Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Draft Breakdown: San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have to be happy with their draft. Nobody thought that Michael Crabtree would be available with the 10th pick. Heyward-Bey was taken by the Raiders with pick number seven opening the door for the 49ers to take Crabtree 10th. Crabtree had some nagging injuries going into the draft, and did not participate in the combine. Some say this is why Heyward-Bey was taken before Crabtree, I still think it was a bad idea. The 49ers desperately need someone for Shaun Hill to throw to and Crabtree will be able to help right away. The Texas Tech Red Raiders were on TV a lot last year so we all know who Crabtree is, and what he is capable of. Crabtree is a big game receiver, and is a threat whenever he is on the field. Michael has a great opportunity be an elite NFL receiver, he will get his chance to shine right away in San Fransico.
With their 2nd pick the 49ers took RB Glen Coffee out of Alabama. I really like this pick for San Fransico. Coffee is a polished back that can spell Gore at times and work in on third downs. He had a good combine with a sub 4.5 second forty time and good bench press. I know that Frank Gore is a beast(24 seconds), and that he will take most of the carries for the 49ers, but their is nothing wrong with a solid second or third string back, injuries happen.
Shaun Hill is a good quarterback and last year after the 49ers switched coaches he proved that he can handle the load of being an NFL quarterback. I totally agree with the 49ers moving foward with Hill and I think he can be successful. That being said their is no penalty for playing it safe and taking a QB with your third pick. That QB is Nate Davis out of Ball State, and he is pretty good. He was overshadowed by Stafford and Sanchez this year, but is certainly a legit pick. Davis has tons of upside, he is very athletic for a QB and could be successful if put in the right scenario. As I stated the 49ers have a QB so Davis can sit and learn for a season or two and then maybe we will be able to see what he is capable of somewhere down the road.
Overall Draft Grade: B-