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2010 DRAFT PICKS
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Full tables to be added over time (see 2009 draft for what will be coming to update site over time)

 

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2010 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg


DRAFT PICKS

The 49ers needed to upgrade their offensive line and moving up to grab tackle Anthony Davis was a good move.  I had Bulaga rated slightly higher than Davis because worst case he could be kicked into guard and be solid there, while I don't see that same option for Davis.  However, Davis does have a higher upside at tackle.

Mike Iupati was the top -rated guard in the draft.  While he topped my list as well, I did so more on the reports I read from others than what I saw Senior Bowl week where, to my eye, he struggled.  Therefore, good move to help fortify their line, but I want to see it to believe it. 

Forget the critics.  Taylor Mays is going to be a stud.  While he played free safety in college, I believe he will be best suited as a strong safety in the NFL, and he was my top rated strong safety in the draft with a first round grade.  He is a tremendous athlete, very fast, very strong and will be a terror on special teams until he gets a starting gig.  This was a great pick by the 49ers.  By the way, Mays was on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.  He could be the next Rodney Harrison!

When Manny Lawson was drafted I thought he was going to be a stud as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  Finally last year he showed some of that ability.  Between him and Haralson the 49ers could get solid or spotty play.  NaVorro Bowman offers an alternative if their play continues to be spotty.  Bowman has good pass rushing skills but is more Haralson than Lawson athletically.

Anthony Dixon is a big back who I had a fourth round grade on.  He has acceptable speed and athleticism for a big back who could be effective as a one-cut runner.  Dixon could also play fullback and is the type of player who will develop into a valuable backup.

Nate Byham is an excellent blocker.  In fact he is more run-blocker than receiver.  To stay on the roster long term he will need to develop more as a receiver.

After adding receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr., the 49ers are deep at receiver.  Look at past write-ups to see how much I like Zeigler and Hill, neither of whom start.  Williams was drafted more as a returner than receiver, which is good for Williams since he would have a hard time making the roster as a receiver (not that it's a sure thing as a returner).  

Adams is an end of the draft type of player.  He has a chance to stick as a backup and special teams player.  However, corners like A. J. Jefferson, David Pender and Devin Ross have more upside in my opinion.  Personally, I would have drafted quarterback Zac Robinson at this spot.  I'm not sold on Smith, Carr or Davis and Robinson has the look of a solid long time NFL backup quarterback, one who could help a good team win.

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Quarterback Jarret Brown was a nice get by the 49ers in free agency.  I had a fifth round grade on him.  He is a natural athlete who has the arm and skills to be a solid NFL quarterback.  However, he needs refinement and development.  If brought along well on the practice squad, he will graduate to some team's roster down the line.

I had a late round value grade for Kevin Jurovich.  Jurovich is a smart receiver who could land on the 49ers practice squad.  He has some Zeigler in him.

Matt Kopa is a former defensive tackle whose transition to offensive tackle was going well before he got hurt.  I had a 7th round/FA grade on him but he is worth a look in camp and could be as good practice squad candidate.

Lambert was a great college free agent signing. He's fast, quick and athletic and will be a better NFL player than he was a college player.  Worst case he will become a core special teams player.  However, I expect hom to be a solid nickel corner in time.

Keaton Kristick has good quickness and acceptable speed but does not have a great role in the 49ers' 3-4 defense.  He is more WILL in a 4-3.  He could be a very good special teams player, but will need a defined backup role to have a chance to stick.

Patrick Stoudamire is yet another candidate as a returner and special teams player.  His best attribute is his quickness.

 

2009 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 10 Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech #1 WR Round 1
3 74 Glen Coffee RB Alabama #15 RB Round 5
5 146 Scott McKillop ILB Pittsburgh #5 ILB Round 3

Senior Bowl practice comment

McKillop faced some against the run and pass in the 11 on 11's, but had trouble in coverage in the one-on-one's.

Senior Bowl Game

McKillop looked good playing against the run.  He made a number of tackles and one I remember well was an excellent play on a draw.
5 171 Nate Davis QB Ball State #12 QB Round 5
6 184 Bear Pascoe TE Fresno State #14 TE Round 5

East West Shrine Game

Let the buzz begin.  Pascoe could be a real sleeper in the draft.  He made an incredible catch downfield and showed he could block.  It's early in the process, but he could be a day two steal who turns into a top starter.  I need to do more research, but I have a feeling .... 
7 219 Curtis Taylor FS LSU NR Late Round Value
7 244 Ricky Jean-Francois DT/DE LSU #11 DT Round 4
FA ---- Alex Boone OT Ohio State NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Pannel Egboh DE Stanford NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Kyle Howard OT/G Wyoming NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Terrail Lambert CB Notre Dame #28 Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Lambert is a terrific all around athlete.  He has speed.  he has quickness.  He is strong for his size.  Lambert is the type of kid who will be a better player in the NFL than he was in college.  Look for him to start off on special teams and possibly be a dime back.  In a couple of years he will be a regular contributor on defense.
FA ---- Khalif Mitchell DT/DE East Carolina #10 DT Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Mitchell is a player who showed the athletic ability in workouts to overcome some of the flaws scouts saw on tape.  He is a big, strong kid who will need coaching, but could pay big dividends for the team that drafts him.
FA ---- Kory Sheets RB Purdue #13 RB Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Sheets really looked good during the Senior Bowl game.  He had some very nice runs showing he could accelerate quickly and read his blockers.  He also had a good kick return, caught a screen pass and I saw at least one special teams tackle.  Sheets has some off the field concerns, but his speed and all around ability cannot be questioned.  Sheets could be a later round steal if he gets into a camp, works hard, and does everything his coaches ask him to do.
FA ---- Carlos Thomas CB South Carolina NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Jahi Word-Daniels CB Georgia Tech NR 7th/FA

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The 49ers' draft was saved by the signing of three high quality college street free agents, Lambert, Mitchell and Sheets.  Outside of that they had one reach, Coffee and one good get late, Jean-Francis.

DRAFT PICKS

What can you say about the 49ers selection of Crabtree except, lucky for you.  Crabtree fell to San Fran at #10 and despite having some good young talent at wide receiver, they did the right thing and drafted him.  Crabtree, Morgan, Hill, and yes, even Zeigler form one of the best young receiving corps in the NFL.

The 49ers had Coffee rated higher than I did.  At running back I had Andre Brown, Goodson, Ringer and even Kory Sheets rated much higher than Coffee.  In addition to those backs, I would have drafted CB Lewis, SS Vaughn, or FS Bruton over Coffee.

McKillop was a nice selection in round five.  Long term he could settle in next to Willis.  McKillop has very good instincts and makes a lot a tackles.  He is also a better athlete than he appears.

Nate Davis saw his value decline as the draft approached.  He has a learning disability, poor technique and is not the athlete that he was thought to be.  Personally, I would have drafted Lewis in round three, running back Javon Ringer here and signed Nathan Brown as a free agent.  I like Hill and do not believe Davis will be able to beat him at at any point in the future.

Pascoe is an intriguing prospect.  He is a good blocker and has excellent hands.  His speed is suspect, but he is the type of player that despite his lack of speed will make the occasional play downfield.  He will be a good backup tight for the 49ers for a long time.

Taylor has good size and is a good athlete, and will help on special teams but has a limited upside in the base defense.  For me, C. J. Spillman of Marshall would have been a more intriguing pick here, he is a better athlete and has a bigger upside.

Ricky Jean-Francis was very good value late.  Here is the case of player who looked very good at time on film, but didn't show the athleticism or quickness expected of him during workouts.  The only player I might have grabbed instead of him was Khalif Mitchell who the Niners signed as a free agent.

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Boone is a big, strong kid who is an ideal practice squad candidate where he will have to show a good attitude, stay out of trouble, and perform consistently to get a call up to the active roster.  Boone could be a steal as a free agent or be out of the league in a hurry.

Egboh has the size and quickness to play play end in the 49ers' 3-4 defense.  He has a chance to stick as a backup this year.

Howard will have to play guard to make it in the NFL.  He needs work but has some skills and could land on the 49ers' development squad.

Lambert was a great college free agent signing. He's fast, quick and athletic and will be a better NFL player than he was a college player.  Worst case he will become a core special teams player.  However, I expect hom to be a solid nickel corner in time.

Mitchell is one of those rare players who has the strength to play inside in a 3-4 and the quickness and athleticism to play outside at end as well.  He will need coaching to bring out his best, but I expect him to be a valuable, versatile sub for a long time in the league.  And it wouldn't surprise me if he develops into a starter on the nose.

Sheets is a better runner than Coffee.  I look for Sheets to be Gore's primary backup.  Only his temperament can hold him back.  He is a very talented player.

Thomas is a cover-two corner who will have a hard time making this club.  However, he was solid at South Carolina.

