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The Rest Of The West In The Draft: San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco had one of the best drafts in 2010. They held two first round picks and used both of them on offensive lineman. It's clear they remain pat on running the football and becoming a smash-mouth football team, but did they do enough to fix every hole on the roster? The Rams were covered on Tuesday.

Key Selections

Anthony Davis | OT | Rutgers

Drafting Davis will provide quarterback Alex Smith with another strong tackle for protection. Davis is young but the guidance of Mike Singletary will set him straight. He possesses nimble feet and quick hands and can be used at both right and left tackle. He's a mauler against the run and fits perfectly with what the 49ers are trying to do.  If his character doesn't become a problem and he lives up to his high draft status, Davis shouldn't have a problem succeeding in the NFL.

Navarro Bowman | OLB | Penn State

I thought about Iupati as a key selection, but feel Bowman will be a bigger factor in San Francisco. The 49ers didn't have a primary pass rush specialist last season and Justin Smith isn't getting any younger. Bowman was an extremely good outside linebacker at Penn State and landing him in the third round was a steal. He's very fast and can develop into a threat coming off the outside.

Player to watch for: Taylor Mays | S | USC

It's boom or bust time for safety Taylor Mays. He was a highly discussed defender heading into the draft with a good possibility of landing in the first round. After slipping into the second round, Mays made it clear that he wasn't happy and it appears he'll use that as motivation. Watch for him to be used in different packages his first year to see if he lives up to his pre-draft hype.

Position Not Addressed: Defensive Back

With Walt Harris gone and Nate Clements getting up in age, cornerback was a position of need in which the 49ers didn't address until the seventh round. As most Cardinals fan already know, the free agent market for defensive backs is very thin and finding help will be tough. Tarell Brown and Shawntae Spencer are solid but they still don't have a shutdown corner.

Draft Theme: Sticking to Mike Singletary's style

Drafting two offensive lineman that excel in the running game was clearly Mike Singletary's doing. Their next three picks were defensive players and a bull-dozing running back. Clearly these picks fall along the same theme that Singletary has been preaching about since he took over as head coach for the 49ers.

Biggest Steal: Anthony Dixon | RB | Mississippi

When Anthony Dixon fell to the 49ers' lap in the sixth round, there was little hesitation to draft the Mississippi running back. Many scouts felt Dixon could land as early as the third round, so getting him three rounds later was a complete steal. He's a bruising running back that will help with short-yardage situations, but still has potential to become a starting running back.

Biggest Reach: Anthony Davis | OT | Rutgers

Although the 49ers only moved up two spots to select Davis in the first round, they gave up a fourth round selection in a relatively deep draft to do so. Most mocks didn't have Davis landing that high, but for whatever reason San Francisco felt the need to make a move a draft the 20-year old.

San Francisco 49ers Draft Picks(8)

Anthony Davis 
Mike Iupati
Taylor Mays
Southern California
Navorro Bowman
Penn State
Anthony Dixon 
Mississippi State
Nate Byham 
 Kyle Williams
Arizona State
Phillip Adams
South Carolina State


The 49ers clearly had one of the best drafts in 2010 and addressed almost all of their needs. They revamped their offensive line while adding playmakers on defense. They also added depth to key positions. What are your thoughts on the 49ers draft and does this make them the NFC West favorite?(stupid question, I know)