2011 NFL Draft: 10 Players the 49ers Could Target Who Will Dominate in Madden

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: 10 Players the 49ers Could Target Who Will Dominate in Madden

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Thaddeus Lewis #9 of the Duke Blue Devils is sacked by Robert Quinn #42 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    The 49ers might not be putting up many wins in reality, but they are one of the most dangerous teams in Madden, which is what really counts. Right?

    The 49ers have a huge tight end with blazing speed and great hands in Vernon Davis. They have a running back with speed and power in Frank Gore. There is talent all over the linebacker corp and the the defensive line is stout.

    Guys like Taylor Mays, Ted Ginn Jr. and Kyle Williams are all assets if their speed is utilized correctly. Game-planning against the 49ers on either side of the ball is already difficult enough in Madden.

    Does this article make me a complete nerd? Absolutely. My gamertag is ASU52, in case any of you have a hard time separating Madden from actuality.

    Here are 10 guys the 49ers could draft who would make it even more of a headache.

Jake Locker, QB

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies scrambles against the Stanford Cardinal on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Stanford won 41-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    If the 49ers drafted Jake Locker with the seventh pick in the draft, the fan base may launch a small scale riot. Even so, it would help out anyone in Madden Nation who uses the 49ers.

    Locker is more mobile than Smith and may come into the game with better throw power and comparable accuracy. He might not start, but many players would probably shift around the depth chart, as many already do with Troy Smith.

    There is nothing more frustrating than setting up to throw with Alex Smith, setting his feet, targeting a wide open receiver and throwing a horrible pass. Having a semi-decent quarterback, even one with the same overall, could open a realm of possibilities.

Julio Jones, WR

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a long reception against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Here is another guy that is a huge reach, but stranger things have happened. Jones is a player with deep threat ability and a huge frame. His physicality will help him off the line in reality and in the video game world.

    His hands are questionable, but there is a good chance Madden will overrate his hands to put his catching stats somewhere in the 80s. Ted Ginn is fast, but only catches about 40 percent of the balls that hit him right in the hands.

    Jones would be a dangerous home run threat to bomb it deep to and is one of those guys who could turn a screen into an 80-yard masterpiece.

Robert Quinn, DE/ OLB

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Robert Quinn #42 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after a sack with teammate Marvin Austin #9 against the East Carolina Pirates at Kenan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by St
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    Robert Quinn is an absolute animal. Should he join the 49ers, he would make them the best Madden linebacker corp in Madden by a long shot. The 49ers may not have players who can get to the quarterback in reality, but they are dangerous in Madden.

    Manny Lawson and Quinn coming off the edges would make it impossible for anyone to feel comfortable in the pocket.

    Additionally, Quinn is a sure tackler and all-around beast. Not to mention, he may be one of those guys who is a 99 overall when you drop him into a stance. Worth thinking about if you go into franchise mode.

Cam Newton, QB

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers runs with the ball during the 2010 SEC Championship against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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    Cam Newton would not only be the best quarterback overall on the 49ers, he might be one of those players who finds all of his stats a bit inflated due to the hype. Perfect, should he ever suit up in a 49ers uniform.

    Dual-threat quarterbacks are a huge frustration in Madden. Newton gives players the ability to roll out of the pocket and bomb it deep or keep it and pick up the tough yards. He might not be Madden's next Michael Vick, but his stats should resemble what Vince Young's were before he broke the cover.

Prince Amukamara, CB

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 30: Cornerback Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver T.J. Moe #28 of the Missouri Tigers during first half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Lincoln
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    If I had to bet a large quantity of money on one player to end up on the 49ers, it would be Prince Amukamara. This would be great for both the Madden team and the team in reality.

    He would automatically be the best corner on the team and may keep the 49ers from getting handled by top-end receivers. You can only game plan so well. There comes a time where Shantae Spencer simply isn't good enough to hand with Greg Jennings, DeSean Jackson, etc.

    Amukamara can come up and make the tackle and runs like a deer. He could do wonders for the secondary.

Von Miller, OLB

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Von Miller of Texas A&M works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Von Miller could grade out with the highest overall amongst all rookies in Madden 2012. If he doesn't, he will certainly have the most impact. Miller is a freakish athlete and plays the rush end position.

    For players who use the 3-4, having a guy like Miller at your disposal is handy, to say the least. DeMarcus Ware, Terrell Suggs and Clay Matthews can make it impossible on an offense. Miller would be a disruption and the guy you want to control on every snap.

A.J. Green, WR

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Just throw it up there. He's going to come down with it. A.J. Green has ridiculous hands, underrated speed and prototypical size. He is the most complete receiver to come out of the draft since Calvin Johnson.

    Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson are just a few receivers who cause Madden corners nightmares. Having a guy who can go deep and one who can make the catch in traffic when he needs to is a beautiful thing.

    He's like an X and a Z tied into one. Truly the complete NFL receiver and ultimate weapon.

Colin Kaepernick, QB

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack looks to pass the ball against Boston College during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Colin Kaepernick is going to have top three arm strength amongst the rookies, perhaps even better. He can run and inaccuracy isn't a glaring issue, though Madden could make it so.

    Kaepernick is unlikely to get a whole lot of playing time in 2011, but a strong preseason could drive his numbers up just enough to make him usable. If the 49ers fail to bring in any sort of quarterback prospect, Kaepernick could be just the sort of dual-threat quarterback that opens up an entire offense.

Dontay Moch, OLB

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Dontay Moch #55 and Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack hold up the trophy after they beat Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezr
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    Dontay Moch is going to be able to rush the passer at the next level, and that is about it. He's also probably going to be the fastest outside linebacker in the entire game. He doesn't need to be a starter in real life to have a serious impact in the video game world.

    Call it cheap, call it whatever you want. Moch is a 4.4 flat 40 guy who could make games one-sided in a hurry. Moch would be a force in the backfield and could run with running backs out in the flats. He might not be able to tackle anyone in the game, but he will cause quite a stir.

Patrick Peterson, CB

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Patrick Peterson #37 of LSU runs the 40-yard dash during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    The best was saved for last.

    Patrick Peterson could come into the game as an 85-plus OVR cornerback and a 99 return man. His speed is probably going to rival any corner in the game today and he shouldn't be subjected to rookie statistical inadequacies like awareness issues.

    Peterson might not return at the next level, but he is going to in Madden. He has the speed to help prevent a long touchdown and the coverage skills to bottle up big time receivers.

    Should the 49ers have a chance to snag Peterson, it should be a no brainer. The draftboard in Madden and reality has Peterson sitting comfortably at the top.