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January 5, 2010
Feeling draft-y in January ...

Admit it. You await the announcement of my annual draft crush the way lonely teenage girls await the next "Twlight" installment. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait a little longer. No Percy Harvin or Carl Nicks has captured my heart at this point. However, there are - or there were - a couple of candidates. One of them is Florida inside linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has a certain nastiness I think the 49ers could use. Another is Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, whom you'll see tonight in the Orange Bowl. Unfortunately (for the NFL) Clayborn has already said he'll return to Iowa for his senior season. Still, that doesn't stop us including him in our "guys to scout from your sofa" list, which includes a potential first-round offensive tackle, Iowa's Bryan Bulaga. ... As always, thanks to NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang for his insight.

Iowa:

DE Adrian Clayborn, 6-3, 282, No. 94. Rang: If he has a big game, I can see him coming out. A really instinctive player and a potential first-round pick.

LT Bryan Bulaga, 6-6, 312, No. 79. Rang, 6-6, 312, No. 79: A legitimate first-round left tackle who is considering coming out early. It's going to be an interesting matchup. He'll be going against Derrick Morgan (see: below). If one spanks the other it could force the other guy to stay in school. As of now, Bulaga is projected to be available when the 49ers are picking.

ILB Pat Angerer, 6-1, 235, No. 43. Rang: Instinctive. He kind of reminds me of Scott McKillop.

OLB A.J. Edes, 6-4, 244, No. 49. Rang: Real fluid in space. There are not a lot of guys his size that can cover. Probably more of a 4-3 linebacker.

RT Kyle Calloway, 6-7, 315, No. 60. Rang: A good, solid right tackle.

TE Tony Moeaki, 6-4, 250, No. 81. Rang: Very athletic, has good ball skills. Struggled with injuries.

Georgia Tech

DE Derrick Morgan, 275, No.91. Rang: He had a monster junior year. He's got long arms and a very good burst off the edge. He's probably more of a 4-3 defensive end but is athletic enough to be considered as a 3-4 OLB.

RB Jonathan Dwyer, 6-1, 235, No. 21. Rang: Deceptively fast for such a big back; has good straight-line speed. His numbers may have been inflated by the team's triple-option attack.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 6-3, 229, No. 8. Rang: Georgia Tech ran the ball so much this year that Thomas, a junior, was able to consistently go deep. He's a guy that makes me nervous. He has great size but will have a lot of work ahead of him at the NFL level. He reminds me of Mike Williams.

S Morgan Burnett, 6-1, 210. No. 1. Rang; Another junior, Burnett makes a lot of plays. He plays behind such an aggressive defensive line, you wonder if he's the beneficiary of that. (Ga Tech lists Burnett as 6-1. It'll be interesting to see what he measures at the combine)

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Here's the order for the 2010 draft, which for the first time will be a THREE-DAY (!!!) affair. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. PST. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. PST. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 7 a.m. PST.

1. St. Louis Rams
2. Detroit Lions
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4. Washington Redskins
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Cleveland Browns
8. Oakland Raiders
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Denver Broncos (from Chicago) #
11. Jacksonville Jaguars #
12. Miami Dolphins
13. San Francisco 49ers
14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)
15. New York Giants
16. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) #
17. Tennessee Titans #
18. Pittsburgh Steelers
19. Atlanta Falcons #
20. Houston Texans #
21. New York Jets *
22. Baltimore Ravens *
24. Cincinnati Bengals *
23. Arizona Cardinals *
25. New England Patriots *
26. Green Bay Packers *
27. Philadelphia Eagles *
28. Dallas Cowboys *
29. Minnesota Vikings *
30. New Orleans Saints *
31. San Diego Chargers *
32. Indianapolis Colts *

*- Subject to Playoffs
# - Subject to Coin Flip

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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