2007 Draft: Grades Are In

The first significant full squad OTAs will begin next Monday. This is very good news, since the blogosphere lately has been slower than the thought processes in Flyingv68’s brain. I mean virtually dead. Comatose.

With nothing much going on to twist out of proportion, I’ll continue with last week’s retrospective on prior draft classes, which talked about the draft class of 2008 coming into its Grade Year in 2010. Today, I’ll hand out the grades for our 2007 class, which finished its three year judgment cycle in 2009.

The 2007 Draft would turn out to be Mike Nolan’s last year as the “Trigger Man” in the Draft Room, and ironically it was the best of his draft’s, and arguably the top draft of the whole decade, netting three starters and a pro bowl player, and at least two valuable contributors. A superb haul by any measure. Even die hard Nolan Haters like Rob_ can’t spit on this draft.

The first two picks, Patrick Willis and Joe Staley, have been starters from day one, with Willis being a Pro Bowler and Staley likely to become one also.

In the third round, the 49ers picked the enigmatic Jason Hill and Ray McDonald. Hill has never quite made it, though he’s provided a few glimpses of his talent and acquired a niche, mostly in the Grumbler crowd, as the “Why Don’t We Play This Guy More” fellow. Even non-grumblers scratch their heads over his career here. Apparently, he has battled injuries and attitude, and then last year an offense that doesn’t much feature three wideouts, let alone four. This is probably his last year with the 49ers. McDonald had to overcome some knee injuries from college and has never been a star, but does provide value to our pass rush Dline. This coming year might be his first injury-free, all-healthy-now season, so we will probably at last see what his ceiling is.

The 4th round selections were Jay Moore, Dashon Goldson, and Joe Cohen. One home run starter and two whiffs. Goldson emerged as a potential star in 2009 and seems to have a bright future ahead of him as a standout, hard-hitting FS. Neither Moore nor Cohen could stay healthy, both landing on IR more than once, and both are now out of the league.

Tarrell Bown was the pick in the 5th, and is currently the nickel back, with starter potential still in his realm of possibility. That would push the starters from this draft to four.

The final pick, in the 6th, was Thomas Clayton. Clayton almost single-handedly established the Pre Season Wunderkind Award, starring in those games for two years, but never getting off the Practice Squad and onto the roster. Last year, he tore an ACL and might be finished. His replacement as the Pre-Season Wunderkind was a battle between Kory Sheets and Nate Davis. Sheets was claimed off our PS by Miami and we’ll see if he amounts to anything this coming year and becomes a member of the “We Blew It With This Guy” ex-49er team. In his absence, Davis has firmly cemented his hold on the Wunderkind award, and will probably add to his non-achieved legend in this year’s pre-season. You can be sure TOP_CAT_TIM, who posts his anti-Alex Smith rants virtually non-stop on every single Bay Area blog day after day, year after year, will be groveling around in Nate’s cleat tracks, taking videos to gush over endlessly this coming year, while reciting his mantra: “Please Nate, please beat out Alex Smith or I’ll be laughed off the blogosphere YET AGAIN!”

Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at the 2006 draft class. Unless some actual news breaks out and wakes up the dozing blogosphere.

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10 comments on “2007 Draft: Grades Are In
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good job Skeebs!

  2. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Skeebers – This is Dennis (Del Mar) from the Insider. Just got off the phone w/ Berger. He said I should check out your site, so I did. Nice job! He said you had a “different take” on Niner doings, and incorporated the bloggers into your story. I like it. Just a few quick comments and suggestions if I may. Say what you will about V, but he’s good for the blogosphere. He’s different alright, but provides a nice balance. Rob? He’s another friend of mine. Yep, he’s no Nolan fan. He could cure cancer, and Rob would ask, “what the hell took you so long!?!?” I like your “Blogroll” link, maybe you could add Maiocco and Unca_Chuck’s as well. I enjoy those sites. And finally, can I fucking swear like a drunken sailor on your goddamn blog? I like/need to swear at times. Especially during the games. Yep, looks like I can. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  3. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where the hell is my comment?

  4. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Son of a bitch! I just wrote a long dissertation extolling the virtues of your new blog and the goddamn thing got lost in space. Danger Will Robinson my ass!

    Anyway, to surmise: It’s Dennis (Del Mar) from the Insider. Berger gave me the heads-up to your site. Nice job incorporating the bloggers. More V more often. Rob’s another friend. Yep, he’s no Nolan fan. He could cure cancer and Rob would wonder why it took him so damn long. My final question to you was if I would be able swear on your blog? After losing my first comment, I fucking damn well better be. Keep up the good work and thanks.

  5. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    OK, this is really starting to irk me. I’ve left two comments and both have mysteriously vanished. What’s up with that?

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, thanks for tipping me off. Your missing two comments went into the spam trapper for the old F word. I didn’t know they were there and fished them out. I’m not too keen on comments riddled with the F word, when many other words will suffice. But I’m not going to be a prude about it – just have to check the spam trapper more often! Thanks for checking in.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I 2nd Dennis in saying to add Maiooco and Unca on your blogroll! It was nice watching Taylor Mays run a 4.24 on the SF 49er Observer, which I would not have known about without your link.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just added both blogs to the Blogroll.

  9. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Skeebs. I don’t *need* to use the F word all the time. But be prepared when our SCO* continues to run tight formations and predictable runs up the gut. And if we ever, ever go into to the prevent defense, well F that!

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Dennis, if the SCO* plows into low gear this year and achieves results similar to last year, it would probably be the biggest boon to Unca_Chuck’s blog that could happen. They’ll be @#^%*#@**^%’s flying throughout cyberspace from that site.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17