I would like to talk about a few prospects I have my eye on, in this upcoming draft. Just going to break them down a little bit. As well as talk about how they would fit in, here in San Francisco. First I would like to talk about what I feel we need barring FA moves.
I feel our number one need is at Safety. Goldson is going to be a FA, and I think we want him back. But I feel it could be too costly to do so. I don't think we need to reach for a safety in the 1st round, but I do think it needs to be addressed in the first 3 rounds. A few prospects I see as a good fit.
Kenny Vaccaro S, Texas Height: 6-1. Weight: 215
Vaccaro is tough against the run and coverage.He had 88 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 3 passes defended, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles in his Sr. season. He had 67 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, seven passes broken up and two interceptions as a junior in 2011 and was an All-Big XII First-Team pick. He started six games in 2010 with 56 tackles, 1 interception, eight passes broken up and 1 forced fumble.
He is everything we could want in a Safety. He is a tough guy who has the range that Goldson has, and can cover as well. I feel he is a day one starter. I am hoping to get more into him and break down some games, but from what I have seen to this point. He is very high on my draft board.
Tony Jefferson S, Oklahoma Height: 5-10. Weight: 212
Jefferson had 113 tackles, 2 interceptions and 3 passes broken up in 2012. He often lined up 10-12 yards off the line of scrimmage. This is nice to see, considering we play our safety back. He can go sideline to sideline. He also was awarded the Big XII Freshman of the Year in 2010. So he has been very consistently a playmaker. Even though, he has been game-planned against since he was a Freshman.
T.J. McDonald S, USC Height: 6-2. Weight: 205
McDonald has 99 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, three passes broken up and two interceptions in 2012. He has been a physical enforcer for the Trojans' defense. He has good instincts and is a hard hitter as well. McDonald will immediately fit well in any NFL zone scheme since he been coached up by Monte Kiffin.
Bacarri Rambo S, Georgia Height: 6-0. Weight: 218
Rambo was suspended for the first four games this season. He has been great since he coming back. In nine games, Rambo had 67 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 sack and 3 forced fumble. He has played well against top teams all year. He has 1st round talent but will slip to day 2 because of off field issues, as Janoris Jenkins did last year.
Next up is more a 2-A. I think both of these positions I will rank 2nd are not immediate needs, but feel they need to be addressed. I personally think 3-4 DE's need time under their belt before being put in the starting line-up. I am not one of the people who thinks RJF or Dobbs are a real option as high level starters for this team. So getting someone in the first 3 rounds that can sit, and spell Smith or McDonald would be preferable.
Sharrif Floyd DE, Florida Height: 6-3. Weight: 301
Floyd played really well for the Gators and was a disruptive force. He had 41 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 sack entering the Sugar Bowl. Floyd made a real impact against Texas A&M and Tennessee when Florida's defense played great in the second half to lead to comeback road wins. He also played well against LSU. Floyd ended the regular season with a dominant performance against Florida State. He has played DT and DE in Florida's 4-3 defense. He has good speed for his size and is stout against the run. He is someone I really like to translate to our defense well. And him having played against large O-Lines in the SEC makes his tape that much more impressive.
Margus Hunt DE, SMU Height: 6-8. Weight: 280
Hunt had 28 tackles, 6 sacks, an interception, 2 passes batted and three blocked kicks in 2012. His technique in run defense and executing pass-rushing moves has really improved, but he is still extremely raw. He is someone I feel needs Jim Tomsula badly. He has amazing size and strength. And with Tomsula's tutelage, he could be special.
William Gholston DE, Michigan State Height: 6-7. Weight: 278
He had 50 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 9 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble and 3.5 sacks. Gholston had a disappointing 2012 after what he did in 2011. He didn't develop any pass-rushing moves and struggled to pressure the quarterback, but he defends the runs very well though.
Damion Square DT/DE, Alabama Height: 6-3. Weight: 286
Square had 33 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in 2012. He was solid for Bama, but not a standout. He can play the 5 technique, and his speed could be a mismatch for guards and centers in the nickle.
Looking at our 2-B now. Nose-tackle might be a true NEED if we lose Sopoaga in free agency. But if we can keep him for another year or 2, drafting a project in the top 3 rounds would be a huge help. Give them a year or 2, to sit back and learn how to play the position at the pro level.
Jesse Williams NT/3-4DE, Alabama Height: 6-4. Weight: 320
Williams had a tough start to the season. He ended up with 36 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1 sack. Williams is a good run-stuffer, but doesn't offer much of anything as a pass-rusher. Williams had 24 tackles with 4 tackles for a loss and half a sack in 2011. He was a starting five-technique defensive end, which means he know how to play all the positions on our defensive line.
Kwame Geathers NT, Georgia Height: 6-6. Weight: 350
Geathers had 37 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, a sack and a blocked kick this season. Geathers was in a rotation at Georgia, and still put up very good numbers. He is a mountain of man who is difficult to move at the line of scrimmage. He looks like a good fit for our 3-4 defense.
Larry Black Jr. NT, Indiana Height: 6-2. Weight: 309
Black had 36 tackles, 4 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss this season. Black
had 47 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks as a junior in 2011. As a
sophomore he started 12 games at defensive tackle in 2010. He had 7.5 tackles for a
loss, 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He is someone who has produced very well. I don't
know how I feel about his lack of big time competition, but he has talent. He needs
to add some weight though.
I want to mention 2 other guys who I REALLY like and think BOTH of them are a HUGE value. One because of his versatility, the other because of how far he will fall in the draft. The first one is Barrett Jones. We need a center of the future, and his ability to play every position on the line is something that makes him even more attractive. The other is Brandon Jenkins. He was a sure fire 1st rounder going into the 2012 season. But after breaking his foot in the first week of the season, and then for some reason declaring for the draft instead of going back for his senior season, Jenkins will fall somewhere between round 2-4. He could add much value as a pass rusher across from Aldon Smith.