Maiocco Talks with Mayock
Matt Maiocco talked with NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock and here are a couple of questions answered:
Question: With the 49ers shifting full-time to a 3-4, how does that affect what they do with the No. 11 pick, concerning specifically defensive linemen such as Jamaal Anderson, Alan Branch, Amobi Okoye and Adam Carriker?
Mayock: “At No. 11, the guy I think brings them the most versatility and production is Adam Carriker, the defensive end from Nebraska. He fits what Mike Nolan likes. He’s big; he’s strong; he’s technically sound; and he’s clean off the field. And, by the way, he can play either defense, a 4-3 or a 3-4, multiple fronts, and that’s what’s so nice about him. Jamaal Anderson is similar. (He’s) a little bit better pass rusher than Carriker, (but) not as stout against the run. He’s only 21 years old and he has some upside to him. I would slightly favor Carriker between those two guys. As far as the tackles are concerned, I think the better fit would be Branch. He’s a natural nose tackle. The 325-pound guys are rare to find, especially when they’re athletic. I think he has more value to a 3-4 team than to a 4-3 team. He’s not one of my favorite players, but he matches up perfectly to a 3-4.”
Question: How would Patrick Willis fare in a 3-4?
Mayock: “I think he’d fare well in any defense. I mean that truly as a compliment. He’s big enough to play inside linebacker in a 3-4, where there’s more trash you have to work through. He’s athletic enough, you could probably play him on the edge in a 3-4. And we all know he can play in a 4-3. I think because of his size, his physical skill set, his toughness, he could translate into either defense.”
[Full Interview] – Press Democrat