Analysis: With the state of the San Francisco offense – and particularly the quarterback position – the 49ers have selected the best prospect in the draft. Smith is very athletic with potentially the brightest mind we have seen at the position in years, so San Francisco has secured the services of a "perfect fit" type quarterback that makes very sound decisions. The addition of Smith will greatly improve the 49ers' overall depth and athleticism at the quarterback position.
Selecting David Baas from Michigan shows the commitment of the 49ers under the direction of new head coach Mike Nolan. Securing the services of this physically strong and heady player should provide leadership and an ample protector for Alex Smith.
Frank Gore was expected to be the next best thing at the University of Miami. Knee injuries robbed him of significant playing time and health is going to be an ongoing concern. When healthy, Gore displayed a combination of speed, quickness, and power which would rival Ronnie Brown of Auburn. If healthy, Gore could be a find for the 49ers.
Snyder fits into the motto of the new 49ers, which is adding support players to a cast that begins with the selection of Smith. Adding size and depth to the offensive line appears to have been a priority for the team, though this movement did not appear to be a necessity.
Niners Draft Grade
Niners Digest Top Stories
Playing the NFL QB Carousel WheelWhile the QB position is the most important position in the NFL, quite a few teams are in the processing of changing theirs.
The OBRYesterday at 7:03 AM
Ducks Head to Hawaii for Big PotentialThe Oregon Ducks continue their nation-wide search for talent and this time offered a talented 2019 offensive lineman from Hawaii. Enokk Vimahi, 6-5, 270, from Kahuku HS, Kahuku,…
eDuckWednesday at 11:12 AM
DeMeco Ryans Lands a Coaching PositionFormer Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans is entering the coaching ranks with the San Francisco 49ers.
State of the TexansTuesday at 2:18 PM
NFL Coaching Hot Seats Heading Into 2017Dr. Roto examines some NFL coaches facing the hot seat as we enter the new year!
A Familiar Face Could Help Denver's O-LineIn need of some veteran help on the O-line, could the Broncos rekindle an old flame?
Mile High Huddle02/18/2017