Originally posted by RollinWith21n52:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Originally posted by DarthNiner:
Originally posted by 23zack80:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
In opinion, we correct the two weakest spots on the field with our two picks, RT and LG.
Early in the draft, the Niners can select the best OT left on the board. It might end up being the best OT in the draft, since this draft is defense top-heavy and there is a ton of uncertainty as to who is the best OT in the draft. I would think the Niners might be willing to trade down and draft a bigger-sized RT, who can drive block well, not just a nimble pass-protection stud. Ciron Black would be a reach early in the first round, but he's that type of jumbo-sized RT the Niners would probably love. Maybe someone else can emerge to make a good value selection that early.
I will say that Carolina is in real trouble at this point in the season, as their schedule is pretty rugged. They are not going to beat either New Orleans, nor Atlanta, and their non-conference is no snap as well. They look on a crash course for a top 6-7 pick.
As for the pick in the latter portion of the first round, one guy that jumps off the screen to me is mammoth LG Mike Iupati, from Idaho. All I can say is, "WOW". I saw him play last week, and he is tall, big, and big. Did I say BIG. Not fat at all. Just a big, broad, mountain. Great, great footwork. Looks like a tackle, not a guard, but just crushes people. Really, really impressive, and a guy you are going to hear about A LOT in the next six months.
Remember this name, Mike Iupati. He would make the bad memory of David Baas disappear very quickly. And, he looks like a lock as a first rounder. He's that athletic.
If the Niners can solve these two areas, and work very hard to improve Rachal's game, they will have a studly OL, which would be huge for our running and passing game.
What the hell is a possible first rounder playing at Idaho for?
Um... Does Jerry Rice ring a bell? Mississippi Valley State?
How about Central Michigan's Joe Staley?
1st rounders come from everywhere.
Mhmm. No one talks about Lupati -- yet -- (good looking out, MD) but he's pretty easily the best guard in the nation right now. There really isn't anyone close. And in terms of size, the only one who really compares is John Jerry of Ole Miss, but his feet aren't near quick enough to make him anything other than a day two guy.
OTC, what are your thoughts on the OTs? Where would the top guys this year rank against last year's tackles? I hear alot about Trent Williams falling, but is he still a top 10/15 pick?
I don't think so. Honestly, just watching him.. he is not playing up to that level at all. Not in the least. Last year's class was far, far better. There were several top 10 worthy tackles -- and I believe Oher (who I felt was the best and most complete OT in the draft) was another that just didn't happen to go in the top 10, but definitely was worthy of it.
This year? There might not even be one top 10 worthy, and if so, then just barely. Just my opinion, but compared to last year's crop, the 2010 class stinks.
Even top guys like Bulaga are not top 15 worthy at this point. He's battled injuries early on, Rutgers underclassman OT Anthony Davis has been underwhelming, and seniors like Trent Williams and Ciron Black aren't playing exceptionally well. Not terrible, but you can see the disparity when you watch the play of tackles like these this year and then think back on what we saw last year..
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Oct 9, 2009 at 18:25:13 ]