Word-Daniels is a strong, athletic kid who will be a standout on special teams if he can show enough on defense to also be a backup corner or strong safety.  He lacks speed.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Crabtree Michael Texas Tech 6'1.3" 215 XL-L - - - - - - - - -
Coffee Glen Alabama 6'0.1" 209 M-L 24 4.50 1.53 2.62 4.51 - 7.35 36" 10'1"
McKillop Scott Pittsburgh 6'0.7" 244 M-L 27 4.72 1.59 2.73 4.39 11.66 7.00 35.5" 9'11"
Davis Nate Ball State 6'1.6" 226 L-L - 4.95 1.65 2.90 - - - 26.5" 8'3"
Pascoe Bear Fresno State 6'5.1" 251 L-L 14 4.89 1.64 2.84 4.52  - 7.19 30.5" 9'4"
Taylor Curtis LSU 6'2.5" 209 XL-L 13 4.49 1.53 2.62 4.23 - 7.26 37.5" 10'9"
Jean-Francois Ricky LSU 6'2.5" 295 L-L 25 5.19 1.78 2.99 4.72 - 7.89 26" 7'9"
Boone Alex Ohio State 6'7.3" 328 L-M 33 5.17 1.78 3.00 4.69 - 7.83 27.5" 8'7"
Egboh Pannel Stanford 6'5.6" 276 XL-L 26 4.86 1.67 2.79 4.40 - 7.24 35" 9'8"
Howard Kyle Wyoming 6'5.5" 316 - 24 5.20 1.72 2.95 4.81 - 7.79 32" 8'11"
Lambert Terrail Notre Dame 5'10.1" 188 - 15 4.36 1.47 2.52 4.09 - 6.80 35" 10'4"
Mitchell Khalif East Carolina 6'5" 318 XL-L 30 5.08 1.72 2.88 4.71 - 7.45 30" 9'1"
Sheets Kory Purdue 5'11.1" 208 M-L 15 4.38 1.44 2.57 4.33 11.70 7.18 37" 10'1"
Thomas Carlos South Carolina 5'10.7" 186 - 12 4.51 1.55 2.58 4.12 - 7.09 33.5" 9'10"
Word-Daniels Jahi Georgia Tech 6'0" 197 L-M 24 4.59 1.61 2.62 - - 6.83 38" 10'2"

 

 

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB I thought Rodgers was better than Smith and boy is that proving right.  Hill is a keeper.  I believe he will not only be the 49ers starting quarterback, but will play well and hold the job for years.  O'Sullivan is an UFA who, most likely, won't be back.  A veteran backup should be added.
RB Gore, Foster and Robinson are a good unit.  The 49ers could bring in competition for a backup role.
WR I love the potential of Jason Hill, even more than Josh Morgan who seems to held in slightly higher regard Hill.  Both should have break out campaigns in 2009.  Bruce is still a solid pro.  Johnson is an UFA.  Zeigler is another kid I like, a lot, he has great hands.  Look for the 49ers to add a receiver to be their #5 wideout who can compete to be their top return man.
TE No one is happier to see Martz go than Davis.  He was a forgotten option on the passing game for Martz.  However, he is a good two-way (block, catch) tight end.  Walker is a good receiving threat.  Bajema is a good blocker.
OL With the possible exception of right tackle (Snyder), the 49ers line should come back intact next year.  Depth is needed.
DL This is a steady unit that has room to improve if Balmer can contribute in his sophomore season.  Sopoaga,  Franklin, and Smith are a solid starting unit.  Depth at nose tackle could be a concern because Fields is an UFA.
LB Willis is the best young linebacker in the league.  Spikes played well next to him.  ON the outside Haralson came on strong and is a pass rushing force at OLB.  At one time I thought Lawson was going to be a terror at OLB in the 49ers' 3-4.  I no longer feel that way.  Many point to injuries slowing him down, but I remember disappointment prior to the injuries, especially as far as rushing the passer was concerned.  The team also needs to address depth here.
DB The 49ers need a corner to come in and start opposite Clements.  Harris is okay, but aging, Spencer looked like a good nickel before getting injured, and Strickland has also looked good at time, but is best served  as a backup.  At safety Lewis is an in the box strong safety who isn't at his best in coverage and Roman represents the "safe" in safety.  He doesn't make mistakes, but he doesn't make big plays either.  It's time for some changes in the 49ers secondary.
ST Nedney and Lee are solid, Rossum is a good return man but is an UFA.  If he leaves the 49ers will need a new one.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 29 Kentwan Balmer DT/DE 6'4.4" 308 N Carolina #3 DT Round 1
2 39 Chilo Rachal OG 6'5" 317 USC #2 OG Round 2
3 75 Reggie Smith CB/FS 6'0.4" 199 Oklahoma #15 CB Round 3/Round 4
4 107 Cody Wallace C 6'4.2" 296 Texas A&M #3 C Round 3
6 174 Josh Morgan WR/Ret 6'0.2" 219 Virginia Tech   Late Round Value
7 214 Larry Grant OLB 6'1" 235 Ohio State   Late Round Value
FA   Joe Jon Finley TE 6'6.3" 251 Oklahoma   Late Round Value
FA   Louis Holmes DE/OLB 6'3.5" 263 Arizona   Late Round Value
FA   Robert Jordan WR 5'10.6" 168 California   Late Round Value
FA   Dorian Parker FS 5'11.2" 192 Virginia Tech   Late Round Value

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

While the 49ers could have used a right tackle in this draft, I didn't see a missed opportunity and they accumulated good talent.  They also brought in some quality college street free agents.

DRAFT PICKS

Balmer a defensive tackle in college,  is ideal for end in the 49ers's 3-4 defense.  He will become a quality starter there sooner than later.  He is very strong and has good lateral movement and will be solid playing the run.

Rachal, a guard in college, could be looked at as a starter at both left guard and right tackle.  While I know he will be a good starting guard, I'm not sure if he can be an every down starter at right tackle, although he is athletic enough to make the switch.

Smith can play corner or safety.  His best attributes are his quickness, change-of-direction skills and athleticism.  At corner, I thought he would be best served in a cover-two or zone defense, although he could cover slot receivers well on a team with a good pass rush.  As a safety, he has requisite physical skills, and that may be his best long term position in the NFL.  In the short term, Smith copuld be an asset in the 49ers nickel defense and on special teams.

Wallace was excellent value in round four and is an impressive athlete for a center.  He is also a tough kid and a hard worker.  He does need to play with more consistency, but could be a long term starter at center for the 49ers.

Morgan is an interesting prospect.  He has a nice mix of speed, size and athleticism.  However, he dropped some balls in college and the Niners will have to determine if it was because of lack of concentration or bad hands.  

Grant was a player that went a bit under-valued by me during my draft prep because I looked at him solely as an outside linebacker.  However, in retrospect, he has the strength, speed and quickness to transition inside in a 3-4 defense despite being a little undersized for the position.  Grant should develop into a solid backup and good special teams player for San Fran. 

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Finley has good size and showed good hands at the East West Shrine Game.  He needs work in the weight room to become a better blocker if he wants to stick as a backup tight end.  He is an ideal practice squad candidate.

Holmes was defensive end in college who has the quickness and athleticism to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  However, he had only 2 sacks his senior year.  Holmes is another practice squad candidate.

I like Robert Jordan.  While very slight, he is a tough kid with good hands and speed.  He needs to put on weight but is the type of receiver who could do well in the slot in a Mike Martz offense.  His odds of making the team may be long, but he'll be fun to watch in early preseason games.

 Parker has the look of a long-term NFL backup safety who excels on special teams.  It wouldn't surprise me if he captures one of the final roster spots.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Balmer Kentwan N CAROLINA 6'4.4" 308 33 5.11 1.71 2.99 4.82 NA 7.65 29" 8'7"
Raschal Chilo USC 6'5" 317 28 5.23 1.80 3.10 4.84 NA 8.01 28" 9'0"
Smith Reggie OKLAHOMA 6'0.4" 199 13 4.61 NA NA 4.03 NA 6.70 39.5" 10'9"
Wallace Cody TEXAS A&M 6'4.2" 296 26 5.17 1.75 2.98 4.55 NA 7.45 30.5" 9'5"
Morgan Josh VIRGINIA TECH 6'0.2" 219 14 4.46 1.49 2.58 4.29 NA 7.06 40.5" 10'0"
Grant Larry OHIO STATE 6'1" 235 20 4.60 1.55 2.73 4.22 11.73 6.77 31.5'" 9'5"
Finley Joe Jon OKLAHOMA 6'6.3' 251 12 4.85 1.57 2.79 4.16 NA 7.10 31.5" 9'10"
Holmes Louis ARIZONA 6'3.5" 263 13 4.86 1.65 2.81 4.33 NA 6.98 34" 10'4"
Jordan Robert CALIFORNIA 5'10.6" 168 NA 4.44 1.47 2.54 4.25 NA 6.83 34" 10'2"
Parker Dorian VIRG TECH 5'11.2" 192 19 4.59 1.55 2.51 4.30 NA 6.94 31" 9'8"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

