49ers 2010 Draft Review
1 (11) Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. The 49ers moved up two spots to select Davis. Most say that it was an unnecessary move because the teams previously at number 11 and 12 would not select him by any chance. I beg to differ. The way I see it, maybe there were teams behind the 49ers at 13 that were working on moving up in order to select Anthony Davis. Nonetheless, the 49ers selected Davis. Davis has been said to have some consistency issues, but I expect him to be completely fine because Mike Singletary can light a fire under him.
1 (17) Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho. Respected draft analyst Mike Mayock has said that Iupati is one of the better offensive line prospects that has come out in the last 10 years. That is no small talk. I, along with the entire 49er Faithful hope he is right. Iupati will be able to start at the Left Guard position from day one. With the 49ers having selected both Davis and Iupati in the first round, it will allow the team to pound the ball a whole lot in an improving NFC West.
2 (49) Taylor Mays, S, USC. Mays is an outstanding height-weight-speed athlete. At 6’3”, 230 pounds, he is extremely big and physical. However, I think Mays will only be successful if, and only if, he has a limited amount of space to cover. If he is given too much space to cover, it might lead to the opposition making big plays every now and again. Expect Mays to be determined under head coach Mike Singletary, and watch for him to be inspired especially in the games against the Seahawks, as he was upset his college coach Pete Carroll passed up on him.
3 (91) Navarro Bowman, LB, Penn St. According to the National Football Post, Bowman seems to be a good athlete. It looks as if he has no difficulty playing sideline to sideline. The knock on him is that he is not the most physical tackler. Bowman is currently listed at 232 pounds. As time goes on, he will definitely add some muscle to that frame, which in turn should add some tenacity to him. He definitely must learn how to tackle properly. He is defined mostly as a “wrap-up” guy. He may have gotten away with that in college, but in this level Bowman will not get so many breaks if he cannot get into the grill of the opposing team and tackle them properly.
6 (173) Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi St. Dixon, a 6’1”, 235-pound running back known is known for his size and quick feet. I can see Dixon as a guy who can come in late in game and finish off the game with his fresh legs. The scouting report on Dixon is that he is a physical and instinctive runner. Do not be surprised if sometime down the road he ends up being the team’s featured running back.
6 (182) Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh. Byham is known for being an extremely good blocker in both the passing and running game. However, do not expect him to be a threat in the passing game. However, I am convinced that a hard worker like him will surely find a spot in the final roster.
6 (206) Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona St. Even though the 49ers just acquired Ted Ginn Jr. from the Miami Dolphins, I expect Williams to contribute mostly in the return game. Williams, standing at 5’10”, 188 pounds is originally from the Bay Area. If he is to take part in the passing game, expect the 49ers to use him as a slot receiver.
7 (224) Phillip Adams, CB, South Carolina St. With their last pick, the 49ers selected Adams, a 6-foot, 190 pound cornerback from a small school. There is actually not a lot of information out there on Adams. His Pro Day numbers were actually not too bad, at the same time not eye-popping. He ran a 4.53 and a 4.52 40-yard dash. His vertical leap was 34.5 inches. In terms of stats, he recorded 11 interceptions in his 4 years playing in college.
Overall, the 49ers had a solid draft. I expect the first four or five players to become starters somewhere down with the road for the team. However, the 49ers certainly need players from last year’s draft and from their rotation to step up as well, since all three other teams from the NFC West had remarkable drafts. Most pundits had the Arizona Cardinals and the 49ers vying for the top spot in the NFC West next season but do not be surprised if the Seattle Seahawks make some noise, even though most expect them to find success in another two seasons.
49ers Grade for 2010 Draft: B+/A-. I am hesitant to give the team an “A” or an “A+” because I have not seen the players produce anything as of yet. However, I command the 49ers for their selections as they filled a lot of needs.