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2010 NFL Draft - San Francisco 49ers
Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
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Posted Apr 24, 2010


San Francisco 49ers - NFC West, 2010 Draft Selections & Prospects


San Francisco 49ers

2010 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-16) | 31st Round (17-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

- CFN 2010 Draft Central
- 10 Biggest Reaches

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami
New England | NY Jets

WEST Denver | Kansas City
 Oakland | San Diego

NORTH Balt. | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh

SOUTH Houston | Indy
Jacksonville | Tenn.

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants
Philadelphia | Wash.

WEST Arizona | San Fran.
Seattle | St. Louis

NORTH Chicago | Detroit
Green Bay | Minnesota

SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina
New Orleans | Tampa Bay

First Round
Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers 6-5, 323 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 11 CFN Overall Ranking: 31

The Niners moved up a few picks to make sure they got their guy, but would Denver or Miami have taken an offensive tackle? Not likely. It cost them a fourth rounder to assure themselves of a tremendously talented prospect with tremendous upside and even bigger bust potential. Jimmy Clausen has to be crushed that he didn’t go here to a team that desperately needs an upgrade at quarterback.

A superstar recruit for Rutgers, he was good, but he didn’t have the career expected. It’s all there with perfect size, good quickness, and the mentality to work as a pass protector on the left side. The issue is his make-up. Extremely undisciplined, he never reached his full potential after failing to adhere to team rules. He wasn’t nearly consistent enough considering his skills and when he wasn’t concentrating, he was beaten by far lesser players. His size could also be a problem and will have to stay away from the table. Even with all the problems and concerns, he could be a superstar with the right coaching and if the light bulb goes on.
CFN Projection: First Round

First Round 
Mike Iupati, OG Idaho 6-5, 331 (OT)
Overall Pick No. 17 CFN Overall Ranking: 20

You think the Niners wanted to upgrade the O line? They moved up to get a tackle in Anthony Davis and then got a road grader in Iupati, who some are calling the top guard prospect to come along in a decade. There might be other needs at corner and linebacker, but now the Niner line has two tremendous prospects to go along with a young, rising tackle in Joe Staley to fortify the front line for several years.

Very big, he’s a people-mover who’s expected to be strong for the running game. His 27 reps at the Combine were fine, but hardly special for a player considered to be the sure-thing No. 1 guard in the draft. He’s extremely quick for his size, but he’s not necessarily a tackle, and he’s way too sloppy with his hands and could get called for holding any time an official wants to throw the flag. His upside might be limitless, but he’s not ready to destroy out of the box. In time, he has the potential to be special with the right coaching.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round 
Taylor Mays, S USC 6-3, 230 (FS)
Overall Pick No. 49 CFN Overall Ranking: 14

Jimmy Clausen might have been a great value pick for Carolina at 48, and Mays might be even better at 49. Get ready to ramp up the Ronnie Lott comparisons, and while Mays might not ever be that good, he has all-time tools. He’ll fly all over the place for the Niner defense.

A straight-up freak of nature, there hasn’t ever been a safety prospect with this combination of raw skills. From the 6-3, 230-pound size, to the 4.36 40 speed, to the 41” vertical, to the 24 reps on the bench, he’s the dream safety who seems too good to be true. Now he has to show he can play. He simply doesn’t make enough big plays considering his raw talent, he doesn’t have a sense for the game, and he’s way too sloppy. Yes, he’s a knockout hitter, but he’s not nearly productive enough on tape getting fooled way too easily and making up for it with his athleticism; that’s not going to fly at the next level. And then there’s the attitude. He comes across as aloof and entitled, and he’s not going to be for everyone. But for all the concerns, with his skills he could be a special, transcendent player with the right coaching and the right dedication to doing all the little things right.
CFN Projection: First Round

Third Round (from San Diego)
Navorro Bowman, OLB Penn State 6-0, 242
Overall Pick 91 CFN Overall Ranking: 52

After taking Taylor Mays in the second round and getting Bowman here, even if the two top Niner picks don’t work, these were still terrific value selections. Mike Singletary obviously knows linebackers, and he got a dangerous one to play next to Patrick Willis.

He came out early after an interesting career with a ton of production on the field and several issues off of it. While he was ultra-athletic for the Nittany Lions as an all-star playmaker who hung with receivers without a problem and was great at getting into the backfield, he came up with a clunker of a Combine running a slow 4.72 (he was expected to be more explosive) which partly could’ve been because he came in heavy. A great tackler who could be deadly once he figures out how to play at a bigger weight, he’ll be a strong pick as long as his days of off-field issues are over.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Sixth Round (from San Diego from Kansas City)
Anthony Dixon, RB Mississippi State 6-1, 233
Overall Pick 173 CFN Overall Ranking: 82

Great value, the Niners got a bigger Frank Gore type who produced at a high level and should be a solid No. 2 back. He’s used to being a workhorse and shouldn’t have a problem getting 15 carries a game being used as a thumper. br/> br/> While he’s not fast, has character and concentration issues, and isn’t the type of person or player who can be counted on to carry a pro running game, but he did his best to put the MSU offense on his back. He was all the team had offensively and he still produced at a high SEC level over his entire career. While he doesn’t time fast, he runs quickly for a player of his size and is always gaining positive yards. The problem is that he doesn’t quite have elite NFL rushing ability and doesn’t do any one thing at a top pro level. With his all-around game, though, he could be the type of player who gets taken in the middle of the draft and ends up having a far better career than a few of the high-priced first rounders.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Sixth Round 
Nate Byham, TE Pitt 6-4, 268
Overall Pick 182 CFN Overall Ranking: 165

A great fit, Byham has proven he could be a strong No. 2 tight end on a team full of receivers. Now he gets to be a blocker and a second-fiddle to Vernon Davis, and while he won’t be a deep threat in any way, he’ll be a tremendous safety valve.

In a draft full of receivers, Byham is the best of the blockers. He’s big, extremely slow, and a bit lumbering, but he sucks in every pass that comes his way and he’s too strong and tough for most defensive backs. His money will be made by hitting people in two-tight end sets, but he could find a role as a nice short-range, goal line target.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Sixth Round 
Kyle Williams, WR Arizona State 5-9, 185
Overall Pick 206 CFN Overall Ranking: 241

With value on special teams as a return man, and a nice-looking No. 3 wide receiver, Williams is a good late pick with great upside. Very fast and extremely quick, he can be used in a variety of ways and could be deadly with the ball on the move.

His money will be made as a returner. Too small and too light, he’ll have to be a specialist of a receiver if he makes any sort of an impact as a receiver, but he was extremely fast at the Combine, running a 4.42, cuts on a dime, and moves seamlessly in and out of his breaks. However, he was a good college returner but not a great one and is extremely limited in what he can do at an NFL level.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Seventh Round 
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Phillip Adams, CB South Carolina State 5-11, 196
Overall Pick 224 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A speedster, he’s strong, relatively big, and fast enough to show what he can do for a Niner defense that only went with one defensive back, Taylor Mays.
CFN Projection: Free Agent