SOUTH BEND IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates a touchdown catch against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries to defend at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25 2010 in South Bend Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
With the thirtieth pick in the 2012 BGN Community Mock Draft, 21510akland selects...
Coby Fleener: TE, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers surprised folks in 2011 ending the season with a 13 - 3 record and a deep playoff run. Granted they're in the soft NFC West but they beat some real teams making some heroic comebacks along the way. Say what you will about their game with the Eagles and Ronnie Brown's ill fated backwards pass at the goal line, the Niners never gave up and still had to make the (other) stops and put up the points. The 49ers came *that* close to a superbowl appearance in February; if not for an injury to Ted Ginn Jr. (of all people) and game long terrible decisions and mishandled balls by his over-matched understudy Kyle Williams they'd have surely beat the vaGiants handily.
They play conservative, defense minded football with a running centered offense. They have a possession style of passing game, though they're not afraid to go vertical and can put up points in all three phases; the aforementioned Ginn Jr. is right up there on Devin Hester / DeSean Jackson level in the return game. They're returning all of their defensive starters, didn't really loose anyone of note to Free Agency instead adding some depth behind Frank Gore and a few new toys for Alex Smith, who finally seems to be growing into his big boy pants (or at having a QB mind-meld with Harbaugh), to throw to.
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The 49ers find themselves in the luxurious position of being able to go with the BPA. Their receivers were a definite weakness in 2011 and many mocks have them taking a wide-out even though they added two through free agency. Mario Manningham is a welcome addition but not everyone is convinced that Randy Moss has much left in the tank. A couple of the names that have been associated with them at 30 are Kendall Wright and Stephen Hill, both of whom may be gone at that point (as they are in this mock). With the recent FA pick-ups they could also take a WO project in the later rounds and see what they can get out of the Michael Crabtree / Manningham / Moss / Ginn Jr. combo this year. Another school of thought has them going after an OG/C in the first round with Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler as the popular pick, though he might be a tiny bit of a reach with many mocks having him as an early 2nd rounder.
Zeitler's not the sexy pick though, neither is the 5th best WO; TE Coby Fleener is the sexy pick. It's the right pick. The recent success of folks like Jimmy Graham and Jermichael Finley and the Rob Gronkowski / Aaron Hernandez two headed monster, not to mention Alex Smith's own security blanket Vernon Davis, has ushered in the new era of the TE. Fleener has the size (6'6" / 247) and skills to be every bit as good as any of the names there, and is the consensus top TE in the 2012 draft. He's a converted B-Ball player with soft hands and good leaping ability who lined up in a variety of positions at Stanford including inline next to either OT, in the Slot, as a H Back and occasionally WO. He runs great routes and has good speed for a TE. Add to that the fact that Harbaugh runs a very similar system to the one he did at Stanford and you have what looks like a match made in heaven.
Next on the clock will be Shady is an Eagle! with the New England Patriots.
Previous Picks: #1 Andrew Luck, #2 Robert Griffin III, #3 Morris Claiborne, #4 Trent Richardson, #5 Matt Kalil, #6 Justin Blackmon, #7 Melvin Ingram, #8 Ryan Tannehill, #9 Michael Floyd, #10 Dre Kirkpatrick, #11 David DeCastro, #12Courtney Upshaw, #13 Luke Kuechly, #14 Fletcher Cox, #15 Quinton Coples, #16 Mark Barron, #17 Stephon Gilmore, #18 Riley Reiff, #19 Janoris Jenkins, #20 Nick Perry, #21 Kendall Wright, #22 Stephen Hill, #23 Cordy Glenn, #24 Dont'a Hightower, #25 Jonathan Martin, #26 Dontari Poe, #27 Michael Brockers, #28 Devon Still, #29 Peter Konz
Is this the right move for the 49ers?
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