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San Francisco 49ers Draft Grade
By Tony Moss, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below we take a look at the 2010 draft selections of the San Francisco 49ers, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.


1 - Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers (6-5, 323);
1 - Mike Iupati, G, Idaho (6-5, 331);
2 - Taylor Mays, S, USC (6-3, 230);
3 - Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State (6-0, 242);
6 - Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State (6-1, 233);
6 - Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh (6-4, 268);
6 - Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona State (5-10, 188);
7 - Phillip Adams, CB, South Carolina State (5-10, 194)

Analysis: Davis seemingly hurt his stock with a rough combine, but the 49ers liked the Rutgers standout enough to trade up two spots and take him (giving up a fourth-round pick in the process). With Davis and former first-rounder Joe Staley as bookends, Alex Smith should be well-protected. San Francisco fans probably weren't inspired to see their team take a pair of offensive linemen in a seven-pick span, but if they envision an offense that can succeed with Frank Gore running the ball, an interior lineman like Iupati was a prudent selection. Mays fell to the Niners at No. 49, and is a secondary playmaker for a team that had to have one, but they may have needed a CB more in this spot. Bowman, who some expected to come off the board early in the second round, has a real chance to get on the field at outside linebacker. Dixon is a big body who has almost fullback-like size and speed. Byham is a blocking tight end who could start opposite Vernon Davis in two-tight end sets. Williams, the son of White Sox GM Kenny Williams, adds depth as a wideout and on special teams. Adams, the lone cornerback selected by the club, was a reach.

Bottom Line: All of their picks made sense, but Niners hurt themselves by not adding any high-quality cornerback depth.

Grade: B

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