We're just over two weeks away from the 2011 NFL Draft and we are slowly trying to narrow down the 49ers potential first round pick choices. The two most prominent names thus far have been Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara. Cornerback is a high need for the 49ers so they're not surprising options, although not everybody is sold on Prince as a good idea at number seven. Former scout Dave Razzano listed out Prince, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Von Miller, and Nick Fairley as hot/cold guys the 49ers should stay away from in a couple weeks. He's a guy that has drawn the ire of 49ers fans at times but I thought he had some interesting tweets yesterday.
He stated that Patrick Peterson was his number one overall player, and if Peterson was gone at seven the 49ers should grab Da'Quan Bowers. He was not concerned about the knee issues that have arisen over the last couple months. He also threw out one name we haven't discussed much as a first round option (from what I can tell) and that was Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward. I did a quick google search to bring up some scouting reports and one word I see a lot of is inconsistent. He comes across as raw prospect with a ton of upside, but will require development time.
Given Razzano's disdain for some hot and cold players, I suppose I'm a little surprised by his inclusion of Heyward as a beast. Am I missing something about Heyward? If so, please fill me in.
In the meantime, now seems as good a time as any to see what people think will end up happening with the seventh pick, barring a trade. If the 49ers make a selection with the seventh pick, who will they select? This isn't so much who you want them to select as much as who you think they'll end up selecting. I'd love to see them select Patrick Peterson, but I just don't see it happening. I think the team ends up going with Prince Amukamara. That seems a little too obvious right now, but given how players are falling as compared to team needs, nothing would indicate otherwise for me.