Originally posted by RollinWith21n52:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Iupati is an unknown at OT, but Senior Bowl week hopefully will answer some questions whether he can play that position. What I do know is that he appears to be a major long-term upgrade over Baas and Rachal at guard, even if he does not project well at OT.
I was big fan of Joe Staley well before he was nationally known in college, simply due to his footwork. While their body types are very different at this stage of their college career, I do see excellent movement for an OL. He already has the size and strength and length to move to the outside.
Albert is smaller-framed, and left college after his junior year. So, teams never had the chance to evaluate him at the Senior Bowl at the tackle position. Iupati probably will be closely examined at that spot.
MD, how do you evaluate our current lineman, and do you think they have a pretty good ceiling. Specifically Staley and Rachal. What's Iupati's ceiling, and how do you rate the other linemen in the draft. I've noticed you're notvery high on Fox or Bulauga
The Niners have two quality linemen right now in Heitmann and Staley, who are starter quality. Staley is probably a mid-level starting LT in the league, and I sincerely doubt he will ever make a push for the Pro-Bowl. Heitmann is at the apex of his career (I think he played slightly better last season), and is a solid starter. Once again, not Pro-Bowl material, but consistent and reliable. The drop to the next level is pretty steep, where I grade Baas and Rachal about equally. Baas doesn't have much mobility, and his lack of foot speed hurts his ability to play at a high level. He is not a bad player, but certainly below average for starting LG's in the league. He should be a reserve. Rachal is more athletic than Baas, but is prone to making mistakes. He takes poor angles, misses assignments, and often loses balance against the undertackles of the NFL. Once again, he is not a bad player, but needs a lot of work. He has a big upside, and has some solid moments, but consistency is his biggest problem. Finally, Snyder is backup material, period. And, who knows what we have with Pashos?
So, right now, we have two solid starters, one guy who should be on the bench for sure, and two other guys who simply are not good enough to start on most teams in the league.
Iupati has a very high ceiling, in my opinion. He's huge, strong, fast, and bends his knees well. He is terrific with his hands, and is mobile. He looks more athletic than nearly every OT in this draft, so there is no doubt he is going to get his shot to play on the end.
As for Fox and Bulaga, I really like both players. To me, Bulaga does not have a high ceiling like Iupati and A. Davis, but is a terrific technician, and should be a solid pro. Fox is a guy that intrigues me as a RT in the league. Great height, experience, and grades out higher than maybe any OT in college over his career. He is a terrific player, and you can see how much Miami missed him in the bowl game. Their line was a disaster.