Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
He looks good and the signing was good. But the level of competition was very low. It's a huge jump up from where he was playing to the NFL. So don't get too carried away.
Agreed. If you watch the reel a few times, you'll see that the opponents' special teams coaching and execution leaves a lot to be desired...really fundamental mistakes and lack of discipline. Also, while Vann's speed looks otherworldly, it's in relation to what would be scrub players during any Division I team's tryouts. I don't see the range of return skills that DeSean Jackson has, who is the greatest college punt returner I've ever seen (go look at his Tennessee game highlights if you want to know what I mean).
That said, Vann is decisive and has good instincts, picks the best lanes, and has great accelleration from idle. Very impressive for a guy built like a fireplug. If he does make the Niner's squad, he could make opponents pay dearly for mistakes on punt coverage.
[ Edited by 49erThrowback on Apr 25, 2010 at 7:09 AM ]