2011 NFL Draft, 50 in 50: DeAndre McDaniel - SS - Clemson (37 of 50)

AUBURN AL - SEPTEMBER 18: Darvin Adams #89 of the Auburn Tigers fails to pull in this reception against DeAndre McDaniel #2 of the Clemson Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18 2010 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

On top of having issues at the cornerback position in the 49ers secondary, the safety positions are bit in limbo as well. It's uncertain as to whether or not Dashon Goldson will return. On top of that, Taylor Mays and Reggie Smith have not proven yet to be solid back there as well.

Although there may be other options available through free agency once it opens up, it's the future is still a bit uncertain back there.

There has also been mention of Nate Clements possibly making the switch to safety as well if the 49ers can find some viable options at the corner position as well.

However, it should not be discounted that the 49ers, with their new coaching staff will be eyeballing some of the fresh talent entering in this year's draft.

Below the jump, we'll take a look at a very talented option out of Clemson in DeAndre McDaniel.

The very first play showcases McDaniel's natural instinct to go after the ball. Christian Ponder by some is considered to be one of the better quarterback options coming out. But as seen here, McDaniel shows that he read Ponder like a book. McDaniel not only has great instinct to jump routes, but he shows great discipline and can hit like a Mack Truck.

 

Here are his career stats while at Clemson:

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 33 19 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 69 48 21 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0
2009 98 58 40 2 0 0 1 0 8 182 22.8 77 1 0
2010 75 43 32 0 0 0 0 0 4 33 8.3 33 0 0
2010 Regular Season Game Log Tackles Misc Interceptions
DATE OPP RESULT   TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
9/4 North Texas W 35-10 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
9/11 Presbyterian W 58-21 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
9/18 @Auburn L 27-24 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 1
10/2 Miami (FL) L 30-21 9 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
10/9 @North Carolina L 21-16 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
10/16 Maryland W 31-7 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 33.0 33 0 0
10/23 Georgia Tech W 27-13 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 1
10/30 @Boston College L 16-10 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/6 North Carolina State W 14-13 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/13 @Florida State L 16-13 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/20 @Wake Forest W 30-10 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/27 South Carolina L 29-7 7 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2010 Postseason Game Log Tackles Misc Interceptions
BOWL OPP RESULT   TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL South Florida L 31-26 12 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

Summary: Had McDaniel come out in last years draft, he would have been considered among the top three in talent between Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Some, including myself, had McDaniel ranked above Earl Thomas in talent. However, McDaniel decided to stay for his senior year and opposing teams stopped throwing his way. He was still sound in tackling but the production in interceptions took a dive due to quarterbacks staying away. He still possesses the same talent as his junior year. I believe that McDaniel could very well come at bargain price and make some team very happy. Even if he were to fall to the second round, it's very possible he will produce as first round talent would.

PREDICTION: 1st - 2nd Round

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