The following is a list of prospects I really like that we could most likely should be available we pick in the 4th round and possibly even later in the draft. Some fill a position of need right away, while others project to be studs a few years down the road.
5. Dequan Menzie, CB, Alabama - The SEC defensive player of the year (no small task) could fill a significant hole and develop into a starting corner over his first few seasons. Considering he could be available in the fifth round, Menzie could represent a major steal. He could compete with a free agent for the nickel position, but we also should have the depth to be patient with him. I'm not sure if he was a team captain at Alabama but he certainly is a Shanahan guy from a leadership perspective.
4.Markus Zusevics, T/G, Iowa - A nice depth pick for the 5th or 6th round. Of all the prospects available when we select here. Take a flier on him late and you at least get some competition for Maurice Hurt and Willie Smith. He played tackle at Iowa, so we definitely could give him a look there, but Shanahan may like him better as a guard, where I think he could develop into a force.
3. Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina - This is my biggest stretch on the list in terms of someone who could fall into the 4th round. But he is still not a first round prospect, there is better safety talent in this draft, and safeties tend to slip a bit lower than their value anyway. At the very least, we could give him a look in the 3rd. Allen is a sure tackler capable of playing insider the box, but he also has good instincts in coverage and even has the ability to press receivers and tight ends at the line. Given his versatility at safety and our major question marks in the defensive backfield, Allen could even be our top option in the 3rd round.
2. James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada - Johnson doesn't impress you with big hits and run stuffs that you expect from linebackers in the NFL, but as the league is evolving, those type of players are not as valued as someone like Johnson. He moves well and covers well. He seems to always understand his responsibilities in coverage, reacts quickly and blankets his defenders. Another thing I like about him is that he is very active before the snap. That shows me that he already has refined the ability to read and react to offensive looks. Johnson could be a special player and I could even see him quarterbacking our defense the way Fletcher does now at some point in the future.
1. Phillip Blake, C, Baylor - He is a load, but he also moves very well and has decent speed. All the RG3 footage I have scene shows him easily moving defenders off the line of scrimmage in pass protection. The chemistry with RGIII shouldn't be a deal breaker, but also can't hurt. Blake will likely be a bit of a project, however, with Montgomery holding down the starting job at least for 2012. Still, taking a prospect like Blake in the 4th round gives us a lot of value from a mid round pick.