49ers Trade Up for Staley, Goodbye Kwame

staley.pngThe 49ers moved up from 42 to 28 and selected OT Joe Staley, Central Michigan. Goodbye Kwame. The early reports are that the 49ers gave up a 4th this year and a 1st next year.

OVERVIEW
Having arrived on Central Michigan’s campus as a 225-pound tight end in 2003, Staley has not only matured physically, but has developed into one of the elite offensive tackles in the collegiate game. Blessed with incredible quickness, Staley has the long wingspan and strong hands to consistently neutralize his opponent.

Known for his drive-blocking ability, he helped the team produce three 1,000-yard rushers during his Chippewas career. With former teammate, center Eric Ghiaciuc, emerging in his second year with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006, pro scouts are eagerly anticipating Staley’s arrival at the next level, as many feel he is the best down lineman the school has ever produced.

Staley lettered twice in football and track at Rockford High School. He was a Grand Rapids Press Dream Team member and ranked No. 13 overall prospect by the Detroit Free Press on its Fab 50 squad and No. 49 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list. Advance newspapers added him to its all-area team.

The prep tight end caught 24 passes for 559 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. In track, he set three school records in the 200-meters (21.9), 4×100 (42.5), and 4×200 (1:27) relay teams. He placed sixth in the state in the 200-meters to earn all-state honors, as the team finished fourth in the state finals in the 4×100, fourth in 4×200,and sixth in 4×400 (43.1).

Staley enrolled at Central Michigan in 2003, starting four of 11 games at tight end as he was limited early in the year by an August camp ankle sprain. He grabbed 11 passes for 130 yards (11.8 avg.) and one touchdown. The sophomore added more than 25 pounds of muscle to his frame, which earned him a move to right offensive tackle in 2004, where he started 11 times. His blocking helped the team average 370.7 yards per game.

Another position move in 2005 saw Staley emerge as one of the best pass protectors in college. He shifted to left tackle and did not allow any sacks, as the team featured a 2,800-yard passer in Kent Smith and a 1,000-yard rusher in Ontario Sneed.

The team put more of an emphasis on the passing attack in 2006. Staley earned All-Mid American Conference honors while manning the left tackle position. Even though All-MAC offensive linemen Ghiaciuc and Adam Kieft graduated, Staley more than filled the leadership void up front, guiding an offense that ranked No. 22 in the nation in passing (245.93 yards per game) and No. 23 in scoring (29.71 points per game). He even caught one pass, but it was good for a 3-yard loss.

He finished his career by starting 39 of 46 games for the Chippewas, adding more than 75 pounds of muscle to his frame while maintaining his impressive 4.72 speed.

ANALYSIS
Positives: The first thing you notice on film is Staley’s ability to explode off the snap … Has excellent initial quickness, showing a strong base with the suddenness to get his hands into the defender in an instant … Has a tall, angular frame with developing muscles, long arms, large hands and minimal body fat (11.4 percent) … Possesses wide hips, thick thighs and a frame that can carry at least another 25 pounds with no loss in quickness … Has excellent athletic agility for this position … Still possesses the loose hips, lower-body flexibility and valid quickness of a tight end, coming off the snap with very good explosion … Quick to get out on the edge and shows very fluid knee and ankle bend when changing direction … Adds a good blend of strength, especially in his hand jolt … Moves well in the open, doing a nice job of locating and neutralizing linebackers … Shows outstanding acceleration on pulls and traps, running with short pitter-patter steps with the plant-and-drive agility to redirect … Smart enough to call blocking assignments … Makes quick adjustments on the move and will have no problems dealing with the mental aspect of the game … Plays with a high motor, knowing that his athletic ability will let him beat even the speedier pass rushers along the edge … Very light on his feet for a player of his size, showing quick reactions to combat any defensive movement … Does a solid job executing reach blocks and maintaining position when working in-line … Could use more bulk to clear out and maintain the rush lanes, but shows quick feet in his kick slide … Can fire off the ball on run blocks, showing very good hip roll in this area … Quick to get his hands into the defender to lock on and control … Has good forward body lean to maintain the rush lane and can move the pile when he uses his legs to drive hard and gain leverage … With added bulk, he could be exceptional as a drive blocker … Worked mostly from the spread and shotgun offense, but with his foot speed he was very effective at sliding out to neutralize the edge rushers … Could use more bulk to anchor, but he has the feet, balance and body control to ride his man out of the play … Fluid with his shuffle/slide and stays square and balanced attacking the defender … Has the flexibility and reach to adjust to second-level defenders … Will smother linebackers and move on to another target when he plays at a good pad level … Has the foot quickness to make the reach blocks and is fluid in his kick slide … Loops well and is quick to change direction, reacting quickly moving side to side … Shows good vision to combat twists and has the balance to recover when caught out of position.

