It is no secret that the 49ers top issues were first defense pass rush, and second offensive line. It would not matter if it is Alex Smith, David Carr, or second round draft pick Colin Kaepernick has the ball in their hands if the offensive line breaks down. The 49ers suffered forty-four sacks, almost one in every ten passing plays. We all expect that 2010 draft picks Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis will improve over last year however injury still haunts a line that knows too much of it. Introduce Jim Harbaugh, and Trent Baalke’s choice in the seventh round Mike Person.
Mike was born, raised, and played football in Montana. He stands 6 foot 4 ½ inches, and weighs in at 299 lbs. His 32 inch arm length and 9 ½ hand size allowed him to anchor a line that had no sacks his senior year. Constantly recognized for his leadership, and tough mentality, he was awarded the Chuck Karnop Award for Toughness and D’Agostino Family Strength awards. He offers a high understanding of the game, fantastic run support, especially in the secondary, and holding up against a straight up bull rush. His mental toughness and work ethic will fit right in with the Jim Harbaugh system.
However Person lacks the skill to stick with edge rushers, and lacks the speed to open up the big runs for the running back. Though he has intimidating stats as far as height and weight, he needs to improve his strength to keep up with his position at the next level.
In conclusion, he has the potential to be a full time back up on the right side of the line and with his history of determination and mental toughness, look for him to capitalize on his opportunity to be coached into the position. Even with his weaknesses with edge rushers, he will be with the 49ers for some time.