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April 23, 2010
Second course: Defense is on the menu

After beefing up their neediest position yesterday, today promises to be all about defense for the 49ers. They could use another cornerback, another safety, a back-up middle linebacker and an heir to Aubrayo Franklin at nose tackle. None of these needs are pressing - and that's good for the 49ers. They can sit back and draft for value in Rounds 2 and 3. They have one pick in each round. Some players who will tempt them:

CB (2nd): Chris Cook, UVA. 6-2, 212
CB (2nd): Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest, 6-0, 192

NT (2nd): Brian Price, UCLA, 6-1, 303
NT (2nd): LaMarr Houston, Texas, 6-3, 305
NT (2nd): Terrence Cody, Alabama, 6-4, 349
NT (3rd): Al Woods, LSU, 6-4, 309

S (2nd): Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 209
S (2nd): Nate Allen, So. Florida, 6-1, 207
S (2nd): Taylor Mays, USC, 6-3, 230
S (3rd): Kam Chancellor, Va. Tech, 6-3, 231

ILB (2nd): Sean Lee, PSU, 6-2, 236
ILB (2nd-3rd): Brandon Spikes, Florida, 6-3, 245
ILB: (3rd): Donald Butler, Washington, 6-1, 245
ILB (3rd): Jamar Chaney, Miss. State, 6-1, 242

My shooting-from-the-hip guess as to what will happen today: I think the cornerbacks will go early and the value will be at nose tackle when the 49ers pick at 49. Prediction: LaMarr Houston in the second and my second-day draft crush, Kam Chancellor, in the third. Bonus: Houston was born in San Francisco and spent part of his youth in Sacramento.

Speaking of Round 2, I'll have Round 2 of my live chat at 11 a.m. today. You can find it at www.sacbee.com/live. Remeber, get your Qs in early. The last one I was able to answer yesterday was submitted at 11:18 a.m.

Both Davis and Iupati are expected to arrive in Santa Clara this afternoon for a press conference. Meanwhile, here's what Davis had to say at the scouting combine in February:

Q. About his weight problem?
A. Coming into Rutgers I was 366. After that I've been trimming down since. You're talking about the incident in the summer (before his sophomore season). I came in at 320 instead of 315. And you just don't do that at Rutgers. I just had to suffer the consequences.

Q. What were the consequences?
A. They had me on second team for a week.

Q. Was that humbling?
A. It hurt me to see someone else in my spot. It was just a lesson, it was a lesson to be learned.

Q. Are you friends with Eugene Monroe and what did he tell you about this?
A. Yes. He was just saying embrace it and some things I knew already like it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and just be yourself. Basically that's what he was saying.

Q. Would you like to play left tackle?
A. I just want to play football, but I would like to play left tackle, yes.

Q. Is it hard for you to stay at that weight after being at 360?
A. Oh no. When you are losing the weight it's like you hit walls. To get back up to 360 I would have to force-feed myself.

Q. How did you lose the weight?
A. Just strict diet and exercise. At Rutgers I got up everyday at 5:30 in the morning for two years and that got it done.

Q. Other than your weight what was the biggest challenge you faced?
A. Biggest challenge I faced...just getting used to having classes and playing football and trying to be the best at both. It takes up your day.

Q. Do people saying you have the most upside at tackle, do you think it diminishes what you have to offer right away?
A. They are saying good things, I don't want to argue with them. I don't think they are saying that meaning I can't help them now. I think they are saying that meaning I can get a lot better, and I believe I can get a lot better.

Q. How would you describe a "franchise tackle?"
A. If you play a team with a good defensive end, it's like, 'Don't worry, he has him.' That's how I would describe one, like Walter Jones.

-- Matt 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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