2nd year man, Daryl Morris, more time to develop and keep our CB corps still fully stocked with talent.
Imho, this will be our strategy again: getting CBs late because we are good at drafting CB-quality in later rounds.
4. Tyler Larsen-C/OG-Utah State, 6-4 317 5.17
Durable, incredibly smart, and athletic. Fits our scheme well. Could play all three interior positions, but primarily would compete at center.
4. Marqueston Huff-S/CB-Wyoming, 5-11 198 4.40 Huff possesses arguably top 5 sideline to sideline speed among the DBs in this class. At the Senior Bowl, he reportedly blanketed receivers showing he could be considered a CB prospect and not just a safety, which he played at Wyoming. The 49ers took Chris Culliver and converted him from safety into a CB so Huff could be another target to do the same. Then again, he could provide just better safety depth behind Whitner and/or start at some point if Whitner goes elsewhere.
perfect^2. a DB-tweener, very nice.
5. Khairi Fortt-LB-Cal, 6-2 240 4.67*
I think the 49ers would be very interested in this local product if they see the same similarities as I do to Navarro Bowman. Fortt was a Penn State transfer and like many 49ers draftees, has the coveted attributes of long arms and explosive athletic ability. He would immediately be a contributor on special teams while he develops as a linebacker, and could potentially play inside or outside, although he may be better suited inside for the 3-4. He needs work, no question, but with coaching Fortt could be starter material.
In general, I dont think that we have to go for a LB, neither inside nor outside BUT on day three, especially at the end of round 4 and later, I'm ok with it. IF he can play inside AND outside, like Skuta, and could be lined up on the special teams, then I like it.
What I absolutely dont like is that you didnt go for a quick WR on day two at all. Herron or Abrrederis is what I want to see here and in every mock
In all seriousness, even if Moncrief brings it up to the table, we still need another one, especially a guy like JA who seems to be pro-ready. With Boldin and Crabtree, we got two classicals possession receivers, Patton is somewhere between a speedster and a possession guy whereas Moncrief, by your definiton, would be the only one with speed.
What if Moncrief is injured for weeks or months? Should we lose against Seattle again because we were not able to draft against their most glaring weakness?
If we are talking about the picks in general, it is a A-, OLB in the 3rd round I dont like...given that we still have too little speed, I dont know about Archer, it is a B/B-.