Reviewing the draft: San Francisco Forty-Nine


Posted May 15, 2006


Still a long ways from being a competitive team, the Niners draft day strategy should’ve been selecting the best player available through most of the seven rounds. There draft weekend started before the event officially kicked off when they traded several first day selections to secure a second choice in the initial frame.

The team made no secret about their desire to draft Vernon Davis in the weeks leading up to the event and that is exactly what they did with the sixth choice. Davis is a freakish athlete who’ll be the teams most dangerous offensive weapon. That said, one must be concerned with the poor history of tight ends drafted during the first half-dozen selections of round one. Manny Lawson was chosen next and should be an impact defender once he learns to make plays in reverse. Brandon Williams was a solid choice as the Wisconsin product will quickly become the teams return specialist. Parys Haralson was great value in round five and can be used in a three point stance or stood up over tackle. Ditto for Marcus Hudson who can play corner or safety when healthy. Considering the state of affairs with the Niners Michael Robinson and Delanie Walker were both reaches. While each offer solid upside and the physical skills to play at the next level, neither was the best player on the board when San Francisco chose them and both are projects.

While we like the selection of Lawson with the second round choice, we question why the Niners, a team with a ton of needs, would give away two first day choices in a deep draft. The team then traded away a pair of seventh round choice for pick number 197, which they used to select Melvin Oliver. Oliver is a solid player we have a high opinion of but he most likely would’ve been available when the team was on the board in round seven.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

School

1

6

Vernon Davis

TE

6-3

256

Maryland

1

22

Manny Lawson

OLB

6-5

240

North Carolina State

3

84

Brandon Williams

WR

5-9

180

Wisconsin

4

100

Michael Robinson

WR

6-1

226

Penn State

5

140

Parys Haralson

DE

6-0

248

Tennessee

6

175

Delanie Walker

WR

6-1

241

Central Missouri State

6

192

Marcus Hudson

FS

6-1

193

North Carolina State

6

197

Melvin Oliver

DE

6-3

279

Louisiana State

7

254

Vickiel Vaughn

FS

6-3

208

Arkansas



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