Negatives: Can slide well in either direction and pulls well along the line, but tends to lose some hand placement attacking on the move … Has good explosion off the snap and good timed speed, but when he gets too erect in his stance he will struggle a bit to redirect … Has a strong hand punch, but needs to be more active using those hands in attempts to sustain … He seems to struggle getting low in his stance to generate leverage on the move, but he has the reach and extension ability to cover defenders up at the line of scrimmage … Showed much better explosion with his hands coming off the snap, but will tend to lean and use his body more than gain proper hand placement (is not punching the defensive end often in pass protection) … Athletic and smooth in his movements and has the body control to execute blocks in space, but needs to maintain proper pad level working in the second level (will get too tall in his stance, causing his base to narrow … Does a good job of executing pancake blocks when he stays on his feet, but must stay low in his pads in order to make contact on open-field blocks … Can extend, jolt and shock the opponent when he gets his hands on them, but needs to do it with more consistency … Strong on top, but still learning the proper technique for grabbing.

Compares To: Ross Verba, Detroit Lions … Staley’s foot speed can rival that of Oakland’s Robert Gallery, but he plays with much better aggression … Like Verba, Staley shows great fire and aggressiveness in his play … He has the vision and alertness to pick up stunts and the foot speed to easily neutralize edge rushers … Like Verba, Staley needs to add more bulk to play left tackle at the next level, but his strength and speed are great assets that will make him ideal protecting the quarterback’s blind side.

INJURY REPORT
2003: Suffered an ankle sprain in mid-August.

AGILITY TESTS
Campus: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash … 450-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 28 times … 600-pound squat … 31-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-3 broad jump … 4.35 20-yard shuttle … 11.4 percent body fat … 33½-inch arm length … 10 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts.

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~ by 49ersNews on April 28, 2007.

93 Responses to “49ers Trade Up for Staley, Goodbye Kwame”

  1. Interesting.

  2. Next year’s pick is certainly gonna be before #28….here’s hoping Staley is a potential Pro Bowl guy who’s at the team for years.

  3. According to KNBR, the Niners still have #42.

  4. amen

  5. Later KWAME!

  6. Looks like a great move…we lose next year’s pick, which will most likely be better than #28….but from what the ESPN guys say, he is a lot better than a #28 guy, a lot like the Cleveland move, we get our guy a year early.

  7. What are the chances Nolan will attempt to recoup next year’s first rounder today, adding whomever may be tradeable to the picks we have?

  8. any news on d jackson or was that just a rumor? i havent heard anything since the initial report

  9. I like the move folks. All the experts love what San Fran is doing. I’m not concerned about next year’s first round pick. If we continue to draft the way we’ve drafted the last couple of years, we’re going to be in a better place. If Staley plays as well as I think he’s going to play, the price will have been small to get him. This is a great day to be a ‘Niner fan. GO NINERS! GO NINERS! GO BABY! YEAH!

  10. So far so good. I don’t mind trading the 2008 first round pick for a player that is really gonna help us win games. We are having an excellent draft so far.

  11. Niners still have their 2nd, 2 – 3rds and 2-4ths (assuming we get jackson). It is playoffs or bust, which is why they made the trade. Even if Staley takes a year to learn the position, he will be just as good as a top 10 OT in next years draft.

    Now the niners have an opportunity to trade Harris and or Smiley for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round picks for next year.

  12. I mean we can always trade up anyways

  13. D JACKSON ANY NEWS THESE IDIOTS ON KNBR SAY NOTHING ABOUT IT I KNOW MORE THAN THEY DO……………………………… PLEASE RESPOND TO MY QUESTION……

  14. Looks like the DJax deal is done, just pending physical. It will be a 4th. So the 49ers still have a 2nd, 2 3rd’s and 2 4ths (pending the Jackson trade)

  15. I’m kind of surprised that we moved up for an offensive lineman. With the exception of Kwame Harris, I feel like we’re okay for now on our line. But, good linemen are always good to have around, and Larry Allen won’t be around/effective forever. So, I can’t complain about it. It’s obvious, though, that Niners management have full expectations of this year being our final year of having a high draft pick. If we suck next year, New England got a steal.