SF          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  This situation is a mess.  I was in the minority, but I liked Rodgers better than Smith in his draft, and felt that there were a lot of questions surrounding Smith based on the fact that he threw to two receivers who dominated his league and were relatively slow receivers with little chance to make an impact in the NFL.  Hill played well at the end of the year, showed promise, but is a free agent.  Dilfer is a better analyst than quarterback right now.
RB  Gore is very good running back.  His backups, however, are not capable of stepping in as solid starters should he go down.
WR  Martz' system is a receiver-dominated offense.  Battle is a nice three for that system.  I thought Jackson had skills with Seattle, but was a drive-killer because of drops.  He can contribute some big plays, but a more reliable option would be preferred.  I like Hill and believe he will be a good #2 in Martz ' system.  The 49ers, however, need a #1 receiver.
TE Davis has the speed of a wide receiver, but Martz' offensives rarely utilized tight ends.  Walker and Bajema are enough for a team that will see tight end production and field time decrease.
OL  Staley, Baas and Heitmann are fine.  Synder could fill another role on the line (either LG or RT) but is better served as a versatile sub.  Worst case the 49ers need either a RT or LG especially if they do not bring back Smiley.  Allen will likely retire.
DL Young is retiring.  DE Douglas and NT Sopoaga are free agents.  Franklin shows promise.  Fields and Oliver have also been effective.  The 49ers need bodies, particularly at end.
 LB Willis could be the best inside linebacker in the NFL already.  Smith, Moore and Ulbrich are good complimentary players, although if the 49ers can find an upgrade, they will likely take it.  On the outside Lawson is coming back from injury and has not developed into the pass rushing force that was expected of him coming out of college.  Haralson, Moore, and Banta-Cain have pass rushing credentials, but here to, an upgrade could be addressed.
DB The 49ers could use a good young corner who could start as a nickel and eventually replace Harris.  At safety, Lewis was physical as expected and Roman was heady and steady, but is not a playmaker.  An upgrade at free safety could also be in order, but is not a necessity.
ST This is a tale of two cities.  Kicking, punting, long-snapping is in excellent hands.  A return man who can take it the distance is needed.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's Ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 11 Willis, Patrick ILB 6-1 240 Mississippi # 1 ILB Round 1
1 28 Staley, Joe OT 6-5 302 Central Michigan # 3 OT Round 1
3 76 Hill, Jason WR 6-0 210 Washington State # 5 WR Round 1
3 97 McDonald, Ray DT 6-3 281 Florida #14 DE Round 4
4 104 Moore, Jay DE 6-5 276 Nebraska #12 DE Round 3
4 126 Goldson, Dashon FS 6-2 202 Washington Late Round Value
4 135 Cohen, Joe DT 6-2 313 Florida #13 DT Round 4
5 147 Brown, Tarell CB 5-11 192 Texas Late Round Value
6 186 Clayton, Thomas RB 5-10 218 Kansas State Late Round Value
FA Getsy, Luke QB 6-3 218 Akron Off My Board
FA Patten, Jake SS 6-0 210 Virginia Tech Off My Board
FA Sanders, Darius DE 6-4 273 Oregon Late Round Value
FA Zeigler, Dominique WR 6-2 181 Baylor Late Round Value

 

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2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The 49ers had a very good draft.  They stole Jason Hill in round three and did not reach for any of their selections.  In terms of college street free agents, while no one jumps out, I will be very interested to track what happens to Dominique Zeigler, a long shot player I like a lot.

Willis was the best linebacker in this draft.  He should start immediately.  Willis is fast, athletic, and a sure and hard tackler.  Willis gives the 49ers a Pro Bowl talent who will anchor their defense, and be a major force for years.  Staley landed in a great spot for him.  The 49ers have good depth at offensive tackle so Staley will not have to be counted on right away.  While, he is one of the most athletic offensive tackles to come into the NFL in the last few years; he will need time to develop since he played in a lot of spread and shotgun offenses.  Look for the 49ers to allow Kwame Harris to walk after this year and replace him with Staley in the starting lineup.  Staley will be a solid starter in the NFL for years.  Hill was one of my top sleepers in the draft.  I had a first round grade on him.  He is one of the fastest receivers in the draft, has excellent hands, is good at getting YAC, has a great attitude, and is a good kid.  For instance, his production slipped in his senior year in part because he was running home to help take care of a sick relative (I believe his Grandmother).  In time, Hill will be a star, and the best receiver in this draft not named Calvin Johnson (and maybe Dwayne Bowe).  While McDonald went a bit higher than where I had him graded, he has the size and skill set to be effective as part of a rotation at defensive end in their 3-4 defense.  I like Moore more than most.  I had a third round grade on him.  While some like him as a 3-4 linebacker, I prefer him at end.  He has enough quickness for a 3-4 linebacker, but lacks speed so will be more effective rushing the passer closer to the line.  As an end he has surprising size (6-4 plus, 276 pounds) and can get even bigger.  Moore is a strong kid who could play the run and provide a pass rush from the end position in the 3-4 defense.  Goldson is a big hitter and plays intelligently but lacks quickness.  Therefore, special teams and safety is his calling, not cornerback.  He could surprise and push Roman at free safety, but more likely will be a backup and special teams player.  Cohen is strong and fairly new to defensive tackle after playing fullback and defensive end before settling in at defensive tackle.  At worst, he will be a solid backup nose tackle.  However, he has the potential to be more than that.  Brown is a little different than the other 49er draft picks.  He looks better on film than his workout numbers would indicate.  While he has acceptable speed and good man to man cover skills, it remains to be seen if he can translate his college success to the NFL.  He is a player worth tracking in the exhibition season.  Clayton comes with off the field concerns and a lack of breakaway speed.  He may be too big a risk to keep around.  Jackie Battle, who went undrafted, would have been my choice at this spot.  He has great speed and measureables, and was a productive college back.

The 49ers did not sign many college street free agents who jumped out at me.  Quarterback Luke Getsy had a chance to emerge as a candidate for a late round pick as a long term backup quarterback in the off season, but didn't stand out.  At best he will be a development squad candidate, but that will only be if the 49ers don't uncover a player with a better upside than long term backup.  Patten was primarily a backup in college but was a top special teams player.  If the 49ers see potential he could stick on their development squad.  Sanders has the measureables and size to get a look as a future backup at defensive end in the 49ers 3-4.  Zeigler is a player I like a lot, however, his pedestrian speed could be his downfall.  He has great hands, adjusts to the ball very well, makes the difficult catch, and has good moves.  He faces long odds to make this team but could eventually find his way onto some teams roster as a reliable #4  receiver who can come in get open, catch the ball and move the chains.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
WILLIS PATRICK MISSISSIPPI IB 6'1.1" 242 22 4.37 1.52 2.54 4.37   7.10 39" 9'11"
Willis is a tackle-hound with tremendous speed and athleticism for an inside linebacker.  Willis can play in a 4-3 of in a 3-4 defense.  He is the top linebacker available in the draft and will be a star in the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
STALEY JOE CENTRAL MICHIGAN OT 6'5.7" 306 27 4.79 1.64 2.73 4.40   7.09 32" 9'4"
Staley, a former tight end, is one of the most athletic offensive tackles in this draft.  He plays aggressively, has quick feet, and plays with good technique.  He has also the frame to add additional bulk.  Staley may not start from day one, but he will be one of the better NFL tackles to come out of this draft.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HILL JASON WASH ST WR 6'0.4" 203   4.32  1.49 2.50  4.22   7.02 37" 10'3"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

It wouldn't surprise me if Hill is the best receiver (outside of  Johnson, and maybe Bowe) to come out of this draft.  He is fast, tough, has great hands, and a great attitude.  While receivers like Jarrett, Rice, Ginn Jr, Smith, etc, will be drafted ahead of Hill; Hill is more of a sure thing and will have a better NFL career than the majority of them.

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MCDONALD RAY FLORIDA DE/DT 6'3.3" 276   4.88 1.62 2.77 4.97   7.41 29" 9'6"
McDonald is light for a tackle and lacks the pass rush skills to be an every down player at end in a 4-3.  His skills will be best served as a 3-4 defensive end and he could do well in that role as a rotation player.

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MOORE JAY NEBRASKA DE/OLB 6'4.6" 274 26 4.74 1.59 2.70 4.35   7.19 34" 9'10"
While many are looking at Moore as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, I think he has potential to play end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  As a 3-4 linebacker, he has the quickness, but lacks speed.  Moore could be a valuable, versatile sub in the NFL.

