From GM Elway's Ghost: Tough spot for SF if the draft shakes out this way. Sanchez may be tempting, but he shouldn’t be: an injury plagued (negative points) underclassman (negative pints) USC (negative points) QB that only started 16 college games (negative points) and whose coach didn’t even think he was ready (negative points), does not spell potential franchise QB. It spells probable bust. SF also needs O-line help, but the highest-rated prospects are all off the table and I don’t see Singletary taking on the head case (and man-breasts) that is Andre Smith. CB and WR also don’t offer enough value here IMO. Because of all the holes this team, trading back to acquire picks is probably the best option, but that proved impossible in this context.
Given all of that, I think SF would go defense and try to add some pop to their pass-rush. Singletary’s history tells me he wants his D to be Nasty with a capital “N” and to do that you have to be able to knock the QB on his butt. With the choices still on the board, I think the pick has to be Everett Brown (6’4’’ and about 250 lbs) out of Fla. St. He’s raw, having only started one year in college but with 13.5 sacks in 2008 and a total of 23 during his college career, he’s shown enough flash to merit the pick. I envision him starting out the season at the 3rd down OLB, but would hope his size/speed numbers and Singletary’s influence speed the transition to 3-down OLB. Although this pick certainly has its risks (Vernon Gholston anyone?) the potential payoff (i.e., DeMarcus Ware-type player) is well worth it in my opinion.
Commish's Thoughts: I lke the reasoned approach to passing on Sanchez here, and I like the GM's attempt to get into Singletary's head, because there is no doubt that Mike's energy and image are going to be imprinted on this team, or he is going to die trying. The pick itself is solid, as Brown is easily a top ten talent in this draft. It also keeps the pressure on the middle of the first round to do their homework, because the Outside rush packages are being depleted at an alarming rate.
ON THE CLOCK
Buffalo Bills are up next. The Bills really needed help at the outside rush, and must have been hoping that the Niners would bite the Sanchez bait. With Brown off the board, where will the Bills look for help?
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Round 1, Pick #11 Overall