Grading the 49ers Draft

This post was written by Jared Quan

Everything seemed to be on track to generally fit some of the expert’s draft boards.  That is until we got to the fifth pick then everything went right out the window, which as a fan and a writer was fun.  Players with high marks were still on the board well after their estimated pick.  The 49ers took some strong picks to reinforce key areas of need.

Aldon Smith will provide the desperate upgrade at the subpar pass rush offered in previous years.  However, the pass rush against a quarterback who gets rid of the ball fast can be self defeating. The later round pick in Chris Culliver and Curtis Holcomb at cornerback is a lackluster upgrade to the position.  There is potential in both of them to develop into decent coverage guys, but this will take years.

Colin Keapernick and Kendall Hunter are great development players that could fill the future roles in quarterback and running back. However the only stipulation is that Colin sits the bench for the first year or two, and Kendall only get a handful of runs in the first year.

We drafted to help the offensive line, wide receiver, and defensive line; with Daniel Kilgore, Michael Person, Ronald Johnson, and Bruce Miller.  They have some coachable drawbacks, and could turn into solid contributors.

The 49ers went into this draft with clear needs.  From the talent we picked up, I feel like we filled one solid need this year, a couple have serious potential, and the others can develop over time. As a fan I want to rate the 49ers draft at a B+ however as an objective observer I rate this at C-. I have absolute trust in Jim Harbaugh and I am looking forward to seeing what he has in store for his draft picks to fit into his system.

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