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2011 49ers Paradise Draft Field
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*The 49ers moved up from #45 to #36 by swapping picks with Denver and sending Denver No. 108 (fourth round) and No. 141 (fifth round)
** The 49ers swamped from #76 to #80 and added a 6th round pick in a trade with Jacksonville.
*** The 49ers traded up into the 5th round #163 with the Packers who get the 49ers 6th round 174th pick and
7th round 231st pick.
With the 7th overall selection the 49ers added Aldon Smith, DE Missouri. Smith has played mainly in a
4-3 system which is probably the biggest criticism of this selection. He has played DE and DT and will
now likely be asked to play a rushing outside linebacker in the 49ers 3-4 system. Pass rush was a definite
need for the 49ers and Smith was certainly a player on their watch list. He is still a bit raw, and will continue to
add strength and learn to be better with leverage - particularly against the run. The key is he knows how to get to
the quarterback and is quite athletic.
There was no doubt that the 49ers would select a quarterback in this draft. I felt strongly the team would take one
on day 2, and I still feel they may look to day 3 to add another. The 49ers traded up to land Colin Kaepernick a very mobile
quarterback, who has the athletic instincts that Harbaugh continues to talk about. Denver got No. 45, No. 108 (fourth round) and No. 141 (fifth round) from San Francisco.
Kaepernick is able to throw on the run, and has strong leadership and character. He is a bit of a project, which is further indication that the team will continue to
try and bring back Alex Smith for a bit of year. Kaepernick needs to better match his lower and upper body to improve his accuracy particularly in the middle range passes. He is regarded by some as a better athlete than Tim Tebow, and is a proven winner.
The 49ers swamped 3rd round picks move from #76 to #80 and added a 6th round pick in a trade with Jacksonville.
The move allowed them to draft Chris Culliver a defensive back. Culliver is a bit of a reach in the third round
but the 49ers seem to be targetting very specific people in this years draft. Perhaps they could have dropped
even farther and still got their man. He is well sized for a defensive back and fills a need for the the team.
The 49ers like versatile defensive backs, that does not appear to have changed with the new regime. He will
have to brush up on his run support, and really get a handle on the defensive schemes to contribute. He is
very athletic though, something the team continues to look for in its draft picks. The coaching staff may believe
they can coach the coachable stuff, but the raw talent is not something they can make a difference with.
The 49ers continued to draft for need in the 4th round selecting RB Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma St. Hunter had a very productive career in College and will likely specialize as a third down, change of pace type back for the 49ers - who are already set with Frank Gore leading the way. He's a quick
player but does not have blazing speed - probably why he lasted until the 4th round. The 49ers will likely make use of his hands and ability to run
tight routes in the West Coast derivative offense they will be running. Reasonable value in the fourth round.
The 49ers selected an offensive lineman after trading into the 5th round with the Packers. The offensive line
is always in need of work, and in Kilgore the team has a big body, who excelled in a smaller school. Likely set
to play guard, Kilgore is developmental player who knows how to punish an opponent. He needs to get better
at keeping his center of mass in control, and playing with leverage. Better at the run than the pass, Kilgore
was reasonable value in the fifth round.
Although the 49ers have some depth at receiver there is certainly room for improvement, and some shuffling. Johnson
is a smaller receiver but he's pretty quick and elusive. As can be expected from a 6th round pick he'll need time to
develop - and that's something the 49ers can afford. Good hands, and makes some impressive plays on the ball.
The saying goes, that you can never have too many offensive linemen or defensive backs, and so the
49ers added Colin Jones with their final 6th round pick. Jones is fast, and is an all around good athlete.
He was impressive in his work outs, and is regarded as a bit of a late bloomer as he did not really come on until
his senior season. Jones will fight to get on the field at any DB position and will also play sepcial teams.
Round 7, Pick 211
Bruce Miller, 6'1", 254lbs, DL, Central Florida
The 49ers are thin at outside linebacker, with many players scheduled for free agency. Miller should be more of a depth
player but depending on what happens with the free agents, and with Smith who was drafted in the first round - Miller could
see significant action. He's good value at the top of the 7th round. He can get to the quarterback, and has speed and power. Like
most pass rushers, needs work against the run. Could be more explosive and needs to be able to use leverage against bigger players.
A smart player.
With their penultimate selection the 49ers chose Michael Person an offensive lineman. Person is
a strong character guy - the first where that seems to be his strongest point from this 49ers staff.
He needs work on foot control, and body control. Also needs to improve his ability to play with leverage.
The 49ers used their final pick, often known as the Mr. Irrelevant pick, on Curtis Holcomb.
As I continue to say, you can't go wrong adding offensive linemen and defensive backs, and late in
the draft that's exactly what the 49ers did. Holcomb will compete for playing time and if he
makes the squad likely will do mostly special teams work, but when it comes to DB's you just never know.
He could surprise us, or we could be forced to use him.
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