2010 Draft Redux VI

Continuing with our recap of the fate of the pre-draft blogosphere hotties, which seems to have cured the insomnia difficulties of this site’s readership, the Lions took local RB Jahvid Best at pick #30. Best was a small, but explosive runner, the speed back type that was a fashionable lust this past off season.

Unfortunately for him, this past year also included a lot of worrisome news about concussions in football, and Best had two of them in his final year at Cal, one severe enough to keep him out of action from November through the bowl game at the end of the season — nearly two months. He also had foot and elbow injuries. Detroit chose to overlook these concerns and traded up from the 2nd round to grab him. If he can stay healthy, Detroit has a big play guy. If not, it’s another whiff in the capital of whiffdom.

With all the 49er off season focus on RT and O-linemen, Rodger Saffold got quite a bit of mention from the mentioners when talking about second tier talent after the Okung type biggies pool evaporated. The Rams took him at the top of the 2nd round, giving our division rival two bookend tackles (LT Jason Smith was taken #2 overall in 2009).

With the addition of QB Sam Bradford and stud center, Jason Brown, acquired in the 2009 FA period, the Rams are certainly putting together the makings of a solid offense in a year or two, reflecting the Singletary-like tough guy approach of Steve Spagnuolo, their coach. For no particularly good reason, this typist thinks the Rams will soon become the 49ers main division rival, replacing Arizona and Seattle. A return to division normalcy, with the Rams always coming out 2nd best.

Dexter McCluster was another blog favorite speed back/WR, seen as a possible PR/KR specialist. I referred to Best above as being “small” at 199 pounds and 5′ 11″. What shall we call Dexter, who’s 5′ 8″ (bowling ball size) and a whopping 170 lbs. (Angel Hair pasta size). Lucky to stay alive in the NFL for very long, probably. The Chiefs picked him at #36.

Sergio Kindle was this year’s pass rushing OLB wonder boy, following in the mold of Quentin Groves in 2008 and Everette Brown in 2009. Groves washed out in Jacksonville after two years and was recently peddled off to Oakland for a 5th round draft pick. Brown, despite playing opposite Julius Peppers in Carolina, managed all of 2.5 sacks and 22 tackles last year. The Ravens selected Kindle at #43.

Jimmy Clausen got a lot of local ink before the draft, including an assurance via a “very reliable source” from Mercury News verbal arsonist, Tim Kawakami, that the 49ers would draft Clausen in the first round. This set off a goodly bit of blogosphere hysteria in the final weeks leading up to the draft. Some bloggers, freshly energized by electro-shock therapy, assured one and all that Jed York wanted Clausen to help sell his Santa Clara stadium plans and would force Singletary & Baalke to draft him.

But, As with most of Kawakami’s assurances, this one proved to be just a pile of horse manure. Clausen went all the way down to the Panthers at pick #48 in round two, casting some doubt on the confidence they have in last year’s sub-in hero Matt Moore. The 49ers play Carolina this year, so we’ll get at least a week’s worth of updates on how these two QBs are faring.

Immediately following the Panthers pick, the 49ers selected one of the hottest blog hits makers of the off season, Taylor Mays. Mays was not viewed with much favor as a first round pick, but when he was available in the second round it was generally seen as a good, high ceiling risk, especially with the concussion issues experienced last year by current SS Michael Lewis. Mays also brings undeniable speed to a secondary criticized last year for its inability to contain some of the speed WRs the team faced. It may be awhile before Mays works his way into the lineup, but his speed and power should be a welcome asset to special teams this year. One can wickedly contemplate the gruesome spectacle of a high-speed collision between Mays and McCluster when the 49ers kick off to the Chiefs this year.

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9 comments on “2010 Draft Redux VI
  1. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I must have read that Kawakami piece where he said we’re going to draft Clausen about a dozen times. Each time I did, I got sicker and sicker and sicker. The more I read, the more I believed him and his “very reliable source.” Silly me. When draft day arrived, I was already sick enough to my stomach. When the trade was announced we had moved up two spots, my heart fell to my already sickened stomach. Can’t remember if it was on the Insider or Chuck’s blog, maybe both, I vowed live that if we drafted Jimmy Clausen with the 11th pick, I’d become a Cowboy or Raider fan. Happy to say that me and my recuperated stomach still wear the red and gold.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- I remember taking about the Clausen pickle. We were both panicking.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I felt the same way, Dennis. But I kept repeating my mantra: “it’s just Kawakami, it’s just Kawakami.”
    Speaking of blowhards, did you see that Ray Ratto has joined Maiocco at CSN? Are they going to do a good cop, bad cop scene between the two? Pretty ominous for the newspaper biz that two of the biggest sports writers in the Bay Area have both abandoned print journalism within the past two months.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, if it wasn’t already patently obviously that the print media is dead, those last two defections only further confirm the matter. I keep hearing that once training camp gets rolling, Maiocco and CSN are really going to step up their efforts providing 49er info. Let’s hope so.

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    “patently obvious…” I guess I shouldn’t have fired my adverb editor after all.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- Do you really need some one to tell you when to add verbs?

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Clausen pickle? ‘Scuse me while I LQTM . . . .

    Was Kawakami’s source McLoughin? If so, I’m sure that had something to do with his hasty exit . . .

    Ratto’s blog on the Chron was so popular than it quietly faded away . . . It isn’t going to get any better at CSN.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to see how Ratto and his over oiled, pompous vocabulary are going to fit in the quick, sound bite arena of TV. Maybe he’ll give orations like Andy Rooney.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If ever there was a face for radio, Ratto owns it in spades.

    I mean, Christ, that innertube around his neck is going to pop one of these days . . .

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