Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci pointed out that the 49ers are stacked with first round draft picks. And he was right. 1-Alex Smith, 2-Joe Staley, 3-Mike Iupati, 4-Anthony Davis, 5-Vernon Davis, 6-Michael Crabtree, 7-Braylon Edwards, 8-Ted Ginn Jr Are all 1st round starters on offense. "EXPLOSIVE". Add Frank Gore, and Delanie Walker as blue chip players who are performing like 1st round picks. (Gore would have been if not for his knee injuries coming out of Miami. Delanie Walker would have went higher as a TE but he was a WR coming out of college). He infact was converted to a TE to compliment Vernon Davis. "GENIUS" plan.
On defense the only first rounders are Carlos Rodgers, and Patrick Willis (on his way to being arguably the best MLB ever. "GENIUS", or a no brainer depending on who you ask. Desean Goldson has quietly amassed enouph BIG ball jarring, bone crushing hits to rival another hard hitting 49ers safety by the nae of Ronnie Lott. And YES I am comparing him this early in his career. He arrived on a game vs. the Cardinals a few years back, knocking the snot, andthe ball out of the Cardinals RBs Hightower, and 6'2" 230 lbs RB Beanie Wells. Goldson is instilling the fear needed over the middle to create some miscues by WRs of any caliber. Some of his hits have been unjustly called unnecessary roughness, or illegal blow to the head. Instant replay cleary shows the naked eye has faultered on more than one occasion this season. What goes under the radar is Goldson's knack for getting to he ball. He has shown great ball hawking attributes during his tenure with the 9ers. We also have aquired SS Donta Whitner also from a winning program in Ohio State. Whitner is one of the best pure tacklers on our team. Ironicly Whitner and Nate Clements show simular tackling technices. They are both from Ohio State, and the Buffalo Bills. Hmmmm. Wonder if it's a coincidense?
On the defensive line we have players who are extremely efficient in getting push in the trenches. This allows for our edge rushers to get to the QB by collapsing the pocket. The leader of the D-Line Justin Smith is unstoppable. Coupled with Ray MCDonald, Isaac Sapoaga and we are looking every bit of an elite D-Line as we've seen thus far. Adding Aldon Smith was an important part of getting our defense geared to pressure QBs and allow players to get interceptions. Parris Harylson, and Amaad Brooks are touph. We look just as good, or better than the Steeler LB core Harrison, Timmons, and Woodley. Navarro Bowman has officially had a breakout season thus ar with 7 games remaining. I like what the staff has done with utilizing Willis and Bowman as pass rushers as well as run stoppers, and coverage guys. They are complete LBs in that regard. Dropping back, side to side, and up te middle. Simple football if you ask me.
Extreme Upgrades in the backfield in Kendall "Ken-do-it-all" Hunter, and convrted FB Bruce Miller have been X-factors so far. Any time Hunter touches the ball he has a positive impact on the game. His speed, and strength are that of a premier NFL RB. He also shows great vision, and gets north and south fast like his mentor Frank Gore. I only assume Frank is showing this young man the ropes. I see plays where Hunter could bounce it outside but elects to slash it up the gut instead. It seems to throw the defense off every time. guess they expect him to always swing it out. He's rugged. Bruce Miller will ultimately be our FB for years to come. He just fits the bill. Tough, physical ,and good vision on who to hit. Also shows decent hands out of the backfield. I wonder how he does in short yardage carrying the rock.
Last but not least is Caoch Harbaugh, and the band. Harbaugh's insight in bringing in his guys from Stanford have proven to be and underestimated aspect to 49ers success.