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Fleener in the red zone creates matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.
Coby Fleener (Walter Cherepinsky's Pick)
Walter Cherepinsky decided on Coby Fleener, the 6’6’’ tight end/wide receiver phenom from Stanford.
Fleener’s college productivity and recent pro day have scouts, general managers and head coaches salivating over his potential in an NFL offense. He’s a player that possesses the physical tools requisite for an all-around TE, as well as for playing out wide as a dangerous receiving threat.
For the Niners, he’d provide the downfield and red-zone threat so desperately missing from one of the league’s least efficient unit in 2011. More so, Jim Harbaugh is most equipped to utilize Fleener effectively, since he previously coached the young man for three years at Stanford.
On the other hand, Fleener still ranks as a second-round talent according to multiple evaluators, including New Era Scouting, CBS Sports and ESPN. Another team higher than the 49ers and more desperate for an offensive weapon will also likely select him.
Besides, he qualifies as more of a luxury pick, since the 49ers have a glaring deficiency at right guard. It would be wise for Baalke and Co. to trade down and select a guard or center (who could play the position) early on in the second round.
Nick Perry (Charlie Campbell's Pick)
Charlie Campbell made this selection based on the best player available.
Scouts rank Perry as one of the top-rated defensive ends, landing at No. 9 overall according to one projection.
He played in a 4-3 scheme at USC and tallied a Pac-12-leading 9.5 sacks during his junior year. He’s an extremely fast (unofficial 10-yard time of 1.57), powerful and athletic pass-rusher who also plays well against the run.
Vic Fangio’s 49ers’ defense does not have an immediate need for a pass-rushing OLB. As such, this pick satisfies a depth concern and qualifies as a luxury prospect, as with Fleener.
Perry played mostly in a three-point stance in college, so he would have to make the transition to an upright outside linebacker in the Niners’ 3-4 scheme. He has stated his preference to play as a DE, but the insistence of talent evaluators and the allure of playing in the vaunted 49ers defense might change his mind.
We all are quite familiar with Aldon Smith, Baalke’s first-round selection in 2011, and his NFL Rookie of the Year-worthy success after converting to a 3-4 OLB. If Nick Perry is capable and becomes the next Aldon Smith, then this is an absolute homerun pick. The rotation of Smith and Perry coming off the right side would be deadly for opposing QBs.