As much as I would love to see CJ Spiller or Joe Haden holding up a 49er’s jersey on April 22, chances are neither of them will be.
Unless General Manager Scot McCloughan is putting up a smoke screen, he has all but ruled out drafting Spiller because of his size. His draft philosophy is to draft big players, and he has said repeatedly that he will not make exceptions to that rule.
Haden did have a poor 40-yard dash time (4.57) at the Combine, but chances are Cleveland will still take him with the seventh pick.
So, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise.
I took a bit of beating from some for not having the team select an OT in my last first round mock draft. I do have to agree it is the team’s biggest need. I just thought the players that were available were better (best player available vs. need) and that OT could be addressed in later rounds.
Forgive me if I have had a change of heart.
No. 13: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
I wasn’t sold on Trent Williams until his performance at the Combine. I do believe now he can step right in from day one and help this team. At 6’4” and 315 pounds, Williams has ideal size for a NFL tackle.
No. 17: Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
Graham’s stock has been soaring lately. His recent performance at the Senior Bowl has many scouts believing he can be an elite pass rusher at the NFL level. Graham could be the answer for the 49ers woeful pass rush.
No. 49 Chad Jones, S, LSU
Taylor Mays fans shouldn’t be too disappointed that the team didn’t select him. At 6’3” and 230 pounds, Jones can bring the wood.
The athletic Jones was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 2007 MLB Draft, but has since committed to the NFL by declaring for the draft back in January.
No. 79 John Jerry, OG, Ole Miss
According to the FF Tool Box Scouting Report, “Jerry will be an ideal fit for any NFL team that wants to play smash-mouth football and run right up the gut behind its interior linemen.”
Now does this sound like a Singletary guy or what?
The massive Jerry (6’6” 340lbs.) is the brother of the Atlanta Falcon’s Peria Jerry who was drafted in the first round of last year’s draft.
No. 113 Camaron Thomas, DT, North Carolina
The 49ers have put the franchise tag on Aubrayo Franklin, so more than likely he will be with the team for another year, but after that his future is a bit unclear. If the team fails to sign Franklin to a multi-year contract they will be in need of someone who can play the nose. At 6’4” and 330 pounds, Thomas could fit the bill.
No. 145 Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt
Lewis impressed scouts at the Combine with his agility in many of the drills. He also posted a respectable 4.52 in the 40-yard dash and benched 225 pounds 10 times.
One thing teams look at when selecting a cornerback is arm length. Lewis’ arms measured 34 inches, the longest of all corner backs at the Combine. He also measured in at 6’2” (205lbs.) the second tallest of all cornerbacks at the Combine.
No. 182 Trindon Holiday, WR/RS, LSU
Holiday has world class speed. He ran only a 4.34 at the combine, but he is regarded as one of the fastest men in the world. Holiday was the only prospect invited to the Combine as a return specialist. His size (5’5” 166lbs.) will keep him from being drafted in the earlier rounds, but if Holiday is available here, the 49ers will have drastically improved their return game.
No. 224 Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh
His lack of quickness will make Byham a late round selection, but the team needs a blocking tight end and the late rounds is where they will find one.
Byham is 6’4” and has been listed anywhere from 250-265 pounds. The team will be looking for someone to compete with newly acquired Tony Curtis who has battled injuries most of his career.