49ers Draft Recap


Draft general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Mike Singletary had a great draft  filling many holes with talented draft picks that have huge upside.  The draft had Singletary written all over it because of the toughness and physical aspects the drafted players displayed in college.  It was in the end Baalke’s decision as to whom the 49ers would draft and so far I think he drafted his way into being the official GM of the Niners.  That would be the smart thing to do but then again the 49ers front office have stricken the word smart from basically all decisions recently made (raising ticket prices, firing of Scot McCloughan and the silence that followed, Santa Clara ballot measure, etc.) But that is the business side of the NFL whether or not we the 49er Faithful agree with does not matter to the front office.  What does matter is your 2010 San Francisco 49ers are even better on both sides of the football.  Not selecting a quarterback and picking offensive linemen with their first two picks  the 49ers sent a huge message that Alex Smith is the quarterback going forward.  This year is a make or break year for Smith.  Singletary is trying to surround Smith with talented players at every position on offense.  In upgrading the offensive line the 49ers also sent a huge message that Frank Gore is the main running back and they have not been scared off by his injuries and durability questions as he has missed significant time the last two seasons.  An upgraded offensive line means less pressure on Smith to make plays and will limit the amount of hits Gore will take.  Let’s take a look at the newest 49ers who hope to be on the roster on kickoff weekend:

Offensive tackle Anthony Davis-Rutgers

Round one, pick number 11

Anthony Davis skipped his pro-day workout and increased concerns about his weight when he did not stand on a scale for the teams that came to watch him workout.  As big as Davis is, 323 pounds, he is also athletic and has quick feet which you need to defend against defensive tackles.  With Davis’ weight problem he has been given the tag of being lazy however with Singletary as your coach he will not let you use the word lazy at practice.  Davis was not the best offensive tackle in the draft but he was in the top five available and the 49ers did a great job of shoring up the right tackle position opposite Joe Staley.

Davis highlight video

Offensive guard Mike Iupati-University of Idaho

Round one, pick number 17

The 49ers surprised me with picking another offensive lineman with their 17th pick in the draft.  I was certain the 49ers would go after some secondary help with the second pick in the first round.  Instead they made a good surprise move in drafting the best offensive guard in the draft.  I had not heard of Iupati before he was selected by the Niners but have read how physical he plays and watching his highlight reels from college Iupati could start right away.  The biggest knock on Iupati is his ability to learn the 49ers offense.  I think Iupati will be fine learning the playbook as offensive line coach Mike Solari has done a great job of getting young linemen ready for the NFL.

Iupati highlight video

Saftey Taylor Mays-USC

Round 2, pick number 49

The 49ers steal of the draft was selecting USC safety Taylor Mays.  He was considered one of the top safety’s in the draft and was under the impression that new Seahawks coach, and former USC coach, Pete Carroll would select him with their second pick in the first round.  The best safety in the draft however, Earl Thomas, was available at pick number 14 and Mays was passed up.  Needless to say Mays will be playing with a chip on his shoulder twice a year when the 49ers face-off against the Seahawks.  But the fact that a player as talented as Mays was still available in the second round was good news for the 49ers.  While at USC Mays was compared to and tried to play like former USC and 49er legend Ronnie Lott.  At 230 pounds Mays is a hard hitter like Lott and could play either free or strong safety on defense.  A big concern is his open-field tackling, he is not known to take proper angles when going in for the tackle, but he makes up for it with his speed.

Mays highlight video

Inside linebacker Navorro Bowman-Penn State

Round 3, pick 91

Navorro Bowman was selected twice to the first-team All-Big Ten and a second-team All-American while at Penn State.  There is some concern with his character as he was on probation in 2007 for an on-campus fight which was extended after he said he used marijuana.  Bowman fits the rest of the 2010 Niner draft picks with his physical play and  great open-field tackling abilities much like new teammate Patrick Willis.  With Willis and Singletary as your linebacker coach he should develop into a great inside linebacker.

Bowman highlight video

Rest of the 49er draft picks:

Running back Anthony Dixon- Mississippi State (Round 6, pick 173): Dixon lacks speed but makes up for that with his power running.  He ran for a school-record 1,391 yards last season.  I am not sure how he will fill in on the offense this season but if backup Glenn Coffee does not have a good training camp Dixon could move up on the depth chart.

Tight end Nate Byham- Pittsburgh (Round 6, pick 182):  Byham was selected for his blocking abilities rather than his receiving abilities.  He should be a good addition to Vernon Davis on running downs this season.

Wide receiver Kyle Williams-Arizona State (Round 6, pick 206): Although drafted as a wide receiver Williams made a name for himself in college as a return specialist averaging 10.4 yards on punts and 22.9 yards on kickoffs.  He has tremendous speed much like new Niner Ted Ginn Jr.

Cornerback Phillip Adams-South Carolina State (Round 7, pick 224): Adams can play both the corner and safety positions but lacks speed.

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  • http://N/A Alex Brewer

    I have a few issues about your page and would like to offer a little constructive criticism. First of all the font and background combination make it very painful on the eyes. Secondly; the incorrect grammar makes it hard to understand; specifically run-on sentences and subject verb agreement. Lastly; there are obvious factual and public consensus errors. Patrick Willis is a Mississippi Alumni, not a Penn State Alum. Eric Berry and Iupati were projected to go where they went in the draft (give or take 3 spots) as the best players at their position by most of the estimated 1,500,000 mock drafts done by football fans.
    Let me reiterate that I am just trying to help and do so because I am tired of hearing the arrogant so called professional journalists wine about we average Joes polluting cyberspace with bad copy. A little research and fact checking will a long way to making it a pleasure for all of us share our ideas on the entertaining canvas of cyberspace. Good luck in all of your future endeavors.

    • Eric Melendez

      Thanks. Corrected the error on Willis. I am aware that the mock drafts had Iupati going somewhere around the 17th pick but I said it was a surprise pick because the 49ers had already selected an offensive lineman. I never mentioned Eric Berry in the post.

  • http://N/A Alex Brewer

    The font problem is not there anymore. Strangely; it changed after I posted. I also know that there should be a go in my second to last sentence.

  • http://footballforthefans.com 5xsbchampions

    The niners did a great job this year in the draft. Instead of taking a chance at Clausen, they picked two O-linemen who definetly fit the style of the 49ers. In the second round they pick FS Taylor Mays from So Cal, I see a young Ronnie Lott in this guy. In the third round they picked OLB Navarro Bowman, who is also a tough and physical player.

  • Frank

    Eric,

    I like your blog…we seem to think along the same lines WRT the draft. I knew Davis was Singletary’s guy when he spent that much time with him at Santa Clara. I “called’ the 2nd OL in the 1st rd…I wasn’t sure if it’d be Iupati or Pouncey…either guy would fill the bill. It’s just the kind of big OL investment we needed…then when we “stole” Dixon in the 6th rd (amazing), I knew Coach had just realized his dream of having a power running team. Both Mays and Bowman should fit right into what Manusky’s doing on defense…in fact, they give him two fast, tough defenders to get his unit to the next level. Also love the Byham pick…he’s a real bruiser TE but he can also catch the ball. Some critics slammed him because he’s not fast, but they obviously don’t realize we have all the speed we need at the position in Vernon and Delanie. I’m also excited about Kyle Williams…saw him play a couple of times last year and he’s a real baller. He should be a dandy slot receiver…another missing ingredient from the offense in recent years. His return skills are simply a bonus. Speaking of that, I’m also excited w/LeRoy Vann, a KR extraordinare. Coach Schottenheimer has to be stoked with the likes of Ginn, Williams and Vann to pump up the once weak KR game.

    Frank