Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by blm7754:I admit, I am not a huge fan of this draft so far. I give it a C+..... a B if you count Stevie Johnson as part of the draft haul.
However, Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin could both redshirt the year on PUP/IR a la Lattimore and Carradine. Both were good value picks. With Goodwin gone and Iupati possible entering his last season, there is a need to restock interior OL.
The other picks (Ward, Borland and Hyde) I can see having significant roles this year.
Jimmie Ward - Fills the need for a nickle CB, thus replacing Carlos Rogers. He could also start at FS in a couple years when Bethea leaves us.
Carlos Hyde - Scratching my head a little bit with this one. But it was a BPA pick. He's a very good RB prospect and we have a need for a big back. Hunter and James should be worried though, there won't be room on the roster for both of them. I can see Hyde initially as our short yardage back. Long term, he could form a nice tandem with Lattimore.
Chris Borland - Could be a day 1 starter opposite Willis. Bowman will need a while to recover. Not sure where Borland fits in long term. Could be an insurance policy in case Bowman (god forbid) doesn't return to form after the injury.
Stevie Johnson - Fills the need at WR. Would like to have seen us pick up one of the highly talented prospects in the 2nd round. But our team has shown no ability to draft/develop young WRs. Johnson is a solid pickup.
Still have a BIG whole at CB and have a need for a deep-threat speedster at WR. Not sure that we can address both needs on the 3rd day of the draft. But you never know. Most of the more physically gifted prospects at WR and CB are gone. Would much rather have those needs bet than a couple of injured interior OL.
I think you mean hole, and I'm sure if the 49ers thought they had a BIG hole at CB, they would have taken one by now. Brock and Culliver are the starters, then you have Ward as the nickel corner, then you have Eric Wright, Perrish Cox and Daryl Morris. CB is not nearly as big of a need as some make it out to be, no CB was going to come unto this roster and be a starter from Day 1 other than potentially a slot corner which they took care of.
In addition, I think they correctly evaluated the slotting of the CBs in this draft. With all the trades, they have an early 4th rounder, and ammo to move up from the late 4th to early 4th again.
Reynolds, McGill, Breeland, Desir, Robinson and others are still available at CB. Many of those guys were slotted as a late 2nd to late 3rd.
And at WR, we are still in the running for Ellington, Bryant, and Herron - speedy WRs that add a new dimension to our offense.
And let's not for get DL (Jones, Quarles, Stinton) and QB (McCarron, Mettenberger, Fales, and Murray).
Lots of talented players to be had in the 4th and 5th rounds. I'm excited about tomorrow. Let's do this!