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Thursday, April 23, 2009
GM profiling: McCloughan and the tackles

By Mike Sando

Draft Rd. Pick McCloughan's Team Tackle
College Conference
1 16 Packers Aaron Taylor
Notre Dame Independent
1 22 Seahawks Chris McIntosh
Wisconsin Big Ten
1 27 Packers John Michels
2007 1 28
49ers Joe Staley
1 30 Packers Ross Verba
Iowa Big Ten
2003 3 73
Seahawks Wayne Hunter
2004 3 84
Seahawks Sean Locklear
N.C. St.
4 117 Packers Jeff Miller
Mississippi SEC
4 128 Seahawks Floyd Womack Mississippi St.
5 171 Seahawks Matt Hill
Boise St.

Posted by's Mike Sando

The 49ers could use an offensive tackle even after picking up Marvel Smith in free agency. Would they select one with the 10th overall choice?

I discussed the matter with Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. while also researching how 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan's teams have valued offensive tackles in the draft since 1994. The chart shows the tackles McCloughan's teams have drafted, with a few notes worth factoring into your thinking:

The chart shows McCloughan's teams drafting 10 tackles, half between the 16th and 30th overall choices. In some cases, McCloughan's teams drafted tackles as early as they could have drafted them (his teams weren't holding the 10th pick every year, obviously).

But if we consider where the 49ers drafted starting left tackle Joe Staley -- 28th overall in 2007 -- we might wonder whether the team would target a right tackle 18 spots earlier. Would the value line up given that teams generally value left tackles higher than right tackles? With that in mind, I have wondered whether any tackle the 49ers drafted at No. 10 would have to project as a starter on the left side, with Staley eventually moving back to the right side. That might be overthinking things, but it's a consideration.

Eugene Monroe, Jason Smith, Andre Smith and Michael Oher seem to be the four highest-rated offensive tackles in this draft. Oher appears more likely than the others to remain available at No. 10, although "seems" is a key word these days.

This is where my conversation with Muench might help provide additional perspective. A few of his thoughts: