2010 NFL Mock Draft, Fans' Picks Edition: No. 17 - San Francisco 49ers
This first round must already be considered a success for the 49ers, who saw cornerback Joe Haden slip right to them at No. 13, allowing San Francisco to grab an extremely talented player at a position of need.
And now, it seems like it's time to focus on the offensive line. San Francisco needs help up front and a bunch of linemen -- Bruce Campbell, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati and Maurkice Pouncey -- sit there for the taking.
But this draft's been full of curveballs and the 49ers have an opportunity to throw another here. Safety Earl Thomas would be a nice fit in San Francisco, and defensive line talents like Dan Williams and Jared Odrick would further bolster a defensive front that finished third in the league in sacks last year with 44.
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Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: Campbell's been in the crosshairs for several picks now -- he looked like a decent bet to go in the top 10, but has plummeted all the way down to San Francisco at 17. Should he keep falling, there are plenty of teams behind the Niners that would love to snatch him up. The only downside for San Francisco is tha he's a guy who's more potential than results at the moment. He may not be ready to start from the opening whistle.
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers: Davis comes with his own set of concerns, namely that his motor stops running from time to time. Still, he's a sturdy tackle and a guy who is skilled as both a pass- and run-blocker. He could anchor down a left tackle slot or slide across the line to the right side for a year or two.
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho: The best interior lineman available in the draft, Iupati certainly deserves a look in the first round and San Francisco could use some guard help. He's not a sensational pass-protector, but he will get out and mash people on running plays -- something that Frank Gore and the 49ers' backs would no doubt appreciate.
Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida: This is probably too high still for Pouncey, but he's a guy the 49ers would have to consider. San Francisco needs help up and down the line, and Pouncey has the versatility to fill-in at multiple positions while honing his skills to become the team's starting center.
Earl Thomas, S, Texas: Finally, someone on the defensive side of the ball. Much like happened at 13, when San Francisco wound up with Haden, the 49ers could simply opt to consider the best player available here, which would definitely put Thomas in the mix. He's slightly undersized, but there's no doubting Thomas' ability to be a big-play guy in the secondary. The explosive and athletic Taylor Mays would fit the bill, too.