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GOLDSON DASHON WASHINGTON CB/FS 6'2" 205 12 4.54 1.53 2.64 4.46   7.04 36" 9'9"
Goldson played mainly corner his last year in college but projects best as a free safety.  He lacks quickness and that will kill him at corner more than at safety.  He hits hard and plays smart and will be a plus special teams player.

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COHEN JOE FLORIDA DT/NT 6'2.4" 315 34 5.10 1.65 2.90 4.80   7.88 31" 8'8"
Cohen is a strong kid who will be best served as a run-stuffing nose tackle in the NFL.  He bounced around at Florida before settling in at defensive tackle.  He has the potential to get better and is an interesting day two pick.

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BROWN TARELL TEXAS CB 5'10.5" 190 17 4.42 1.46 2.54 4.37   7.00 33.5" 9'3"
Brown is a man cover corner with good speed and but limited athleticism.  If he had better ball skills, a move to free safety could have been a projection for him in the NFL.  However, despite his limited athleticism, he produced well in college.

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CLAYTON THOMAS KANSAS ST RB 5'10.2" 218 23 4.63 1.62 2.69           36.5" 10'1"
Off field issues and lack of speed will result in Clayton dropping in the draft.  He could stick as a backup running back who runs strong between the tackles, but he will have to be on his best behavior since he is not going to be a stud running back.

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GETSY LUKE AKRON QB 6'2.5" 218   4.96 1.65 2.86 4.46   6.95 32.5" 8'10"
Getsy had a chance in the off season to get on a team's radar as a potential backup quarterback.  He did not play particularly well and will, most likely, have to fight for a development squad spot as a free agent in some team's camp. 

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PATTEN JAKE VIRGINIA TECH SS 5'11.7" 210                  
Patten was primarily a backup and top special teams player in college.  He is a long shot to make a NFL roster.

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SANDERS DARIUS OREGON DE 6'4.1" 273   4.87 1.64 2.83 4.60   7.65 26.5" 9'1"
Sanders has the measureables to get a look in some team's camp as a 3-4 defensive end.

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ZEIGLER DOMINIQUE BAYLOR WR 6'2" 181   4.55 1.53  2.61  4.42   7.18 34.5" 10'0"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

My list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them, always includes a long shot receiver, who has great hands and can make plays.  This receiver can become a valuable fourth or fifth receiver who plays on third downs and is a reliable option to help move the chains.  This year it is Ziegler.  He probably won't get drafted.  The key for this kid will be choosing a team to sign with wisely.  Don't go for a west coast offense.  Don't go for a team that loads up with speed at the bottom of their receiver roster.  Look at teams that value players like Ricky Proehl.  Ziegler has skills, he just lacks measureables.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Smith improved, still not completely sold.  Dilfer is good.  I would bring in a #3 that could be developed.
RB Gore had a great year.  Can he hold up?  His backups are just okay.
WR NO #1.  A #2 (Bryant) who can't always be relied upon.  A solid #3 (Battle) and #4 (Williams).
TE Davis is a future star.  Even without Johnson, depth is fine.
OL The 49er's line played well and have a future starter Baas on the bench.
DL The 49ers should draft a nose tackle and go to a 3-4.  They have 3-4 ends.
LB The 49ers have the bodies for ILB in the 3-4, but need an OLB to pair with Lawson.
DB Depth at corner is needed, badly.  I like Lewis better than most, Roman less than most.
ST Solid, if unspectacular unit.  Williams should improve as a PR.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

San Francisco
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 6 Davis, Vernon TE 6-3 256 Maryland # 1 TE Round 1
1 22 Lawson, Manny OLB 6-5 240 North Carolina State # 2 DE, # 1 hybrid Round 1
3 84 Williams, Brandon WR 5-9 180 Wisconsin # 11 WR Round 3
4 100 Robinson, Michael WR 6-1 226 Penn State # 12 QB, # 3 QB/athlete Round 4
5 140 Haralson, Parys DE 6-0 248 Tennessee # 13 DE, # 5 hybrid Round 3
6 175 Walker, Delanie WR 6-1 241 Central Missouri State   > Round 4
6 192 Hudson, Marcus FS 6-1 193 North Carolina State Late Round Value > Round 4
6 197 Oliver, Melvin DE 6-3 279 Louisiana State Late Round Value > Round 4
7 254 Vaughn, Vickiel FS 6-3 208 Arkansas   > Round 4

 

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The 49ers did not reach at any spot in the draft and got excellent value with Haralson in round five.

Davis is an amazing talent.  He has wide receiver speed, running back quickness, offensive lineman strength, and cornerback athleticism.  He will create tremendous match up problems for opposing teams' defenses.  In addition to his raw athletic skills, Davis has great hands, and is a load to bring down after the catch.  Lawson was my top 3-4 rush linebacker.  He is a top athlete with excellent speed, quickness and change of direction skills.  In fact, Lawson should not only be a plus in rushing the passer, but should become a plus in covering backs and tight ends.  Williams was another good get.  He may never be a starter (but with the success of the small, quick receivers these days he could surprise), but is an ideal third wideout playing in the slot.  He is quick, runs crisp routes, is a tough kid, and has good moves.  He is also a good return man.  Watching Robinson play my first thought was boy he would make a good running back.  That is where the 49ers plan to play him.  Good for their staff.  Most athlete/quarterbacks that have to be moved are switched to receiver.  Robinson's upside is as a running back.  Haralson is another player I like in Haralson.  He is one tough son of a gun, who plays with a mean streak, likes to hit, goes all out all the time, and is just, plain and simple, a football player.  He should make the transition to outside linebacker very well, but may take more time to adapt to the position than the athletically gifted Lawson.  Walker is a physical receiver with inconsistent hands.  He will moved to fullback by the 49ers and is tough enough to make the move, but only one true fullback was off the board when Walker was selected.  Vickers, drafted five spots later, and my top rated fullback in the draft, would have been my pick.  Hudson is a safety that loves to hit, has a nose for the ball, and can blitz off the edge.  He is also above average in pass coverage.  However, he is limited athletically and may be best served as an extra back and special teams player.  Oliver has the size and mentality to play end in the 3-4.  However, he needs to get stronger.  If he does he could be a rotation player at end for the 49ers.  Vaughn was suppose to be an elite college player, and finally showed some of that potential his senior year.  He is an in-the-box strong safety who will be a good special teams player.  Personally, I would have loved Dwayne Slay at this spot.

The 49ers did not sign any college street free agents from my post-draft value list.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

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Davis, V Maryland 6'3.2", 254 4.38 1.51 2.59 4.17   7.00 33 42" 10'8"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Davis is the next in the line of big-play tight ends who can stretch the field.  Davis has wide receiver speed, running back quickness, offensive lineman strength, and cornerback athleticism.  Davis is a walking mismatch who will create nightmares for opposing defenses. 
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Davis showed terrific agility and hands at the All Star Challenge.
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Lawson N C State 6'5", 241 4.41 1.55 2.62 4.18 11.08 6.95 23 39.5" 10'4"  
DE/OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Lawson showed excellent speed off the edge at the Senior Bowl.  He has the ability to be a good OLB in a 3-4 scheme.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Lawson is an amazing athlete with great speed, quickness and athleticism.  He had 10.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss his senior year.  Lawson has a non-stop motor, and what's most impressive, terrific change-of-direction skills, which means he could not only transition well to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but also is a 4-3.
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Williams, B Wisconsin 5'9.6", 180 4.49 1.55 2.61 4.07   6.87   34.5" 9'7"  
WR/RET
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the East West Shrine Game Williams showed he could have value as a return man and extra receiver.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Williams is a quick receiver with good return skills.  In his senior year he caught 59 balls for almost 1,200 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He has good moves, is tough for his size, and runs good routes.  Williams looks like one of the better third-down slot receivers in the draft.
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Robinson Penn State 6'1", 219 4.56     4.41   6.95 12 32.5" 9'11"  
QB/RB/WR/DB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Robinson is an excellent athlete, and a tremendous runner.  He has not shown accuracy throwing.  He may have to change positions to make it in the NFL.
Neil Stratton, Inside the League - Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is trying to come up with places to put Penn State QB Michael Robinson this week. Fisher said Robinson might get lined up at the slot receiver position for practice Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Robinson is expected to work out at three positions in addition to quarterback at the Combine (RB, WR, S).
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Haralson Tennessee 6'1", 253 4.70 1.72 2.86 4.26   7.25 24 34.5" 9'7"  
DE/OLB
Butch Davis, NFL Network - Haralson showed good change of direction and quickness during Combine drills.  He is moving up the draft board.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Haralson has the ability to play a pass rushing end, or outside linebacker in a 3-4.  I like him best as an outside linebacker.  Haralson is a better player on the field than he works out.  He goes out all the time, hits like a truck, and plays with attitude.
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Walker, D Cent Misso St 6'1.2", 240 4.53 1.65 2.68         36.5" 9'10"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Walker is a physical receiver with inconsistent hands.  He could go late on day two.
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Hudson N C State 6'0.7", 194 4.59     4.22   6.91 11 36.5" 10'0"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hudson is a physical safety with good coverage skills.  However, he is limited athletically.  Hudson looks like a nickel safety and special teams player.
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Oliver LSU 6'3.6", 279 4.96     4.37   7.34 17 30" 8'8"  
DE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Oliver had 9 sacks his senior year.  However, to be as effective in the NFL he will need to get stronger.  If he does he could be a rotation player at end who can play the run and get the occasional sack.
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Vaughn Arkansas 6'3.3", 208 4.62     4.09   7.15 13 31.5" 9'5"  
SS - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Vaughn was a blue chip prospect coming out of high school and finally showed some of that talent his senior year.  Vaughn is an in-the-box safety who likes to hit and has good quickness.  He should be a good special teams player in the NFL and has some upside.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

