San Francisco 49ers Fathead

San Francisco 49ers 2008 NFL Draft Grade
San Francisco actually didn't do a bad job. They didn't get anyone who has that wow factor but did a great job at drafting "meat and potatoes" type players. With the loss of Bryant Young to retirement they had to address a 3-4 end; they got him in round one with Kentwan Balmer. He could turn out to be a nice player but really only had one good year at North Carolina. Chilo Rachal and Cody Wallace are both future starters in the interior offensive line and should see action early in the season with the loss of Smiley in free agency and David Baas who had surgery on his torn pectoral.

The find for the Niners may have been in receiver Josh Morgan from Virginia Tech. He has good size and applicable speed. He's a good route runner and really impressed the Forty Niners when they saw him on the field. Another guy who is tough to call a steal is Reggie Smith from Oklahoma. He could be a corner but most likely will develop into a free safety. He's not the fastest player, but has good instincts and can really step up and make a good hit. Smith could be a pleasant surprise this fall. 

Round 1 (29) – Kentwan Balmer – DE – 6’5” 298 – North Carolina 

Round 2 (39) – Chilo Rachal – OG – 6’5” 315 – USC 

Round 3 (75) – Reggie Smith – DB – 6’1” 199 – Oklahoma 

Round 4 (107) – Cody Wallace – OL – 6’4” 296 – Texas A&M 

Round 6 (174) – Josh Morgan – WR – 6’0” 219 – Virginia Tech

Round 7 (214) – Larry Grant – OLB – 6’1” 235 – Ohio State


San Francisco 49ers – 2008 Draft Grade – C-


By T. Lewis,
May 7, 2008