2010 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers’ Seven-Round Mock
The San Francisco 49ers will have plenty of options in this year’s talent-laden draft, especially considering they will have two picks in the first round
The Niners’ picks will depend on their pre-draft signings. If Adam “Pacman” Jones signs with the squad, then they’ll have less need for a secondary presence than without him
Assuming the 49ers are without Jones and other free agents come draft day, they’ll likely be looking to pick up a strong secondary presence, while shoring up their weaknesses on the offensive line.
And with the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected… Earl Thomas, of Texas. Thomas, despite being smaller than some of the other options on the board, is a beast and a perfect pick for the Niners’ struggling secondary.
He tweaked his hamstring during his appearance at his pro day, but sources indicate he’s fine. Thomas played safety for the Longhorns, but ranged well and has posted a speedy 4.37-second 40-yard dash time and could likely slide into a cornerback role.
Despite being known to over-pursue at times, Thomas could be trained to be strong defending both the pass and with run support.
With the 17th pick, the Niners will likely choose an offensive tackle to help create a stronger line to protect Alex Smith (or David Carr, for that matter) and open holes for Frank Gore.
To that end, San Francisco will pick up Oklahoma’s Trent Williams. He may not have presented the same talk as Russell Okung (Oklahoma State) or Bryan Bulaga (Iowa), but Williams brings everything needed for a successful stint as an NFL tackle—something the 49ers are in desperate need of this year.
Williams, at 6-feet-5-inches and 315 pounds, has remarkable footwork and balance and the ability to take on and keep up with the quick veteran defensive ends he’ll face. He has played both right tackle and left tackle successfully during his collegiate career, a versatility much needed by the 49ers in the coming season.
The 49ers will be choosing a running back to complement Frank Gore when they announce the 49th overall pick in the 2010 draft (fitting number, no?). The question is which running back will still be around out of this talented class?
San Francisco has made no qualms about selecting the highest-value player with their draft picks in the past and this year will be no different. Dexter McCluster, of Mississippi, will prove to be too valuable to pass up. He can run the ball from the backfield, catch the ball from the receiver position and return kicks.
He’s a big-play kind of prospect that could make all the difference in close games for the 49ers. He comes with great agility, excellent hands and adjustment ability and is extremely elusive and versatile. Some might say McCluster is a reach in the second round, while the 49ers would almost certainly prefer C.J. Spiller or Jahvid Best, if available.
If there’s one thing the 49ers can’t allow themselves to be content with, it’s the shape their offensive line is in. That’s why the team is going to pick up Mitch Petrus, a guard from Arkansas. Petrus is extremely versatile, originally joining the Razorbacks as a tight end before moving to the offensive line and then fullback and back to the line again.
He presents great lateral agility and great balance. He’s quick, making him ideal for pulling and getting to the second level for key blocks. The only concern about Petrus is his size, which finds him lacking in bulk. Time in the weight room, however, could bring more lower-body strength and the ability to drive defenders off the line.
Since he’ll likely still be around this late in the draft, the San Francisco 49ers are going to select Myron Rolle, a strong safety from Florida State, as the 113th pick. Standing at 6-2 and weighing 215 pounds, Rolle brings a rare combination of speed, size and strength to the safety position.
Since it’s likely the Niners will move their first pick, Thomas, to cornerback, Rolle will have a chance to prove his worth fighting for a job at safety. The problem in the eyes of NFL scouts is that Rolle has been a year removed from his playing days, choosing to bypass the NFL Draft last year to accept a Rhodes Scholarship and study in Oxford, England.
Scouts have commented on his anticipation ability as well as his good change of direction ability. He’s versatile and extremely intelligent and offers solid tackling and good run support.
Wide receiver Jordan Shipley of Texas will be the fifth round pick (the 145th overall pick) will be a good addition to the Niners offense. An intelligent player who would fit best into a slot receiver role at the professional ranks, Shipley has solid hands, the ability to return the football and has shown very effective route running ability.
Scouts noted during his pro day workout that he has better acceleration than expected, but more importantly in the Niners’ offensive scheme is his ability to get down-field and his willingness to block for screens and run plays.
The 49ers will have the luxury of two picks in the sixth round of the draft this year. With both picks, they’re going to attempt to strengthen their defensive presence.
Clifton Geathers, a defensive end from South Carolina, and Adrian Tracey, an outside linebacker from William and Mary, will be the two picks for the Niners in the sixth round. Geathers lacks experience, but makes up for it in sheer size as he stands 6-foot-8-inches and weighs 307 pounds. He’s also strong and fast and has a build that will allow him to pack on even more bulk without likely losing too much speed.
With the right training and patience, Geathers could be a force to reckon with in years to come. Tracey, on the other hand, comes in with plenty of experience. And visiting his pro day workout was none other than Niners’ coach Mike Singletary, who is rumored to have visited specifically to watch Tracey.
The speedy 6-3, 248-pound Tracey worked out both in linebacker and defensive line drills, proving his versatility and determination—two things Singletary is known to look for in his players.
Stafon Johnson, a running back from USC, will be the final pick for the Niners this year. Johnson, who suffered a life-threatening injury after dropping a bench-press bar on his throat during workouts last September, has made a full recovery despite a still-raspy voice.
The Niners won’t be considering voice when they pick Johnson, who is as tenacious as they come. Though he may make the pro squad because of his refusal to ever quit, Johnson would prove an invaluable asset to the Niners on their practice team.
The 5-11, 214-pound back averaged 4.61-seconds for his 40-yard dash time and had 14 bench reps during his pro day workouts.
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