The 49ers have 14 picks for the upcoming draft, and not a lot of holes to fill up immediately. The obvious thing that is going to happen is the 49ers trading some of those picks for higher picks in the 2014 draft. What I can see them doing as well is taking some shots on players which other teams pass on due to wanting immediate help. It is evident that the 49ers like to go a little bit off the board with their picks. They see talent in players other people over look, None of these players are the most highly touted prospects at their positions. All of them I think could become players who make a serious impact in the NFL. With some good coaching these guys could easily become the best players for their respective positions in the NFL.
Jamar Taylor CB 5'11 192 Boise State: This guy is one of my favourites even though I don't see a lot of other people on his band wagon. He plays with an aggressive style which sometimes gets the better of him, but for the most part helps him make plays. If you have not watched his tape against BYU I suggest you do as it is on Youtube. He makes a ton of plays and really he can do everything you would want from a corner back. Plus look at the kids combine numbers he was a star showing that he is seriously athletic. His stats are pretty darn good for a corner and would have been better if he could hold on to some easy picks. We definitely need some help at corner this year, and we will address it in the draft. Taylor will be able to learn a lot this year and fine tune his skills. We are losing Rogers next year and we could slowly start transitioning Taylor into the nickel.
Travis Kelce TE 6'5 255 Cincinnati: He can play. He has been drawing a lot of comparison to Rob Gronkowski which may be a bit of a stretch but it is close. Coming out of college they both show similar characteristics as well as stats. I do think Kelce has the ability to become the best Tight End in the draft. He is a tremendous blocker which makes sense cause his brother plays center for the Eagles. He is an underrated pass catcher in my opinion and he actually shows signs of getaway speed. Rotoworld has a great breakdown of this guy and showcase his talents Link. He can come in and pick up where Delanie Walker left off with blocking, and hopefully provide a more sturdy catcher for Kaeper. He just needs to really practice with Colin to get used to that heat coming his way. His draft stock has gone way down due to character issues and an injury that has kept him out of combines and pro days. He has an individual day scheduled for April 4th and I hope that there is Niner personal attending. Here's hoping his stock does not rise to high and we can get him with one of our two picks in the third.
Malliciah Goodman DE/OLB 6'4 276 Clemson: Clemson has produced some decent D Line prospects the past few drafts and I think Goodman could be another. He has a pretty decent body type for 3-4 DE as long as he can add a few extra pounds to his frame. He led the ACC in forced fumbles with four this year and ranking fifth in sacks with 7 despite only playing in 10 games. When I watch him I actually really like what I see, he not be the most athletically gifted guy on the field but he could be the smartest. He is a read and react type player, who keeps his eyes in the backfield while in contact with the Olineman. This style means he might be slow off the snap, however he is good at anticipating the play and it shows during screen plays. He is an edge rusher which would keep him off the field for the majority of this year. However, in time I think Jim Tomsula could convert him into a solid DE player. He can generate pressure by himself with his edge speed and use of his giant hands, but could learn from the Cowboy how to use those qualities to free up others.
Phillip Thomas FS 6'1 208 Fresno State: Play maker!!! I know stats don't mean everything but when you lay out Thomas' stats it almost seems insane he isn't being highly regarded. Obviously the reasoning is that he does not face the same competition but this kid can play. 84 tackles, 12 TFL, 4 sacks, 4 FF, 8 INT (# 1 NCAA) and three of those he took for TD's. When you watch him play he is all over the field, making Goldson type hits and hovering around the ball. Coached by former 49er Tim McDonald at Fresno he knows what needs to be done to play at the NFL level. He is smart, has athletic ability, studies film and hits the gym. Some people call him a true ball hawking safety which holds some merit. It is also something the Niners desperately need, not some one who is always looking to lay the wood (but he can do that as well). He could be the best ball hawker in the class, and I think the 49ers would benefit greatly from having Thomas man the center field.
Anyone of this guys I would be happy with the Niners drafting. I think we could get some good value out of these players as they don't have the hype of other prospects. All of them made plays and college and should be able to transition their game to the NFL.
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