Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
* Mike Iupati- A fair number of sites with draft guys on the ground are mentioning that Iupati is the best OL at the Senior Bowl. He is dominant at guard, but his size, arm length and quickness is something teams are looking at in a transition to either LT or RT. Now, he was destroyed in one of the LT drills, but this is a guy who has not been coached up at the position, and I believe some team will find he simply needs to work on his technique. He's not a waist bender, so that is something teams are very interested to observe. Many teams, including the Cowboys, are taking a long, long look.
To me, this has been the choice for some time now, whether he plays RT, RG, LG. I can really care less. When did this team have a dominant, superstar OL? Make the pick at 13, play him anywhere, and move onto the 16th/17th selection.
* Kyle Wilson and Perrish Cox are stealing the show at CB. Both appear to be late first, early second rounders, which is a shame. I do not think either will be on the board when the Niners make their pick in the second round.
* Jon Asamoah of Illinois is such a terrific athlete. This guy is money, and he should be there when the Niners pick in the second round. Imagine how much more athletic we would be replacing Baas and Snyder with Iupati and Asamoah.
* This is the time of the year where the men are separated from the boys. I have loved Brandon Graham for a long time, and he is a STUD football player. He can run around, through, underneath OT's all day long.
Thanks for the analysis.
Iupati is great but I think we need to understand that he is a guard and not a tackle, center etc.
I don't think one should automatically assume that he can play anywhere on the line simply because he is such a great athlete.
I think it is better to understand that he is a guard and if we draft him he will play guard. I would much rather draft Trent Williams as our RT, then hope that Iupati can play better then Trent Williams at RT.
With that understanding in mind, I think our most glaring need is RT, not guard. Therefore, it should be our primary concern at the draft. Therefore, we should only draft Iupati if we have already drafted our RT before.
Williams at 13 and Iupati at 16/17 could work. And then we can get our return man in the second.
If we draft Iupati at 13, Trent Williams and all the top OT prospects could easily be gone by pick 16/17. I don't think a Pro-Bowl guard is worth the risk.
MadDog, thanks for the analysis, too. I appreciate it as always and agree wholeheartedly on your position on Iupati.
And B, you would pigeon-toe Iupati just as an OG therefore not deserving of a mid-first round grade?
I am just as excited as MadDog about Iupati...again like so many others, he has that "IT" factor. If, and a big if, he was need to play OT on the RT, I am sure Mr. Solari can help him out. For now, stick him at LOG from day one and have Baas and Rachal battle for the next spot. Then, stick a nice ROT prospect in like Calloway, for example, who impressed me at the Shrine game. Great value, IMO.
To dovetail into the thread's essence, I just saw the North practice. I came away impressed with Iupati even more because he had never played LOT and was willing to try. For the first time in practice, give the guy a break. He can be coached, you could see the eagerness to do what it takes...man, I can see Solari lickin' his chops...I know I would...sorry for the digression, but he just is "IT" in OL. Would you spend #13 for Larry Allen? You know you would.
Heck, he may be taken by Carroll at #14, but I really think they would take a solid LOT prospect at that spot instead.
Because of that wonderful extra first round pick, we have the ability to do some great things for this team.
OL, IMO, must be two of the top four picks in this draft, two. One of the other two picks will be a RS with value at either WR/RB, both or a CB, IMO. The other will be either secondary or pass rusher.
At least, that is what I hope for now a days.