San Francisco 49ers Draft: Why They Shouldn't Settle For Anthony Davis

Pacifica Slug@azovrkzContributor IApril 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Offensive lineman Anthony Davis of Rutgers runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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According to some pundits, the 49ers are going to draft Anthony Davis OT out of Rutgers with their first round pick at 13.  I think this is a huge mistake.  There is already rumors of lack of drive and attitude issues.  Using a No. 1 pick on someone that already has these kind of questions is very risky.

Drafting winners with drive and character will serve the 49ers better than strictly pedigree or combine numbers.  The 49ers ruled football for years with an undersized offensive line because they were intelligent, talented, driven players that had character.

Think about people who have inspired you to be better, were they maximizing their potential and making the most of what they had, or were they falling short or disinterested in what they were doing?

The 49ers have a history of important players that didn't fit the physical mold of superstars, yet conquered their perceived limitations to achieve maximum performance. 

Joe Montana, considered a weak armed passer, was drafted in the third round. People did not value his extreme cool under considerable pressure in comparison to other QB’s arm strength. Walsh recognized that Montana’s ability to read defenses, make quick decisions, and lead on the field as the hallmarks of something special.

Jerry Rice, was considered too slow at WR, (4.6+ 40 yd time according to Walsh), to warrant a high draft choice by most NFL teams.  The 49ers traded up with the New England Patriots at pick 16 because Bill Walsh saw that despite a relatively slow 40 time, Rice was fast after he caught the ball.  He was not the only one who thought this as the Cowboys were picking at 17 and rumored to want Rice, and the USFL had made Rice their No. 1 overall pick.

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San Francisco should take a hard look at Davis before they pull the trigger.  Make sure he has what it takes to achieve his potential, not just stand around looking big and tough.  49er fans do not want another Kwame Harris.

If the 49ers cannot land Williams with the 13th pick, I would take a hard look at drafting Mike Iupati OG out of Idaho.  He is somewhat new to the country and as a result, was not recruited heavily by major universities. This guy reminds me of a Kevin Gogan type of run blocker who can move piles.  If he can pass the drive and character test, I would hope that the 49ers choose him as their first round offensive lineman.

I admit being enamored by athletes that have 40 times and bench reps that seem to make them genetic wonders.  Most people would be.  But give me a team full of overachievers that hate losing more than winning and are chock full of character.  I bet you my team wins.  Let’s all hope that the 49ers think along the same terms.


Edit:  I realize I spelled Bryan Bulaga's name incorrectly in the poll, however I have yet to find a way to edit Polls.

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