2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: 49ers
After beginning his senior season as the potential marquee safety prospect of the 2013 NFL Draft, Louisiana State University's Eric Reid has slipped a bit in many rankings. He remains a likely Day Two selection despite recent critiques.
This 6'2", 212-pounder is at his best playing a center field role where he can drop into a zone and diagnose the play in front of him. He has an adequate ability to break on the ball and displays an excellent awareness. While lacking some straight line speed, Reid has a great feel for where the play will be and putting himself in a position to make plays.
In run support, he is average at best. He can wrap in open space, but does not shine or excel in open-field situations. Reid over-pursues and struggles staying on assignment when running sideline-to-sideline. He will need to show an improved willingness to mix it up against ball-carriers.
In coverage, Reid plays better in zone. He should be able to keep up with most athletic tight ends in man coverage, but lacks elite top-end speed and could be in trouble against shiftier receivers if asked to cover the slot. His long arms allow him to swipe after the ball in the air and make the occasion... [Read More
Florida State Seminoles Cornellius "Tank" Carradine is a 4-3 defensive end prospect with good pass-rushing skills, adequate strength to anchor the line and enough athleticism to develop some added short zone coverage skills.
Carradine has a great first step and establishes position quickly. Explodes into blockers and can use his long frame to occupy running lanes. Had a much improved senior season and sometimes outplayed teammate Bjoern Werner, another top DE prospect in this draft class. Good strength in upper half and displayed both speed and power rushing moves throughout the year. Good consistent effort and follows the action downfield. Lots of help on tackles and assists.
Holds his ground against the run game. Refuses to get pushed around by blockers. Sets the edge well and can turn outside shoulder to seal the edge. Good closing burst when given backside responsibilities. Below average play recognition when engaged with a blocker. Should be able to play either end position and possibly grow into a 3-4 OLB role. A bit too tight in his lower half to be a natural in pass coverage.
Carradine projects as a mid to late second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Rice Owls tight end Vance McDonald was a multi-sport athlete in high school and could have played multiple positions in college. Still has lots of potential to blossom as a tight end at the next level.
McDonald has a terrific frame and ideal height. Ran very well at the combine and proved he was among the best at his position athletically. Very broad shoulders with big hands. Very aggressive blocker and displayed fluid movement skills throughout his career. Already has experience lined up out-wide. Needs to pay more attention to fine details (questionable drops, poor footwork while in-line blocking). Below average hands. Straight-line speed is pretty good, but change of direction skills are lacking.
Incredible ceiling. Blocking concerns can easily be corrected. Not a lot of room on frame to add more strength, appears close to maxed out. Excellent performance at the NFL Scouting Combine could push him into Day 2 consideration.
McDonald is projecting as a late-second to third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Auburn University defensive end Corey Lemonier is an undersized prospect who also has limited potential as a 3-4 OLB. A versatile player who can line up at either end spot or fire off the edge on both sides.
A highly aggressive player who always flows to the football. Lack of adequate bulk can get him pushed around or isolated on run plays. Lacks an anchor and will need to add weight from top to bottom to strengthen his core. Lemonier has more than enough height and average speed. Shows a fantastic motor, but must play with more control and focus. Passion runs very high, tremendous effort every play.
Given his motor, he will overplay and get caught going the wrong way poorly on a misdirection. At his best when moving downhill in a straight line. Footwork can get sloppy when engaged and plays with tunnel vision. Really great hands and always looking to disengage from his blocker to at least get an arm free. Very explosive in short areas and moves by any means necessary to the action.
Lemonier projects as a late-second to third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton has good height and speed. He has the potential to become a No. 1 receiver later in his career and should be able to contribute early as a WR2.
Patton plays with high intensity. His footwork when route-running lacks precision and rounds off corners, but he does a nice job of finding seams and openings in zone coverage. Fluid runner in and out of his breaks. Lacks some physicality and can be pushed around in his route and coming off the line. Must add some strength in his upper half; a bit lean.
Does well to catch the ball away from his body. Can make defenders miss in the open field and has some shake with the ball in his hands. Lacks breakaway speed, but quick enough to make the first man miss. Cuts back across the grain after the catch, which will rarely work at the next level. Willing blocker downfield. Tracks the football well. Reliable hands. Strong practices at the Senior Bowl have his stock slowly rising.
Patton projects as a late second to third round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Take away two serious knee injuries and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore would have a strong opportunity to be a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, those injuries did happen and Lattimore may not be able to contribute as a rookie. He is a powerful runner with good size. Lacks breakaway speed. Can churn for additional yards and brush off poor tackle attempts with ease. Natural runner with above average movement skills considering his size. Consistently falls forward to maximize yardage. Good ball security and carries the ball high and tight. Good footwork. Shifty without losing much speed. Great vision and can find openings develop. Lacks a noticeable second gear. Tenacious runner in the open field.
Highly productive runner who can grind down defenders. Moves laterally well when pass protecting. Blocking technique is nothing special and can be improved. Average hands and could contribute as a receiver. Wasn't asked to line up wide very often. Lowers pad level nicely to absorb contact. Looks to protect the football when in a crowd. Ultimately, perceptions about his health and rehabilitation will determine his draft value.
Lattimore projects as... [Read More
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive end Quinton Dial is a big-bodied five-technique player who brings versatility and athleticism as a mid-round option.
Can likely play any position in a 3-4 front. Has room on his frame to grow and is still developing his talents. Can hold the edge and generate push against the run. Limited pass-rushing skills. Long arms can push and extend well. Needs to improve his jump off the line and use his hands better to dictate the action. Must improve his ability to bring down more elusive runners when gaining penetration in the backfield. Junior college transfer. Going to need a redshirt year at the next level.... [Read More
Florida State Seminoles outside linebacker Nick Moody is a former safety and special teams ace. High football intelligence. Diagnoses plays a step ahead of most. Takes on blockers as best he can by looking to unload on them. Struggles with blockers once they latch on. Effective tackler when he stays under control since he will go for the big hit and occasionally miss. Could cover tight ends in short and medium routes. Not adept at man coverage just yet. Unpolished abilities as a pass rusher. Relies on hustle.... [Read More
South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels is a dual-threat prospect who suffered a broken leg in his senior season, cutting short what had been a productive collegiate career. Has experience with a read-option and could see work as a scout player that can challenge his own defense on the practice field. Passing still needs a lot of work. Accuracy is limited. Turnover prone. Will need lots of grooming before coming close to the field in the regular season. Threw 52 touchdowns and 39 interceptions over his four year career. Athletic enough to fit in multiple positions and could switch.... [Read More
Iowa State Cyclones offensive tackle Carter Bykowski began his career as a tight end and transitioned to the offensive line in his redshirt freshman year. Lacks ideal foot speed. Could play multiple spots depending on his development. Potential swing tackle that can provide depth. Above-average physicality when blocking. Finishes strong and always plays to the whistle. Developmental prospect who can be groomed into a specific role. Some suggest an eventual move to left tackle, but that may be a few years away as he learns to better handle speed on the edge.... [Read More
Rutgers Scarlet Knights cornerback Marcus Cooper is a height-speed developmental prospect. Great measurables. Ran a 4.45 at his Pro Day. Excellent length. Limited experience. Could develop into a press-man cover corner. Lacks some technique and necessary on-field discipline in his fundamentals. Really quick feet, but too much wasted movement when changing directions. Active hands and looks to separate the ball from the man. Raw talent that will require time. Must contribute as a special teamer in order to stick. Could play multiple positions.... [Read More