Post-Draft Review: San Francisco 49ers
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted May 7, 2010


The 49ers were looking to upgrade their offensive line in the draft. They were able to do that in a big way with both of their first-round picks.

Pre-Draft Needs: ORT, CB, RB, OLB, G
 

Players Added

Round 1-Anthony Davis/OT - While some figured they drafted him to play left tackle, it appears Joe Staley will stay on that side. Davis was seen was perhaps the best offensive tackle available for this year's draft. He should easily win a starting job as a rookie.


Round 1-Mike Iupati/G - The rookie offensive lineman figures to compete for the starting left guard job against David Baas.


Round 2-Taylor Mays/S - While some see Mays as a good value here, there's a reason why he dropped. Mays is not very good in coverage, according to several personnel evaluators. What he can do is go forward very well, but he has problems transitioning in coverage.


Round 3-Navarro Bowman/LB - He figures to push for playing time this season in back of starting ILB Takeo Spikes. Spikes' deal is up after this season, so Bowman could start in 2011 and beyond.


Round 6-Anthony Dixon/RB - Dixon will fit in well with San Francisco's power rushing philosophy. However, he lacks the needed desirable speed in order to make an impact at the next level.


Round 6-Nate Byham/TE - Last year, the the 49ers selected the best available blocking tight end in the draft with Bear Pascoe. He was waived. They're trying it again with Byham, who is one of the better blocking tight ends to come out of the 2010 draft.


Round 6-Kyle Williams/WR - The classy receiver has a chance to catch on as deep bench player as he works his way up the depth chart over the next few years.


Round 7-Phillip Adams/CB - The rookie defensive back figures to land on the practice squad unless he has an excellent training camp.


Post-Draft Needs

Cornerback - Veteran CB Nate Clements turns 31 in December and may be on the downside of his career. He carries a base salary of $7.25 million for 2011, so this season may be his last as a 49er. Some personnel evaluators believe the team would be better off upgrading over CB Shawntae Spencer.


Running Back - The one thing missing in their running game is speed.


Outside Linebacker - The 49ers have an average pass rush, so adding another pass rusher remains a need considering they didn't add one in the draft.



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