The thing that strikes me about the 2010 San Francisco 49ers draft class, it seems to be a declaration, a declaration that Alex Smith is this team’s QB and they are going to put the pieces around him to insure his success.
Think about it they make an aggressive move to move up and take Anthony Davis the OT from Rutgers to give them an athletic blocker. Since Joe Staley can play either side they now have tow big pieces that can help shore up a under performing unit.
Six picks later they take Mike Iupati the OG from Idaho who seems to be a perfect fit for their smash mouth running game. He his big and can blow defenders off the ball, he is an excellent draft pick.
From the day I sat down to start going over the 2010 NFL draft I saw Taylor Mays not only as the kind of player that Mike Singletary likes, but a Ronnie Lott kind of player the San Francisco 49ers fans could get behind. I really like this pick, even though his coverage skills may be a little lax. I don’t think that is going to matter once a receiver gets near him and he lays them out.
In the third round the Niners made a great pick that is going to pay off in the long term. They picked up LB Navorro Bowman with the 91st overall pick. I see him as a very instinctive player and I think Singletary will get a lot out of him.
Frank Gore is a machine, and with their sixth round pick the Niners got him some back up. RB Anthony Dixon comes to the team to be a big physical back. The Niners running game is meant to physically beat up their opponents and it seems that Dixon will fit right in with that philosophy.
The Niners paid particular attention to beefing up their running game in this draft, two stud O linemen, a physical RB, and with the 182nd overall pick they pick up TE Nate Byham for his blocking skills. He is a big time bruiser who will create space for Gore and Dixon.
WR Kyle Williams was their next to last pick and he figures to be a kick returner and possible develop into a decent slot receiver in the future. Their last pick was DB Phillip Adams a small school standout that will help Mays solidify the defensive secondary.
Now a complete look at the 2010 San Francisco 49ers draft class:
Round One (11)- OT Anthony Davis Rutgers
Round One (17)- OG Mike Iupati Idaho
Round Two (49)- S Taylor Mays USC
Round Three (91)- LB Navarro Bowman Penn State
Round Six (173)- RB Anthony Dixon Mississippi State
Round Six (182)- TE Nate Byham Pitt
Round Six (206)- WR Kyle Williams Arizona State
Round Six (224)- DB Phillip Adams South Carolina State
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