Originally posted by British9er:
Interesting that speed and McDonald was brought up. I suppose you missed that he was the fastest TE at the combine this year at both the short and long shuttle drills .
Oh and Vernon is the fastest TE in the game in a straight line (Vernon's 40 time btw 4.38 is still a combine record for a TE). McDonald is 4.69sec 40 hardly makes him a slouch either - at 6'5" and 265lbs - in fact it was good enough for 5th fastest this year.
I think we have enough pace at TE but happy if you can identify a couple of TE's that are faster ...........
I know that speed kills - as the saying goes - but I also remember a certain WR from Mississippi Valley State who might not have been drafted by the 49ers if speed was the only thing that mattered.
That's pretty fast for a man that big (McDonald's 40 time). I think we have three guys that will be playing nose tackle next year. We have Glen Dorsey and Ian Willams, and I think Quinton Dial pays the role of Ricky Jean-Francois from last year, backing up at both NT and DE. I don't think we have any glaring holes on this team.
We upgraded our pass rush, giving defenses someone to account for besides the Smith Brothers. We have depth at the linebacker positions. We have a lot of bodies to rotate on the defensive line. We have four guys at receiver that are known for having good hands. Crabtree and Boldin have proven it at the pro level. Quinton Patton and yes, AJ Jenkins have proven it at the college level. Kyle Williams can return punts. I think our speed at the wideout position will be provided by AJ Jenkins. He doesn't have elite speed, but he doesn't need to with all of the attention that will be focused on everyone else. In the secondary, worse case scenario, we will be about as good as we were the first half of 2012. After this draft, if we can get through training camp and into the season with our rookies remaining healthy, we will have the most talented and cohesive 53 man roster in the NFL. I also think every team in the NFL will be watching our waiver wire because there will be some solid players that we have to let go.