Happy Draft Day! One of the most important dates on the NFL off-season calendar is today with the first-round of the draft starting at 4:30PM PST. The NFL changed up the draft schedule this year with the first-round tonight, rounds two and three tomorrow night and rounds four through seven on Saturday. I think this new schedule will work as teams have more time to pick in the most important rounds, one and two.
All the pundits, experts and mock drafts have been filled out but anything can happen on draft day with trades and surprise picks of players drafted higher than expected. The 49ers lead by Trent Baalke on draft day have a philosophy left over from former general manager Scot McCloughan of choosing the best player available with their current pick rather than picking what the team needs. This worked out somewhat well last season as the 49ers selected WR Michael Crabtree but there was a glaring hole at right offensive tackle and in the secondary all last season which went unaddressed in free-agency and the draft last year. Even with former general manager McCloughan fired five weeks ago pseudo GM Baalke will do his best McCloughan impression and pick the best player available whether that be a quarterback (Jimmy Clausen), a running back (C.J. Spiller) or a wide receiver (Dez Bryant) who all could be on the board when the 49ers pick with the 13th selection. I hope the 49ers do not go that route.
With the 13th pick the 49ers should go after an offensive tackle. Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis should be available. Davis is your standard big lineman, but he is also quick on his feet and has the athletic ability and agility to be a Pro Bowl tackle in the NFL. I have heard concerns about Davis being lazy but with Mike Singletary as your head coach lazy is not in the teams vocabulary.
With the 17th pick (from Carolina) the 49ers should go after Florida cornerback Joe Haden. Haden is a physical corner who can use his speed to change directions and not let a wide receiver beat him deep. The Niners secondary gave up too many big pass plays last season. With their aging secondary, Haden should start right away and help limit the big plays surrendered in San Francisco.
After each 49ers selection check-in here for updates and thoughts of who the 49ers picked.
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