2010 NFL draft: With the 13th and 16th picks the 49ers select…

With the 13th and 16th picks in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft the 49ers are in a prime position to fill big holes on both offense and defense.  At this point itis hard to calculate exactly who will go when but with a need at offensive tackle and help in the secondary there are three players who should be around when the 49ers draft in the first round.  At pick 13 the Niners should go after their offensive tackle need by selecting USC tackle Charles Brown.  Brown has been solid for the Trojans starting every game the last two seasons.  He was originally recruited as a tight end but eventually made the switch to offensive tackle.  After redshirting as a freshman he saw action in every game as a backup appearing at offensive tackle as well as the special teams.  In his junior and senior year he started every game and earned a spot on the 2009 All-Pac-10 First-Team and was a 2009 Morris Trophy Winner and was invited to the 2010 Senior Bowl.  Brown can play at either left or right tackle but with Joe Staley holding down the left side Brown would start at right tackle.  The Niners need someone who can come in and be an instant playmaker and drafting offensive linemen gives you a high probability of that happening.  With the 16th pick the Niners should draft either a cornerback or safety to help shore up a rising cast in free safety Dashon Goldson and to insert some youth into the secondary.  Either University of Florida cornerback Joe Haden or University of Tennessee safety Eric Berry should be available for the Niners when they pick at number 16.  My bet will be on Haden.  He has been solid in his three years at Florida starting 12 games as a freshman and every game his sophomore and junior year.  He finished his college career with 197 tackles, eight interceptions and three sacks.  He won a National Championship in 2008 and recorded 10 tackles with two pass deflections in the title game.  With last seasons starter Dre’ Bly aging it would be wise for the Niners to give cornerback Shawntae Spencer some shut down help as corners can also make an instant impact as a playmaker.  The draft is a couple months away with the NFL combine and other workouts ahead but the needs won’t change for the Niners from now until then.  Stay tuned.


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