SF
QB I'm not sold on Smith.  I made comments to that effect in my draft analysis last year.  No reason to go into it again.  Dorsey and Pickett are backup types.  The 49ers should bring in a young, former backup who could start if Smith fails.
RB Neither Barlow or Gore will be a big-time NFL back.  Either will suffice as an okay starting running back, but teams need better than that, especially with a young quarterback.
WR Lloyd, a RFA, could be a star.  He makes amazing catches.  Battle, Hamilton, and maybe Woods, could provide depth.  Morton has lost a step but can be useful.  A player to start opposite Lloyd, moving Battle to third receiver is needed.
TE If Johnson is healthy he is a very good receiving tight end.  Depth and insurance is needed, especially with Jones an UFA.
OL One of the few strong spots on the team.  If Jennings returns, Snyder can challenge the disappointing Harris at right tackle.  Harris is still too young to give up on.  At tackle, look for Bass to claim a starting spot.  Heitmann will also start, at center if Newberry doesn't return, at guard otherwise, although Smiley will have something to say about that as well.  All the 49ers need is a player or two to battle for backup spots.
DL This is the strength of the 49er defense.  Young and Douglas are good 3-4 ends.  Adams the starting nose tackle, would also be better at end.  Sopoaga and Fields have talent and could develop enough to allow Adams to be the third end in the rotation as well as Young-insurance.  Another end for depth is needed.
LB Peterson, Carter, and Smith are all UFAs.  Ulbrich is returning from injury.  Backups Moore and Saleem are also UFAs.  Linebackers are the keys to the 3-4 defense and the 49ers need a bunch.
DB With Johnson, Spencer and Rumph the 49ers are fine at corner.  Spencer is a star in the making.  Plummer used to be a star but is in decline.  Parrish and Adams are also solid starting safeties.  However, I may like Adams as a player more than the Niners themselves.  A corner and a free safety both of whom can who can push for starting roles will be added.
ST Nedney and Lee, the kicker and punter are both good.  Outside of Amey, a player who may find it ha5rd to make the roster, the 49ers return men were not very good.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

San Francisco - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird's  Jaybird's 
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 1 Smith, Alex D. QB 6-4 212 Utah #2 QB Round 1
2 33 Baas, David C 6-4 319 Michigan #1 G, #1 C Round 1
3 65 Gore, Frank RB 5-9 217 Miami (Fla.) #10 RB Round 3
3 94 Snyder, Adam G 6-5 316 Oregon #8 G, #13 T Round 4
5 137 Fields, Ronald DT 6-2 322 Mississippi State #11 DT Round 4
5 174 Marshall, Rasheed WR 6-0 190 West Virginia #28 WR Round 4
6 205 Johnson, Derrick CB 5-11 188 Washington #22 CB Round 4
7 215 Holly, Daven CB 5-10 186 Cincinnati #21 CB Round 4
7 223 Maxwell, Marcus WR 6-4 205 Oregon Late Round Value >Round 4
7 248 Estes, Patrick TE 6-6 268 Virginia Late Round Value >Round 4
7 249 Bajema, Billy TE 6-5 261 Oklahoma State Late Round Value >Round 4
FA   Ficklin, Tony DE 6-2 268 San Jose State Late Round Value >Round 4

 

The 49ers drafted for value and need very well.  They did not reach for any player in the draft and got great value with corners Johnson and Holly in rounds six and seven.  In addition, I had all their selections beyond a fourth round grade on my board, as late round value picks.

I was in the minority, I had a slightly higher grade on Rodgers than I did on Smith.  I am confident that Rodgers will be a solid starting quarterback, despite the Tedford-factor.  Smith may have a higher upside than Rodgers because of his athletic skills, but there is also a better chance that he will fail.  He will need to add bulk to his frame or may be literally knocked to injury list as he scrambles.  He, also, was in a system, against less-athletic players, where he could use his athletic ability to excel.  In the NFL, the defensive ends and pass-rushing linebackers will be on him much quicker and the corners will stay with his receivers better.  So the question is, can he maintain his skills in the NFL, or will the league catch up to him, or at least close the gap enough, to render him an average quarterback?  The answer to that question will determine if he far exceeds Rodgers and becomes a top-flight NFL quarterback, or if he falls way short.  Obviously, we know what the 49ers (and most of the league) thinks.  They very well may be right.  Remember, I said he was a riskier pick than Rodgers, so I had Rodgers rated higher, not that he won't be the better NFL player.  In round two the 49ers drafted one of my favorite players in the draft.  I had a first round grade on Baas.  He will be a Pro Bowl player before all is said and done.  Gore, Gore, Gore, what to say about Gore.  The 49ers drafted him where I had him graded, in round three.  He is another risky pick.  He has shown great talent in college but has had torn ligaments in both knees.  If he comes all the way back, the 49ers could have a player with feature-back skills.  If not, he should be a reliable reserve.  However, I think Marion Barber III would have been a better pick at this spot.  Unfortunately, Barber was drafted by Dallas to backup Julius Jones, so he is now officially the next LaMont Jordan (destined to be a long-term backup who shows great flashes) so it will be a long time before he gets to show he wears as a feature back proving me right or wrong.   Snyder was a good pick in round three.  I had him with a high fourth round so getting him late in round three is within his value range.  He can play guard or tackle, but he is better projection as a starter at guard.  He plays with a real mean streak, and is better on the field than he is working out.  Fields is a big man who, if he goes to the gym to increase his strength, can be a major run-stuffer.  Hey, let him room with Sopoaga, he was one of the strongest players in last year's draft.  He has the size and skills to be an effective nose tackle in the 49ers new 3-4 defense.  In fact, both Sopoaga and Fields project as better long term nose tackles than Adams, who may be better as a 3-4 end.  Marshall was a college quarterback, who was drafted as a wide receiver.  He has the quickness and athletic ability to make the transition.  I had a fourth round grade on him as a receiver.  He could be a pleasant surprise for San Fran.  I had similar grades on both Johnson and Holley.  However, they are very different players.  Johnson could develop into a reliable starter, or could be a tail-end of the roster guy.  He is well worth a shot in round six of the draft.  Holley, however, will probably never be a starter, but he will be a valuable member of the team.  Holley is ideal as a nickel corner playing the slot receiver.  He is a brash, confident player with tremendous speed.  He can also serve as an explosive return-man.  He is a seventh round steal.  Maxwell, Estes, and Bajema all made my board as late round value players.  Maxwell, has an excellent size/speed ratio, but had little college production.  He is certainly worth a look in camp.  Estes and Bajema will battle it out for the third tight end job behind Johnson and Walker.  Estes is big and strong and was Heath Miller's backup at Virginia so you certainly can't hold it against him that he didn't get big numbers in college.  Bajema also has nice size and is one of the smarter players in the draft (37 in the Wonerlic).  He looked good at the Gridiorn Classic, but some may not have noticed because of the explosive performance of wide receiver Jerome Mathis.  If you 49er fans are looking for an interesting training camp battle, the one between Bajema and Estes should be fun to watch.  My guess - if they want more of a blocker it will be Estes, if they want more of a pass catcher it will be Bajema.

