2011 NFL Draft - San Francisco 49ers
Missouri DE/LB Aldon Smith
Missouri DE/LB Aldon Smith
Posted Apr 30, 2011

San Francisco 49ers - NFC West, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

San Francisco 49ers

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay

- 2010 San Francisco Draft Breakdown

First Round
OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri (DE) 6-4, 263 (Soph.)
Overall Pick No. 7 CFN Overall Ranking: 13

Uhhhhh, okay. He's a very good pass rushing prospect and San Francisco is looking for someone who can get to the quarterback on a regular basis, but the seven is a bit high. He's a tweener who'll need time to grow into the role, but he's hardly a sure thing considering there are so many other great defensive players on the board. The upside is limitless, though, and he's going to have to be a 3-4 outside linebacker.

CFN Analysis: Is he an outside linebacker or is he an end? He's a tweener, but in a good way with the outstanding athleticism needed to work as a 3-4 outside defender and the strength to hold up in a 4-3. Fluid, he moves like a much smaller player with the ability to get around the edge like a breeze. Not just a pass rushing specialist, he's strong, doesn't mind contact, and will battle hard with a great fire and competitiveness. In a good way, he's not there yet. Still very young, he's still tapping his potential and could go from being a great prospect to a top-shelf all-star with just a little bit of work. Arguably the best pure pass rusher in the draft, he can be turned loose right away with the knowledge that there's a lot more to come from his game down the road.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round    
QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 6-4, 233
Overall Pick No. 36 CFN Overall Ranking: 33

The bold pick and the interesting pick at the right time. Jim Harbaugh gets his playmaker to develop for the next few years, and while he's not going to be ready out of the box, the sky's the limit if he's given time. With a huge arm and phenomenal athleticism, he has skills that Andy Dalton can only dream of having. Cincinnati too Dalton one pick earlier, and the Niners swooped in to make sure they got their quarterback of the future. Unlike several of the quarterbacks taken before him, there's a limitless ceiling. It just might take a little while.

CFN Analysis: If someone is willing to make the investment, and if someone is willing to be very, very patient, Kaepernick has the tools to be a special player. One of the greatest running quarterbacks in college football history, he ran for 4,112 yards and 59 scores, but he's not just an ultra-mobile prospect throwing for 10,098 career yards and 82 touchdowns. He's a big, strong player with a phenomenal arm -possibly the best in the draft - and there's no questioning his ability to make things happen on the move. A phenomenal leader and a film rat, he'll work to make himself better and he's the type of player you want as the main man for your franchise. However, he doesn't seem to make the same throw twice and he needs to work on his delivery. While he got better as a passer, he's hardly polished and he needs to be more accurate and he has to show a better touch. Again, he's a project and a prospect, so the hope is for a payoff in three years … and it could be big.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Third Round   
CB Chris Culliver, South Carolina (FS) 6-0, 199
Overall Pick No. 80 CFN Overall Ranking: 198

A HUGE reach, he's not worth the pick in the third round and the 49ers blew it considering they could've had him much, much later. He's an athlete and a Combine star, but he's always hurt and always having problems when the ball is in the air. You can't coach speed, and he can fly and is extremely versatile. But it'll be a shock if he's a starter right away.

CFN Analysis: Speed, speed, speed, speed, speed. In a draft class full of decent runners, Culliver takes it to another level timing in the sub-4.4s while flying through the ball drills at the Combine. He's built well and has the strength and leaping ability to make scouts drool, he has to prove he can put it all together on the field. Talent-wise, he's not really an NFL corner and he's not really a safety with mediocre tackling skills and poor ball instincts. Always banged up, he'll be a regular in the training room. Someone will be fired up to have him and he'll impress in practices by flying all over the field, but he'll be disappointing when the lights go on.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Fourth Round   
SS Quinton Carter, Oklahoma 6-1, 208
Overall Pick No. 108 CFN Overall Ranking: 87  

CFN Analysis: Thick and tough, he's a terrific tacklers who's always around the ball and always coming up with the play needed. On a defense full of terrific players, he still managed to stand out and showed the versatility to play either safety spot. A far better football player than an athlete, he's not all that quick and he doesn't move all that easily. Not good enough in coverage, he's limited in coverage and will end up making most of his noise against the run. There might not be anything special about his game, but he'll have to be surrounded by quicker defenders to hide his shortcomings. In a perfect world he'll be like a smallish linebacker, but he'll be exposed in passing situations.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fourth Round    
RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State 5-7, 199
Overall Pick No. 115 CFN Overall Ranking: 73

