Key offensive comparisons on draft day

The perfect first day of the draft – assuming they keep their picks at Nos. 13 and 17 – would consist of help for the offensive line and the secondary.   Yesterday, we gave a couple either/or situations the 49ers could face on the defensive side of the ball. In this entry, we shift to offense.

April 21, 2010

Key defensive comparisons on draft day

The 49ers have the Nos. 13 and 17 picks – in case you didn’t already know that. Certainly, the 49ers could trade up a couple spots if there’s a player they really love. But what if all those players are gone and there are only a lot of players they like?   The 49ers could choose between those players. Or, if trade opportunities arise, the 49ers could move back and…

April 20, 2010

Baalke expects at least four 49ers picks to become starters

As the 49ers approach the upcoming draft, director of player personnel Trent Baalke expects to net at least four eventual starters among the team’s eight draft picks. That’s because the club has four of their picks within the first three rounds.   “We always go into the draft with this mentality: When you’re drafting in the first three rounds, you hoping to get a starter,” Baalke said. “That’s what you’re…

April 17, 2010

How Ginn acquisition might influence 49ers’ draft

If the draft falls perfectly for the 49ers on Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft, they end up with an offensive tackle (Anthony Davis?) and a defensive back (Joe Haden or Earl Thomas?).   The 49ers have two picks next Friday, too, when the second and third rounds are held.

April 16, 2010

Best, Gerhart not expected at 49ers pro day

The 49ers are holding their local pro day today. This is not a day for the top local players to show their stuff. Players such as running backs Toby Gehart (Stanford) or Jahvid Best (Cal) or defensive standouts Syd’Quan Thompson or Tyson Alualu (both from Cal) are not expected to attend, according to a variety of league sources.   This is the day that the 49ers get a close look…

April 14, 2010

Draft is not 49ers’ only option to acquire safety help

The 49ers will get help for the defensive backfield in the upcoming draft. They might even get it in the first round. Look for them to focus on cornerback, though, and not safety. This is not to say that safety help is not coming for the 49ers. If they do not get a safety during the draft, they could still make it happen with a high-profile pickup in June.

April 13, 2010

Bryant, Ducasse latest scheduled to visit 49ers

As I wrote in the previous post, the position of wide receiver ranks low (lowest?) on the 49ers’ list of positional possibilities with their first-round picks.   Then why are the 49ers interested in speaking with receiver Dez Bryant, who is projected to be the first wideout selected during the NFL draft on April 22?

April 12, 2010

Draft-day guide for 49ers to consider

If the 49ers must consider trading up in the draft, as was suggested in this space yesterday, then the opposite might also be true.   As many pointed out, this is a very deep draft. If the 49ers believe they are one very good rookie offensive tackle away from going where they want to go this season, then they should make that trade to get one of the top linemen….

April 7, 2010

Change in 49ers’ draft room could change team’s board

We’ve heard what the 49ers have said about the team’s draft board remaining virtually unchanged even with the exit of Scot McCloughan as general manager. Director of player personnel Trent Baalke, the so-called trigger man on draft day, said the 49ers’ internal draft rankings were 85- to 90-percent set. Team president Jed York estimated the board as 90- to 95-percent finalized.   But I can’t help but think there will…

April 5, 2010

Rutgers tackle scheduled to visit 49ers

In case you haven’t already heard, the 49ers are in the market for an offensive tackle with one of their two first-round draft picks.   Anthony Davis of Rutgers is projected to be selected at some point around the top half of the first round. He worked out for 11 teams this morning, and he is scheduled to visit and workout for the 49ers on Thursday, reports the Asbury Park Press.

March 30, 2010

Brown could be 49ers’ best option in draft

With the 13th and 17th overall picks in the draft, the 49ers can go ahead and create their wish list. But they are still at the mercy of the 12 teams choosing in front of them.   The 49ers are in the market for an offensive tackle in the draft. They could attempt to trade up to land someone (assuming they find a team that wants to trade back rather…

March 25, 2010

49ers 2010 draft picks

The 49ers have nine picks in the NFL draft this year after the league awarded them one compensatory selection. Here’s where the 49ers are scheduled to pick: 49ERS 2010 DRAFT PICKS   1. First round: No. 13  2. First round (from Panthers): No. 17 3. Second round: No. 17 (No. 49 overall) 4. Third round: No. 16 (No. 79 overall 5. Fourth round: No. 15 (No. 113overall) 6. Fifth round:…

March 22, 2010

2010 NFL Mock Draft (mid-free agency edition)

After nearly two weeks of free agency, the 49ers – as expected – have not filled any of their most pressing needs. There have not been an abundance of quality players on the free-agent market, and the 49ers’ first priority is to spend its money on signing some of their young stars to contract extensions.   The 49ers, just as a year ago at this time, need an offensive tackle….

March 17, 2010

Scout’s eye view of 49ers’ draft options at tackle, return game

Arguably, the 49ers’ two biggest needs entering the offseason are offensive tackle and return specialist. The 49ers should have some options at those spots on the first two days of the three-day NFL draft, which gets going this year on Thursday, April 22.   Daniel Jeremiah worked as a scout with the Ravens and Browns. He has been in those draft meeting rooms, and he knows the criteria NFL teams…

February 18, 2010

Scout’s eye view of 49ers’ defensive draft options

If the 49ers liked Tyson Jackson, whom the Chiefs selected with the No. 3 overall pick last year, they will really be smitten with Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick in this year’s draft.   That’s the opinion of Daniel Jeremiah, who worked as a scout with the Ravens and Browns. Jeremiah now shares his scouting expertise on his Web site, Move the Sticks, and on Twitter, where, as of…

February 17, 2010