Great analysis Marvin49 as usual! Love the off season posts. Keep them coming!
Reid - Can't doubt Harbaugh's knowledge and history with this kid. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when he was available after the Saints picked Vaccaro. I think he may have worried he was going to lose him to his home state once again. I can't wait to see this kid on the field. What I loved the most is even though there was some great D-Linemen available we drafted who needs to play the most snaps at position of need.
Caradine - Can't believe we got both of what we wanted. FS and DE replacement in the future for Smith. He will rotate in when healthy can contribute right away. Kid is a beast and has room to add weight to his large frame. Another player I can't weight to hit the field when healthy.
McDonald - Knew nothing about the kid when drafted. I scratched my head as I thought it would be Kelce after Ertz and Escobar went ahead of us. I love the pick more and more after getting to learn more about him. Athletic, strong, smart, and big! He can be our red zone threat once he learns to throw his weight around. Played too much of finesse game at Rice with being in the slot. He will sit in on many O-Linemen meetings and once this kid picks up blocking, we will have one of the best dual TE games in the NFL!
Lemonier - Another kid I knew ZERO about until reading and watching more clips after. He wasn't connected and I didn't see this coming. Value pick and can be a great rotator of Brooks or Smith on passing downs. Will be used similar to Caradine his first year. Big, strong, smart kid who does things right when rushing the passer.
Patton - I really like this pick after learning more about him as well. Had a great senior bowl showing and our GM happened to be at his biggest game this year against Texas A&M. I love how we fly under the radar on picks high on our board. I think this kid will also contribute right away. He has size, weight, hands in getting off the LOS and catching the ball. I think he would be great in the slot as he looks to have a great feel for the field off the snap. That is very important at the next level as defenses get pretty complex. He will need to develop a little coming from a JUCO, but his stats in two years are pretty impressive.
Lattimore - He has been liked to us simply because our future need to replace Gore at some point. He doesn't need to do it this year and coincidentally may not be able to contribute this year or threaten Gore's place on this team in 2013 because of injury rehab. Can't actually believe we could have grabbed the best RB in the draft and how can you not like the kid knowing his story. Feel bad seeing him on the cart going off the field against Tennessee. He is just balling and you can see it under his towel. I would have pulled for this kid no matter where he landed (except for any other NFC West team). Happy I can route harder for his rehab and getting in the mix!
The rest is a blur of special team players and possible August cuts. I think our secondary plays better this year, simply because we get to the passer more with speed, strength and fresh bodies rotating on the field. Quality draft with so much influx of youth to replace older players eventually and more importantly we addressed needs. I love the size of the players along with the "long arm' stature. I think these young players also come in knowing how strong our roster is and the family environment our organization stresses. It's like being born into money..... success is almost guaranteed if they do their part and work hard to be better. I can't wait for training camp!!