2010 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Scenarios
The NFL offseason is the worst time of any football fans life. We all search the tv guide hoping NFL Live is on. We then watch hopelessly that they will talk about our team and what they will do in free agency and in the draft. We read every NFL mock draft on the internet knowing that it doesnt mean anything at all.
With the 49ers on the brink of making the playoffs, this draft could possibly be the biggest in 10 years. With the recent news of DT Abrayu Franklin getting the franchise tag, I am convinced the 49ers finally are making the right decisions again.
I have put together many different draft scenarios that could happen come draft day. Hope you enjoy!
Eric Berry: Ideal Pick
San Francisco has the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Followed by number 17 in the first round. This couldnt have happened at a better time for this team. The 49ers ideally would pick Eric Berry if they could have any player in the draft.
Many mock drafts have Eric Berry going as high as 3 to the Tampa Bay Bucs, and if he does happen to slide down to 13, which is highly unlikely, the Niners will have the dream scenario become a reality.
With Eric Berry being compared to Ed Reed, what a tremendoes asset he will be to any team. He has great instincts, a knack for the ball, and can knock you out cold!
If he continues to impress through the combine and his pro-day, the 49ers just may consider trading up to get him.
With having two first round picks, the 49ers do have this option. With Tampa Bay being in a position of needing skill players, they would be open to trading down from their number 3 spot for additional picks.
I dont anticipate the 49ers making this move, but dont count it out either.
Joe Haden: Top Cornerback
Almost every mock draft out there has Joe Haden going to the Browns with the #7 overall pick, but I do believe he could slide down to the #13 slot.
Haden is the consensus top cornerback in the draft and all the experts believe he will be a #1 cornerback in his rookie season. With Nate Clements getting older and more injury prone, Haden can step in and match up man to man with almost any WR in the game, which will allow the pass rush to me more effective. Shawn Springs was a suprise for the Niners last season, and I dont believe we can expect the same performance from him.
The 49ers defense gave up 229 yds/gm through the air, which is 21st in the league, while their rush defense was ranked 6th in the league.
Joe Haden will increase both those rankings and make the 49ers defense one of the best.
C.J. Spiller: Playmaker
49ers Nation seems to be druling over CJ Spiller of late. Who can blame them? After an outstanding game against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship, his stock has grown and he seems to be the best RB by far in the draft. He not only has the breakaway speed, but has shown he can run between the tackles as well. He would also solve the 49ers issues in the return game. Sounds like a no brainer right? I dont think so...
Although Spiller is a great playmaker, the 49ers needs come in the secondary and o-line. Are we also forgetting about Frank Gore!? Gore has rushed for 1000 yards four straight seasons and that has included 2 pro bowls. Gore is the back of the future and will give the 49ers a solid 4-6 years. So is using a 13th overall pick on a backup RB worth it? NO!
RBs have became easy to find in later rounds the past few years. Maurice Jones-Drew, Frank Gore, and Ray Rice have all come in the 2nd-3rd round, these are all pro-bowlers by the way. Honestly, I believe they should select Dexter McCluster in the later rounds to solve the problems that they would fill with Spiller. If the 49ers want to contend for the playoffs immediately, they will pass on CJ Spiller.
Earl Thomas: The Actual 13th Pick
"With the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select, Earl Thomas, Safety, from the University of Texas."
Earl Thomas will continue to impress throughout this offseason and will be an immediate impact player on the 49ers defense. Thomas is probably the fastest secondary player in the draft (maybe Kyle Wilson) and that speed will allow for the up and coming Ahmad Brooks to continue his qb pressure next year.
Thomas in 2009, intercepted 8 passes and returned 2 for TDs. That type of playmaking ability will go great for what Greg Manusky teaches on defense. The 49ers forced 23 fumbles last season, tied for the league lead, and adding a playmaker that can get the key interceptions, can put them over the hump.
Earl Thomas, welcome to San Fran.
Trent Williams: OT
The 49ers have addressed their issue in the secondary, now its time to address the O-Line. Offensive tackles will go extremely fast in the draft. I predict more tackles taken in the first round of the draft then any other draft, EVER. I see Trent Williams going 17th to the 49ers in this draft.
Russell Okung seems to be the best OT out there, but I see Williams as a sleeper. He truly could be the best tackle in the draft, and the 49ers getting him at 17 would be a steal in my opinion.
The 49ers after two picks, Earl Thomas and Trent Williams.
I will wrap up with this....The San Francisco will be a playoff team in 2010-2011. If they address the offensive line, Alex Smith will have a breakout season and prove that he is somewhat worthy of the number one overall pick. The offensive weapons available will give offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye many options to work with, and they will become a 2D team game in and game out, instead of a passing team one game and a running team the next.
Mike Singletary is going to return the San Francisco 49ers back to one of the elite teams in the NFL.