First, let me say this: Mr. Davis, Mr. Iupati, welcome to San Francisco.
The 49ers, as Tim Kawakami phrased it, went "big and boring" last night. Both picks were probably stretches given that the run was on pass rushers this year and not at offensive tackle.
A guard at No. 17 is hasty, and the tackle the 49er's got cost a first and fourth rounder, but you didn't see me crying into my beer.
I believe it was Mark Purdy who wrote, "The NFL draft forces teams to be honest and open about their needs." I think the 49ers believed they needed help at O-line.
The gruesome twosome, although young and untested in the NFL, brings a certain attitude with them that I'm sure Mike Singletary found appealing.
The 20-year-old Anthony Davis has a don't-even-look-at-me aura about him that I'm betting Coach Sing really liked when he looked the kid in the eye and asked him the tough questions.
Mike Iupati—the Samoan Smasher, as I'm already calling him—has a way about him as well. “I like to destroy a lot of people,” he said before the draft.
Both have excellent size, long arms and quick feet to go with devastating power, and both have the versatility to play several line positions if needed. This is the NFL, after all, and players do get injured—just ask Joe Staley.
A couple other things that made me giddy yesterday:
After seeing the 49ers not take Jimmy Clausen, I slept well. I'm betting Alex Smith, David Carr and especially Nate Davis slept better as well. The Notre Dame quarterback is still out there, and where he ends up remains to be seen—especially knowing now that he won't cost first-round cash.
Where did Tyson Alualu at pick No. 10 for the Jaguars come from? I had him in the second round at best.
The second quarterback picked was Tim Tebow, to the Broncos?
The Raiders didn't do anything too stupid—actually, Rolando McClain is quite solid.
The big run was on pass defense, not pass protection.
Completing a pass against the Jets is no longer an option.
As usual, there's a lot of talent surprisingly still available going into round two—most notably Jimmy Clausen, Taylor Mays, Bruce Campbell, Charles Brown, Sergio Kindle and Carlos Dunlap.
Previous second rounders can become third rounders, and third rounders become late-round gold.
I expect to see the previously mentioned players, as well as Jordan Shipley, Colt McCoy, Toby Gerhart, Arrelious Benn, Jacoby Ford, John Jerry, Mitch Petrus, Terrence Cody, Chris Cook, Ben Tate, Jimmy Graham, Dorin Dickerson, Aaron Hernandez, Anthony McCoy and Tony Pike, gone by tomorrow. But after yesterday, who knows?
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