  16. THIS GUY STANLEY,I THINK WE COULD HAVE GOT IN THE SECOND OR THIRD ROUND WITH OUT TRADING,BUT HE WAS IN THE SENIORBOWL AND LET SOMEONE GET A COUPLE OF SACKS IN THE SENIORBOWL. AS LONG HE IS BETTER THAN KWAME.

  17. i don’t get it. i guess it’s ok if nolan’s really that sure he’s gonna be an amazing tackle. but he better be the tackle they’re gonna rely on to protect smith for years to come

  18. THEY STILL WONT ASK N OLAN ABOUT D JACKSON IDIOT FUCKERS KNBR

  19. PA…Staley would not have been around much longer. Baltimore would have taken him one pick later.

  20. I CALLED KNBR THEY SAID I PROBABLY WILL GO THROUGH JUST THE PHYSICAL HOLDEN IT UP

  21. IT WILL PROBABLY GO THROUGH SORRY

  22. A GOOD TRADE FOR US KWAME AND SMILEY FOR A FIRST ROUND PICK NEXT YEAR EVEN PUT IN D SMITH THAT WOULD BE NICE TO GET BACK IN THE FIRST ROUND NEXT YEAR IT WOULD SUCK NOT TO HAVE A 1ST ROUND PICK NEXT YEAR WHAT WOULD WE DO AT DRAFT TIME?

  23. Yeah, I think it was a good pick. We needed to do something now because of the players we will lose on the O line next year. So far, so good!! A receiver would be a good next pick at #42.

  24. We should trade kwame to t he Falcons for there 3 & 4 picks, then trade Smiley our 6th & D-Smith for another 2nd draft Allen Branch if still there, & Eric Wright and say hello to number six! go Niners WOOOOO

  25. Alan Branch would be the ideal pick at number 42, if in fact the DJax trade goes through.

  26. http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com makes an interesting point about the Staley pick. Alan Branch, who was at one time regarded to be a possible top ten pick, is still available. Am I crazy or shouldn’t we be trying to get him at this point? Our D line needs him…

  27. i dont think he will still be there that would be sweet though branch if hes there and wright if he is not

  28. No way Branch would be available…in fact I can’t believe he has slid this far…watch Indi take Branch right now

  29. Indy took anthony gonzo

  30. The niners suck

  31. number six eill never happen

  32. number six will never happen

  33. OK what piece of shit asshole is using my name

  34. Quit hatin you probably like the boys or the raider, now they garbage and don’t know how to draft… branch might fall to us now wouldn’t that be exciting two defensive studs and another tony boseli

  35. CARDS JUST TRADED UP FOR THE FIRST PICK IN THE SECOND ROUND!

  36. they are getting alan branch

  37. your mom is

  38. they did shit

  39. SSSSSSSSSSSSSSHIT,ARIZONA GOT ALAN BRANCH.

  40. Wait….maybe we swapped 1st rounders with NE next year?

    Can’t possibly see that being true…

  41. Yeah but we should look at the guy from texas that got kicked off the team he’s a dt maybe in the 4th even 5th

  42. No, as of now we don’t have a 1st round pick next year. I would like to see us pick Rice with the next pick.

  43. i hope the next pick is Sidney Rice, South Carolina i like this guy

  44. Shit I hate the the Cards

  45. DAMN-IT! The cards move up and got Branch. Shit!

  46. Who’s good on D-line now that we lost Branch.

  47. what do yall think about us if we take the next pick and draft Sidney Rice, South Carolina

  48. what do yall think about if we take the next pick and draft Sidney Rice, South Carolina i would like this pick up

  49. Jeremy, I like Sidney Rice, but I would like to get D-Line before. What do you think?

  50. Thats who I think we should grab next. It looks like the D line would get help until the 3rd and 4th rounds.

  51. dwayne jarrett

  52. i could agree with dat but who is out there Branch even though was a bit of a head case and didnt want to work hard he was still the best in the draft call at that postion so who did you have in mind

  53. LaMarr Woodley is still on the board if we go D line next???

  54. i like sidney rice but i like steve smith better. also could look at a bit of a reach but grab weddle for safety. or even kalil since heitman has been bit by injury bug of late..if by chance chris houston falls he could be nice pick up.. even blalock the guard out of texas. if indeed they do look to trade smiley bass jumps in to start blalock to backup..

