Originally posted by MadDog49er:
McClain is a terrific player, and I think the moment we saw him run on the field, we would all be pleasantly impressed.
HOWEVER...this team is never going to go anywhere until we get our offensive line corrected. And, the bottom line...we have to replace at least two people in the starting lineup.
While I am a firm believer in selecting the BPA in the first round, I also believe a team needs a plan for success. Success for our team needs to be built on stability on the OL. That should be our primary focus in 2010.
So, give me the two top-graded OL and let's get this party going. Until then, we are really never going to know what we have in Smith, we will be limited in what we can run offensively, and we will continue to shuffle mediocre players around hoping to find some magic combination. To me, end the game right now. Draft Iupati at 13 (I think he's a future Pro-Bowler), and the best OT at 16/17, and let's start training camp.
P.S. If the Niners don't draft a player from the secondary who returns punts in Round 2 or 3, count me shocked. I've got a feeling they'll shoot for CB in Round 2, and S in Round 3. Finally, can we draft a stud FB? Every year, some team picks up the best FB on the board with their 4th rounder, and we select some stiffy player who contributes little.
I feel the same way about the first part.
I almost hope McClain is gone before #13 so that we can land the best OL there, which hands down I feel is Iupati, as well. The only other lineman I'd want there would be Anthony Davis because of his massive upside on top of his already tremendous talent.
Swap my picks from my previous mock -- as I looked at the top tackle talent, there are seven I rate as 1st rounders, if I recall -- and take Iupati and then the best tackle available within one of the next 2 or 3 picks. Although, I'd highly advise against waiting until the 3rd to address our gaping whole at RT.
I'm so anxious for the draft already. One of the most exciting days of the year is the day I get to sit with my board in from of me and mark off one by one the picks we make, testing Scot's BPA and draft strategics in general.
Quite honestly, in the end I don't think MM has any more idea about what Scot will do than anyone else. He's always full of unpleasant surprises on draft day, never seeming to accomplish anything better than mediocrity overall in my eyes.
2009: 1 starter, the rest backups. One on IR, one wasn't even on an active roster for virtually the whole year.
2008: 1.5 Starters. Morgan gets the .5 because of Bruce playing over him until just succumbing to injury and age. 1st rounder spent on role player in Balmer who landed on IR this year. 2nd rounder struggled. R.Smith continues to get hurt. Larry Grant I believe is out of the league.
2007. Decent draft. 2 instant starters. Six of nine were or became contributors early.
2006: Average draft. Davis was the best pick. 1 instant starter who wasn't utilized properly until now. Lawson rotated between guys like Brandon Moore, Hannibal Navies, and Roderick Green. Several players drafted are now out of the league.
2005: Decent draft (only because of Gore). I'm not going to bash the Smith pick -- even though I was pulling for Braylon -- because he's well on his way, it seems, to a 20+ TD year this upcoming year, especially if we fix our line. 20+ TDs is something no 49er QB has accomplished since Garcia's second to last year here. First five picks of this draft were okay. The rest are what bother me. Six players either no longer on the team or out of the league.
Teams like the Colts are landing players in the late rounds that have stepped in to start and not miss a beat. That's great drafting. We're not getting that.