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:
|2011||G||Daniel Kilgore||0||0||Converted to center|
|2007||CB||Tarell Brown||0||0||Eww Raiders|
We're in the fifth round, so assigning a grade becomes a bit tougher as you're not really expecting all-stars to come out of this group. You'll have your hits and misses here, so that the Niners got some starters out of this collection of picks is pretty nifty, really.
Quinton Dial got to play a little bit at the tail end of last season and could be in line for a little more rotational action this coming year. Daniel Kilgore is presumptive staring center headed into camp, so barring a total let down the team plucked a starter on the offensive line from the fifth round -- something to hang your hat on. If he develops well, it could be a massive steal.
Tarell Brown started 47 games for the Niners and had some solid years, most notably his four-interception, 15-passes-defensed 2011 season. This is good production and value for a corner out of the fifth round.
I'm going to lean Parys Haralson here. He started 68 games for San Francisco, and even had some impressive sack seasons -- including dropping eight quarterbacks in 2008. I think looking at his stats, he's better than I remember him being. I would normally go with the corner, but I'm not convinced that some of Brown's better days weren't influenced by the excellent pass rush.
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.