The last two days nocal81 has put together reviews of the 49ers 2010 NFL Draft (part 1, part 2). In his posts, nocal81 gave the 49ers an A for their first three rounds and a C+ for their latter four rounds. Last year, Mel Kiper gave the 49ers a B for their draft, although in reading over his review, it sounds like he didn't look past the first three rounds:
Summary: Give San Francisco credit. Early on in the draft it had a chance to get better in a couple of places and decided to get a lot better in one. But consider the trickle-down effect: By taking Anthony Davis, the left tackle with the highest upside in the draft -- emphasis on "upside" -- and then a lock to be a good NFL guard in Mike Iupati, the Niners are a better running team right now. The passing game suddenly seems better, as well. Taylor Mays at No. 49 is a good value selection, and the kid will be motivated, but I think we're past pretending he was a steal because of his size-speed combination. His tape fell really flat. Navorro Bowmanhas size questions, but he's better than No. 91 overall. Can't forget San Francisco added some depth at wide receiver via the trade for Ted Ginn Jr.
We're now one full season later and Kiper went back in to re-grade each team's 2010 draft class. He acknowledged that you can't fully grade a class for a few years, but you can look at the value teams got at each position to date. For the 49ers, much of their grade is based on the fact that they have a pair of starters in Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, with Iupati really impressing folks in his rookie season. Here is his new summary with a revised grade:
Summary:I thought the Niners showed a lot of conviction, aggressively targeting their offensive line. Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati got plugged in and started throughout the year, so you can't say the Niners didn't have a plan. Taylor Mays wasn't a big contributor. and NaVorro Bowman was a special-teams stud instead of a regular, but he has a chance to develop. No leaks with the top picks, however.
Draft grade: B | Current Grade: B-plus
In looking through Kiper's grades, the biggest changes were the Patriots (from B- to A+) and the Browns (from C to B+). The 49ers grade could improve beyond the B+ over time, but Mays and/or Bowman would need to move into the starting lineup and Anthony Dixon would likely need to emerge as a solid backup to Frank Gore. If they walk away with two offensive linemen that can be plugged in to the lineup consistently for the next 7-10 years, I could live with that. But we all get a little greedy and I don't think it's too much to ask for one more starter and some quality depth options.