Inside the NFL Draft: 49ers team needs

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The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh resigned QB Alex Smith during free agency and also added WRs Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. How does this impact their draft plans? The 49ers can look to the D-Line early and also target some young talent at the WR position depending on how their draft board plays out. Let’s check out the prospects that fit in San Fran.

2011 RECORD: 13-3


Alameda Ta'amu DT, Washington: This is the kind of guy who has the ability to anchor the middle of an NFL defense in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front. Needs to do a better job finding the football, but overall he looks like a starter who you eventually will be able to win with in the NFL.

Josh Chapman DT, Alabama: Has the making of a starting caliber nose at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, is long armed and tough to move off the football. Also, is a better pass rusher than given credit for. Will likely fall because of medical concerns, but could be a real bargain because of it.


Stephen Hill WR, Georgia Tech: Has a unique skill set, can pluck off his frame, track the football and is the next big time talent from the Georgia Tech program. Is going to need some time to develop, but can come in and track football vertically early on. Has a lot of upside to his game and skill set says he's an NFL starter.

Kendall Wright WR, Baylor: In the same mold as a number of Pittsburgh Steelers receivers (Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders) and can be effective both inside and out making plays down the field at the next level.


Dwight Bentley CB, UL Lafayette: A thinner corner with some natural range and click and close ability. However, he isn't real physical, isn't a great tackler and needs some work from a technique standpoint.

Micah Pellerin CB, Hampton: He's a tall, talented kid who has some rough spots to his game, but has the talent to fight for a starting job.

Senio Kelemete OG, Washington: A gifted athlete with a strong base, strong hands and a passion for the game. Needs to clean up his footwork and his body type makes me think he's more of a guard only prospect. But has the skill set to mature into a starter.

Kelvin Beachum OG, Southern Methodist: Possesses the size/power to win as an in-line guy and the athleticism to pull in power situations and get out into the second level as well. He's a coordinated pass protector on the edge and has the skill set to make the move to guard at the next level.

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