San Francisco 49ers: Late round sleepers

San Francisco 49ersIt’s always tough to find NFL-ready talent in the second and third day of the draft, but like everybody else the San Francisco 49ers will attempt to find their own Tom Brady or Robert Mathis this year.  Whether or not they get a monumental steal remains to be seen, but at this point, here are three players that I think can potentially pay off if drafted by San Francisco.

Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh

Street is a projected 4th round pick and is Pitt’s all-time leader in catches with 202.  He has good size at 6-foot-3 but the main knock on him is that he doesn’t have that breakaway speed to make him a real threat in the NFL.

This may have some truth to it but is was essentially the same thing that scouts said about current 49er receiver Anquan Boldin and he seems to be doing pretty well.  Like Boldin, Street has good hands that enable him to catch the ball in traffic and although he will have trouble creating separation with his speed, I believe he is tough and physical enough to free himself just enough against NFL conerbacks.

Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

It’s pretty much inevitable that the 49ers will lock up Colin Kaepernick with a huge contract in the near future so why not draft a project that can eventually help the team?

There is no denying that Thomas has all the physical tools.  He’s pretty much built like a tight end and easily has the strongest arm of all the quarterbacks in the draft but his accuracy leaves a little to be desired.  His decision making isn’t as sharp as it could be and he needs to improve his ability to read coverages but it’s hard to find a guy that can fling the ball 60 yards down the field like Thomas can.  Make no mistake about it, this guy is a project and a three-year project at that, but with the right coaching he can turn out to be a great steal.

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Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

In the past, the 49ers have drafted injured players and have given them a year or so to get healthy like Marcus Lattimore and Tank Carradine.  Look for them to do so again with this young cornerback who tore his ACL in January, turning a solid third-rounder into a 5th or 6th rounder.

His history with injuries will scare a lot of teams off, but when healthy, we are talking about a very intelligent football player who has played a little safety and is adept enough to play both man and zone coverages.  He can definitely be a good nickleback and even bring him off the edge in a blitz package.    With three picks in the seventh round, the Niners should definitely take a flyer on this guy if he manages to still be on the board by then.