CFN Analysis: He's very fast, very tough, and he has no problems fighting for yards, but he's way too small to be an every down back. He's not afraid to work between the tackles and he has the wheels to fly around on the outside, but he's going to get beaten up. While he tried to get on the field in2009, he was banged up and couldn't get over an ankle problem. He'll try to block and he'll try to be physical, but he doesn't have the bulk. There's no questioning his desire or his toughness, and he'll have a few games here and there where he looks like an All-Pro. He's just not going to do it for a full season.
CFN Projection: Third Round  

Fifth Round
OG Daniel Kilgore, Appalachian State 6-3, 308
Overall Pick No. 163 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: An athletic blocker, he's great on the move and he's a good fighter for his size. He's not going to maul anyone as a run blocker, but he'll be good for a zone-blocking scheme and is decent in pass protection. He doesn't have the size and he's not going to be for everyone, but he could be a decent backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Sixth Round   
TE Charles Clay, Tulsa 6-3, 245 (FB)
Overall Pick No. 174 CFN Overall Ranking: 108

CFN Analysis: Is he a tight end or a fullback or an H-back or all of the above? He's not fast, with his 4.73 40 time at the Combine not helping the cause, and he doesn't have the raw size or the blocking skills to be a blocking back for a running game, but he's a tremendous receiver. A great route runner, he makes every grab and will use his versatility to find role as a swing player for several positions.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round  

Sixth Round
WR Ronald Johnson, USC 5-11, 199
Overall Pick No. 182 CFN Overall Ranking: 187

CFN Analysis: He had a good career at USC, but not a great one, and he doesn't have anything special about his game to make him a must-have part of a passing game. He's quick, gets open well, and isn't afraid to get his nose dirty and come up with a big block or two, but he's not all that big, gets pushed around, and has major problems hanging on to the ball. He'll probably be overdrafted, and while he'll make a team, he'll be nothing more than just another guy.
CFN Projection:
Third Round  

Sixth Round
CB Colin Jones, TCU 6-0, 200
Overall Pick No. 190  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Purely a special teamer, he's a tough, physical player with almost no range at a pro level and without the skills to be a regular in anyone's secondary. He might end up being a gunner for the coverage teams and he could be a two-down defender, but he's limited.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round   
OLB Bruce Miller, UCF (DE) 6-1, 254
Overall Pick No. 211 CFN Overall Ranking: 201

CFN Analysis: An ultra-productive, extremely talented pass rusher, he's always working and never takes a play off. He made himself into a top-shelf sack artist by busting his tail, and he's going to do whatever it takes to make a roster. Extremely strong, he threw up 35 reps on the bench and apparently interviewed extremely well, but he just doesn't have the raw talent or athleticism to be a top producer at the next level. He's not athletic, he doesn't have the right build, and outside of the weight room at the Combine, he proved to be too short, too slow, and too average. No one will outwork him, though.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Seventh Round
DT Frank Kearse, Alabama A&M  6-4, 315
Overall Pick No. 231  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Worth a late round flier or as a free agent pickup, he has great size and looks the part, but he's not strong enough to hold up as an anchor and he's not quick enough to be used as a regular interior pass rusher. If he can hit the weights harder, he has just enough skills to be a swing backup for the interior. 
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round
OT Michael Person, Montana State  6-4, 299
Overall Pick No. 239  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Not all that big, he's not going to be a mauler in any way and can only be used in a zone blocking scheme. Just athletic enough to get by, he could be a wall-off blocker who finds a role as a backup. Not all that quick, though, he'll have to find a role in a rotation at any spot except center, but he'll be a try-hard worker who'll do whatever is needed to make a team.
CFN Projection: Free Agent
Seventh Round
CB Curtis Holcomb, Florida A&M 5-10, 184
Overall Pick No. 250 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Smallish but quick, he's a good athlete who cuts well and has the drive and the pop to hang with good route-running small targets. He's not going to do anything against the run, but he could be a nice dime package defender who makes a few plays here and there.
CFN Projection: Free Agent