by ERIC TELLEZ for NFLMIX.com on 28 April 2010
In today's draft the San Francisco 49ers are in one of the more unique situations considering that regardless of whether or not they finish first, or last, in the division there would be no surprises. Talent wise, the 49ers may believe that they have what it takes to compete with anyone in the league but when you look deeper it's not a very pretty picture. Take away LB Patrick Willis and TE Vernon Davis and who on this team scares you? Which player would you want to have if you were starting a franchise from the ground up?
The 10-picks we have in this year's draft are the most we have had since we drafted 9-players in 2007 and we need get at least TWO players that can contribute immediately for this draft to be a success.
Here's how I see the drafting taking shape at the time of the writing:
QB - Yes, we need one and something tells me it's going to be......Alex Smith. Sure, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert would be great but he's going to be an Arizona Cardinal, according to everyone they are madly in love with the guy. There could be consideration for Florida State's Christian Ponder or maybe Washington's Jake Locker but the 49ers are rebuilding and they are going to focus on other positions this year.
Round 1: CB Patrick Peterson from LSU. Some draft reports have him the #1 overall pick in the entire draft. CB's Nate Clements isn't what he used to be. What he used to be isn't even what he used to be. Shantae Spencer is solid but not spectacular.
Round 2: LB Justin Houston from Georgia. When I think back in time I can't remember the 49ers having a fantastic pass-rushing linebacker since the days of Charles Haley. Houston could be that guy. He also has some experience on the defensive line and that could come in handy as well.
Round 3: S Chris Conte from California. It's hard to admit that the 49ers need to consider drafting a safety just one year after taking one in the 2nd round but I don't think the team has a choice.
Round 4: QB Pat Devlin from Delaware. Am i dreaming with this pick? Absolutely. Devlin will be long gone by the time the 49ers get to this pick but it sure is nice to dream. I'd be feeling great if we could get a quarterback in the 4th round though, maybe Greg McElroy from Alabama.
Round 4: RB Taiwan Jones from Eastern Washington. A small-school change of pace back, Jones can not only turn the corner, he can also catch the ball and get hard yardage. A great compliment for RB Frank Gore.
Round 5: WR Jeremy Kerley from TCU. This pick might drive some of my readers crazy and I can understand why. On the surface this guy looks like another Ted Ginn, Jr. but I love his ability to blow a game-up. I'm getting tired of being envious of Eagles and Bears fans that have a guy that can change a game in a split second.
Round 6: LB Owen Marecic from Stanford. Has a history with coach Jim Harbaugh and can double as a fullback when needed to. Some will say I'm sentimental for wanting to see a Harbaugh/Marecic reunion but the truth is, Marecic is a FOOTBALL PLAYER and that's what we need. A guy that loves to play and if we don't appreciate his value chances are a team like the Patriots will.
Round 6: C Zane Taylor from Utah. Last year we took a guard and a tackle. This year we add to the line and bring in the center.
Round 7: DT Adrian Taylor from Oklahoma. The defensive line needs a little bit of help but has some time before it becomes a main focus of concern. This would be a good time to take a chance and see if Taylor can cash in on his flashes of greatness.
Round 7: TE Kyle Adams from Purdue. I know we have Vernon Davis. I know we drafted Nate Byham last year. But the last pick tends to be a pick that you just want to take a chance on and I believe Kyle Adams could make Byham real uncomfortable.
Eric Tellez is a team writer from Las Cruces, NM. He has been a contributor for NFLMIX.com for 2-years. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk football anytime.
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