College street free agents of note: DE Tony Ficklin has excellent speed, strength, and athletic ability.  While, he doesn't have the size to play defensive end in the 49ers new 3-4 defense, he is a former linebacker and could make their roster as backup outside.  Moving college defensive ends to linebacker is a trend in the NFL, and that is what the Niners will do with Ficklin.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Smith QB 4.68   3.97   6.82   32' 9'5" 40
Vic Carucci of NFL.com reports: Established himself as the top overall pick of the draft by giving nearly flawless performances in on-campus workouts ... Impressed personnel evaluators with his highly developed mechanics, especially in his delivery ... Rise to the top could conceivably knock California quarterback Aaron Rodgers once considered the No. 1 overall choice, out of the top five because clubs in the second-through-fifth slots figure to address other positions ... Showed comfort under center, which is especially noteworthy because he spent so much time in shotgun formation at Utah ... Ten pounds added to his 6-foot-4 frame since the end of his 2004 season hasn't taken away from his speed or athleticism.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
 
I've been coming to private workouts for decades, but this is the first time I can remember a player receiving a standing ovation from his audience. He was lights out. Smith threw for 45 minutes, and in that time, only one ball wasn't catchable, and that was at the end of the session when Savoy's tongue was hanging out after being run all over the field. Larry Kennan, now the head of the NFL coaches association, ran the workout. Smith was previously thought of as a shotgun quarterback because of Utah's offense, but Smith and Kennan mapped out a great scripted workout that saw Smith make all the throws -- three-step drops, five-step drops, play-action passes, deep passes, crossing routes, roll-out passes and, of course, the deep routes. In fact, Smith threw 62 yards to a receiver standing on the goal line, and the pass was perfect.  They don't call this "Money Week" for nothing, and I am sure that Smith feels like he helped himself get into position to be the first quarterback taken, and possibly the first player taken, in April's draft.
NFLFans.com reports:
Amazing TD:INT ratio, completion percentage the last two years is also great. Takes very few sacks, doesn't throw many picks either. Extraordinarily smart, got his bachelors degree at age 20 and is currently working on a masters. Plays in a pass happy offense, mostly from the shotgun. Will need some time to become a more comfortable pocket passer in the NFL, takes off and runs a bit too much at Utah.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
Whoever drafts Smith will have to be patient, he isn't an instant savior and may not be a franchise type QB, but he can definitely get the job done. He'll need time to learn a new system and to get a little bigger, but he is ideal from the neck up. How high he goes will depend on if the team drafting him is in a position to wait on him. He could go as high as top 5 or fall into the mid 20s.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
The best runner of the top quarterbacks.  Smith is  boom-or-bust with a huge upside, but is also a risk  Every year first round quarterbacks disappoint.  Could it be Smith in 2005?
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Baas C-G 5.02 1.72 4.48   7.52 29 29.5" 8'9" 37

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Bass is the second best offensive lineman in this draft. However, he won't be the second one drafted, and may not even hear his name called until round two. Whoever, drafts him however, will have a long term quality starter at either guard or center.

Curt Sylvester of the Detroit Free Press (www.freep.com)  reports: Michigan's G  David Bass said he is willing to play at either guard or center in the NFL. "I'd have to say I'm more comfortable at guard, but I'm getting more comfortable at center," Baas said. Baas has experience playing both positions in college.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
I asked the defensive linemen on both squads which lineman after three days gave them the most trouble and came back with real high grades for  center David Baas (Michigan). Baas only played a few games at center while at Michigan but he really looks natural over the ball and is smart enough to make the line calls.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: The type of player with whom you want to go to war.  Bass will, eventually, be a solid contributor on some team's line for years.
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Mel Kiper of ESPN.com on Game Day (ESPN radio) reports: When asked which back after the big three has the most talent to be an all-around starter in the NFL, Kiper answered Gore, if he can stay healthy.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Gore is player to draft if you want to take a chance on asomeone who can contribute in two or three years.  He should regain even more of his speed and quickness in time.  However, drafting him on day one, as some have suggested, would be a bit of a reach.

NFLFans.com reports:
Gore has all of the talent in the world, he just needs to get more time on the field.  Injuries are the big concern with Gore, as well as lack of experience.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
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m adversity not only with injuries but in his life as well and he's shown great character throughout his career. He lost the outstanding explosiveness he had early on, but still shows the natural running ability he had and he's added a lot of strength.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:
Frank Gore, the former Miami (Fla.) tailback whose weight had ballooned into the mid-230s in the offseason, checked in Thursday at a much more svelte 217 pounds, and that pleased a few scouts who admitted they had heard a few horror stories in recent weeks about his extra tonnage. Beset by injuries much of his Hurricanes career, including a pair of anterior cruciate ligament tears, Gore has a lot to prove here. Some scouts feel he can be a solid third-down back and that, while he lacks some short-area quickness, there still is big-play potential with the guy. But he has to convince people he is healthy and, just as significant, that he is dedicated. Give him credit for this: Gore doesn't lack confidence. "I still think I should be the first back taken," Gore said. "I know that won't happen but, in my mind, I'm the top back here. The only thing that held me back was injuries. But I'm here with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder to show people that they'll be getting a really good player if they draft me."
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Gore was a top prospect before his injuries.  He was actually ahead of McGahee at Miami.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Snyder plays with a mean streak which is always good for an offensive lineman.  He has played both guard and tackle in college, but will be best served as a guard on the next level.  Snyder has the potential to be a solid starter, but worst case, he will be a valuable sub who can fill in across the line.  Snyder is a good player for a team to draft early on day two.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Fields is a big, run-stuffing defensive tackle who could play the middle in a 3-4, or be a tackle in a 4-3.  To maintain his college domination against the run, however, he may need to hit the weight room to improve his strength a bit.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Mississippi State DT Ronald Fields got excellent penetration and messed up plays in the 11-on-11 series that finished up the physical part of the session at the Senior Bowl practice on Monday.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Marshall's Combine numbers and performance as a receiver was very encouraging.  He could be a success at receiver ala Randle El.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
During the Combine, Marshall worked out as a wide receiver.
Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune-Review reports:
Former West Virginia QB Rasheed Marshall plans to convert to wide receiver when he attends the NFL Combine in February. Despite being the fourth-leading passer all-time at West Virginia, Marshall intends to catch passes instead of throw them at the next level. Marshall (6-1, 190) has been working out in Atlanta with a personal trainer, running routes and working on his receiving skills. He also said he can double as an emergency quarterback for an NFL team, if necessary.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
During the Gridiron Classic game, Marshall showed great athletic ability.  However, he ran better than he threw and a position switch (from QB) will probably be needed if he is to make it in the NFL.
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Johnson CB 4.43 1.54 4.12 11.31 7.07 18 34" 9'8" 21
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Johnson has good, but not great measurables.  He has good enough speed, quickness and height, and skills so he could develop into a solid starting corner.  However, he does project more as a backup or potential starter than a nickel corner playing slot receivers.
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Holley CB 4.33 1.61 4.08   6.94 15 34" 9'7" 16
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Holley is a former wide receiver who is moving up draft boards.  There was a whisper that he ran as fast as 4.25 in a private workout.  On Game Day on ESPN radio, Mel Kiper referred to him as a mini-Deon (Sanders).  He could play corner, return kicks and play wide receiver in the NFL.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Maxwell has good size and speed, but had just pedestrian numbers in Oregon's passing game.  Still he has measurables.
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Estes TE 4.79   4.53 12.43   27 31" 8'10"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Estes was Heath Miller's backup at Virginia.  He has size, strength, and fairly good speed for his size.  Could be a late round pick, or a priority free agent.  Worth a look. 
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Bajema TE 4.85 1.64 4.30   7.05 22 31.5" 9'5" 37
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Bajema caught some balls at the Gridiron Classic game, but could not move the pile for a first down after one of those receptions.  However, he could be a sleeper as a late round pick as a reliable, backup, receiving tight end.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: I would have liked to see more numbers from him.  His size, speed, strength, numbers look very good,
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
Ficklin hurt himself on second 40, so no additional drills were performed. Ficklin was a Proposition 48 guy and was listed as a junior last year, but didn't make progress by NCAA standards. He does not have more eligibility.

 

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need
         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need


Key UFA: Heard S, Murphy G, Conway WR, Peterson K, Peterson LB, Jackson RB
Key RFA: Kozier OL (7th), Heitmann G (7th), Wilson WR, Williams CB
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER


QB: The 49er staff likes Rattay.  They also like Dorsey.  Go figure.  I say they need a starter, with Rattay being the backup.  Then they also need a young player to develop.
RB: Barlow will not become an upper echelon starter in the league.  Hicks is a nice backup.  Another position where the 49ers need help.
WR:
WR: Woods may develop.  He has upside, as does Hamilton.  Wilson and Conway are free agents who should be allowed to leave.  They are blocking the progress of Woods, Hamilton, Battle and Lloyd.  If the 49ers add a receiver, it has to be a player with the potential to be a dominate number one.  Otherwise they should stay fairly pat.
TE:
Johnson had a big year.  walker is a good backup.
OL: OL: Between free agents and lack of talent, the 49ers need to address their offensive line in the offseason.  
DL: DL: The 49ers' line screams for a big-time sack-machine at end.  Carter and Engelberger have disappointed.  Engelberger, however, could benefit from the planned switch to a 3-4.  Inside, Young isn't (young), and Adams is a good young player, but would be better if there was a dominate player playing alongside him. This is a major need area for the Niners.
LB: If Peterson is tagged or resigns, then this is the 49ers strength.  Smith and Ulbrich could be a good inside tandem, while Peterson and Windborn can be dominate outside backers in  a 3-4.  Depth is needed.
DB: Plummer and Spencer should be fine at corner.  However an upgrade is needed in the nickel.  At safety, Parrish keeps plugging along, but Heard is an UFA, and is replaceable.
ST: ST: Peterson is an UFA, so kicker will need to be addressed.  Lee is an okay punter, who can improve.  Battle has potential as a return-man, but drafting another player to compete with him is advised.

