Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Not now chief, i'm in the fuckin zone
My team has done well. Espn and CBSsports ranked them one of the top winners in This years FA. They grabbed two lunch pail guys to do the dirty work in a true 3-4, something they didn't have the personnel to do last year. They added speed at WR, hopefully Lelie can focus and do what he did in his first year at Denver and thats put up over a 1000 yards receiving. I think he's out to prove something instead of being the unhappy cry baby he was his last year in Denver and in Atlanta. Not to mention the Secondary was vastly upgraded.
Nate Clements CB-Impact: Clements gives the 49ers the lockdown cornerback they haven't had since Deion Sanders and Eric Davis manned the corner positions for San Francisco more than a dozen years ago, which also happens to be the last time the 49ers were a Super Bowl team. Having a playmaker of Clements' ability at cornerback changes the complexion of the San Francisco secondary, and gives the Niners two Pro Bowl-caliber corners. In the NFL, Clements is what's referred to as a major upgrade.
Michael Lewis SS-Was a NFC starter in the Pro Bowl in just his third NFL season. Led Philadelphia with 129 tackles and 88 solo tackles in 2004. Career totals include nine interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, six fumbles recovered and six sacks. Like Clements, Lewis will step in immediately as a starter in San Francisco's revamped secondary. He'll give the 49ers the physical presence and improved coverage ability they're looking for at strong safety.
Ashley Lelie WR
Tully Banta-Cain OLB-Possesses good edge pass-rushing skills and a natural ability to get to the quarterback. Is versatile enough to play several positions within the 3-4 system. Another mid-range signing that could pay huge dividends for the 49ers.
Aubrayo Franklin NT-Wide-bodied 320-pounder has the size and strength to occupy blockers and hold ground at the point of attack. Has the technique needed to be a true 3-4 tackle.There probably isn't a nose tackle in this year's draft that can help the 49ers in 2007 as much as Franklin, which makes him an excellent addition to the team's defensive line rotation
Colby Bockwoldt LB
With all their draft picks, they could potentially trade up if need be to add depth or upgrade other weak areas. Needless to say i'm excited to get this season underway. As long as Gore stays healthy, it'll be a good year.