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BGN 2010 Mock Draft Pick #17 - The San Francisco 49ers

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With the seventeenth pick in the 2010 BGN Draft, chrisbeomsuh selects...

Anthony Davis - OT, Rutgers

The 49ers must address the following positions in the upcoming NFL draft: RT, S, CB, and return specialist. Although the front seven is pretty solid, their secondary is a big question mark as the unit allowed 3670 yards (21st in the league) to opposing QBs last year. Thankfully, T-rade addressed the CB position by taking Joe Haden with the 13th pick. Haden will be a huge upgrade from Spencer.

Now at the 17th pick, Earl Thomas was very tempting. Thomas is widely considered to be the second best safety behind Berry. At this spot, he would be great value and provides the 49ers with a very good safety to take over for a former-Eagle Michael Lewis. However, because of the abundance of talent at the safety position in this draft class, I had to pass on Thomas. The team will still be able to pick up a decent safety in the later rounds.

Anthony Davis, on the other hand, is the last top-tier tackle left in the draft. Now that the 49ers have decided to give Alex Smith a second chance, the FO must protect him by constructing a solid offensive line. Davis solidifies the weak link of the 49ers’ line: the RT spot. Standing at 6’6 and 330 pounds, Davis is a massive offensive tackle. Due to his amazing athleticism and quick feet, Davis is outstanding in both pass and run blocking. He will give Alex Smith ample time to connect with Crabtree and Vernon Davis and also provide Gore (he was constantly getting tackled in the backfield last year) with big holes to run through. Drafting Anthony Davis will allow Singletary to operate the run-heavy offense that he prefers.

There is no doubt that Davis is a tremendous talent. However, he will slip into mid first round because of his questionable work ethic, inconsistent technique, and character. These issues can all be fixed with good coaching. Overall, Davis has the tools and talent to be the best tackle of this class.

Next on the clock will be DSmith215 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Previous picks: #1 Ndamukong Suh, #2 Russell Okung, #3 Gerald McCoy, #4 Sam Bradford, #5 Eric Berry, #6 Trent Williams, #7 Jimmy Clausen, #8 Bruce Campbell, #9 Bryan Bulaga, #10 Derrick Morgan, #11 Rolando McClain, #12 Sergio Kindle, #13 Joe Haden, #14 C.J. Spiller, #15 Mike Iupati, #16 Jason Pierre-Paul