  55. Someone said that Staley would last until 2nd or 3rd round. Put down your mock draft magazines that were written months ago. Staley probably would have been picked by Baltimore with the next pick. Im sure teams even thought about it earlier

  56. Jeremy, I believe they where going to draft Branch if he slipped, but since he was picked up by the Cards, I think they might go for Rice now. From what I understand, the have look at a DT from Utah (name?) and a DE from Hawaii (name?). So there is a possiblity Rice in the 2nd then 3rd and 4th D-line

  57. NinersRule, I did forget about Woody!

  58. NinersRule, do you think we should go fro Woody, before a WR?

  59. If people thought staley would have made it to 2nd no less 3rd round you know nothing about football. All along this kid was known as mid to late first round pick. If we didnt jump in from on the ravens they would have grabbed him to replace ogden in a year.
    While im not sure about trading next years first I trust nolans judgement. So far he has this team going in a great direction.

  60. oh yea a lot of experts thought staley would have gone to the giants at 20 in the first. thats what most reports were saying actually when he slipped to 28 had great value

  61. there goes weddle.. chargers grabbed him

  62. Yeah, if we grab Woody now, we can grab a WR in the 3rd. With DJack, Lelie, and Battle, I think we o.k. with starters.

  63. Yeah, I agree with being ok with WR. What is up with woody?

  64. I didn’t do much research on him. Mainly branch

  65. we can trade Kwaime harris for a 3rd round pick

  66. no one will give us a 3rd for harris.. a 4th i can see but not a 3rd..

  67. I doubt if we’ll trade players for picks during the draft. Here is a scouting report of Woodley. Looks like a good fit for our team.
    2007 NFL Draft Prospect – Scouting Report
    LaMarr Woodley possesses a great combination of quickness and strength, with the versatility to play defensive end or outside linebacker. He is solid at 270 lbs. and can lay the “big hit” to the ball carrier, yet displays enough speed to run down opposing quarterbacks. Although he doesn’t have blazing speed, his closing speed is deceptive in pursuit of the ball. Woodley is an impact player on the field as a pass rusher, recording 12 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss his as a senior. He shows solid hand technique at the point of attack to shed blockers and locate the ball carrier. Woodley is clearly a “tweener” and will most likely find himself playing linebacker at the next level. His best fit in the NFL would be a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker an occasionally line up at defensive end. Woodley has all the intangibles to excel in a 3-4 scheme as a pass rusher and get the job done against the run. He will be a first day selection, probably a mid-to-late first round pick.

  68. Thanks NinersRule.

  69. Niners on the clock now, lets see who they go with!

  70. Eric Wright he will be nice

  71. We just traded our pick to the Colts. Wonder what they offered us??

  72. we traded what the shit

  73. I bet we got Manning

  74. wtf .. colts dont own a 2nd round pick we moved right out of round 2..

  75. i got faith in nolan, but i’m having trouble following what the fuck he’s thinking so far…. besides willis

  76. I heard they offered Manning so it should work out allright. Nolan’s a genius like that.

  77. What did we get

  78. we probably got there 1st or 2nd next year

  79. what in the fuck is going with the 9ers draft board?!

  80. greg, better be the first next year or i don’t see the point

  81. I looked on ESPN to see what we got from the Colts and they don’t have it up yet!

  82. sidney rice is gone =(

  83. we have 4 picks in the 4th now.

  84. Dwayne Jarrett is now off the board.

  85. i thought nolan was high on getting “the best player available”?

  86. we got the colts 4th this year and 1st next year

  87. So that leaves us with 2 3rd round picks, 3 4th round picks, a 5th and a 6th. Plus we are back in the 1st round next year.

  88. what in the hell is going on

  89. im losing trust in this draft can someone please tell me what in the hell is going on

  90. Dang the pack just grabbed Woodley.

  91. Thats smart cause they got back the first and if the trade goes down for DJack then we got a WR and still have 3 4ths!

  92. Pitt grabbed Woodley, not the pack. My fault, looked at the wrong team.

  93. the pick we got from the colts is there 1st round for next year i read it earlier so were back in the 1st round again!!!!

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