Originally posted by RollinWith21n52:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by tohara3:
Hey MadDog or OnTheClock, do you think we can get the OT Bulaga from Iowa as our RT? Also what do you think of the cornerback Patrick Robinson from FSU? Thanks
It really depends if he comes out. He's been dinged a bit this year, and most top level LT's these days are staying in for their senior year. I don't expect him to come out.
As for Robinson, I think he's an excellent playmaker. At the same time, the Niners have a great secondary (the best unit on the field for the team this season...by far), so I do not see any moves to pick up a guy in the back four. And, he's probably 5'10", which is a tough sell for me when WR's are getting bigger around the league. And, this team likes 6'+ CB's on the roster.
At RT, I think they'd look heavily at Ciron Black, if he is still on the board. He's a bigger, road-grading OT compared to the more nimble guys like Okung, who are better suited at LT. Black might still be on the board at 18 or so. By the early twenties, he's almost assuredly going to be gone.
MadDog, couple thoughts/questions.
-You say we wouldn't go for a player in the secondary. I have to believe that if Carolina really struggles and grants us a top5/10 pick, basically in position to pick up Berry, we would really have to consider him. Just like you pointed to earlier, Berry and Suh are clearly the two best prospects in college football today. If either is available I think we go after them, even though it could be argued that neither one plays a position of major need.
-Also you said Cody looks fat/unmovable. Is this a good or bad thing? Fat=bad, unmovable=good, fat and unmovable = ???.
-Anthony Spencer? Why so much love for a guy with 4.5 career sacks, who plays behind one of the strongest D-lines in the game? Sounds like another TBC experiment to me.
-Is Suh a potential NT in our system? Doesn't seem like we ask the Nose to take up double teams as much as some other 34 teams.
-Slightly off the draft topic, what did you think of Brooks' play this weekend? I think he might be better than he's been given credit for.
-Where does Ciron Black rank amongst the OTs taken last year?
-Finally, do you think these are needs that can be answered in FA? Which ones can/can't?
I think Berry is the exception to all the rules. Michael Lewis has been better than expected, and was a solid pickup (one of the best by the Niners), but his upside is limited. On the other hand, Berry has the potential to be a perennial All-Pro, a major difference maker in the way of Polamalu or Reed.
I wouldn't touch Cody until late in the first round, at best. I think maintaining weight is going to be a huge issue for him, and I do not see the athleticism of some of the other jumbo-sized NT's in the NFL.
Suh is going to be a 4-3 undertackle, or 3-4 defensive end. I think it would be a waste to put him as a 3-NT.
Spencer is a really good player. The sacks will come. He's generating pressure, and playing well. I think he's better than anything on our roster at the OLB.
Brooks made one terrific tackle, which really disrupted one of the Vikings' drives. It was a very good play. Outside of that one play, I don't believe he distinguished himself, and I don't see the ability to attack the passer as one that will help him crack a starting lineup. He's simply a reserve.
I'd rank Black below all of the first round OT's in the 2009 draft. He's strickly going to be a RT in the NFL, unlike Smith, Monroe, and Oher, who all have LT potential. A. Smith was the best run blocking OT in the draft.
Impact players in free agency have virtually dried up. It is hard to compete with 31 other teams for four or five difference-makers, especially when most teams are located on the eastern portion of the country, and most NFL players would rather stay close to home, if dollars and cents are matched.