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Anthony Davis has developed into one of the best right tackles in the NFL.
The 2010 draft was an excellent piece of work. The 49ers came away with three outstanding starters and two role players who are still on the team.
The 49ers had two first-round selections and took tackle Anthony Davis with the 11th overall pick. Davis was thrust into the starting lineup by head coach Mike Singletary long before he was ready. He struggled and was arguably the worst starting right tackle in the league.
Davis was penalized more than any offensive lineman in the league and was routinely beaten by pass-rushers because of his poor footwork and technique.
Davis gradually improved, and he had a breakout season in 2012. Davis is a big man with a mean streak, and his run-blocking matured faster than his pass protection. Now, having improved his footwork, Davis has become a solid pass-blocker as well.
Davis has started every game over the past three years for the 49ers. Look for him to make the Pro Bowl in the 2013 season.
The 49ers' second first-round selection was left guard Mike Iupati. He was the 17th overall pick.
Unlike Davis, Iupati became a positive force on the offensive line right away. He is a devastating run-blocker and is also very good in pass protection.
He had a few mental lapses in 2012, but Iupati played well overall. He was named to the Pro Bowl and was also honored with a First-Team All-Pro selection.
The third star the 49ers selected is NaVorro Bowman, a linebacker out of Penn State. Bowman was picked in the third round, and he teams with Patrick Willis to form the best inside linebacker tandem in the NFL.
Bowman has outstanding speed and athleticism, which allows him to make plays all over the field. He is also used effectively in pass coverage because of his excellent speed.
Bowman was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and was a First-Team All-Pro in both 2011 and 2012.
The 49ers also did well in later rounds, selecting running back Anthony Dixon and wide receiver Kyle Williams in the sixth round. Both are role players, and Williams shows a lot of potential as a slot receiver.
Williams has had injury issues throughout his career and must convince head coach Jim Harbaugh he can stay healthy, as his spot on the roster this upcoming season is in jeopardy.
The injury to Michael Crabtree probably helps secure a spot for Williams, but he is being pressed by Ricardo Lockette, A.J. Jenkins, Chad Hall, Marlon Moore and 2013 draftee Quinton Patton.
Dixon has not had much of an opportunity to carry the ball from the line of scrimmage, rushing only 21 times for 78 yards last year. Dixon's primary value is on special teams, where he is one of the 49ers' top performers.
The only major disappointment in the 2010 draft was safety Taylor Mays. He was selected in the second round and came to San Francisco as a heralded safety out of USC.
It was simply a mistake and a wasted pick to draft Mays that high. He struggled in pass coverage, as his skills and understanding of the defense were both lacking. He lasted only one season with the 49ers and then was traded to the Bengals for a seventh-round draft pick.
The 49ers' other picks in 2010 were tight end Nate Byham and defensive back Phillip Adams. Byham spent two undistinguished years in San Francisco, and Adams spent just one.
49ers' 2010 Draft Grade: A-