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

San Francisco
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 31 Woods, Rashaun WR 6-2 202 Oklahoma State
2 46 Smiley, Justin G 6-3 301 Alabama
2 58 Spencer, Shawntae CB 6-0 176 Pittsburgh
3 77 Hamilton, Derrick WR 6-3 203 Clemson
4 104 Sopoaga, Isaac DT 6-2 321 Hawaii
4 127 Seigler, Richard ILB 6-2 238 Oregon State
6 188 Lee, Andy P 6-0 206 Pittsburgh
6 198 Lewis, Keith FS 6-0 202 Oregon
7 217 Pickett, Cody QB 6-3 227 Washington
7 226 Ferrara, Christian DT 6-3 294 Syracuse

 

Woods was an excellent selection by the 49ers.  He is a polished, smart receiver who is ready to go now, and the 49ers desperately need him to produce from day one.  Smiley was my top rated pure guard, with only Carey having a better grade at the position, and Carey wants to play tackle.  Spencer was another good pick.  I had him rated higher than the two corners selected ahead of him in round two.  Hamilton could be a steal in round three.  I had him as a second round talent.  He will need time to develop, but has good size, sneaky speed and makes big plays.  Sopoaga could be the strongest man in the entire draft.  Again the Niners got him one round later than I had him graded.  Another excellent pick.  The 49ers like Seigler better than I do.  Lee is an accurate punter.  Lewis is a hitter whose best work could be on special teams.  I like Pickett.  I had Pickett as the sixth rated quarterback in the draft. Don't get too excited, however; there was a big drop off after the top four.  Pickett was is well worth a seventh round pick.  I beleive he can be a solid NFL starter some day.  Ferrera is another smart seventh round pick.  He has heart, plays hard, and could win a spot on the 49ers bench.  Of the free agents signed by the Niners, look for safety Mike Adams and linebacker Renuard Williams to make serious pushes for roster spots.  They are both excellent athletes who have speed and strength and should, at a minimum, be effective special teams players.  Another player to keep an eye on is running back Jason Wright, who could stick as a kick returner.

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Woods
Oklahoma State

#6 ranked WR by Jaybird
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Rashaun Woods, wide receiver, Oklahoma State. Woods' claim to fame up until now was catching seven touchdowns in one game. Here in Indy, he has run very well (the 4.4 area) and also had an outstanding vertical jump. Just another name to add to the growing list of top receiving talent.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods, 6-2, 202, is a natural pass-catcher who single-handedly beat Oklahoma two years in a row. The problem is Woods isn't fast and doesn't have the size you like in a possession receiver. Some team will get a steal late in the first round.
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Smiley G 6-3¼, 302 4.93 1.78 4.41 7.72 23 33½" 9-3
Smiley
Alabama

#2 ranked OG  by Jaybird

Jamie Moore of gbnreport.com (Great Blue North Report) reports: Projected: late 2nd to late 3rd round. Good or bad move to come out early? Smiley has a great combination of feet and strength. He'll be a ten-year fixture for someone's line.
Ken Bikoff  of www.profootballweekly.com reports: Alabama OG Justin Smiley, one of the top prospects at his position in the draft, had to explain to scouts why he decided not to lift during his workout. Most scouts prefer if players go through their full workouts in conditions in which they can be compared to everyone else in the draft, but Smiley, who did the rest of the workout, including taking part in the 40-yard dash, had different thoughts.  “I was scrutinized a little bit because I decided not to lift today,” Smiley said. “I’m going to run because I feel that I’m a better runner than anything else and I felt like I would run the best out of the offensive linemen. But there are parts about yourself that you don’t like, and if you don’t do something, they will ask you why you didn’t want to do one thing. That’s the bad part about all of this. It comes down to how you feel on a given day. I woke up planning to bench. I do 25 and 26 reps, which is solid, but it just depends on how you feel at the time. I felt like with a couple more weeks of training, I can be at my optimum strength level. March 11 is my pro day, and I’ll bench then.”
Brian DeLucia of SportingNews.com reports: The one guy who intrigues me is Alabama's Justin Smiley. Smiley enters the draft as a "safe pick" with enough upside to project as a Pro Bowl performer at some point. He has room to grow into his upper body, but has a well-developed lower body and gets movement on the ground. Smiley also has a natural feel for pulling and trapping. He uses his hands well and displays good footwork in pass protection. He plays the game hard and approaches things like a true pro. Smiley will be an asset to any team as a right or left guard. I have Smiley as my second-rated O-lineman behind Robert Gallery.
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Spencer CB 6-0, 176 4.48 3.98 10.50 6.64 10 34½" 10-8
Spencer
Pittsburgh

#7 ranked CB by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Maybe the best CB nobody's talking about, Prototypical Height for the new bread of NFL CB (though a little light) with a great head for the game, A 4 year starter at Pitt with 2 years of practice against college's best WR Larry Fitzgerald. 10 career ints. 50 passes defended and loads of tackles.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Spencer as a fast riser.
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Hamilton 6-2¾, 194 4.42 1.58 4.22 12.35 6.78 - 40½" 10-5
Hamilton
Clemson

#8 ranked WR by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 2nd round. Good or bad move to come out? There isn't a better combination of deep-threat receiver/kick returner in the draft. He'd be a 2nd-3rd round pick as a receiver alone, and some team is going to be enamored with his 6-4 size and ability in the open-field.
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Sopoaga DT 6-2 3/8, 314 5.06 1.80 4.66 7.79 42 30½" 8-3
Sopoaga
Hawaii

#10 ranked DT by Jaybird

Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Last year, DT Sopoaga’s former teammate Wayne Hunter opened some eyes with his excellent upper-body strength. Sopoaga has more natural, brute strength than Hunter and could pace this year’s bench-press test.
KFFL.com reports: Hawaii DT Isaak Sopoaga did 42 reps during bench press drills at the NFL Combine Saturday, Feb. 21. He said he had plenty in him to do additional reps, but stopped at 42 because 41 was the record for this year and he wasn't aware that someone had done 45 reps last year.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: University of Hawaii defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga garnered some attention here on Saturday by doing 42 "repetitions" in the standard 225-pound bench press. A tough run-stuffer, who has suffered through injuries much of his career, Sopoaga is an intriguing guy, even if only projected as a middle-round selection. He has a thick, live body and, obviously, superb strength. Hawaii is better known for its offensive linemen, especially under coach June Jones, but Sopoaga could be a steal in the middle rounds.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Sopoaga (6-2 3/8, 314) was not going to do anything except the position drills, in which he looked great in. But a guy from Colorado State named Brian Save threw the bar up 44 times, which makes him the new "leader in the clubhouse." So Sopoaga, without preparing, laid on the bench and lifted the 225-pound bar 40 times! Following the workout, he was scheduled to be on a red-eye flight for a visit with the New England Patriots.
NFLFans.com reports: Anytime you have an athlete with the size and power of Isaac you have to take notice. He has the potential to be a true force against the run, occupy double teams, and shield his LBs from blockers. He could easily play a NT in a 3-4 or a regular DT in a 4-3. He will need time to develop and may be a little one-dimensional but will be ideal for a team looking to improve their run defense.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Sopoaga as a fast riser.
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Siegler I 6-2 5/8, 243 4.86 4.50 - 7.13 - - -
Seigler
Oregon State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: MLB Seigler would probably be best in a 3-4 defense or as a Will unless he actually is faster than the estimated times would indicate.
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Lewis FS 6-0 1/5, 201 4.58       12 37½"  
Lewis
Oregon

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Keith Lewis is a run stopping safety who has a good upside. He has good size and decent speed but needs to make improvements in pass coverage.
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Pickett
Washington

#6 ranked QB by Jaybird

Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Cody Pickett has surely had his struggles this season, but he has the NFL size and surely has the NFL arm strength. I think he'll be a solid 3rd rounder in April. He has to showcase his talents at the Senior Bowl.
D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports:  Cody Pickett has the strongest arm of any quarterback here and that will help his stock, but he needs work in many areas of his game.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Pickett displayed good feet and an excellent feel and arm for the short and intermediate passing game at the Senior Bowl.  There are still questions about his effectiveness throwing long.  Workouts will be important for Pickett, however, he should be an effective West Coast Offense quarterback.
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Adams S 5-10½, 192 4.38 3.99 11.90 6.85 19 37½" 10-4
Adams
Delaware

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLInks.NET reports: Adams, a safety, had a great workout. From a numbers standpoint, he had one of the best performances by a safety in the entire draft-class.
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Zurecki (TE) 6-2¼, 266 4.66 1.62 4.51 12.30 7.33 26 34½" 9-8
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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

San Francisco
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 26 Harris, Kwame OT 6-7 310 Stanford
2 57 Adams, Anthony DT 6-0 299 Penn State
3 89 Williams, Andrew DE 6-2 263 Miami (Fla.)
4 124 Lloyd, Brandon WR 6-0 184 Illinois
5 161 Walker, Aaron TE 6-6 252 Florida
6 197 Battle, Arnaz WR 6-1 217 Notre Dame
7 241 Dorsey, Ken QB 6-5 208 Miami (Fla.)

