49ers Undrafted Free Agent Review
Posted on: April 29, 2009 3:44 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2009 9:27 pm
l Alex Boone , OT, Ohio State - Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have liked Boone for a long time as the 49ers possible right tackle of the future and at one point I wasn't against drafting him in the 4th-6th round. The fact that we got him as a UDFA makes me very happy. Boone has always had the physical ability to be a good player at right tackle because of his great strength and he has 4 years of starting experience at Ohio State as well but his main problem is his decision making. He was charged with drunk driving in 2006 and again in 2009 after resisting arrest and having a blood-alcohol level 3 or 4 times the legal limit. For some reason he has also admitted to sometimes drinking 30 beers a day. If he can just pull his head out of his ass then maybe he can be our starting right tackle when Marvel Smith's contract is up. If not this is a low risk signing that costs us nothing.
Pannel Egboh, DE, Stanford - A little small, only 275 pounds, and if he wants to make the team he is going to have to bulk up a bit to play defensive end because he is nowheree near quick enough to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The good news for him is that his almost 6'6'' frame can support more weight and that he is exceptionally strong so there is a chance. But with Dematric Evans, Justin Smith, Kentwan Balmer, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean-Francois, and now Egboh all competing for 2 defensive ends spots it seems like Egboh is nothing more than training camp fodder.
Kory Sheets , RB, Purdue - In my last 49er mock draft I actually had us taking him in the 4th round so you know I love this signing. I mean, when the draft was over I went online to see who had drafted him and when I saw he went undrafted I was shocked. Sheets was super prodcutive at Purdue and has great speed. Best receiving threat at running back that was available in the draft as well. The only problem is that with the drafting of Glen Coffee in the 3rd round we now have Frank Gore, Coffee, Michael Robinson, Thomas Clayton, and Sheets. I doubt that we carry 5 running backs and seeing as Coffee is a lot like Clayton, Clayton will probably be the one to get to boot to back room for Sheets. I am not sure how I feel about that because I wanted to see what Clayton could do in the regular season but I do like Sheets and he does bring something that we don't have, a change of pace back.
Jahi Word-Daniels , CB, Georgia Tech - Aside from having one of the coolest sounding names I have ever heard, Word-Daniels is a tall, physical corner who could surprise and make the team. Then again, with all of the defensive backs currently on the roster, it is more likely that he will be on the practice squad for at least a year. Word-Daniels had impressive measurements at the combine, 36'' vertical and 24 bench reps most notably, and fell mostly because he was injured for the entire second half of the 2008 season. If he had stayed healthy he would have probably been drafted in the middle rounds so we got a steal picking him up as an UDFA if he is healthy and can play up to his full abililty.
Dobson Collins , WR, Gardner-Webb - I personally do not know much about him but from what I have read he is a small, skinny receiver that isn't overly speedy but finds way to get open underneath and doesn't drop passes. After typing that he sounds a little like Wes Welker but I doubt he is that good and I certainly won't get my hopes up. Apparently he was a good return man at Gardner-Webb so maybe he will make the team there but I doubt that as well. More likely just another body to catch passes in training camp.
Matt Huners , OL, South Florida - The only things I know about him are that he started 27 games in college at offensive guard, he was pretty good for the Bulls as a senior, and that he is a little undersized but strong.
Carlos Thomas , CB, South Carolina - I can't find any scouting reports on him and, though I have watched a few South Carolina games, I never really payed attention to him. He is supposedly very fast and ran a 4.37 at South Carolina's Pro Day.
Terrail Lambert , CB, Notre Dame - Pretty much just a special teams player at Notre Dame.
Kyle Howard , OT, Wyoming - I thought it was hard to find anything about big school players at positions like corner and whatnot but it is almost impossible to find anything on a small school offensive lineman. He is big, 6'7'' and 315 pounds, and had plenty of starting experience at Wyoming. That is all I got so sue me.