San Francisco may have the best looking draft so far. I am sure that when I tell Niner Nation that I picked an OLB instead of heavily liked QB Christian Ponder they will call me stupid and if I were a Niner fan it would be hard to see it from my perspective. I do think that Ponder has a great ceiling; it's just that I think that the 49ers need to be drafting a clear-cut franchise QB and building pieces around that, and there is not a QB in this draft worth building around imo. Not only that, but these QB's are already off to a rocky start because typically after a QB is drafted their offseason is devoted to working on mechanics and reading countless hours everyday of the teams playbook . Due to the lockout the QB's cannot do that. So the QB's taken will have little to no time to study a playbook or practice and become familiar with the team that I think it would be a waste of a pick especially since there are no Bradford's or Matt Ryan's of this draft. Oh and I also considered RB here but it didn;t make sense to be drafting a 11-15 carry per game rb in the second round. So I turn my attention now to another pressing position on the field, LB.
Takeo Spikes will be entering his 15th season of play and the guy is physically wearing down. His wear and tear on his body is showing and Zack Bowman is not a great replacement for Spikes. After looking at the prospects it came down to Colin McCarthy or Carter. Although my logic might be flawed (due to the fact that Carter is recovering from a major ACL tear; and I know from experience how hard it is to recover and get back into tip top shape). However Carter's upside is too hard to ignore. At 6'2 241 pounds he is a physical beast and he possesses good speed (based off of game film, not combine; I don't believe he worked out at the combine) he can drop back into coverage easily keeping up with RB's and TE's and he has good field awareness to top off of impressive. He is a first round talent that drops due to his injury.
Carter could also make the move to weakside OLB taking the place for Parys Haralson which would be a major upgrade. Carter may be considered a bit of a project, but I believe that newly hired Linebacker Coach and former USF head football coach and former Kansas State LB Coach Jim Leavitt will be able to slap (pun intended) Carter into a LB force in the NFL; he's got that much potential. I think that Carter can be the next Derek Brooks imo. Carter is a steal in round 2 and the niners with newly acquired Peterson and Carter are an elite defense in the NFL in the next 2 or 3 years.
Just so that I can further justify my selection I think that the Niners are better off drafting Colin Kaepernick, or Andy Daylton, or Pat Delvin out of Deleware in the 3rd or 4th rounds. If I were to write up a great draft day results for the Niners it would look like this: 1st two rounds with Peterson, and then Carter, then 3rd round goes to Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State 6'0 230 pounds- would be a solid splitting the holes playmaker that takes some much needed pressure and carries off of the 49ers most valuable player in Frank Gore, 1st 4th round pick: Pat Delvin QB Deleware- big play arm, he is experimental and not ready to make an instant contribution, but give him some time and some good coaching and you may have found yourself a major steal in the 4th round. 2nd 4th round pick: WR Leanord Hankerson University of Miami 6'2 209 pounds- I swear the kid sounds and looks like an exact replica of our very own Braylon Edwards, great deep field threat a bit inconsistent with his hands but has good athletecism, aggressive blocking and isn't afraid to go over the middle; he would be a great compliment to Crabtree giving the future QB of the Niners weapons.
5th round ILB Casey Matthews- Possible replacement for Takeo Spikes. He would be terrific in coverage and is a sure tackler; wouldn't expect him to be as good as his brother, but he should be a solid starter, Eric Barton kind of player comes to mind
Use both of the 6th rounds to draft back into the 5th and draft: DE Lawrence Guy out of ASU: 6'4 305 pounds- He ran a 4.96 40, benched 28 times, had a 29 vertical, a 7.6 3 cone drill, and a 4.43 20 yard shuffle; he is a hard worker, not a good pass rusher but maybe some good coaching can help him get to the QB more often; good 5th round selection.