B+

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Harris was an excellent selection in round one.  He has the potential to be a dominating tackle in the NFL.  Adams has everything you'd want in a defensive tackle except height.  I wouldn't bet against him.  Williams has the speed to be a good pass-rusher but needs to get stronger at the point of attack to be a three-down defensive end.  Lloyd started the draft as a potential late-first, early-second round pick.  He dropped because he didn't look as natural catching the ball as first thought.  However, he was good value in round four.  Walker could surprise.  He can block and catch.  His weaknesses can be overcome with good coaching.  Battle, an ex-quarterback, has only been a wide receiver two years.  In the long run, he could be a better NFL receiver than Lloyd.  Dorsey will have a chip on his shoulder to prove he belongs and should have been drafted higher.  Look for Dorsey to be on the 49ers developmental squad.
K Harris Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Kwame Harris-OT-Stanford: ran a 5.08 forty.
Draft2003.com reports, Kwame Harris, Stanford -- Ran 5.06 in the 40... at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds... had 35.5" vertical... did not bench press... but looked very sharp in his drills... was also tried at left tackle during his session... and seemed to be a natural fit... one of his biggest positives... is that he is just 20 years old...
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Kwame Harris-OT did 21 reps and looked solid in drills, but did show some stiffness.  Had a nice looking physique.
Adams Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Anthony Adams measured  5115, 299, and ran 5.08 in the forty.
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Great Blue North (GBNReport.com) reports, DT Anthony Adams measured 6', 299lbs and did 31 reps of 225 pounds. (Gil Brandt of NFL.com had Adams  at  5.13 and 5.09 for the forty).
A Williams Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports Miami (Fla.) DL Andrew Williams posted a good 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine. He posted a time under 4.7 seconds.
AllProScouting.com reports Andrew Williams - Miami: did not impress in workouts.
Len Pasquarelle of ESPN.com reports, DE Andrew Williams (Miami) helped his draft status at the combine.  While he isn't nearly as well-known as fellow Hurricanes end Jerome McDougle, he ran just about as well, proved he can redirect and get up the field, and made a solid impression. Like most of the ends here, he needs more bulk, has to use his hands better and learn to anchor against the run, but he definitely helped himself.
Gil Brandt reports Andrew Williams, DL, Miami, Fla., lifted 29 times at the combine, a very good showing.
Draft2003.com reports, Andrew Williams, Miami -- Ran 4.62 in the 40... at 6-foot-2, 262 pounds... did 26 reps of 225 pounds... 32" vertical... and had only 7.8% body fat... under-rated pass rusher with some upside... also has the frame to fillout to over 270 pounds...
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Len Pasquarelle of ESPN.com  reports DE Andrew Williams (Miami), during Miami’s Pro Day on Thursday, ran in the mid-4.6 range in the 40-yard dash..  (AllProScouting.com had 4.53-4.57 forty at pro day) (Gil Brandt of NFL.com had 4.61 and 4.60 at Pro Day).
Lloyd Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports WR Brandon Lloyd (Illinois) hurt his draft status at the combine. Everyone knew he was a fluid receiver but was anxious to see him run, because his quickness has long been a worry. Didn't light it up in the 40 and was a tad stiffer than people expected him to be in some drills. Decent size, might be able to play in the slot in most NFL offenses, but not a first-round prospect.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Lloyds's pro day numbers: 4.49 and 4.51 forty, 6.74 3 cone, 11.19 long shuttle,
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Walker WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Aaron Walker measured up at 6-5 3/8 and 250 pounds. All he did here was run the 40, which he did for times of 4.80 and 4.78 seconds. He did not do anything else.
Battle KFFL.com reports Notre Dame WR Arnaz Battle said he measured in at 6-foot-2 1/2 at the NFL Combine on Friday.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Arnaz Battle was listed at 6-1½, 210 pounds, ran a 4.43 and 4.46, had a 10-foot-1 long jump, and 34-inch vertical jump. The consensus is that he has very good hands, but needs work in route running. He has only been a receiver for two years because he was a quarterback before that.
Dorsey Pete Prisco from Sportsline.com reports:  the QB play at the East-West college all-star game practices has been terrible, including Miami QB Ken Dorsey. The  Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Miami QB Ken Dorsey struggled throwing the ball at the NFL Combine Sunday. He really hurt his chances with a very poor performance on Sunday afternoon. Right now, it is anyone's guess now as to where he will be selected in two months.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com  reports: The consensus was that Ken Dorsey of Miami really hurt his chances with a very poor performance on Sunday afternoon. New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel termed Dorsey "an adequate systems-type passer." Translation: He was awful on Sunday and it is anyone's guess now as to where he will be selected in two months. Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden several times over the weekend referred to Dorsey's winning record in college, with just two losses in three years as a starter, but that won't be enough to rehabilitate him in the big-picture evaluation process.
Don Banks of CNN/SI.com reports, Miami QB Ken Dorsey isn’t very highly touted at the combine, despite his amazing 37-2 college winning record as a starter. An AFC personnel man, speaking on conditions of anonymity, had this to say: "I don't want to rip the guy. The guy won a lot of ballgames. But the guy isn't very good, I don't think. I wouldn't draft the guy. The guy can't throw. It's that simple."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com  reports: QB Ken Dorsey (Miami) hurt his draft status at the combine.   Scouts kept trying to find nice things to say about him and basically they ran out of ways to keep from bashing his lack of arm strength. His throwing performance Sunday was disastrous and, that sterling college record aside, one has to wonder now if he'll even be drafted. Great kid but not even a good prospect.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Ken Dorsey ran the 40 in 5.02, but did well throwing the pro ball as opposed to the college one. Consensus was that his hands fit the pro ball better. It looks like he's starting to fill out and put good weight on.
The AP reports University of Miami QB Ken Dorsey rebounded from a bad NFL Combine performance with a good performance at this Pro Day workout on Thursday. He threw sideline passes and deep balls. He threw with the wind and against it and he threw from the pocket and on the run. "Ken threw the ball a lot better here than he did at the combine,"Washinton Redskins' coach Steve Spurrier said. "He can make it. He can make all the throws. He's a big, tall guy, a wonderful leader, and he's used to winning. That's important." Although Dorsey won't be a first-round pick, he had everyone's attention Thursday.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com  reports: Speaking of quarterback prospects, those wire reports which contended that University of Miami star Ken Dorsey "wowed" the scouts at the Hurricanes "pro day" workouts on Thursday represented a little hyperbole. Yeah, the folks who evaluate talent were a tad more publicly laudatory of Dorsey, certainly more so than at the combine sessions. But the word from scouts who attended is that, while Dorsey threw better than at Indianapolis, he still lacks basic arm strength and will be a late-round choice at best. Lesson here: When it comes to rating draft prospects, public compliments typically differ dramatically from the private skinny.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : C


CB Rumph was a solid pick in the first round.  He has the size and spped to match up against the better wideouts in the league.  OLB Rasheed is a very good athlete and the type of player the will fight his way onto the field.  A good selection.  If Chandler wins the kicking job and performs well this was a good pick.  If not .... no.  My only question about Chandler is can he make the long field goals?  Curtis is a very good fit as a nickel safety but maybe, nothing more.  QB Doman is a good QB for a short passing game.  So he could be an effective back-up QB for the 49ers.  Of the late round selections OG Heitmann could be a an effective long-term player in the NFL.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team.

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 27 Rumph, Mike CB 6-2 205 Miami (Fla.)
3 69 Rasheed, Saleem ILB 6-3 229 Alabama
3 Forfeited
4 102 Chandler, Jeff K 6-2 218 Florida
4 127 Curtis, Kevin FS 6-2 212 Texas Tech
5 163 Doman, Brandon QB 6-2 210 Brigham Young
5 172 Shaw, Josh DT 6-3 279 Michigan State
6 201 Anelli, Mark TE 6-4 262 Wisconsin
7 239 Heitmann, Eric G 6-4 305 Stanford
7 248 Kosier, Kyle OT 6-5 293 Arizona State
7 256 Gaines, Teddy CB 5-11 166 Tennessee