The San Francisco 49ers could do almost anything in next Thursday's NFL Draft. They probably won't trade down, but anything else seems feasible right now. Whether they get aggressive and move up as high as into the top 10, just jump a few spots or stay where they are now and look for a good late-round value remains to be seen.
They could even blow us away by taking a player that none of us have considered. That's the fun thing -- and sometimes heartburn inducing thing -- about the draft, especially for a team with an 18 wheeler full of selections.
As we get closer to the big day, we figured we'd take a round-by-round look at what the team has done over the past decade.
All of the Rounds:
|2013||WR||Quinton Patton||0||0||Has own battle wagon|
|2013||RB||Marcus Lattimore||0||0||His resurgence has begun|
When you get into the fourth round and later, you start finding some spectacular values. But you also start asking questions like, what is a Richard Seigler? I have no idea what a Richard Seigler is.
The team has done fairly well in this round. While one got away to them in FB Michael Robinson, he clearly was a guy who was targeted and had his position change initiated with the 49ers coaching staff. Others like Dashon Goldson and, Kendall Hunter and Isaac Sopoaga have played varying roles with some success during their time with the team.
And then, you have two guys with potentially bright futures in Quinton Patton and Marcus Lattimore. The Niners, with their annual surplus of picks, have been afforded the ability to make selections like the Lattimore one -- being patient in his recovery, and hoping for the upside to come.
All in all, it's been a pretty decent round for the club.
Goldson is the run away winner here. If not for his Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections, then for sure for his being a former Washington Husky who got to lay wood on Seahawks players. This makes me smile.
Though, he drew fouls, got fined for helmet-to-helmet hits and uniform violations. He was a player I appreciated while he was here but didn't lose sleep over losing. I think most of us are doing back flips over his replacement in Eric Reid.
I don't know that I am qualified to assign a letter grade to what the team has done in the first round, but if I'm picking emoticons to share my feeling with you all, I think I would have to pick this one:
I'll let you all assign the grade using the below poll.