If I Were the 49ers GM/Coach, This Is How I Would Draft...
There has been a lot of talk about who the 49ers should take with the 13th and 17th selections in the upcoming draft. Some have said that the Niners should go with a right tackle like Trent Williams and then a returner/backup running back like C.J. Spiller, or Spiller at 13 and Williams at 17.
Either way, people have the Niners taking only one lineman in the first round in a lot of mock drafts as well as blogs I've seen.
Not many have said that the Niners need to go after two offensive lineman. However, I believe that they can, and should get two lineman with their first two picks(a right tackle and right guard, respectively).
In my mind, the 49ers need to address their biggest weakness through finding two legitimate starters to play on that right side next season. In 09', it was well documented that the Niners had a revolving door at right tackle after the Marvel Smith experiment didn't pan out.
Also, Chilo Rachal struggled mightly at right guard in his sophomore campaign. I realize that Rachal only played part of 2008, but he really had a rough go of it this past season against athletic interior lineman.
As far as 2010 goes, I personally wouldn't feel confident going with Rachal as my starting right guard. The Niners can try to address that issue in the second round, or through free agency, but I think that that's taking a bit of a gamble when you consider the aforementioned Marvel Smith experiment.
1st Round, Picks 13 & 17
Trent Williams' name keeps coming up as the guy to take when we draft at 13.
However, Bruce Campbell looked good at the combine in all his workouts. Regardless, the biggest need is at RT and so you take the best one you can at that point.
As for the best RG available at 17, there are a few guys that would look great in red and gold. One of them is Mike Iupati, who even though had a bad overall game at the Senior Bowl, still projects as the best guard.
Although Vladimir Ducasse and Jon Asomoah can be had in the 2nd and maybe even the 3rd round, the Niners need to make a statement that they care about solidifying that line by taking the best player at a position that they need to really improve upon.
2nd Round, Pick 49
In my estimation, the Niners need four new impact players to really feel confident that they can make the playoffs this upcoming season, as well as maybe win a game or two while they're there. To do that, they need to find a way to get another second round pick.
I can see some teams possibly wanting the Niners third and fourth round picks in exchange for their second rounder, or maybe even ask for next year's first rounder. Whatever the deal may be, the Niners should take it.
With their first pick in the second round, the Niners should go after the ball-hawking safety that fans have been clamoring for. It's possible that Taylor Mays falls well into the second round as his coverage skills have been questioned.
Nevertheless, if a guy like that falls in your lap at #49, you really have to consider taking him. The only reason not to, would be to go for a guy like Chad Jones from LSU, or Nate Allen from South Florida(a guy with excellent speed & coverage ability).
2nd Round, (TRADE*), Mid-late spot
I only have one name in mind that would make an impact in his first year, if used correctly, and that is Toby Gerhart. Probably the most underrated player in the entire draft. Most mocks have him falling to the third round, and some even beyond that. Mark my words, this guy will be a playmaker.
The 49ers would be smart to upgrade the backfield, which few have mentioned, but which needs upgrading. Coffee was no more than an okay pick last year, but with this selection, the Niners would have not thunder and lightning, rather thunder and more thunder.
Gore has been sidelined from time to time because he has been the bell cow for the entirety of his career with the Niners. Now the Niners would be able to give Gerhart 8-10 carries a game which would be a tremendous help to Gore, and his longevity, not to mention another guy capable of breaking tackles and taking it in for seven.
5th Round-7th Round(assuming the 3rd & 4th round picks were traded)
For rounds 5-7, I would start looking at building for the future and addressing secondary team needs. One of those needs includes a KR/PR, and a guy that looks to fit the mold at this point in the draft is Antonio Brown out of Central Michigan. He's not a very big guy(5'10'', 179lbs.), but he runs a sub 4.4 40, and has return ability.
Another area of need is at linebacker. With Takeo Spikes getting older, and the Niners only having Scott McKillop to fall back on, it might be a good idea to add a little more depth there as well. The Niners could also go with a corner, or a defensive end here.
Some prospects include: Joe Pawelek, ILB, Baylor; Devin Ross, CB, Arizona; Corey Peters, DE, Kentucky
Lastly, the Niners should also probably think about addressing their next place kicker. It's something no one seems to be talking about, but it should be noted that Joe Nedney is 36 already, and the Niners have a compensatory pick at their disposal.
Brett Swenson from Michigan State is a good kicker. He is very accurate, and can improve from 50 yards and above. If the Niners are going to be talking about playoffs, then they better have someone that can win the close games for them.
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