Originally posted by MadMartz:Originally posted by GoFD74:Originally posted by MadMartz:Originally posted by GoFD74:Originally posted by 49wyztoscore:Originally posted by MadMartz:
How would he do all that? He would get maybe 10 touches a game. He is a talented runner but not what we need. We need a bruiser at RB to punish defenses in short yardage. I wouldnt take carries from Gore to give to McCluster, thats for sure.
Umm ok. He is exactly what Percy Harvin is. Last time I checked Harvin runs, catches and is thier KR/PR.
Harvin (5'11", 192) is actually much bigger than McCluster (5'9", 170) and is an every down player, unlike McCluster who projects to be more of a special-teamer/wildcat/slot WR type of player. Now, if he was a pure WR prospect like Desean Jackson was at Cal, he could definitely be an every-down WR...but I'm not sure McCluster has the receiving skills/abilities that Jackson had coming into the draft.
I agree, he doesnt project well to the NFL. Like I said earlier he gets maybe 10 touches a game.
Don't get me wrong, I really like McCluster and wouldn't mind having him, I just don't see him as a 1st rounder by any stretch...possibly/likely a 2nd rounder and absolutely positively a 3rd rounder.
No doubt the kid is a talented runner as i said before. But he is another project player and a luxory pick. A luxory we dont have IMO.
Here's where we disagree...I think McCluster and guys like him are much more than a luxury pick. Our inability to make ANY plays on special teams and our overall lack of speed on offense is a major weakness, and needs to be addressed this off-season.
I also don't think McCluster specifically is a project, mainly because he (and guys like Brandon James, Trindon Holliday, Tim Brown, Javier Arenas, etc.) can come in right away and make an impact on your team, either as a kick returner, punt returner or both. You can even draw up a package of plays (2-5 plays a game) for guys like these (except Arenas, who can help by being a slot corner initially), so it's not like you need to wait a few years before you can get something from them.
The issue is, are they really every-down type of players...if not, can you really afford to use a 1st or even a 2nd rounder on them, or does it make more sense to wait until the later rounds to grab someone like this?