DeMarcus Dobbs Has a Very Bright Future with the 49ers

Colan Lamont@clamontsportAnalyst IIJuly 24, 2012

August 27, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart (11) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers tackle Demarcus Dobbs (78) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The Texans defeated the 49ers 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

DeMarcus Dobbs was once described as having 'rare talent' by NFL Fox analyst Tim Ryan.

Undrafted in 2011, Dobbs was undeterred and arguably was the MVP of the 49ers preseason schedule dueing which time they played the San Diego Chargers.

David Fucillo of likened the performance of  Dobbs in that particular game to the one-man wrecking crew shows that Justin Smith entertains with every single game.

Dobbs didn't even record a tackle never mind a sack but he constantly pressured the opposing quaterback and opened things up for opponents in much the same way that Smith does.

Dobbs never made quite the impact that I expected during the regular season though and most people thought he would get game time when Will Tukuafa missed much of the season with an injury.

You can be forgiven for possibly not knowing who Dobbs is, but I'm sure some of you will remember his most famous play in which he completely blew up the New York Giants safety Tyler Sash.

At 6'2" and 275 lbs, Dobbs doesn't have typical 3-4 defensive end size, but I think that is where his future should be.

He mainly lined up on special teams coverage units last year and that shows that he must be an incredibly athletic big man in the NFL.

Some have described Dobbs as Justin Smith's heir apparent due to his high motor and relentless style of play on the field.

What is more important though is the fact that Dobbs should be following Smith around like a bad smell.

If Dobbs really wants to improve his chances of eventually being a starter by adding some muscle, he should be a sponge to Justin Smith and try to emulate him as much as possible, whether it be working out in the weight room with him or studying the playbook.

Dobbs already has great speed and decent technique, he just needs to add 10-15 pounds of muscle and he will be ready to provide some good competition for the likes of Ray McDonald.

As seems to be the 49ers way, Dobbs has been learning the offense during the off season, lining up at the tight end position.

Once again, the fact he can be on coverage units and play tight end suggests that he has rare athletic ability.

Dobbs signed a three year deal last year and I'm sure the coaching staff can groom him into a starter calibre player during that time.

Even going back to Dobbs' high school days, it is clear he always had the great motor he plays with now.

This report by lists his athleticism, intensity and effort as some of his biggest strengths and it's clear that has carried on as he has moved up the levels of football.

Dobbs is a late bloomer judging by the fact that he only started playing the sport in high school and didn't post any meaningful statistics until his senior year with Georgia.

But he has some raw talent and has already shown some glimpses of why I believe he can develop into a solid player for the San Francisco 49ers.