Originally posted on Eureka 49ers  |  Last updated 5/7/10
Impact is the definitive word, here. That moment where two forces collide; the difference that is made in something. When you’re talking about the 17th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, both definitions suffice in a big way. That is to say, six and about a half feet tall with three hundred thirty one pounds of “big.” Iupati has been called many things, and I’m not about to dispute any of them when the operative words are “mauler” “vicious” and “holyjesuskillsdefensivelineman”. The last one may have just been my thoughts thrown together after watching some game tape, let’s call it my professional, snap-decision analysis.
Iupati was the second offensive lineman chosen by the 49ers in the first round. Its something that doesn’t happen very often, but it’s paid off so far when it has. In 2006 the Jets took D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold, who have combined for three pro bowls. In 1975 the Los Angeles Rams selected Doug France and Dennis Harrah, who combined for eight pro bowls in their careers.
At least one of the players the 49ers have taken can be assumed to make a pro bowl if he is coached up and reaches his potential in Anthony Davis, the teams 11th overall selection in the draft. Davis has been considered the offensive tackle with the most upside in the draft. But their other selection, Iupati, has been just short of being called an immediate pro bowler.
But back to impact. Iupati immediately improves this line at the point of impact. He has the technique, he can pull, he can get into space and make a block, but the thing that we’ll see on the highlight reel is his impact. Iupati manhandles players, when was the last time you saw the 49ers offensive line visbily manhandle someone? It’s been some time, probably not since Larry Allen was signed as a free agent  from the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.
Iupati will be a pro bowler, he will open up holes in the running game and be Frank Gore’s best friend. When the 2010 season begins, you’ll hear all about Iupati and his ability to pull and open up holes, but be sure to watch for that point of impact. 
I’d wager you can just listen for it. Gives me goosebumps.
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