San Francisco 49ers Draft Day Two Shakedown

Steve ButlerCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14:  Safety Taylor Mays #2 ofthe USC Trojans breaks up a pass in the end zone on the final play of the first half aganst the Stanford Cardinal on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  Stanford won 55-21.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Well, pick-wise we're half way through the draft, pending more trades. Honestly, I felt much better about day one than I do about day two. I feel awful to judge Mike Singletary's ability to judge a good linebacker when he sees one, but I don't follow the logic on Navarro Bowman. He is a bit on the small side to play any LB spot in a 3-4 scheme, and is injury prone.

I can only assume that he is slated to be in the competition for Takeo Spikes's spot when he retires. Personally I think Scott McKillop easily beats him out for that job. I think this guy would've been there in the sixth round. For now, I'm willing to trust Singletary on picking a good LB until proven wrong, but I do feel that the 49ers should have drafted CB Dominic Franks from Oklahoma with this pick, all things considered.

On a brighter note, I think Taylor Mays is a good pick. I think that what he does for the secondary as a team is more important than what he will do as an individual.

His speed as a deep free safety gives a slowed Nate Clements help over the top, and allows fellow dynamite hitter Dashon Goldson to move to his natural position of Strong Safety. His closing speed and hitting power will have opposing receivers jittery about going over the middle.

I have seen some film where Mays in college would rather put a hit on someone and hope they go down rather than actually wrap up and tackle. I'm hoping that he is coachable to change on this. I'll tell you one thing for sure, I doubt Larry Fitzgerald is looking forward to competing with this guy for jump balls at 6'3" with 34" arms and a 41" vertical.

I see both of these picks as gambles. Mays could be the next Ronnie Lott or he could be an overpaid special teams gunner. Bowman was an ill-advised pick, in my opinion, that may not even make the team due to the number of linebackers on the team that have already proved themselves to a degree, vs the number of roster spots that it is OK to have filled by LBs.

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Tomorrow I look for the 49ers to target Walter McFadden (Auburn), Sherrick McManus (Northwestern), Ricky Sapp (Clemson), Eric Norwood (South Carolina), and to take a possible interest in trading up to pursue Everson Griffen (USC) or Walter Thurmond (Oregon).

Keep your hopes up, faithful.

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