Around the NFC West: 49ers draft review


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers failed to address their biggest needs in the draft. Crumpacker: "Circumstances conspired against San Francisco getting an elite player at these vital positions. When the 49ers were up at 10 on Saturday, they saw Crabtree still available, so that meant no Michael Oher, the Mississippi tackle." Said coach Mike Singletary: "We had a head-on issue with Crabtree and Michael Oher." The team also wanted to add a pass rusher, Singletary said, but it did not happen.

Also from Crumpacker: Crabtree will wear No. 15 with the 49ers. His father, who drives a bread truck, can presumably retire if he wants.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along a pointed quote from Crabtree's college coach, Mike Leach, in regard to reports that Crabtree's attitude had turned off Browns coach Eric Mangini during the scouting process. Leach on Mangini: "How about that guy? There's a bunch of things that I've heard that guy described as that I might start sharing publicly. I mean, let's just point out that Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy has been as a coach at this point." Leach called Crabtree a team player in every way.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat gave Billy Bajema something to think about when he described the newly drafted Bear Pasco as "definitely" an upgrade over the former 49ers tight end. The 49ers also did not bring back tight end Sean Ryan. The 49ers addressed offense aggressively in the draft.

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers have reached agreements with several undrafted free agents. The list includes Purdue running back Kory Sheets, Ohio State tackle Alex Boone, Georgia Tech cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels, Stanford defensive end Pannel Egboh and South Carolina cornerback Carlos Thomas.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat thinks the 49ers vastly outperformed the Raiders in the draft. The 49ers were thrilled to find Crabtree at No. 10.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation grades the 49ers' draft selections. Crabtree's selection gets high marks. Glen Coffee's selection gets a C. Fucillo: "The reason I discount this grade so much is that I'd imagine they could have had him a little later, or even gone with some other RB options late in the draft. Running back was a need for this team, in spite of what others might think. However, there were some serious players available here that left me a bit confused. In the end I can live with this pick because I do think the 49ers front office has some clue of what's going on (no snickers please). However, it was one that had me a little bit befuddled."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers like Crabtree for his toughness.

Also from Barrows: A look at the 49ers' new uniforms.