Hi Niner fans,
Well itís getting closer to that
time of year again, the draft. Last season I started the ĎIf I was Bill
Walshí column, basically saying who Iíd draft if I was GM of the 49ers.
Well Billís not the GM any more, and Terryís got the job, so this year
Iím the new Terry Donahue. As the weeks narrow down to the two big days,
Iíll hopefully update this a couple of times, depending on Free Agent signings
and draft trades etc. I would also like to hear your comments on the 49ers
Clubhouse Message Board, or drop me an E-Mail if you have a question.
Round 1 Pick 27
CB Ohio St. JUNIOR
With Tony Parrish now a niner, I
donít really see a need to draft another S so high, especially with Zack
Bronson, John Keith, Ronnie Heard and Al Blades. Iíve never been a massive
fan of Jason Webster starting, so heíd be moved to a nickelback. Ross would
probably be available early second round, but Iím very high on this guy.
Heís big, a good cover guy and a product out of Ohio St. who recently have
produced top notch CBs such as Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements and Shawn Springs.
I wouldnít risk trading down to get this stud.
Round 2 Pick 29
Seeing Iím GM, Iíd keep Ray Brown
for one more season and groom Simmons. He has great technique, but has
trouble with injuries, which is why he has fallen this low. The 49ers could
go and sign Chris Naeole or Ron Stone, but theyíll cost big bucks. Keeping
Brown for one, or hopefully two seasons, give Simmons the chance to find
out what the NFL is like, and learn from a great OG.
Round 4 Pick 29
I can see half of you thinking Ďoh
my god, why am I reading thisí, well hear me out. I am sick and tired of
seeing the niners have second-rate kickers and punters just to save a buck.
Lets face it, a decent K IS the difference between winning the Super Bowl
and a wasted season. Ask New England, thanks to Adam Vinatieri, the Patriots
won the AFC Championship game in OT, and who could forget Vinatieriís Super
Bowl winning kick? Look at the four conference championship teams, Oakland,
Sebastian Janikowski, New England, Adam Vinatieri, St Louis Jeff Wilkins
and Philadelphiaís David Akers. All are reliable, and Iíd trust them when
the game is on the line. Now, Jose Cortez I donít want back, he started
well, but was a joke at the end. Itís time to stop being cheap and draft
a K that we will keep for more than a season. Dorsch can also punt, so
if the rookie free agent that Iíd pick up after the draft fails, he could
even be tried there.
Round 5 Pick 28
OG Wake Forest
Why two OGs? Well Collins can play
OT as well as OG, and this is another guy I like a lot. But mainly, the
OL isnít getting any younger; the last OL drafted was Tyrone Hopson in
the 1999 draft. Itís time to bring in some new blood.
Round 5 Pick 37
DT Virginia Tech
After Iíd release Reggie McGrew,
a backup DT would be needed. On DTs though, Iíd keep BY as a DT. He played
a great game at Green Bay, but with Andre Carter, John Engelburger and
Chike Okeafor, we have three young DEs with promise. Young is one of the
best DTs in the league and there isnít a DT with the niners that could
replace him, so why jeopardize one position for another?
Round 6 Pick 29
WR Air Force
A big receiver at 6í4Ē, and Streets
and Stokes just arenít performing. Oh, seeing Iím GM, JJ Stokes, youíre
released!!! Streets to start with TO, and Flemming and Cedrick Wilson can
be rotated around for 4 WR sets. A Free Agent WR (my preference would have
been Bobby Shaw before he went of to Jacksonville) to play in 3 WR sets.
Round 7 Pick 28
No depth at LB, and depth is desperately
needed, especially seeing Alex Lincolnís future is still in question.
Round 7 Pick 39
Again, depth is needed
Round 7 Pick 46
P Arizona St.
The 49ers need a punter. Iíd draft
Murphy, pick up an undrafted free agent, and keep Baker, and let them battle
for the position in camp.
- JJ Stokes WR
Given his chance, didnít take it
- Reggie McGrew DT
After last off-season, I would have
gotten rid of him straight away
- Greg Clark TE
Injuries and Eric Johnson led to
- Junior Bryant DT
Career ending injury
- Terry Killens LB Denver
I would have kept Killens, but he
decided that Denver will give him more chances
- Lance Shulters S Tennessee
Too higher demands , and I donít
have enough patients!
- George McCullough CB
Too much talent out there
- Rick Mirer QB Oakland
Never been a massive fan of Mirer
- Ben Lynch C
Again, not a massive fan
- Jose Cortez K
Started well, ended horribly
Free Agents Signed:
- Tony Parrish S Chicago
A nice, if not better replacement
- Bobby Shaw WR Pittsburgh
Heís gone to the Jaguars, but I
would have gone after very early in the piece