Welcome to Monday! In case you were buried under a rock, or otherwise engaged, the 2013 NFL Draft took place Thursday through Saturday. The San Francisco 49ers entered the week with 13 draft picks, and walked away with 11 players and a 2014 third round pick. Late Saturday and early Sunday saw them get busy in undrafted free agency, as it appears they have reached agreements with ten players, a couple of whom bring some intrigue to the table.
Here are your 11 49ers draft picks for 2013. We'll be going into each individual and their respective position in plenty of depth, but I thought I'd drop in a few thoughts on each player to get us started:
1(18). Eric Reid, Safety, LSU
The 49ers let Dashon Goldson walk and signed Craig Dahl in free agency. They entered the draft with a sizable group of safeties, but plenty of question marks remained. Reid will enter training camp with an immediate opportunity to seize the starting free safety position opposite Donte Whitner. He's considered a smart guy and a defensive leader, so I would not be surprised to see him enter training camp as the heavy favorite at free safety.
Tank is coming off an ACL injury last November, but he has said he is fine. There is a chance he could open the season on the PUP list, so we'll see what happens with that. Assuming he is healthy for the 2013 season, he will get plenty of time along the defensive line. He stands 6'4, 276 pounds and will likely end up moving up to take over for Justin Smith a a starting defensive end down the road. He has plenty of versatility along the line, so there will be a whole host of opportunities for him.
2(55). Vance McDonald, Tight End, Rice
The 49ers let Delanie Walker walk in free agency, and while they did add Cameron Morrah, the team needed a guy who could be a strong No. 2 tight end. The 49ers second tight end has been basically a starter under Jim Harbaugh, and McDonald has the talent to be a strong replacement for Walker. At his post-draft conference call, McDonald said he had played time out in the slot, as well as on the line, and that he is a solid blocker. He will fill get an immediate chance to fill the Joker role vacated by Walker.
3(88). Corey Lemonier, Outside Linebacker, Auburn
Lemonier will get immediate opportunities at outside linebacker, and will challenge Parys Haralson for playing time. The 49ers have a strong pair of starters in Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks, but they need someone who can be a consistent third OLB for rotational purposes. Lemonier had some questions about stiffness in his hips, but he is considered a strong talent by most.
4(128). Quinton Patton, Wide Receiver, Louisiana Tech
The 49ers entered the draft with plenty of wide receivers, but they could always use an upgrade in talent, and Patton could be that guy. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin will be starting in 2013, but the rest of the wide receiver corps is fairly wide open. Mario Manningham would normally be the No. 3 receiver, but his knee injury leaves his status in doubt. With Manningham likely to spend most, if not all of training camp on the PUP list, and Kyle Williams recovering from his own ACL injury, Patton will have an opportunity to make an impact early in training camp.
4(131). Marcus Lattimore, Running Back, South Carolina
The favorite pick of many 49ers fans. He is viewed as the best running back in the class when healthy, but obviously he has plenty of work to do to get to that point. Odds are high he spends the season on an injured list, as the team looks to the future with him.
5(157). Quinton Dial, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
Dial is a versatile defensive lineman who has an opportunity to fill a Ricky Jean Francois type role as a utility defensive lineman. You could point to him as a "jack of all trades, master of none." I like the idea of him getting a chance to work with Jim Tomsula, perfecting his craft. The 49ers have several defensive lineman competing for a variety of playing time opportunities. Dial joins Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey and Tony Jerod-Eddie looking for any time they can muster.
6(180). Nick Moody, Linebacker, Florida State
Moody is looking like this year's rookie special teams ace. He will likely get some opportunities in training camp and preseason at linebacker, but his 2013 role appears to be almost exclusively on special teams.
7(237). B.J. Daniels, Quarterback, South Florida
Daniels player quarterback at USF, but is athletic enough that the team is going to try and see what he can also do on special teams. It will be interesting to see if the 49ers use Daniels as a sort of Russell Wilson clone for scout team purposes. My guess is Daniels ends up on the practice squad and gets a chance to work with Harbaugh and Geep Chryst developing his quarterback skills.
7(246). Carter Bykowski, Offensive Tackle, Iowa State
The 49ers do not have a swing tackle backing up Joe Staley and Anthony Davis, instead having starting right guard Alex Boone as their primary backup tackle. That is not the best option considering it would require replacing a second starter if he ever had to move to tackle. Bykowski will compete with Kenny Wiggins and UDFA Luke Marquardt in hopes of landing a roster spot. All three stand at least 6'6.
7(252). Marcus Cooper, Defensive Back, Rutgers
Cooper brings some athleticism, but as a part-time starter, he seems more likely destined for the practice squad. He will get plenty of chances to compete in training camp, so we'll see if he can surprise some folks.
The 49ers have been connected with eleven undrafted free agents. They are bringing in Nate Montana for a second tryout at their rookie minicamp. They almost always bring in a local QB for that minicamp, so we should not read too much into it. Yesterday, I took a look at the ten undrafted free agents the 49ers have been connected to thus far. They have reportedly come to agreements with the players, but they have not officially signed contracts (as of now at least). Here are the ten UDFAs:
Sherman Carter, C, Tennessee State
Alex Debniak, FB/OLB, Stanford
MarQueis Gray, QB/WR/TE, Minnesota
D.J. Harper, RB, Boise State
Chuck Jacobs, WR, Utah State
Luke Marquardt, OL, Asuza-Pacific
Kevin McDermott, LS, UCLA
Darryl Morris, CB, Texas State
Lawrence Okoye, ATH, England
Patrick Omameh, OL, Michigan
Mike Purcell, DT, Wyoming