Tag:Joe Staley
Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:40 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 10:41 pm
 

San Francisco building their running game

The San Francisco 49ers might be pulling away from the competition in the wide-open NFC West with their reinforcements along the offensive line.

While the general perception among NFL followers might be that the 49ers have enjoyed a stout rushing attack with Frank Gore, San Francisco had struggled in short yardage situations and wanted to get more physical up front.

The team aggressively moved up for former Rutgers' tackle Anthony Davis with 11th pick, swapping with the Denver Broncos. Davis, who some offensive line coaches feel has the most upside as a pass blocker in this draft, gives San Francisco as athletic a pair of offensive tackles as there is in the league with Joe Staley.

The concern with Davis has been maturity. Considering the gains head coach Mike Ditka Singletary has made with Vernon Davis, he could be one of the best able to motivate him to achieve his potential.

Mike Iupati, however, might be the more intriguing pick due to his ability to generate movement in short yardage situations. For all of his hype, Iupati was exposed a bit at the Senior Bowl for some struggles in pass protection. Considering the athleticism of San Francisco's tackles, however, his limited flexibility and reliance on his upper body strength as a pass blocker can be effectively contained.

 
 
 
 
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