No Fodder, Only Substance: My 2010 San Francisco 49ers Offseason Guide

Nolan HackContributor IJanuary 28, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers looks on the sidelines during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There is no Jimmy Clausen, Marcus McNeil or any other overrated players that we shouldn't have anything to do with.

This 2010 San Francisco 49er Offseason Player Guide is about the best you'll find.

The players that are listed would seriously help our team.

The players not listed are ones we don't need like MLBs and centers: For example, players in the Draft that are at a position where we should draft lower, or players in free agency that will—barring a dumb move by another team—be re-signed by their current team.

Enjoy! I hope I'm not alone in saying I can't wait till the offseason? Gosh I miss the playoffs. Any player you think I left out, shout 'em out!


Free Agency

QB: Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, Troy Smith, David Carr, Matt Moore and AJ Feeley
All these options are better than the QBs we have, minus maybe Smith and Feeley.

RB: Leon Washington, Darren Sproles, Jerious Norwood and Willie Parker
The only RB we need is a home run hitter who has lightning speed.

FB: LeRon McClain and Lawrence Vickers
Both are serious upgrades to Moran Norris. McClain is the best FB in the NFL, and Vickers has All-Pro talent.

WR: Courtney Roby, Michael Jenkins and David Clowney
Roby would solidify our return game. Jenkins and Clowney would give our WR corps a much needed deep threat.

TE: Tony Scheffler, Brandon Manumaleuna, Jeff King, Alex Smith and Alge Crumpler
Scheffler would be a great upgrade over Delanie Walker. Then we could just go two WR and two TE sets all day with Michael Crabtree. In two TE sets, when we go power football, the others would give us the one-dimensional blocking we need from a third TE.

LT: Jamaal Brown and Donald Penn
Getting either guy would make Joe Staley shift over to RT. We would automatically have one of the best tackle tandems in the NFL.

LG: Daryn Colledge, Logan Mankins and Rich Seubert
In terms of the run blocking, Colledge and Mankins would be an upgrade over David Baas. Seubert would make the pass blocking game better, and getting Mankins in here would give us one of the best LG's in the league.

RG: Harvey Dahl, Bobbie Williams, Chris Snee, Max Jean-Gilles and Nick Cole
The first three would be serious upgrades over Chilo Rachal, and the last two would be great backups which we need. Tony Wragge is our only dependable back-up guard.

RT: Tyson Clabo, Jeremy Trueblood and Jamaal Brown.
This was our biggest weakness last season on the O-line. Any of these three guys would solidify the book ends of the line with Staley on the other side, thus erasing the RT problem.

DE: Marcus Spears, Barry Cofield, Tony Brown, Anthony Montgomery and Justin Bannan
The first three would be thrown in to compete with Issac Sopoaga to start. Coefield and the last two would be excellent back-up rotational guys for us.

OLB: Julius Peppers snd Aaron Kampman
Getting that dominate pass rushing OLB would be the last piece to the puzzle in terms of making this an elite defense. Peppers would be great, but assuming Kampman comes back healthy next year, he wouldn't be a bad choice either.

CB: Richard Marshall, Carlos Rodgers, Dunta Robinson, Tramon Williams, Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden
The first three would be great as No. 2 corners and maybe even motivate Nate Clements for the No. 1 spot. The last two would be excellent slot guys for us.

FS: Antonie Bethea and  OJ Atogwe
If we got that big play safety we've longed for ever since Merton Hanks left for Seattle, like Bethea or Atogwe, we could move Dashon Goldson to SS. Granted he's a decent FS, but SS is best suited for him.

SS: Dawan Landry, Gerald Sensabaugh, Bernard Pollard and Roman Harper
All these guys would be solid for us to start and ease the pressure off Michael Lewis, assuming we keep Goldson at FS.

K: Stephen Gostkowski and Garrett Hartley
Either guy would be great to replace Joe Nedney, even though he can still probably kick for us for another year or two. But just in case, both our reliable and have strong legs.

Honorable Mentions: QB Michael Vick, QB Kevin Kolb, SS Kerry Rhodes
Vick and Kolb would both be upgrades at the QB spot. Rhodes would make a heck of a partnership with Goldson at the two safety spots.



QB: Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow
Since it's an uncapped year, we could sign a decent QB to start for us immediately, and groom one of these two guys to be the QB of the future.

RB: Jahvid Best, Joe McKnight and Dexter McCluster
All we need is speed.

WR: Jordan Shipley, Taylor Price and Brandon Banks
Shipley and Price would be great in the slot. Shipley and Banks would be great to step in to be our return ace on special teams.

RT: Trent Williams, Bryan Bulaga, Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis and Vladimir Ducasse.
The first two look to be sure fire starters from year one in the NFL.

While Davis is the mauling RT we wanted ever since Singletary stepped in, Iupati has been pegged to have NFL starting talent at both LG and RG spots and also able to play at C and RT. Ducasse could be a gem with great strength and surprising agility, who played left tackle in college.

G: Mike Iupati, Vladimir Ducasse, Jon Asamoah, Brandon Carter, John Jerry and Marshall Newhouse.
Iupati has great quickness for a guard. He could play either guard spot, while Ducasse is the small school version of Iupati. The other four would be hopeful future starters, barring a unforeseen steal. 

NT: Terrence Cody, Torrell Troup and Cam Thomas.
Since Kentwan Balmer—at this moment in time—looks to be a bust, and Sopoaga is better at DE, these three, especially Cody, would be great backups to Aubrayo Franklin, assuming we keep him.

OLB: Sergio Kindle, Eric Norwood, Jerry Hughes, Jason Worllds, Austen Lane and George Selvie.
The first three would give us that dominate pass rushing OLB we need to be consistent in our efforts of getting to the opposing QB. The last three would be diamond in the rough hopefuls.

CB: Kyle Wilson, Javier Arenas, Alterraun Verner, Perrish Cox, Dominique Franks, Patrick Robinson and Jerome Murphy.
With the money were paying Clements, and the talent that is still there to boot, we just need a ball hawk to replace Dre' Bly/Walt Harris and a possible improvement.

We don't need to take a CB that early. Wilson and Arenas are the best cover guys not named Joe Haden coming out. Verner is the most underrated CB in the draft, while those last four, especially Cox and Robinson, could be pleasant surprises.

FS: Eric Berry, Morgan Burnett and Nate Allen.
If Berry somehow fell, or we traded up to get him, barring a Michael Huff like bust career, he is our FS for the next decade.

Burnett and Allen are more imposing safeties with their size. Although they don't have Berry's speed or quickness, they don't look to break down or get shredded in deep coverage and may prove to be talented deep safeties at the pro level.

Honorable Mentions - QB Michael Vick, QB Kevin Kolb, SS Kerry Rhodes -
Vick and Kolb would both be upgrades at the QB spot, and Rhodes would make a heck of a partnership with Goldson at the 2 safety spots.


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