During the season, former 49ers defensive back Eric Davis writes his "Wrap Up" blog after every game. Now, Davis takes a look at the 2009 NFL Draft, giving his analysis of the 49ers' selections.
The era of Head Coach Mike Singletary and GM Scott McCloughan officially started Saturday with the 2009 NFL Draft. Even though this was the first time they worked together on the draft, neither of the two are new at this. Both men are extremely knowledgeable of how and what to look for in a football "PLAYER" and not a simply "STATS" guy. They successfully navigated the draft making sound player selections and prudent draft selection trades that will improve the roster in years to come. During the 2009 NFL Draft, the 49ers took big strides towards competing for a NFC Western Division championship.
Coach Sing was thrilled to find Michael Crabtree, WO Texas Tech, available at the time of the 49ers first round selection. Crabtree was an EXTREMELY productive player during his college career and was clearly the best player available at the time of the 49ers selection. His versatility as a route runner, excellent hands, and competitive nature will give him an opportunity for immediate success. He will add to a talented young group of receivers and have the chance to learn from one of the best in the veteran Isaac Bruce.
Coach Sing reinforced his philosophy of playing physical football by drafting Glen Coffee (RB Alabama). Coffee used size, strength, and a "sneaky fast" open field burst on his way to averaging 5.9 yards per carry in the tough SEC Conference. He gives the 49ers a chance to rest Frank Gore and not drop off in production. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield will also add to the 49ers offense.
Nate Davis (QB Ball State) is an athletic playmaker. He led his team to a 12-0 start and a bowl game. His numbers compare quite favorably to some other QB's from the MAC conference that you may have heard of - Ben Rotethlisberger and Byron Leftwitch. Many scouts believe that he has the ability to be special.
Scott McKillop (LB Pittsburg) was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons. He is an instinctive player that always seems to know where the ball is. His productive playmaking will add to 49ers defense.
Curtis Taylor (S LSU) has the prototype size of a NFL safety. He is rangy and athletic with good hands and ball skills.
Bear Pascoe (TE Fresno State) is an old school throwback at the TE position. HE puts as much effort into blocking as into receiving. He tries to CRUSH smaller defenders and plays from whistle to whistle.
Ricky Jean-Francois (DT LSU) missed a lot of time during his collegiate career. But he is an explosive player with big time ability. If Coach Sing can get his motor going, he could be a force on the defensive front.
Time will tell just how good this initial draft of the Singletary/McCloughan era really is. But for now, it looks like mission accomplished and on to the season.