The Green Bay Packers voters have spoken and DE/OLB Everette Brown from Florida St. was the overwhelming choice. Today we move on to pick number 10, the San Francisco 49′ers. The 9′ers were originally mentioned as a possible destination for QB Jay Cutler but that rumor flirtation ended when JC was traded to Chicago. Team needs are listed below the poll.
Team Needs (from draft.com):
Despite the presence of uber-stud ILB Patrick Willis in the middle, the 49ers need LB help. Veteran Takeo Spikes was a solid addition next to Willis last season, but he’s 32 now and a free agent. Even if he returns, it’s a short term fix. OLB Parys Haralson was a surprise last season with his 8½ sacks, but the team needs another pass rushing OLB and could be targeting FSU’s Everette Brown with the 10th overall pick in the draft. DE/OLB Tully Banta-Cain was released and has already signed with another team (NE). Aside from CBNate Clements, the 49ers have little talent/depth in the defensive backfield. FS Mark Roman is 32, hasn’t had a pick in over two years, and needs to be replaced. Dashon Goldson isn’t the answer either. Pro-Bowl CB Walt Harris isn’t the same player he once was. He’ll be 35 when the season commences and the team needs to find his replacement soon. Along the offensive line, the team needs to find someone to protect the QB’s blind side. Joe Staley progressed, but still struggled, allowing 8½ sacks in ’08. If he’s moved to right tackle, left tackle becomes a priority. WR Josh Morgan looks like the real deal. But with veteran Isaac Bruce hitting 37 mid-season and Bryant Johnson a free agent, WR is also a position that needs to be addressed in SF. Quarterback is an area of concern as well. The team says Alex Smith will compete withShaun Hill for the starting job IF Smith restructures his contract. Either way, the trio of Smith, Hill, and Jamie Martin (who’s 39 and a free agent) will cause new HC Mike Singletary to lose plenty of sleep in 2009.