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Posted on: September 16, 2008 6:10 pm

2008 San Francisco 49ers Draft Review

Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina - I like this pick a lot more than most. We definitely needed help on the defensive line and Balmer was the best defensive lineman available, imo, at 29. He has all the physical tools to succeed and the only knock on him seems to be that he was only productive one season but that could be because he finally got good coaching. But I will admit I don't like drafting anyone labeled a "boom or bust" pick since Kwame Harris Grade: B-



Chilo Rachal, OG, Southern California - Easily my favorite pick. I have had us taking him in the second round for a while now because he was the 2nd best guard in the draft and good value there. He is a big, mauling guard that has very good footwork, two years starting experience at a major program playing in a pro style offense and against top competition, and he is still improving. He is also a very high character guy, the only reason he entered this year's draft was because his mom is sick and insurance won't pay for her medical Bills. Grade: A



Reggie Smith, S/CB, Oklahoma - I will admit that I would have much rather have taken Cliff Avril there but I am happy with Smith. He has starting experience at cornerback and safety, two positions we could use help out, and I have heard that Nolan expects for him to start at CB opposite Nate Clements and push Walt Harris to free safety. I honestly love that move because with his football knowledge and recognition skills Harris will make a great free safety. Grade: B



Cody Wallace, C, Texas A&M - A bit of a reach in the 4th depending on who you ask. A lot of draft sites had him going in the 4th, including Mel Kiper who had him as his top rated center, but a lot also had him not going until the 6th or 7th. We still needed offensive line depth and Wallace started his college career at guard so he is versatile. Who knows, he might even surprise us all and take Eric Heitmann's starting spot Grade: C


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Josh Morgan, WR, Virginia Tech - Before I evaluate him I would first like to say that I did not want us to draft a receiver. But since we did I am happy with Morgan. I have heard from more than one Hokie fan that Morgan was their best receiver, better than Eddie Royal who was taken much earlier. Morgan has a good combination of size and speed for a 6th round pick (6'1'', 220, 4.46 40) and while production is lacking that could be because of the crap quarterbacks he had at Virginia Tech. Was projected as a mid round pick. Grade: B



Larry Grant, ILB, Ohio State - Like almost all of us I had never even heard of him when we picked him but after some research I am kind of liking the pick. He might be a little undersized for a 3-4 linebacker but he has decent speed (4.71 40) and is a hard worker. He also had a pretty good season at Ohio State last year finishing with 9.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks. At worst he should be a great special teams player and solid back-up inside linebacker. Grade: B+



Undrafted Free Agent signings

Ezra Butler, OLB, Nevada- Another guy that will make this team whether as a starter or situational pass rusher. Has good production (Career: 50 tackles for a loss and 16 sacks) from a decent program and is very experienced, three year starter. He is an excellent special teams player and is tough and physical. Just like Guyton, I am surprised he wasn't drafted. Grade: A+



Cameron Colvin, WR, Oregon - He has been an underachiever since he got to Oregon. He was a highly coveted recruit coming out of high school but never lived up to his potential. Has great speed, as you can see in the video below, and he could surprise. Grade: B



Robert Jordan, WR, California - A bit undersized but had decent production behind Desaen Jackson and Lavelle Hawkins at Cal. His speed is very good and he tries hard. He runs great routes, better than most receivers coming out of college, and could be productive in Martz's offense. He could make the team if he beats out either Colvin or Morgan in training camp. Grade: B-



Joe John Finley, TE, Oklahoma - He is a decent blocker, receiver, and all-around player. Tough, hard-working, and reasonable production. I don't see him making the team unless he puts on a few pounds and becomes a better blocker and takes Billy Bajema's spot. Grade: C


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Louis Holmes, DE, Arizona - I don't like this pick-up that much. He has character issues and never really performed well. He has some upside but I don't see him making the team. Grade: C


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DJ Parker, S, Virginia Tech - Training camp fodder. He does not have enough speed and is not big enough to do well in the NFL. Grade: D

Brian De La Puente, OL, California - The more I read about him the better chance I think the he has of making the team as a back-up. Grade: B

Final Grade: B-

We addressed all of our needs whether it was in the draft or through the UDFAs. The main reasons that I am not giving us an "A" are that we really should have drafted Avril in the third and we reached for Wallace. Other than that I like all of our picks and love our free agent signings
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