The San Francisco 49ers could do almost anything in 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:
|2010||RB||Anthony Dixon||0||0||Best nickname on team|
|2006||TE||Delanie Walker||0||0||Miss you|
To me, this round has been a rousing success. I don't know if there are stats for how many sixth-round draftees make it as starters and contributors, nor do I know how the Niners compare to the rest of the league. But even without knowing that, I feel comfortable in opining that they've had relative success as compared to their peers.
There's a certain amount we have trusted into last season's draft, which just seems littered with guys who have tremendous upside. So, naturally, many have hopes that Nick Moody could develop into something useful. He did make his way into four contests a season ago, so he's already on his way.
You've got former starters in Josh Morgan, Anthony Dixon, Kyle Williams and Delanie Walker, along with current starter Andy Lee -- and no, being a punter will not minimize that! MVLee is the man, and you know it.
Aside from Lee, there aren't any all-stars, but would you expect a bunch from this round? Your hope when picking down here is to find contributors with maybe starter upside. Sometimes you hit the lottery, but it's rare.
Andy Lee gets it, because where else has a punter got slightly more than tongue-in-cheek praise as the team's MVP? Yeah, Frank Gore was around, too, so it was mostly a joke. But during those lean years -- and even more importantly now in close contests -- his ability to keep the Niners in good field position was key to putting the club in winning position.
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.