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Did the 49ers really 'win' the draft as some media pundits have proclaimed?
Their draft picks, and they started out with an unprecedented 15 total:
1(18). Eric Reid, Safety, LSU - a need pick based on Goldson leaving for big money with the Bucs. They say he's a good player but most likely he's a downgrade in his rookie year.
2(40). Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State - Some here really liked Carradine. But is he as good as or better than Justin Smith? Smith is getting long in the tooth but Carradine will still likely learn from the bench.
2(55). Vance McDonald, Tight End, Rice - No comment. Anybody know anything about this kid? Rice isn't exactly the biggest program in college.
3(88). Corey Lemonier, Outside Linebacker, Auburn - Pats linebacker group is more talented and has a higher ceiling overall. Then again they did invest more picks and higher picks in the position.
4(128). Quinton Patton, Wide Receiver, Louisiana Tech - by all reports a talented prospect, but more likely the Pats group of Dobson/Boyce will outproduce him.
4(131). Marcus Lattimore, Running Back, South Carolina - a risky pick due to the heavy injury issue. 49ers are hoping he rehabs as well as McGahee did before being drafted.
Late round picks are generally a shot in the dark
5(157). Quinton Dial, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
6(180). Nick Moody, Linebacker, Florida State - see above
7(237). B.J. Daniels, Quarterback, South Florida
7(246). Carter Bykowski, Offensive Tackle, Iowa State
7(252). Marcus Cooper, Defensive Back, Rutgers - BB scooped up the top talent at Rutgers while the 49ers scrape the bottom of the barrel. Cooper may work out but he has a lower chance than Ryan or Harmon.
Vs the Pats Draft:
2nd Round (#52 Overall) – Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss - two words - athletic freak. if he comes in with a good attitude, works hard, picks up the playbook, could become something special. at the very least fits the cover linebacker role. passrushing ability is a plus.
2nd Round (#59 Overall) – Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall - tough, tall, athletic, and physical receiver. could be just what this offense needs to go over the top. another tall redzone target never hurts.
The Rutger kids - they play a defensive system that BB apparently believes in. Let's hope they are more than just 'system' players and can adjust to playing solid contributing roles. They won't be expected to step in and start, but rather play a role in the rotation.
3rd Round (#83 Overall) – Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
3rd Round (#91 Overall) – Duron Harmon, SS, Rutgers
4th Round (#102 Overall) – Josh Boyce, WR, TCU - a strong physical receiver who can beat the jam and is a likely fit for the deion branch role. if he can 'mind meld' with brady, he might end up outproducing Dobson.
7th Round (#226 Overall) – Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois - A shot in the dark but certainly a lot of potential and has prototypical size/athleticism that BB likes in his linebackers.
7th Round (#235 Overall) – Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers - If he sticks with the team his role will be special teamer at first. Might end up more but it's up to him. Might not make the squad but at least he gets a shot to show what he's got.
The 49ers definitely have more picks so they have a better chance of getting more successes but right out of the gate, it doesn't look that much better than the Pats draft. I wouldn't proclaim them as outright 'winners' of the NFL draft just yet. Honestly, I'm not super impressed with the 49ers overall haul when you consider the sheer quantity of picks they had to play with.
A lot depends on their first few picks panning out, and those were certainly need picks. Not sure how the tight end fits in but perhaps they are trying to copy the Pats double TE look for certain offensive packages.
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