2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the San Francisco 49ers Should Watch on Day 2
The San Francisco 49ers shocked everyone by selecting Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. If this selection is any indication of things to come, it will be impossible to predict what the Niners will do on Day 2.
However, there are still some glaring needs that the team must shore up. There are also luxury selections that a team of the 49ers' caliber can afford to make.
Let's explore the team's Day 2 options.
Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern St.
With a glaring hole at right guard, many believed the 49ers would select an offensive lineman with the 30th overall pick. Now it becomes even more critical for GM Trent Baalke to address the O-line situation.
The versatile Amini Silatolu is the best remaining prospect who can shore up the right guard position. The 6'4", 311-pound prospect would be an instant upgrade over Daniel Kilgore.
If Silatolu is off the board by the time the 49ers are on the clock, Iowa State's Kelechi Osemele would be another great right-guard option.
Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska
As you may have heard, all 11 defensive starters are back from last year's dominant squad. Depth will be the main theme for the Niners' defensive selections.
The 49ers' D-line is rather thin behind Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Isaac Sopoaga. Drafting Jared Crick would help alleviate this problem.
Crick isn't a superb athlete, but he's a big, tough kid who will fit right into the 49ers' character.
Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Re-signing Carlos Rogers was monumental, but the Niners could still use some insurance at corner. That's where Jayron Hosley comes in.
Hosley is a small but lightning quick corner who could also contribute on special teams as a return man. He would join Chris Culliver as another future-stud corner on the 49ers' roster.
The enigmatic Janoris Jenkins would also be an intriguing option should he fall down the draft board.
Trumaine Johnson, FS/CB, Montana
In contrast to Jayron Hosley, Trumaine Johnson is, at 6'2" and 205 pounds, a big physical player.
He's also a versatile prospect, projected either as a press cover corner or a free safety at the next level.
If selected by the 49ers, Johnson could either provide corner depth or become Dashon Goldson's heir-apparent at free safety.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
To many, Coby Fleener to the 49ers seemed like a match made in heaven. However, the 49ers went a different direction in Round 1, leaving the talented tight end still available as Day 2 rolls around.
With few teams looking for tight end help early in the draft, it's not inconceivable that Fleener could fall to the end of the second round. If so, the Jim Harbaugh may not pass on Fleener a second time.
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